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There are lots of natural ingredients in the home that you can use to make your own natural skin care products and here Charlotte Vohtz, founder of Green People and expert in organic beauty shares her top tips on making some handy homemade skin care and face mask recipes.  For skin that needs a little extra support, try Green People’s long-lasting natural face masks are a wonderful way of encouraging a bright, radiant and blemish-free complexion.

NOURISHING BANANA MASK.
A homemade skin care treat to gently detoxify, rehydrate and leave skin glowing.Bananas are a good source of potassium, vitamins A, B6 and C and are great for softening and hydrating the skin. This natural face mask won’t last long so make it fresh whenever you want to give your skin a boost. Mash one small organic banana. Mix with 1 teaspoon of Hemp oil and 1 teaspoon of Manuka honey. Smooth the mixture onto your skin and leave for 10 minutes before gently rinsing off with warm water. 

REPAIRING AVOCADO MASK WITH MANUKA HONEY.
Avocado is rich in so many nutrients including vitamins A, D and E, beta-carotene, potassium (the ‘youth mineral’), proteins, lecithin and essential fatty acids. It also contains plant steroids called sterolins which help to soften and moisturise the skin, reduce age spots and heal sun damage and scars.  Another great thing about Avocado is that it has emollient properties and assists in the regeneration and rejuvenation of the skin. This makes it ideal for mature skin, as well as eczema and psoriasis-prone skin, and skin that’s easily dehydrated or has experienced sun damage. 

For normal skin types:
• Mash the flesh of half a medium-sized organic avocado into a creamy texture
• Apply the mixture to your skin on same day you make and leave on the face and neck for 15-20 minutes
• Gently rinse off with warm water then, if you wish, dab your skin with cool Green Tea

For oily skin types:
• Combine the mashed flesh of half a medium-sized organic avocado with 1 tablespoon of Manuka honey
• Massage the mask mixture into the face and neck and leave on for 15-20 minutes
• Gently rinse off with warm water then, if you wish, dab your skin with cool Green Tea

For very dry and mature skin types:
• Combine the mashed flesh of half a medium-sized organic avocado with 1 tablespoon of Manuka honey and 1 teaspoon of freshly squeezed organic Lemon juice
• Massage the mask mixture into the face and neck and leave on the skin for 15-20 minutes
• Gently rinse off with warm water then, if you wish, dab your skin with cool Green Tea

If your skin is feeling tight and tired it might benefit more from an overnight mask. Green People’s Hydra-Glow Sleep Mask is enriched with skin-softening essential oils and 35 beauty-enhancing actives. It’s effortlessly easy to apply and when left on the skin overnight, it sinks deep into the layers of the skin to soften, firm and awaken the complexion.

CLEANSING T-ZONE MASK.
This homemade face mask contains natural ingredients that are ideal for combination or oily skin as well as skin that is prone to breakouts around the T-Zone area. Mix 2 tablespoons of rosewater with 1 tablespoon of natural yoghurt and 1 tablespoon of Manuka honey. If you wish you can add an essential oil. Apply to the T-zone, leave for 8-10 minutes and then rinse off. Rosewater not readily available? Why not treat your skin to Green People’s new Coconut Charcoal Purifying Face Mask? Created for combination and spot-prone skin, it combines skin-balancing Alpine Willow with detoxing Bentonite Clay and activated Charcoal to naturally draw dirt and toxins out of the pores, decongest the skin and help stop spots from forming. 

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR TONER.
Tempted to make your own toner? Apple Cider Vinegar is a store-cupboard staple and in addition to being rich in enzymes and full of vitamins and minerals, it has a tonic action that promotes circulation in the tiny capillaries that nourish the skin. Stir 1-2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar into 20ml of water and add up to 5 drops of an essential oil blend that suits your skin type. Apple cider vinegar is particularly effective when used with Lavender, Rose or Rosemary essential oils. Apply to your face after cleansing. Keep refrigerated and use within four weeks. 



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TRY GREEN PEOPLE’S NATURAL & ORGANIC FACE MASKS & CREAMS

NEW Coconut Charcoal Purifying Face Mask – £21 (50ml)
A pore-purifying detox mask to mattify and balance combination or oily skin

A brightening, deep cleansing charcoal face mask with glow getting results. Expect a serious skin glow and new levels of skin softness. This skin-refining, pore-purifying detox mask draws out impurities, controls oil production and mattifies the skin whilst reducing the appearance of pores. Activated Charcoal is a highly absorbent material which binds itself to environmental pollutants, oil and dirt in the skin. Pores blocked with oil and dirt will appear larger, using activated Charcoal to remove these polluting factors will make pores look less visible, whilst reviving the complexion. The activated Charcoal Green People use is sustainably sourced from coconut shells which are a by-product of other coconut-based products, i.e. milks, oils etc, and which would otherwise be thrown away.

Beauty Boost Skin Restore – £21 (50ml)
A radiance boosting rescue treatment cream for all skin types

Discover luminous skin brilliance with this exciting new arrival from organic skincare experts Green People. Beauty Boost Skin Restore is a luxury at-home facial treatment and intense skin booster, created to plump and re-charge the complexion, restore brightness and banish dull skin. Replacing traditional peel off masks this innovative and time-saving leave-on variety is designed to be used twice weekly. Innovative Wakame maximises cellular energy and stimulates collagen formation for amazing skin firmness and flexibility. Everlasting Flower has an intense soothing action and skin is enriched with vitamins A, C, D and E from Avocado. Powerful hydration to deeper skin tissues comes from Green Marine Macro Algae whilst mood lifting and stress reducing Ylang Ylang and Mandarin leave the skin beautifully scented, balanced and refined. Beauty Boost represents the next generation in organic skin care and is set to become the go-to product to banish dull skin and revitalise skin tone. Made with 91.7% certified organic ingredients.

Sensitive 24-Hour Cream  – £20 (50ml)
An ultra-gentle anti-ageing moisturiser to soothe and nourish sensitive skin

This certified organic, fragrance-free day and night moisturiser keeps skin hydrated around the clock. A nutrient-rich blend supports the skin’s natural moisture balance and protects against skin ageing with scientifically proven plant actives, vitamins and minerals. Evening Primrose and Avocado oils regenerate and deeply nurture the skin, whilst Tara Bush, Seaweed and Baicalin enhance skin hydration, increase collagen production and extend cell life. Made without essential oils, this unscented moisturiser is suitable for even the most sensitive of skin and allergy sufferers.

NEW Hydra-Glow Sleep Mask – £32 (50ml)
A beauty boosting, deeply hydrating face mask which rejuvenates skin overnight

A nourishing overnight treat with a blend of richly hydrating Green Algae and plant Squalane to help stimulate collagen production and lock in moisture where your skin needs it most. Vitamins and precious Omega-3&6-rich oils soothe, soften and beautify the skin, whilst the antioxidant properties of flavonoids offer powerful purifying and anti-inflammatory benefits. Awaken to a revived complexion with a renewed skin glow. Scented with a blissful blend of warm citrus notes to clear the mind and soothe nervous tension, aiding a restful sleep.

Green People products are available from www.greenpeople.co.uk, independent health stores, Ocado and selected Waitrose, Wholefoods, Planet Organic and Revital.

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