Beauty Blitz with Victoria Walshe Homemade Facials


pring in to March with a glowing healthy complexion thanks to these creative DIY masks I’ve

discovered from conjuring up my own concoctions or adding ingredients to old favourites! Be inspired to open your kitchen presses and see what you can rustle up on a Friday night in if you

dont want to spend a small fortune. These DIY masks can be applied to the face and neck, just be mindful of the eye area!

A whisk is the ideal tool for whipping all the ingredients together. Leave the masks on for at least 15 minutes and relax. Enjoy!


Wine Facial What you need: ¼ cup of Red Wine ¼ cup Kaolin Clay 1 tablespoon of Oat Flour (both sold at health shops) 2 tablespoons of Grapeseed Oil.

Physicians Formula Super BB Cream €19.90

amounts) can repair sun damage, wrinkles and sagging. Kaolin Clay draws out impurities, the Grapeseed Oil moisturises and hydrates and the oat flour gently exfoliates.

How it works: Resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant in red wine (It’s in white wine too, but in lesser

To get extra benefit apply thin

Hydrating Strawberry Facial

slices of cucumber or cool used teabags to

each eye whilst sitting back to relax.

What you need: 10 Stawberries, ¼ cup of Bee Pollen, (sold at health shops), 3 tablespoons of Honey, 1 tablespoon Olive Oil & Mayonnaise & a few drops of Lavender Essentail Oil.

How it works: Strawberries are rich in vitamin C and also contain alpha hydroxy acids, which exfoliate the skin. The grainy texture of the bee-pollen granules helps to exfoliate and the honey, a potent humectant, penetrates the skin’s surface. Olive oil moisturises and is infused with antioxidants; mayonnaise softens the skin but also adds a creamy texture to the mix. The lavender is purely for aromatherapy so if you’d rather use another essential oil do.

My Results: It’s not the prettiest mask but my skin felt crazy soft and I didn’t even need to apply moisturiser that night. Warning, it may lead to you craving a strawberry smoothie.

Brightening Beer Facial

What you need: 1 Egg White; ½ cup

Beer (any brand) & 2 teaspoons of fresh Lime Juice.

How it works: Beer is a soothing cleanser, it contains B vitamins, hops, saccharides and yeast, which help dissolve dead cells and increase the skin’s luminosity. When mixed with egg white, the yeast in the beer creates a filmy mask that hydrates and improves skin elasticity. Adding a dash of lime, a source of vitamin C, helps to clear pores and fade brown spots.

My Results: I painted this on with a basting brush, it was clear and dried quickly, so I could walk around the house with it on. It felt so cool that I kept it longer then needed. Once I removed it, my face felt smoother than a silk pillow and was so luminous!

Victoria Walshe (left), owner of Natural Beauty, 28 Spring Garden Alley, Waterford. Natural Beauty is open

Tuesday to Saturday til 6pm and late Thursday and Fridays til 8pm. Call 051-879874 for appointments or check out facebook on WATERFORD 29

My Results: Admittedly, I may have enjoyed a glass or two of the wine so I particularly liked this mask! The texture reminded me of papier- mâché, it was cool, chunky and gritty. It dried into a delicate shell and after rinsing, I had a thin film on my skin that seemed to smooth out fine lines. The next morning, my skin was definitely more hydrated!

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