Don’t just eat your food, wear it too.


This post is mainly for personal reference, but contains useful information for anyone interested in natural simple cosmetics for the face and body. I have gathered some concoctions made purely from some of the goodness you have in your fridge.

Unluckily for me, when I’m stressed it shows in my skin.   I have tried so many products to relieve me of my discomfort, but regardless of how expensive or popular they are, nothing has worked better than the good old natural remedies.

Here are a few which are straight forward and easy to prepare.

Lemon & Milk peel lotion with AHA

For all skin types (except very sensitive due to the use of lemon)

Ingredients
  • 62 ml milk (whole milk)
  • 2 tsp Lemon Juice  (fresh)
  • 1/2 tsp of warmed pure honey
Directions
  1. Combine all the ingredients thoroughly and refrigerate.
  2. Use within 4-5 days
  3. Use in the evening as the lemon juice makes your skin photo sensitive.
  4. Apply with a cotton pad/ball after cleansing and toning and sleep on it.
  5. In the morning your skin will feel all soft and plumpy and look radiant.

Olive & Lime Mask

This mask is full of AHAs which will soften and revive dull skin.

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 tsp lime juice

Directions

  1. whisk the ingredients together until the mixture becomes cloudy
  2. apply to skin and leave for 30 mins
  3. wipe gently with a dry cloth.
  4. You can also leave this on overnight and rinse off in the morning.

Spot Treatment:

rub a little pure natural honey onto the blemish then leave for an hour.

wash of with warm water then rub a halved clove of garlic on the blemish.

Garlic is a strong antiseptic, which should rid you of the unsightly blemish in a couple of days.

Green Tea is not just for drinking.


What drink solves all your problems when you feel you need a pick me up any time of the day?

This week has seen litres of green tea pass my lips.  I can’t seem to get enough of it.  Surprisingly enough I have been craving it more than wine or gin or the multitude of alcoholic drinks I seem to regularly poison my body with.

I wish green tea was just as popular back in the UK as it is here.  I have almost taken for granted how lucky I am to have it practically on tap here.  I’d better get stocking up now so I can send home a years worth to see me through my masters.

I love this tea so much.  I drink it hot, cold, I bake with it and even bathe in it…well…not my whole body, just my face.

Facial toners are always full of ingredients and chemicals and are often very expensive and harsh on your skin.  At least when I’m in scotland I have the option of reading labels to see which products to avoid. Unfortunately though, in Japan I don’t have that luxury of being able to understand everything I read.

Often you’ll find brands advertising their products with the selling point that it contains green tea or Aloe or both.   It is common for people to apply aloe straight to your skin, so why not do the same with freshly brewed green tea (chilled of course)?

Ok, If you do decide to do this, it will have to be fresh as it doesn’t contain preservatives, but considering I drink it every day, it isn’t much to save a little for my face too.

As you probably already know green tea is high in anti-oxidants.  It’s powerul benefits are written all over the internet telling us that  it inhibits the growth of cancer cells, lowers total cholesterol levels.  It also protects skin from free radical damage.  Apparently it is helpful for all skin types too.  Perfect for me as my skin is annoyingly sensitive to everything.   I have also read that green tea helps burn calories faster (perfect for all those dieters out there).  It is also supposed to kill bacteria found in dental plaque, preventing tooth decay.   In saying that it also stains your teeth, however all the goodness out weighs this problem for me.

It’s pretty obvious that this drink is good for you.   Even if you are one of those who are sceptical about all these types of stories you read on the net.  It won’t do you much wrong to indulge your body both in and out with a few cups.

For me I just love the taste and the feeling it gives me, the rest is just a bonus.

Here’s a little toning mixture I use on my skin every night I’d like to share with you:

Ingredients:

  • 2.5 tablespoons of fused green tea
  • 2.5 tablespoons of fused peppermint leaves (I find the peppermint adds that extra freshness)

Directions:

  1. Simply mix the infusions in a bottle then refrigerate.
  2. Use within 4-5 days