Last week was all about lifestyle and how it affects our skin.  My lifestyle changes from healthy, to luxury, to junk status! It helps to understanding what you are doing to your body on the inside, and what you can do to improve it on the outside. Especially when you know its not as healthy as it could be.

Before we even get into my makeup habits, ensure you are taking good care of the cleansing of your skin ……..and adding an occasional mask to your beauty routine will do wonders.


It’s ALWAYS best to trial a product before buying it.  Some makeup/cosmetic brands have gift bags which contain little samples of their products – you’d need to buy atleast 1 or 2 items from them though. For more professional advice, a dermatologist will advise you on what skin products are good for you…… IMPORTANT to listen to the problems and solutions before buying the most expensive products without being certain what your skin requires. Obtaining professional advice will save you money and you can be rest assured you are using the right products for your skin type.

My skin changes with the seasons – dry in winter and a combination in summer.  I therefore change up my skin cleanser and moisturiser when the season changes.  When traveling to a different city in the world, I investigate what the climate is like, and pack in products that are best suited to the city I am travelling to…..

At the moment my go to products are:

  • Cleansers:  Dove | ERAgeless Brigtening, Pore Clarifying Cleansing Foam
  • Toner:  Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Purifying Toner
  • Moisturiser: Nivea | Estee Lauder Advanced Night Cream

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I say CHALLENGES and NOT PROBLEMS, because that’s excactly what they are – CHALLENGES. Our skin transforms, and undergoes change every second of the day.  We cannot expect to have the same skin we were born with.  Our skin ages,  wrinkles appear, hormones change, life happens, the environment we are in affects our skin too…..  After pregnancy I developed brown spots under my eyes and red flush spots over my face.  Last year I had a growth on the left side of my face which required plastic surgery leaving behind a 3cm scar.  Occasionally you’ll see me with a skin coloured plaster to ensure that it doesn’t darken when I’m out in the sun.  (This story is for another post).   We all experience different challenges – LOVE your skin enough to learn how to conquer those challenges.

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There is always a way to reduce, eliminate and improve your skins ailments. LOVE your skin and you’ll be driven to find a solution that works for you.

For a natural solution, using contents from your very own kitchen can save you money, and is less harmful to your skin. Note that products made at home with natural ingredients are paraben free, free from colourants and free of harmful chemicals. Which also means that they have a very short life.  For your pleasure and convenience I’ve jotted down a cleanser, toner and moisturiser recipe.

For a NATURAL DIY Cleanser

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Milk cucumber and mint cleanser: Great for oily skin

5cm piece of cucumber peeled

50ml milk (full fat organic)

5 mint leaves chopped (no stalks)

2 drops of grapefruit seed extract

  • Put cucumber milk and mint in a blender and whizz until smooth
  • Gently heat until simmering and continue to simmer for about 2 minutes
  • Strain through cloth or kitchen roll
  • Pour cleanser in to a sterile container/bottle and add grapefruit seed extract.
  • Store in the fridge. It will last around a week

Cucumber is full of ascorbic acid which will be great for reducing puffiness, soothe tiredness and balance & revitalise skin.


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Grind strawberries

2tspns of strawberry juice

50ml of rose water

  • Combine and Mix in a bowl

Strawberries are full of vitamin C and antioxidants as well as AHA (Alpha Hydroxi acid ie. acids derived from natural substances like fruit) and great for brightening the skin


For a NATURAL DIY Moisturiser

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1/2 cup coconut oil

1 tsp vitamin E oil

6 drops lavender essential oil or essential tea tree oil

  • combine and in a bowl.

Coconut Oil  is full of vitamin C and antioxidants as well as AHA (Alpha Hydroxi acid ie. acids derived fr

Coconut is useful for so many things – A few years back, I interviewed my friend Lamees Roomaney, on the benefits of coconut oil – click on the link for more amazing recipes and info. Lamees also runs amazing wellness workshops.  Should you be interested in attending any of these workshops the latest one she’s involved in is below:

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I hope all these tips are proving useful.  I personally don’t always have the time to prep the natural products, but enjoy playing around with them when I do. I have a tub of coconut butter on hand at all times and it’s amazing  for so many reason —- as per link above.

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