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"Natural" Beauty - Part One

Inspired by recent posts by Gem Fatale and Susie, over the last few weeks I've been playing about with using "things you'd find in your kitchen" on my face. I generally have good skin, but it's really dry, and after being frustrated for years that no face creams/washes/masks ever live up to their moisturisation promises, I thought I may as well give a few "natural remedies" a go.
I've tried out a few different "recipes", some quite normal sounding and some that are kind of crazy, so I'm going to turn this into a new post series on "natural" beauty treatments. As well as having the benefit of not being full of unpronouncable chemicals like normal beauty products, this kitchen-cupboard beauty is also dirt cheap in comparison, as most things I've used have only cost a small amount of money to buy, or have been in the cupboard anyway.

First up, nice and simple, olive oil and sugar face scrub. Whack some olive oil and sugar together in a tub, mix it up, then rub it about on your face. Simples.

It's ridiculously simple, but the most amazing face scrub I've ever used. As I said, I have really dry skin, so I tend to exfoliate a few times a week to get rid of flaky bits (gross I know!), but all shop-bought scrubs, no matter how "moisturising" they claim to be, leave my skin dry and tight after I wash them off. Not this though! It leaves your skin so ridiculously soft and moisturised.
I usually scrub it in for about 30 seconds, then leave it for a couple of minutes for the olive oil to do it's magic moisturising (I usually brush my teeth whilst I'm waiting to make use of the time), then rinse it off. If you don't have particularly dry skin you might not need to use a moistuiser after this, but I pop a little bit on just for good measure. You can also just use the oil on it's own without the sugar if you're worried about the harshness of the little sugar scrubbers on your skin.

After the success of the olive oil scrub, I started poking around on YouTube for other kitchen beauty recipes, and I found this video for making your own pore strips. I've only used blackhead-removing strips a couple of times, cause they're so bleedin' expensive. They usually seem to cost about £5 for a pack of 4 or something like that.
You can just watch the video if you want, but if you're anything like me you'll find the woman's voice and video style very irritating, so I'll take you through the method below.

What you'll need: milk, powdered gelatine, a microwavable cup/dish and a teaspoon.

1 - Add one teaspoon of the powdered gelatine and one teaspoon of milk to your cup/dish and mix together. The mixture should be an opaque white paste. (On the video the woman says to use one tablespoon of each. Unless you have a gigantic face, that's too much. You only need a teaspoon.)
2 - Microwave the mixture for 10 seconds, then mix again to make sure all the gelatine is dissolved.
3 - Apply to your nose using either your fingers, or a clean foundation brush. Make sure you build up a reasonably thick layer of the mixture and don't miss out any areas. The mixture smells a bit funky, like overcooked milk, but it's bearable. Make sure you wash your foundation brush out straight away cause the mixture will be a bugger to get off if it dries on the brush.
4 - Leave to dry for 15-20 minutes. When the mixture is completely dry, carefully and slowly peel it off. All your blackheads and other skin gunk should come off with it.

So to prove to you I've actually tried this myself:

Oh I do love looking like a right tit on the blog. It's all for you guys, you'd better appreciate it!
It does hurt a little bit peeling the dried mixture off, so be prepared for that. It's worth it though for the results, and for the cheapo price. The gelatine cost me 1 Euro for three sachets, and I'd say there are six teaspoons at least in a sachet. Most people will have milk at home anyway, so that works out at about 5.5 cents per application. A lot cheaper than buying pore strips in Superdrug I'm sure you'll agree!

Has anyone tried either of these? What other "natural beauty recipes" have people tried? Let me know, I'm always looking for new ways to put food on my face!

18 comments

  1. oooh fab, I've really been wanting to try the blackhead strips recently, but I couldn't believe how much they were! When I'm back home for a bit I'm deffo going to give the gelatine version a go! x

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  2. Ooh I love the idea of the last one. I have some powdered gelatine in my cupboard anyway!

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  3. I might try that first one, as I have ridiculously dry skin! I use virgin v rose quartz exfoliator on my face, which doesn't dry it out, but doesn't moisturise either, so this might be a good alternative.
    Also enjoying that your vest matches the mixture x

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  4. Yay for Kitchen cupboard cosmetics! I love a lemon and sugar scrub but it is quite harsh, so olive oil is def the better alternative for dry skin.
    If I had a microwave, I would so try that second one!
    Thanks for the linkage x

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  5. Ooo I really want to try the pore strip, they cost about £6 in boots!

    I've got really dry skin too, and I've found Ponds Cold Cream Cleanser absolutely amazing! I'm going to review it on my blog very soon x

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  6. i might give the second one a try. i only just started using pore strips because they were on offer but now they're full price again so i'll be looking for a cheaper alternative! x

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  7. Ahhh I really need to brave it and give this kinda thing a try :) love gem for her tips like this too! Crazy how much they charge in the shops for this kinda thing when you can just do it at home eh? And check you out lovely, your skin is flawless - gooorgeous! :) xx

    ps. haha omg sorry I just had to come back and type this ps because the verification for this comment was 'monger' and the last comment I left you was 'feices' hahaha, nice! xx

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  8. Ooh the nose strips sounds like a great idea to try, although theres something too satisfying about the "proper" nose strips where you can see the ick that has come out of your skin. (I can't be the only one who does that!)
    I put a tiny bit of sugar into my usual face wash sometimes to exfoliate, which works quite well!

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  9. Ah this sounds really great. I always see things like this in magazine and always think it would be great to try but i never get round to it, but this has really inspired me to try it, it looks quick and easy too! Fab!

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  10. That pore strip idea is brilliant! Total bargain. X

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  11. Ooo, the face scrub sounds easy to use and seems like it'd work. I seem to have gotten my first spots ever on my forehead, so I've been thinking of ways to get rid of them!
    I always prefer natural products rather than anything else.

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  12. Natural homemade face scrubs work so much better than shop ones because they don't have preservatives and other crap to dry your skin out. I can't stand the smell of olive oil :( have you tried using almond oil too?

    Might sound silly but I don't eat gelatine and don't want it on my face either. I wonder if there is a veg alternative as I'd love to make my own pore strips! xx

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  13. I loved this post! And it's hard to still look cute with lots of cleansers/homemade masks on your face and you totally manage it! Can't wait to make my own pore strips, I'd never even thought of that. Brilliant!

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  14. really great post!!! im definitely gonna try to make my own pore strips!!! :)

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  15. Right, everyone has been raving about it so I need to try this sugar and olive oil thing!

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  16. i love your blog sharing.... you have some good ideas loving the outfits!!

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  17. I have dry skin aswell and I recently tried mixing some natural yoghurt with a piece of peach (mashed up with a fork) and it felt like heaven ! Leave it on for 15 to 20 mins and voila !

    xxx Vee

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  18. Might give this ago! I have very very dry skin and tend to spend A LOT on products so this will be perfect for me! Thanks for sharing!


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