DIY cleanser

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Copy edi­tor Stacey Nel makes her own beauty treats at home, opt­ing for easy and ef­fec­tive nat­u­ral recipes rather than ready-made buys.

“I love the sim­plic­ity of us­ing just a few in­gre­di­ents to achieve a range of re­sults, and I en­joy mix­ing them up my­self,” she says. “They are very cost-ef­fec­tive, too!”

Her recipes for glow­ing skin, here.

What you’ll need

“You can make just about any beauty prod­uct with the in­gre­di­ents be­low,” says Stacey. “Just choose the high­est qual­ity you can find and af­ford. Or­ganic, un­re­fined and cold-pressed are al­ways best, so check the la­bels!”

Co­conut oil Sweet al­mond oil Raw honey Ap­ple cider vine­gar (con­tain­ing ‘the mother’ – strands of pro­teins, en­zymes and friendly bac­te­ria that make it look murky.) Shea but­ter Es­sen­tial oils, such as tea tree and laven­der

Th­ese in­gre­di­ents are avail­able at health food stores or on­line at faith­ful-to-na­ture.co.za and es­sen­tial­ly­nat­u­ral.co.za.

Clean out

“Cleans­ing with oil can dis­solve ex­cess oil in your pores, and us­ing the right oils can help to bal­ance overly dry or oily skin,” says Stacey. To re­move makeup Use a coin-sized amount of sweet al­mond or co­conut oil (if it’s solid, warm it be­tween your palms to melt) and mas­sage over your face. (Your makeup, es­pe­cially mas­cara and eye­liner, will smudge.) Now soak a clean face­cloth in very hot water, wring it out and place over your face. Steam your skin for about a minute. Then wipe the clean side of the cloth over your face, and leave the thin layer of oil left be­hind to soak in. In a hurry? Skip the steam and wipe off gen­tly. For a deep cleanse The nat­u­ral anti-bac­te­rial prop­er­ties in honey are great for draw­ing out im­pu­ri­ties. Wet your face with warm water, then mas­sage a tea­spoon of honey into your skin, us­ing cir­cu­lar mo­tions. Leave on for five to 10 min­utes for deep-pore cleans­ing. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.

Tone up

Ap­ple cider vine­gar helps to bal­ance and re­store skin’s nat­u­ral ph. It also as­sists with pre­vent­ing acne break­outs and scar­ring. In a spray bot­tle, di­lute two tea­spoons of ap­ple cider vine­gar in a cup of dis­tilled or spring water. If you have spots, add a few drops of tea tree or laven­der es­sen­tial oil to soothe in­flam­ma­tion. Spritz this on af­ter cleans­ing and air dry.

Add mois­ture

I use a few drops of sweet al­mond oil for my daily mois­tur­is­ing, but Ar­gan, co­conut and jo­joba oil are also great, so ex­per­i­ment to find the one that works best for you. Gen­tly mas­sage it into your skin. (Mas­sag­ing also boosts cir­cu­la­tion, which will give you a glow.)

Bust spots

Tea tree oil has an­timi­cro­bial and anti-fun­gal prop­er­ties, and th­ese are good when it comes to pre­vent­ing and treat­ing break­outs. Add just a drop to your face wash or toner, or, mix it with a car­rier oil like al­mond or co­conut, and ap­ply di­rectly to your blem­ish in the morn­ing and at night. You should see re­sults within a few days.

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