Raw Skin Food

Home-made beauty

There are some fab beauty products out there, but if you fancy a bit of DIY, then we have just the thing. Read on for some fabulous recipes for treatments you can knock up from things you find lying around at home.

Exfoliating sugar scrub

Eliminate dead skin cells by mixing three tablespoons of granulated sugar with five tablespoons of olive oil. Gently apply, using a circular motion, concentrating on rougher areas such as the elbows, knees and feet, then leave for two minutes before rinsing with cool water. Moisturise thoroughly afterwards.

Coffee cellulite buster

Even A-list celebs can't escape from the dreaded orange peel effect, as the photos in all our favourite mags show. But, unlike superstars, most of us have a very limited budget available to combat cellulite. For a cheaper alternative to expensive lotions and potions, combine half a cup of coffee granules with four tablespoons of olive oil, then apply using a circular motion to problem areas. This is thought to stimulate circulation and help to exfoliate the skin. Rinse with cool water after a few minutes, then pat dry. For best results, repeat twice a week.

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 Carrots Beauty

Clarifying carrot face mask

For a smooth, clear complexion without a costly visit to a beauty spa or salon, try this clarifying face mask. Peel and cook two or three large carrots until soft, then mash and mix with half a cup of honey and a few drops of teatree oil, which is renowned for its antibacterial properties. We love the cruelty-free essential oil from Amphora Aromatics (£8.47 for 25ml). Apply the mixture gently to your face, concentrating on the T-zone, but avoiding the sensitive eye area. Leave for 10 minutes, then rinse with warm water.

Blackhead-banishing oat mask

To help remove unsightly blackheads without forking out for expensive cleansing strips, simply mix an ounce of rolled porridge oats with luke warm water, then gently massage into the affected areas. After a few minutes, rinse with cool water, then pat dry. For stubborn blackheads, fill a tub with hot water (not boiling water as this could burn your face and eyes), place a towel over your head and steam your face for 10 minutes. Then gently squeeze out any troublesome blackheads using clean hands and a tissue. To prevent further breakouts, be sure to exfoliate regularly.

Easy breath freshener

If you suffer from bad breath, swap chewing gum for fresh parsley or fennel or drink a cup of peppermint or fresh mint tea.

Fast fix for puffy eyes

To relieve tired, sore or puffy eyes, simply place two freshly-used, cold teabags on your eyes (green tea is fab), lie down and relax for 15 minutes. Alternatively, cucumber is equally effective. Not to be ignored, both methods are time-honoured classics and really work.

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Moisturising avocado hair mask

Avocado is deeply penetrating and packed with nourishing vitamins A and E, ideal for injecting some much-needed moisture into dry, split ends. Peel one ripe avocado and remove the stone, then mash to a pulp and add two tablespoons of olive oil. Apply the mixture to your hair, wrap in a towel, and leave for 30 minutes, then rinse thoroughly with warm water. After two or three applications, the result will be soft, smooth tresses that shine with health.

Intensive honey hair conditioner

Honey has been used in beauty regimes for centuries and has a natural ability to help the body retain moisture, making it the perfect ingredient for an intensive conditioner. To make your own, combine half a cup of honey with half a cup of olive oil, then work the mixture through the hair to ensure all strands are evenly coated. Cover hair with a towel or showercap for 15 minutes, then shampoo and rinse thoroughly. This recipe is best for normal to dry hair, so if your hair is oily, simply reduce the olive oil to two tablespoons.

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*We always recommend a patch test when using new products and be careful to avoid any ingredients if you have suffered a previous allergic reaction.

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All product information and prices correct at time of publication (September 2012).

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