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Improve your skin quickly with these easy and inexpensive recipes for homemade skincare.

Using the ancient secrets of Chinese cosmetology, AcuMedic herbal facials have been designed by expert medical cosmetologists, using botanical cleansers and creams packed full of herbal tinctures, nutrient extracts and pure essential oils to lift away the years, purify and rejuvenate the skin.

A facial treatment with an AcuMedic cosmetologist should be a regular part of your skin regime, but it’s important to keep your skin nourished frequently with foods and herbs which can be easily mixed into fast-acting natural skincare.

In this article we show you how to make a natural herbal face wash, tonic and mask. Use these products in between your ultimate facials to maximise their effects.

Here are the recipes (you should have these ingredients in your kitchen already) and how to use them for a quick and easy anti-ageing boost:

ROOIBOS FACE WASH

Rooibos is a refreshing and honey sweet herbal tea grown in South Africa. For hundreds of years, the numerous health benefits have made rooibos a staple of traditional healthy lifestyle and medicine. Since it’s caffeine-free, this warming amber-coloured tea is suitable for everyone as a daily anti-ageing drink.

The rooibos herb is rich in antioxidants (such as superoxide dismutase) which can heal and protect the skin not only from the inside but also when applied directly on the skin. It contains calcium, copper, potassium, and minerals that can help to naturally heal skin irritations.

Rooibos tea can be applied topically to repair damage caused by the environment as well to treat various skin conditions, according to studies.

Rooibos was shown to reduce skin’s sensitivity to the sun; decrease inflammation; alleviate itching in dermatitis (a type of eczema) as well as to rapidly lower the occurrence of herpes simplex (the cause of cold sores).

Here’s how you can make your own Rooibos face wash at home:

Ingredients:

1 cup filtered water

1/4 cup of Rooibos tea leaves

Directions for preparation

Place the rooibos leaves into a bowl (ceramic or metal), bring water to a gentle boil and pour over the rooibos leaves. Cover the bowl with plate and let stand for 20-30 minutes. Strain the herbs by pouring out the liquid and let it cool at room temperature.

Directions for use

Before applying, make sure the liquid is cool. Gently wash the face by applying small amounts of liquid on dry face. Rinse the face afterwards and pat dry with clean, dry towel.

The rooibos face wash can be stored in the fridge for up to seven days.

JASMINE TEA FACE TONER

Both jasmine and green tea each posses unique skin benefits. Jasmine has been used for centuries to keep the skin soft and protected against the environmental damage caused by changes in weather, while green tea’s antioxidant’s can help prevent wrinkles by removing free radicals that cause our body’s cells to age.

A good jasmine green tea combines the skin-boosting properties of both plants, making it not only an essential part of an anti-ageing diet, but an excellent ingredient for daily skincare. There are many reasons why you need jasmine green tea in your face toner:

Used in skincare, jasmine flowers can help maintain the skin’s elasticity and reduce dryness by balancing its moisture levels. The compounds benzaldehyde, benzoic acid, and benzyl benzoate contained in jasmine’s essential oils can help to keep the skin clear by regulating sebum production.

These compounds also possess antibiotic, antiseptic, antibacterial and antiviral properties, while jasmine itself can help to increase circulation, all of which can benefit the skin. In addition, jasmine can also be used to help alleviate skin eruptions and naturally clear away stretch marks, acne scars and wounds.

Drinking green tea can be one of your best defences against wrinkles but its range of antioxidants also make it beneficial when used as skincare. The caffeine in green tea can stimulate the skin and help it achieve a brighter complexion. Applied directly, green tea can decrease oiliness and help to detoxify the skin. Its antioxidants can reduce skin damage caused by free radicals in the sun’s UV rays.

Green tea also has a calming effect on the skin. Its antioxidants can help reduce inflammation which is why, in a clinical study, green tea extract reduced redness caused by acne rosacea.

Research has shown that green tea can help to not only relieve the redness and irritation caused by psoriasis but to impede the production of excess skin cells that appears to be at the root of this skin condition.

Here’s how you can harness the skin benefits of jasmine flowers and green tea leaves at home into a toner that’s just as easy to make as it’s to apply:

Ingredients

1 tablespoon of loose leaf jasmine green tea such as Dragon Pearl Jasmine or Dew Drop Jasmine (remember, real jasmine tea should not contain jasmine petals, but tea leaves infused with jasmine flowers)
1 cup of filtered water
1 piece of cotton cloth
Directions for preparation

Place the tea into a tea cup and pour over boiling water. Let it brew for at least 5 minutes.

Directions for use

Before using, make sure to clean your face and pat dry. Dip the cotton cloth into the tea and gently wipe over the face. You can also apply this toner over your entire body after taking a shower or a bath. You don’t need to wash this toner away. Leave it on your skin to dry.

 

WHITE TEA FACE MASK

White tea is routinely drank in China to prevent skin ageing and maintain youthful looks. The secret behind its endurance as the centuries-old beauty ingredient is the anti-ageing antioxidants contained in its silvery-haired leaves. White tea undergoes only minimal processing during manufacture and therefore retains a high concentration of antioxidants.

Drinking white tea can help brighten your complexion through its gentle detoxifying effect. By removing free radicals from the body, white tea’s antioxidants can repair some of the skin damage caused by stress, unbalanced diet and sunlight. The catechins contained in white tea also give it anti-inflammatory properties.

The anti-ageing effect of white tea also applies when used directly on the skin. Research has shown that using white tea extract can improve the skin’s defences against stress.

Here is how you can use white tea at home to create your own anti-wrinkle face mask:

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons of loose leaf white tea such as Silver Needle
3 or 4 tablespoons of rice flour
1 banana

Directions for preparation:

Brew a pot of white tea and let it cool at room temperature. Strain the white tea by pouring out the liquid into a bowl. Mix the cool liquid with 3 or 4 tablespoons of rice flour but make sure the liquid is not too thick or runny. Take a banana and mash it up in the mix to create a smooth and spreadable mixture (banana can add a mositurising property to your white tea mask).

Directions for use:

Before applying the mask, wash your face with your normal cleanser and gently pat dry with a towel. When the skin is dry and clean, apply the mixture to your face as a mask. Leave the mask on for 15 minutes. Rinse off the mask with water while gently rubbing the mask to exfoliate your skin. Dry your face gently and add your normal moisturising cream.

Try these recipes and feel the difference!

 

STEP UP YOUR SKINCARE REGIMEN BY COMBINING CHINESE HERBS & WESTERN SKIN SCIENCE