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!