After a full week of back-to-back weddings, complete with shovelled-on makeup and ultra-late nights, every pore of my skin is crying out for mercy. Time for a hefty dose of Beauty Rx!
Step 1: Cleanse out the gunk
When an event runs from morning to night, it means multiple makeup touch-ups. Result? Skin that gets completely clogged over. And there can be no better way of scrubbing out the gunk from every pore than this simple-yet-potent natural exfoliator, which comes from a Greek buddy who has the most gorgeous skin ever!
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 drop vanilla extract (for a soothing fragrance; recommended but not essential)
1. Whisk together all the ingredients.
2. Massage them into your face and neck for a couple of minutes, rubbing in circular motions.
3. Rinse with warm water and a wash cloth (to remove the oil).
Step 2: Deep cleanse from the inside-out
Truly beautiful skin needs to be nurtured from the inside out. And this old Russian recipe helps you do just that, upping your beauty quotient multifold.
3 cups water
3 tablespoons dried herb (chamomile soothes dry skin, peppermint controls excessive oiliness, while rosemary and parsley are great for congested, acne-prone skin)
1 tea infuser
1. Pour one tablespoon of the dried herb in a tea infuser. Place the infuser in a mug and add boiling water until the mug is full. Infuse for 10 minutes.
2. Boil the remaining water; place the remaining herb in a bowl and pour in the boiling water.
3. Lean over the bowl, draping your head with a towel so that you are inhaling the vapours from the herbs. Remain as long as you can stand the heat or until the water cools.
4. Pat face dry with a clean towel, sip the tea slowly and don’t go out into the cold for at least half an hour. You’ll have a glow that comes from the inside out!
Step 3: Lay on the beauty mask
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 teaspoon mustard
1/2 teaspoon tomato juice
1/2 teaspoon vinegar
1 tablespoon (unbleached) white flour
1/2 cup buttermilk (for later)
1. Mix all the ingredients except the buttermilk to form a paste.
2. Apply the paste to your face and neck; leave it on for 5-10 minutes. It may tingle a little as the blood starts flowing. However, never leave anything on it if it begins feeling uncomfortable.
3. Rinse with lukewarm water and pat skin dry.
4. Soak a cotton ball in buttermilk and apply it all over the skin. Rinse off after 10 minutes.
Step 4: Toner
Sweeping a slightly slightly astringent toner across newly clean skin preps the perfect canvas for applying moisturiser and completing the beauty detox. There are various type of skin fresheners but one of my favourites is still one that good old mom recommended years ago.
1 1/2 cups cold mineral water
Squeeze the lemons and and strain the juice into a small bottle. Add the mineral water. Use an astringent toner after any of the facial masques. Follow with your favourite moisturiser.