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DIY skincare

Jenny Dayton has the recipe for glowing summer skin

Published on February 11th 2011.

DIY skincare

THIS is the time of year we start perusing the aisles of Boots in seek of the answer to a healthier looking complexion ready for summer. Colder weather and central heating can unfortunately zap our skin of natural oils which give us vital plumping hydration.

In preparation for spring’s colourful makeup trends, a blank canvas firstly requires a smooth flawless base, but the answer doesn’t necessarily lie in an expensive Boots bottle- you can achieve great results at home with a DIY beauty regime…

Top Home Made Facial Scrub
Exfoliating once a week rejuvenates skin and stimulates the growth of new smooth skin. It’s the best way to keep your skin looking fresh. This skin scrub recipe is a concoction by top celebrity makeup artist, and Revlon’s Global artistic director, Gucci Westman. It’s a deluxe treat leaving skin super silky smooth. Mmmm…


Ground Coffee
Caffeine is used in a lot of skincare as it is a vasodilator. This means that it constricts blood cells. It will work to reduce redness as well as firm and tighten the surface of your skin.

Increases radiance and decreases inflammation. It’s also packed with antioxidants.

Natural vitamin C feeds into your skin, as the citric acid contained in lemon juice exfoliates.

Soothing and nourishing, honey is used in skincare because it has anti-bacterial properties and it’s a humectants, meaning it attracts water, providing lasting, deep moisturisation.

Brown sugar
Excellent absorbent powers work to remove excess oils and toxins from your skin. It’s also exfoliates.

Olive oil
Promotes a smooth, radiant complexion and helps maintain skins elasticity. Make sure you buy cold pressed extra virgin olive oil for your skin.

Once you’ve used your homemade facial scrub, you’ll need to treat your skin to a good after care products. When looking for a product right for your skin, be objective. Identify your skin type, and complaints, to find the suitable and corrective products for you. Try not to be oversold on lots of different products. Less is often more in the beauty industry…

Homemade hydration
Create your own spritzer using a combination of essential oils according to your skin’s needs. Rose water, neem (a type of vegetable oil), and argan oil (oil produced from the kernels of the argan tree) are extremely hydrating. Lemon and cold water are good for tightening pores. Keep fresh in the fridge for a couple of days max. If you’d prefer to buy your hydrating spritzer, we recommend Neal’s Yard white tea mist, £10.50 or La Roche Posay Thermal spring water £14.

Neal's Yard white tea mist

Good moisturisation, doesn’t necessarily mean you need to use heavy-duty creams. Some of the best moisturisers are actually natural oils. The demand for effective yet natural approaches to skin care has been led by savvy consumers who long for kinder ingredients that work.

Skincare brands such as Dr Haushka, Origins, Clarins, Shu Uemura and Liz Earle all praise the wonderful properties in the natural oils included in their ranges.

The best I’ve found so far is, again, argan oil. It’s best for hydration and regenerative properties. Rich in essentials fatty acids (80 per cent unsaturated EFAs) and a specific phytosterol, the schottenol, argan oil invigorates the skin by balancing and stimulating the natural physiologic process of the dermis cells. Derived from the argan tree in Morocco, it grows in wild semi-desert soil, making it one of the rarest oils in the world. So if it can keep a tree alive in a desert it will hydrate your skin four hours. Even though it’s a rare oil, it’s thankfully not the most expensive at £10/£15 per 100ml. Click here.

The argan tree

Jennifer Dayton is a professional makeup artist. Visit www.jennydmakeup.co.uk for more details.

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