Whilst we‘ve all been advised to stay indoors, unless for emergencies, for the foreseeable future, why not make the most of it and get creative? We’ve taken inspiration from Caroline Artiss ‘Natural Beauty Masks’ book, to share with you our top homemade natural beauty masks. Who knows, you may find a formula you learn to love?
Whether it’s with the products you already on your shelves, or if you need to add a few ingredients to your next online shop – make the most of self-isolation and throw yourself a pamper party. These natural alternatives to beauty masks will leave you feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and ready to… work from home probably…
*Please bare in mind that a patch test is recommended. Everyone’s skin reacts differently to creams and ingredients.
FACE MASK AND EXFOLIATOR
Apricot + Honey Face Mask
Skin Type: Combination/Normal Skin
Applications: Makes 2
Storage: Keeps for up to 2 days in the fridge
4 dried apricots
60ml/ ¼ cup warm full-fat milk
25g / ¼ cup of ground rolled oats
1 tablespoon raw organic honey
Whizz together until smooth paste. Apply to face, leave for 15 mins, wash off with warm water and pat skin dry.
“The perfect blend of beauty-enhancing ingredients that work their magic on normal or combination skin. Apricots are rich in Vitamin A and promote smoother softer skin.”
Banana + Cinnamon Sugar Scrub
Skin Type: Normal to Dry Skin
Applications: Makes 1 full-body mask and scrub
Storage: Use straight away due to fresh bananas
¼ ripe banana
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon of raw organic honey
50g / ¼ cup raw coconut sugar or soft brown sugar
50g / ¼ cup of white granulated sugar
Mash banana, add cinnamon, honey and sugars then mix together. Apply in circular motions, all over your body. Wash off with warm water.
“Cinnamon is an exfoliant and helps to remove dead skin cells; it also has anti-fungal and antibacterial properties, which help to keep the skin clean and clear. Bananas are highly moisturising and contain potassium and vitamins e and c, promoting healthy, glowing skin.”
HANDS + NAIL TREATMENT
Lavender, Sea Salt and Coconut Hand Scrub
Skin Type: All skin types
Applications: Makes 2 applications
Storage: Keep up to 2 weeks in an air tight bag – no need for the fridge
3 tablespoons Dead Sea Salt
1 tablespoon solid pure organic coconut oil
6 drops of lavender essential oil
1 teaspoon of crushed dried lavender (optional)
Mix all ingredients together and massage onto hands, working into nails and cuticles. Leave on for 5 mins before rinsing off.
“Dead sea salt contains more than 20 essential minerals for healthy, strong nails, while acting as a exfoliant. Coconut oil helps to replenish the skin’s moisture, also has antimicrobial properties, protecting skin and nails from harmful microbes.”
Shea Butter Split End Rescue
Skin Type: Dry or damaged hair
Applications: Makes 1 application
Storage: Use immediately and repeat for 1 week
1 tablespoon pure raw shea butter
1 tablespoon pure organic coconut oil
1 tablespoon pure jojoba oil
2-3 drops essential oil of your choice (optional)
Melt the shea butter and coconut oil together, then freeze for 10 minutes until slightly solid. Add the jojoba oil and any essential oil. Then beat with electric whisk until soft and fluffy. Apply mask to ends of dry hair and leave for 30 minutes.
“Shea butter acts as a deep conditioner and creates a protective coating around the shaft of the hair to keep it strong and healthy.”
Lavender + Oat Relaxing Footbath
Skin Type: For tired and dry feet
Applications: Makes 1 treatment
Storage: Use immediately and repeat 2-3 times per week
95g / 1 cup rolled oats
8-10 drops of lavender essential oil
Fill a bowl with hot water, add oats and lavender oil to water, stir until water turns milky. Place feet in bowl and relax for 20 minutes, pat dry and apply fav moisturiser.
“Footbath is ideal just before bedtime, lavender is natural relaxing agent helps get ready for a deep, restful nights sleep. Oats are a perfect soothing ingredient for dry, chapped skin which helps soften and exfoliate away dead skin cells.”
Cucumber and Aloe Vera Eye Gel
Skin Type: For sore, puffy, tired eyes
Applications: 1-2 applications
Storage: Keep for 2 days in the fridge
2.5cm / 1-inch piece of fresh cucumber
2 teaspoons of pure aloe vera gel
Put together and blend into fine purée. Apply underneath the eyes, around the outer corners and under brown bone. Leave for 15 mins then gently wash off with warm water.
“Cucumbers are a natural ingredient, often used for their gentle and calming effects on delicate skin. rich in antioxidants and flavonoids, it helps reduce redness, swelling and irritation. Aloe Vera contains a phenomenal amount of vitamins, minerals and nutrients to help heal and soothe. A combination makes a beautifully balanced remedy.”
Cocoa Butter Lips
Skin Type: All lips
Applications: Approx. 50 applications
Storage: Keep for upto 1 month in a small jar with lid.
1 ½ tablespoons grated raw cocoa butter
1 ½ teaspoons pure organic coconut oil or pure jojoba oil
1 teaspoon of pure unsweetened cocoa powder
½ tablespoon pure vanilla extract
10 drops pure vitamin E oil
Melt cocoa butter and coconut oil together, then leave to cool. Put in freezer for 10 minutes. Once it starts to solidify, add the rest of the ingredients. Beat until fluffy with electric whisk and allow to set.
“Cocoa butter is a divine smelling, healthy, skin-friendly fat derived from the cocoa bean that makes chocolate. Smell and taste of chocolate. Contains emollients that leave a protective and moisturizing layer on the lips.”