Store Cupboard Beauty


When it comes to gorgeousness, there are plenty of natural skin-savers/hair-rescuers/body boosters, lurking on your kitchen shelves or in your fridge. Having written an entire book on the subject of making your own cosmetics (The Ultimate Natural Beauty Book, published by Kyle Cathie), I’ve experimented with most things. They haven’t always worked wonders, but I’m going to share a few recipes here for simple-to-create beauty treats that will make you look and feel – well, if not a million dollars, then pretty darned good.

Try an apricot softening mask, for glowier, nourished skin. Blanch two apricots in just-boiled water for 1 minute to make it easy to peel off the skin, slice to remove the stones, and mash to a smooth pulp, adding a teaspoon of avocado oil in a trickle. Spread onto the face and relax for 20 minutes while the softening ingredients get to work.

Or give yourself a fruit-bowl facial. Blend 25 g (1 oz) finely ground oatmeal and 25 g (1 oz) finely ground almonds in a bowl. Then add 50 g (2 oz) chopped and mashed fruit or vegetables of your choice – strawberries, raspberries, apricots, peach, plums, blueberries, cucumber, lettuce or tomato – and combine until the mixture is well-blended. Stir well, adding just enough water to make a soft paste (make sure it’s not too runny). Spread the mixture onto your face and massage in, avoiding the eyes and mouth. After 10-15 minutes, rinse well with warm water. Read More…