16 brilliant DIY beauty treatments to do at home

From homemade face masks to DIY scrubs and hair conditioning treatments, every bride needs these beauty hacks in her life.
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1. Steam away impurities
For a quick, deep cleanse, pour boiling water into a bowl with lemon juice and rose petals and hold you face over it, covering your head with a towel. The steam will invigorate you and help loosen blackheads. Cleanse afterwards and follow with a cool-water rinse to close pores.

2. Firm your face
Witch hazel can temporarily tighten the skin and give facial tissues a lift. Instead of using it neat, which can stress delicate skin, mix 1 teaspoon with 100g moisturiser and after two weeks you should see results

3. Homemade face scrub
Honey and almond flour, mixed together into a paste, is an excellent scrub for oily skin because of honey's antiseptic properties and the high levels of vitamins they both contain. Its graininess makes it an excellent gentle exforliator.

4. Replenishing face mask
Create a replenishing face mask with the flesh of one avocado, a little orange juice, honey, molasses and a few drops of camomile essential oil whizzed together in a blender to give skin a vitamin boost.

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5. Banish oily skin
Mix a teaspoon of brewer's yeast with enough natural yogurt to make a loose, thin mixture. Pat this thoroughly into the oily areas and allow to dry for 15-20 minutes. Rinse off with cool water and pat dry.

6. Rehydrate with cucumber
For gentle rehydration for sensitive skins, combine half a cucumber, scooped out of its skin, one tablespoon yogurt, a few strawberries and one teaspoon of honey. Apply to face and allow to dry, before gently wiping off.

7. Get rid of blemishes
A carrot mask can work wonders for blemished complexions. Use a small, raw carrot mashed to a smooth paste or boil one in a little water and mash it. Pat the mask all over the blemished areas and leave on for 15-20 minutes. Rinse and pat dry.

8. Hair mask for extra shine
For a leave-in treatment for extra shine, dissolve a teaspoon of honey into 500ml of warm water. After shampooing, pour the the mixture through the hair, distributing evenly. Do not runs out and dry as normal.

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9. Homemade highlights
Lemon juice and vinegar are both excellent for oily hair. They will also give lustre to blonde hair and bring out the highlights. Never pour vinegar or lemon juice directly onto your hair; dilute them first with water and distribute evenly.

10. Coconut shine
Make your own hair treat by combining coconut oil with a teaspoon of honey for a 10-minute boosting mask that will rescue dry or damaged hair. Those with very dry or curly hair may benefit from massaging the coconut oil into the hair and leaving it overnight as it naturally softens, conditions and relaxes the hair.

11. Get rid of oily build-up
Control oily build-up and add shine with a fruity hair rinse. Heat a sliced orange, a sliced apple and a small slice of melon with 1 litre of water in a saucepan for 10 minutes. Strain and allow to cool, then add 500ml of cider vinegar. Leave for 24 hours before using to rinse hair.

12. Moisturise with olive oil
Olive oil's is nature's great moisturiser. Give yourself a deep-conditioning hot oil hair wrap by massaging gently warmed olive oil into the hair and scalp, then wrap your head in a warm towel (which has been heated in a tumble dryer briefly) for 10-20 minutes. Follow with shampoo, conditioner and dry as usual.

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13. Revitalising body lotion
Mix rosewater and lime juice with a little glycerine and use the lotion on dry skin after a bath. Store in the fridge if you want to keep it more than a few days.

14. Make your own wrap
The simplest wrap is clay with added salt, which is highly absorbent. Warm some water, add ingredients then dip in bandages and wrap yourself in them. You can add herbs such as rose petals, camomile or ginger powder if required.

15. Homemade hand and foot scrub
Mix a paste of almond oil and salt in the palm of one hand and use to scrub the back of your hands and over your knuckles - your hands will feel and look silky smooth.

16. Soften skin
Cleopatra was famous for her smooth skin and milk baths. Follow her beauty secret by adding three cups of powdered milk or fresh milk to a warm bath. The lactic acid in the milk will soften and gently exfoliate.

Tips extracted from Beauty Hacks by Esme Floyd, (£7.99, Amazon.co.uk) published by Carlton Books.

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