Though I do love a trip to Lush every now and then, the sad reality is that I simply can’t afford to treat myself to new skincare all that often. Cup O’Coffee is an absolute staple in my routine, but I’ve had to cut back on certain luxuries, one of which is the random purchasing of skincare ‘just because’. I wish I didn’t have to spend money on travel, on food, on rent and on bills. But it turns out, annoyingly, in the real world, these things must take precedence. Which is what led me to having to get a little more creative when I recently felt the need for a touch of skin TLC.
Making your own face masks isn’t hard, and many require only the simplest, freshest ingredients, most of which you’ll find you already have in your fridge or cupboard. The one I’m sharing today, for example, is a two-ingredient wonder, the ingredients of which I had ready and waiting in the kitchen. Grapes are loaded with antioxidants, contain a molecule called resveratrol which prevents signs of ageing and can help to combat uneven skin tone. The lactic acid in yoghurt (both regular and soy!) has exfoliating properties that dissolve dead skin and tightens pores. Read on to find out how to give yourself a refreshing facial using just these two super simple ingredients!
Ingredients / Supplies
– 4/5 fresh grapes
– 1 tbsp yoghurt, regular or soy
– a small bowl
– a fine mesh sieve
– a fork
– 2 frozen grapes
1. Cut your non-frozen grapes in half before placing them into a sieve. Over a small bowl, use the back of a fork to mash the grapes, allowing the juice to drip into the bowl and leaving the skin behind. Keep going until you’ve squeezed every last bit of liquid you can!
2. Add a dollop of yogurt to the freshly squeezed grape juice, and mix until combined.
A fresh grape facial
1. The first step is a little weird, but bear with me on this one! Grab a couple of frozen grapes and, using the palm of your hands, roll these around your eyes/cheekbones/forehead/general face area. The grapes are super cooling, relaxing and, like a cold teaspoon, can help reduce puffiness.
2. Next, smooth the yogurt/grape mask onto your face, applying liberally but not so thickly that it will drip. Avoid the eye area.
3. Once your whole face is covered, leave the mask to sit for 20 minutes or so, until the mask looks matt and feels tight. When you’re ready to remove it, splash your face with warm water and continue to use your normal face wash and moisturiser. Skin will be left feeling smooth, soft and glowing.