Last updated on Aug 27th, 2019 at 12:48 pm

Me-time is important – almost as important as looking after your skin…

We all know that the benefits of a facial are endless (think radiant, healthy skin that is less prone to breakouts) – especially in winter – when the cold, dry air steals moisture away from your skin, leaving it looking flaky, dull and in need of some major TLC.

We also all know, that finding the time, and sometimes money, to indulge in facials (and other spa treatments for that matter) is difficult.

We’re so busy being wife, mom, home-maker, career climber; that we hardly have enough time for a decent cup of coffee, let alone an hour to put our feet up at a spa. And, splurging on ourselves just doesn’t feel right when we have school fees to pay and households to run.

But me-time is important – almost as important as looking after your skin.

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Luckily, many go-to kitchen ingredients have amazing skincare benefits – making it easier than ever to pamper your skin (which if anything like mine, looks like you haven’t had a decent night’s sleep in years. I haven’t, by the way).

Most DIY facial recipes are forgiving, and you don’t need to have a ‘knack’ for it to get it right. In fact, whipping one up is as easy as playing around with different combinations of ingredients, until you find out what works best for your skin.

Now, who said you needed to go to a fancy spa and fork out hundreds of rands to treat yourself?

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Take 15 minutes for yourself, follow the basics and then mix and match any of the ingredients below:

The basics

  • The steam from boiling water will open your pores and allow the benefits of your facial ingredients to take effect.
  • There really isn’t a better natural exfoliant than brown sugar.
  • Plain greek yoghurt acts an anti-inflammatory, while locking in moisture – and is the perfect base for any DIY facial mask.

Now, mix and match

  • Banana: Who knew banana could plump and revitalise your skin? Yay for a natural botox!
  • Honey: Honey is a miracle worker when it comes to skincare and is a natural antibacterial, purifier and moisturiser.
  • Cucumber: Did you know that the peel of a cucumber contains silica which firms sagging skin? Cucumber is also packed with vitamin C and caffeic acid making it the perfect go-to ingredient if you have inflamed or irritated skin.
  • Oatmeal: Add oatmeal to your winter facials, as it’s a natural exfoliator – preventing dry, flaky skin. It also has anti-inflammatory properties which can help to relieve skin irritation.
  • Olive Oil: Considered a ‘Hollywood beauty secret’, olive oil has the ability to repair and firm skin.
  • Avo: As if we needed another reason to love avos? Avos are rich in collagen that moisturises and softens the skin. They also have the ability to repair scars, sun damage and other spots!
  • Strawberries: Strawberries can remove impurities and assist in cell generation. The perfect ingredient if you’re looking to brighten your dull, ‘wintery’ skin…
  • Egg whites: Tighten and shrink large pores with egg whites. While we’re not a fan of how they smell, we are a fan of their tightening effect – especially around the eyes!

If you’re feeling fancy, try these combinations:

  • Oatmeal, honey and olive oil to exfoliate
  • Honey, lemon juice and yogurt to brighten
  • Avo, egg whites and honey to moisturise

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