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28, January 2016

THE AT-HOME SPA: DIY TREATMENTS FOR SKIN

Winter is a wonderland, but it can leave skin feeling more like the barren Sahara Desert. The combination of the biting cold and electric heaters is no woman’s dream scenario. We want our skin smooth and supple despite what the weather says. Luckily, a few tricks exist to beat Mother Nature but it starts with appreciating her elements. DIY skin treatments – made from wholesome foods – revitalise skin with natural moisture and nutrients. Read on for four spa-worthy face masks that you can whip up at home!

 

PREP & HYDRATE

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Before applying a face mask, make sure your skin is ready to receive its nutrients. Facial steam comes in handy here, making it easier to remove surface dirt and make-up, and open up the pores. DIY ladies who want an elegant experience can use Panasonic’s Ionic Facial Steamer EH-SA31. Its six-minute treatment deeply hydrates skin with nano-sized ionic particles and simple one-switch operation. Once your skin’s surface is soothed and ready, continue with your at-home refinement.

 

MOISTURISE

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1/2 avocado, peeled and stoned
1/2 banana, peeled
Mash ingredients together until creamy. Apply to clean skin and leave on for 20 minutes.

This hydrating face mask combines an avocado’s healthy oils and a banana’s high levels of potassium (a natural revitaliser of skin). Bananas also boast high levels of vitamins A, B and E, the same minerals you’ll find in skin cream that promotes moisture, anti-ageing and sun protection.

 

DETOXIFY

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The contents of 2 green tea bags (Or 1 tablespoon of matcha powder)
1 tablespoon honey
Mix into a consistent paste. Apply to clean skin and leave on for 20 minutes.

Flavonoids in green tea are potent antioxidants, which ward off free radicals and prevent inflammation. This helps to restore dying or damaged skin cells, reducing redness as it goes. To help detoxify your complexion after too much exposure to sun or pollution, green tea is the natural remedy to reach for.

 

BRIGHTEN

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2 tablespoons pomegranate seeds (crushed)
2 tablespoons plain yogurt
Stir together until smooth. Apply to clean skin and leave on for 15 minutes.

Pomegranates, another food rich in antioxidants, have natural health benefits both on the inside and outside. High levels of potassium, vitamin C and vitamin K (present in skin creams for brightening under-eye circles and reducing redness) make it a powerful resource for your skin’s natural glow and radiance.