If you can't stand your skin, get into the kitchen

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 30 August, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 30 August, 2005, 12:00am

I-Spa manager Siririat Fungkhajon says one beauty rule to live by is to use all-natural products on your skin.

But despite the all-natural claims of many beauty brands, she says that 'the only thing that's all-natural is the stuff you can eat and find in the kitchen.

'I use plain yoghurt to cleanse and brown sugar to exfoliate, both at home and on spa clients.'

Although plant, flower and vegetable extracts may be natural, it's always best to test on a small section of skin and wait 24 hours to ensure you're not allergic.

Fungkhajon suggests these home remedies:

Face: A weekly mask removes dirt and bacteria, tightens pores and reduces the chance of infections and blemishes. Leave on for five minutes and wash off with warm water.

Normal skin: egg yolk and powdered milk.

Dry skin: honey and banana.

Acne-prone/oily skin: honey and lemon juice.

Body: The first step to glowing skin is a scrub to remove dry, flaky skin, then a body wrap to moisturise.

Scrub: Gently rub the mixture in circular motions over your body. Rinse with warm water.

Dry/normal skin: dry turmeric, ground nutmeg, powdered milk, essential oils.

Oily skin: mashed tomato, lavender, rice flour.

Wrap: Apply the mixture all over the body, cover with plastic wrap and stay under a blanket for 30 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

Dry skin: pure honey or orange juice and rice flour.

Normal skin - powdered cinnamon, camphor, dry turmeric.

Oily skin: din so pong (a Thai herb), powdered milk, turmeric.

Sensitive/sunburnt skin: aloe vera, cucumber juice.