Skincare for your face

The skin on your face is the most exposed to the elements of any part of your body. Delicate facial skin bears the brunt of environmental battering from the sun, wind and pollution. Using harsh soaps will further strip away natural oils that would normally protect your skin. Keeping your skin healthy and well protected is essential and will help delay the effects of aging. Wearing a SPF 15+ sunscreen every day of the year is one of the most important protection you can offer your skin. By wearing a sunscreen you will filter out most of the damaging rays that not only cause damage by sun and wind but will greatly reduce your chances of skin cancer later in life.

Here are some excellent home recipes for scrubs which will cleanse your skin in preparation for the application of a toner.

  • Sugar Scrub: place 2-3 tablespoons of white sugar in a small dish and to exfoliate your skin, gently rub the sugar over your face. Your skin will feel soft and fresh afterwards.
  • Oily Skin Cleanser: Using unbleached calico or muslin to make a small draw-string bag about 4-5 cm (2 inches) square. Fill the bag with oatmeal, close and use the bag to wash your face in place of soap. Get the bag squishy under warm water and use as if a bar of soap. Massage the milky lather into your face and rinse with warm water. Remember to empty and wash the bag after every few uses to keep fresh and clean.
  • Apple and Oatmeal Scrub: Mix 2 tablespoons of rolled oats, 11/2 teaspoons of cornmeal and 1 tablespoon of honey in a bowl. Blend this with the pulp of 1/2 a medium apple, cored and peeled until smooth. Apply generously to your face and gently scrub in a circular motion. Rinse off with warm water and pat dry.
  • Qunice Gel Cleanser: Useful for all face types. Place 1 teaspoon of quince seeds in a saucepan with 250 mls of distilled water. Boil and then simmer gently for 15 minutes, stiring to prevent sticking. The mixture will thicken into a gel. Strain. Add finely ground oatmeal to make a smooth paste and rub over the face and neck. Rinse off with warm water.
  • Violet Milk Cleanser: Place in a saucepan 1 teaspoon of violet petals and 1/4 cup of milk. Gently heat until almost simmering and continue simmering until the milk becomes strongly violet scented. Strain, bottle and keep in fridge for 3-4 days.
  • Milk and Honey Cleanser: Mix 1 teaspoon of runny honey with 1 tablespoon of milk. Apply immediately to your face and neck and rinse off with warm water. Leaves your skin feeling soft and soothed.

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