The best ingredients and homemade scrubs for your ‘glowing skin’ ritual.

Yardley_Blog_oct[2]-1Charm is a glow within a woman that casts a most becoming light on others. – John Mason Brown

Let’s admit it, ladies, glowing skin is something we all dream of, every day, almost every moment of our lives. It is a never-ending quest that makes us try product after product, which claims to give us great looking skin. Yet, we completely ignore one vital fact – the ‘glow’ is actually a sign of healthy skin.

So to help all of us lovely ladies achieve healthy skin, I’ve put down a list of ingredients that are truly beneficial to skin, along with some easy-to-make beauty scrubs that will work wonders in the long run.

Shea Butter: This is a skin superfood, which comes from the seeds of the Shea (Karite) fruit tree. It is naturally rich in vitamins A, E and F and provides the skin with essential fatty acids and nutrients for collagen production. It is also incredibly nourishing and moisturizing for skin, which makes it a great remedy for dry skin. Luckily, when I need an extra dose of skin nourishment, I use my Yardley’s Feather Moisturising Lotion, which contains shea butter.

Green Tea: Who doesn’t love a good cup of green tea, right? But did you know that it also has anti-aging and antioxidant benefits that can help delay signs of skin ageing like sagging skin, sun damage, age spots, fine lines and wrinkles. Green tea contains polyphenols, which neutralizes harmful free radicals that cause significant damage to the skin and accelerate the aging process. So ladies, make sure to have at least 2 cups a day.

Almond Milk: Almond milk is extremely beneficial for skin, hair and nails. It contains zinc, which can help keep skin clear and free of blemishes and is rich in vitamin E, which protects skin from sun damage. If you’re looking for a body lotion that contains this amazing ingredient, try Yardley Royal Diamond Moisturising Lotion. It also has a blend of Vitamin B3 & C, which inhibits skin pigmentation and lightens skin blemishes for an even skin tone.

Lavender: Obviously, lavender is a plant that needs no introduction. It is probably the most soothing scent you can ever experience to soothe the mind and spirit. Lavender is also wonderfully beneficial for sensitive skin as it contains powerful antioxidants that can fight against the harmful effects of pollutants on the skin. I love all things lavender, but when it comes to selecting a body lotion, the one that tops the list is Yardley’s Lavender Moisturising Body Lotion.

Aloe Vera: The ancient Egyptians called it the “plant of immortality.” I completely agree. Not only does it moisturise the skin giving it a non-greasy feel, it also has amazing healing properties, which makes it perfect for sunburns. For those who use a lot of mineral-based makeup, aloe vera is the best moisturizer for the face prior to the application as it prevents skin drying.

Now, ladies, I love experimenting with homemade scrubs. And let’s face it – when it comes to exfoliating, hydrating and tightening skin – you name it and there is a DIY scrub that you can use to rub the problem away. Here are a few of my favourites that incorporate the amazing ingredients I’ve mentioned above.

Shea Butter Sugar Scrub

  • ½ cup Shea Butter
  • 1/3 cup Olive Oil
  • 1/8 tsp Vitamin E Oil
  • 2/3 cup Sugar

Beat the shea butter in a large bowl for around 5 minutes, until it reaches a creamy consistency. Gradually add the olive oil and vitamin E and continue to beat until all the ingredients are well infused. Then stir in the sugar and transfer to a mason jar. Apply a dollop or two as needed.

Green Tea Sugar Scrub

  • The content from 2 green tea bags
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • ½ to ¾ cup of soft or melted coconut oil

In a bowl, stir all of the ingredients together until well blended. You can also toss everything into a blender or mixer and whip together in seconds. Then place the mixture in an airtight container until you’re ready to use it. Take a dollop in your palm and apply in circular motions.

Lavender and Coconut Oil Scrub

  • 1/2 cup virgin coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon lavender essential oil

Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Spoon into a Mason jar and store in the refrigerator until you’re ready to use it. Gently scoop out a small portion and apply in circular motions as needed.

We think all these scrubs will definitely refresh your skin with the perfect balance of moisture and exfoliation. Hope you tried them and enjoyed them. Please let us know how it went.

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