DIY beauty

Raid the kitchen cupboards and rustle up some great skin and hair recipes.

Girl with a pink hard hat and hammer

You don't need a hammer and a hard hat for this type of DIY - head to your kitchen cupboard instead

Your face


Cucumber is proven to reduce puffiness and calm irritation; go one step better by placing slices, straight from the fridge, on your peepers. Lie back and relax for five to 10 minutes.


This simple concoction is great for oily complexions – and will make your skin feel quite tight and taut when you apply it. Simply mix one egg white with quarter of a teaspoon of lemon juice or vinegar – whisk together and apply to cleansed skin. Wash off after 10 minutes.

Banana mash

Is your skin feeling dry and irritated? Take a ripe banana and mash up with a fork with enough runny honey to make it into a pulp and apply liberally over you face, preferably after a warm bath and leave for 10 minutes.


Plain yogurt is commonly used in Indian beauty regimes – popular for its ability to cool and soothe the most irritated of skins. Apply directly to a clean complexion if it’s feeling sensitive or sunburnt. Leave for 10 to 15 minutes, then wash thoroughly.


Our skin – both male and female – needs regular exfoliation to remove dead skin cells and combat dullness, but it can be harsh on sensitive complexions. Try this if you’re allergic to shop-bought exfoliation products: mix two heaped tablespoons of oatmeal (finely ground oats) with 2 teaspoons of double cream and rub gently on to the skin using your fingertips.

Oats are also known to calm conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. Fill a clean sock or stocking with porridge oats, tie and place in your bath water for 20 minutes. And relax.

Camomile tea

Camomile tea is known for its calming properties on the inside of our bodies (calming digestion and aiding sleep) but if you don’t drink it first you can also apply it directly to soothe irritated skin. Make it up as you would a regular cuppa – wait until it cools, douse some cotton wool and apply over the face.


Vinegar has been used for centuries to deal with skin problems like bites, stings and oiliness. Apply apple cider vinegar diluted (eight parts water to one part vinegar) directly to your skin with a cotton ball and leave for 10 minutes. Rinse thoroughly.

Olive Oil

The ancient Greeks used to bathe in olive oil to boost their skin. We’re not recommending you do that, but use in small amounts on problem dry areas. Leave for five to 10 minutes and then rinse. This can also be used on other areas prone to dry skin like elbows and knees.


Warm a cup of milk in the microwave for 30 seconds (or until warm, but not boiling). Soak your hands for five minutes to strengthen nails and hydrate stressed skin.

Your hair


Can be messy, not to mention smelly, but using a raw egg on your hair is an age-old beauty tip for restoring vitality and boosting shine. Wet your hair, then massage a whole egg into your scalp and from roots to tips and rinse out with cool or warm water – any hotter and it’ll scramble!


Vinegar can help remove a build-up of products, like hair gel or spray, and boost natural shine. Wash and condition your hair as usual, and then add one or two tablespoons of vinegar to the final rinse. Blast with cold water, dry and style in your normal way.


If you’ve got dark blonde hair that naturally lightens in the sun, help it on its way by brushing the juice of one fresh lemon through your damp locks with a wide toothcomb. Let it dry naturally in the sun, then dry and style as you would normally. It can be harsh on your hair, so this isn’t something to do too often.

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By Antonia Kanczula

Updated on 22-Dec-2015