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If your skin produces excess oil. especially in the face's T-zone (forehead. nose and chin), these delicious seaweeds can make a difference by working from wilhin.

1 tablespoon powdered brewer's yeast 1 teaspoon powdered spirulina 1 tablespoon plain yogurt 1 egg white cornflour

Spice And Herb Compatibility Chart

Kelp (l.nminari.i sp.i This source of vitamins C and A is a blood purifier, while its natural iodine content normalises the lymph system.

kombu I/., setchelli) Also known as horsetail kelp, kombu is a staple ingredient in Japanese cooking that is rich in skin-balancing minerals such as silica and zinc as well as the healing trace element germanium.

Herbal serum

Even oily skin needs a light moisturizer to put a barrier between your skin and environmental pollutants. Jojoba oil is compatible with skin and leaves little residue; the cinnamon and essential oils counteract the bacteria and toxins on the skin's surface.

i/, cup (125 ml) carbonated mineral water <h cup (125 ml) witch hazel 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar 5 drops lavender essential oil 5 drops grapefruit essential oil 3 drops lemon essential oil

1 Place water, witch hazel and vinegar in a pump-spray bottle with a fine mist head. Add oils.

2 To use, shake and lightly spritz over face and neck, avoiding eyes. Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.

Brewer's yeast mask Brewer's yeast absorbs excess oil from the skin's surface and stimulates a sluggish complexion. Egg white shrinks pores, while spirulina is an aquatic herb that is full of skin-supportive nutrients such as vitamin A and trace minerals.

1 tablespoon powdered brewer's yeast 1 teaspoon powdered spirulina 1 tablespoon plain yogurt 1 egg white cornflour

Place yeast, spirulina and yogurt in a bowl. Mix well. In a separate bowl, beat egg white with a whisk until foamy. Add to yeast mixture and stir to combine. Add a little cornflour to make a workable paste. To use, apply to clean, slightly damp skin, avoiding eyes and lips. Leave for 15 minutes, then rinse off. Follow with a light moisturizer.

\rame (Eisenia bycyclis) High in protein and iodine, arame contains compounds that help to detoxify the body, improve metabolism and tone the skin.

1 small cinnamon stick 3 tablespoons jojoba oil

2 drops tea-tree essential oil 2 drops cypress essential oil

2 drops grapefruit essential oil

1 Lightly crush cinnamon and place in a small container with a lid. Add jojoba oil and steep for 10 days. Strain. Add essential oils.

2 Pour serum into a small bottle with a dropper opening. To use, warm a few drops between your fingertips and lightly massage into clean, slightly damp skin.

Sensitive skin

Sensitive skin is characterized by a thin epidermis and small surface veins. Il can be easily irritated by artificial ingredients and even hoi water. To soothe sensitive skin, avoid harsh exfoliants and loners containing alcohol. Use gentle. non-Irritating skincare products formulated w ith naturally calming herbal extracts and essential oils.

Aromatherapy face wash Use this light cleanser whenever your skin feels tight and dry. The glycerine draws moisture from the air to the skin.

V2 cup (125 ml) rosewater '/« cup (60 ml) vegetable glycerine 10 drops rose essential oil 5 drops chamomile essential oil

1 Combine all the ingredients in a bottle.

2 To use, shake well. Massage a small amount into damp skin, then rinse. Store in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.

Toning mist

Chamomile and elderflower eliminate redness and blotchiness, marsh mallow and aloe vera are hydrating, and the vinegar restores the skin's pH balance.

1 teaspoon dried chamomile 1 teaspoon dried elderflowers 1 teaspoon dried marsh mallow root, chopped '/« cup (60 ml) water '/< cup (60 ml) rosewater 1 teaspoon aloe vera gel 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

1 Place herbs and water in a saucepan. Bring to the boil, remove from heat, cover and steep for 15 minutes. Strain.

2 Pour liquid into a pump-spray bottle. Add rosewater, aloe vera and vinegar. To use, shake well and mist face before applying moisturizer.

Calendula cream Calendula is excellent for irritated skin, and it is included in many baby products for just this reason. This moisturizer soothes sensitive skin and helps it to manage environmental stress.

4 tablespoons jojoba oil 4 teaspoons rosehip oil

3 teaspoons grated beeswax

4 tablespoons rosewater 250-IU vitamin E capsule 1000-mg evening primrose oil capsule 7 drops calendula essential oil 3 drops chamomile essential oil

1 Place jojoba oil, rosehip oil and beeswax in a double boiler. Place over a low heat and allow to melt. Warm rosewater in another saucepan.

2 Remove pans from heat. When the contents of both are lukewarm, whisk rosewater into oil mixture. Using an electric mixer set on low, beat for

2 to 3 minutes.

3 Add contents of capsules and the essential oils; whisk until cool. Spoon mixture into a small, wide-mouthed jar. To use, warm a little cream in your palms, then massage into skin.

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Pear hydrating mask A luscious treat for sensitive or reactive skin, the pear in this mask is cooling and emollient, while the cream is rich with skin-nutritive fats.

1 tablespoon peeled and grated pear

1 tablespoon fresh heavy cream 5 drops rose essential oil

2 drops sandalwood essential oil rice flour

1 Combine pear, cream and oils in a bowl. Mix in sufficient rice flour to thicken into a paste.

2 Smooth mask over face and neck, and leave for 10 minutes.

Rinse off.

Soothùny secret

There's a good reason why herbalists have dublied chamomile nature's own cortisone': according to a study in I he European Journal of \h-diral Research, chamomile cream worked belter than 0.5 percent hydrocortisone in treating the innammalion and irritation associated wilh eczema.

Mature skin

\s voti get older, your skin's dead surface cells don't slough off efficiently, which can make your complexion look dull. Regular use of a natural skin peel will keep cell turnover high and make your skin glow. In addition, mature skin will benefit greatly from rich moisturizing treatments and rejuvenating essential oils.

Strawberry skin peel Strawberries boast high levels of skin-brightening alpha-hydroxy acids, while white willow bark contains salicylic acid, which removes dead surface cells and cleans pores.

4 large fresh strawberries 1 white willow bark tablet 1 egg yolk

1 teaspoon honey

2 drops frankincense essential oil cornflour

1 Mash strawberries in a bowl. Grind tablet to a powder and add to bowl. Add egg yolk, honey and oil and mix to combine. Mix in sufficient cornflour to thicken.

2 Smooth mask onto damp skin and leave for 10 minutes. Rinse off.

Green-tea skin polish Refine the skin's surface and boost its radiance with regular exfoliation. As a bonus, sloughing off dead cells primes skin for a rich moisturizing treatment.

1 tablespoon ground adzuki beans 1 teaspoon white cosmetic clay 1 tablespoon almond meal 1 teaspoon green tea 1 teaspoon lemon juice 1 teaspoon honey about 2 tablespoons mashed fresh pineapple

1 Combine ground beans, clay, almond meal and tea in a bowl. Add juice, honey and enough pineapple to make a gritty paste.

2 To use, massage mixture into damp skin. Rinse off.

Immortelle nourishing oil The immortelle (everlasting) flower has impressive anti-aging properties, while carrot seed and rosehip oils plump up the epidermis, so skin looks more youthful.

1'/? tablespoons jojoba oil 1 teaspoon carrot seed oil

1 teaspoon rosehip oil 500-IU vitamin E capsule 10 drops immortelle essential oil 5 drops rose essential oil 3 drops frankincense essential oil

2 drops palmarosa essential oil

Place all the ingredients in a bottle. To use, massage a small amount into face and neck.

Age spot lightener Licorice blocks tyrosine, an enzyme that controls melanin (pigment that colors skin) production. Here, it's paired with fruit acid from apples and vitamin C, a mild bleach.

1 tablespoon dried licorice root '/< cup (60 ml) boiling water 1000-mg vitamin C tablet 1 tablespoon apple pulp 5 drops lemon essential oil rice flour

1 Place dried licorice root in a bowl with boiling water. Cover bowl and leave licorice to steep for 15 minutes. Strain into a clean bowl.

2 Grind tablet to a powder. Add powder, pulp and oil to herbal liquid; thicken with sufficient flour to make a paste.

3 To use, paint paste over spots and leave to dry. Rinse off. Store remaining paste, covered, in the refrigerator. Repeat daily for 2 weeks.

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