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Rooibos beauty hacks on a shoestring budget

There’s no need to spend a fortune on skincare products when you can use Rooibos in your beauty routine!

FACE MASK:

You’ll need: 1 tablespoon of mashed avocado; 1 tablespoon of plain full-fat yoghurt; 1 tablespoon of honey; 50ml of strong Rooibos tea (cooled down)

Tip: you can add a teaspoon of lemon juice which will stop the avo from oxidising and turning brown.

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To make: Mix all the ingredients and apply to skin. Leave on for 15 minutes before rinsing with lukewarm Rooibos water.

BODY SCRUB:

You’ll need: 8-10 tea bags cut open and emptied; 1/3 cup of brown sugar; ¼ cup of Coconut oil slightly warmed to melt

To make: Mix all ingredients and use once a week to remove dry flaky skin.

HAIR RINSE:

You’ll need: 2-3 tea bags; 500ml boiling water

To make: Bring water to a boil, add the tea bags and let the tea steep for 30 minutes. Shampoo and condition your hair you usually would. Pour or spray tea onto over freshly washed and conditioned hair and allow to sit for 20-30 minutes before rinsing.

BODY WRAP:

Liquidise papaya with seeds, mix with Rooibos leaves and use as a body wrap. Wrap with palm leaves or Glad wrap and rinse off with Rooibos water. The enzymes in papaya remove all traces of dry and flaky skin and leave skin hydrated. You can also use it as a face mask. Papaya is rich in vitamin A, which repairs and revitalises the skin.

ROOIBOS BATH:

You’ll need: 12 tea bags; a bath of warm water

To make: Add 12 Rooibos tea bags to a warm bath, relax and enjoy! Soaking in a bath of Rooibos tea is ideal for soothing sunburn or inflamed itchy skin, caused by eczema or other skin conditions. The auburn pigment in Rooibos also allows for a natural self-tan.

 

Rooibos, in its purest form, can boost your beauty routine:

  1. Rooibos contains an abundance of the enzyme, superoxide dismutase, which is an effective anti-ageing substance. As such, Rooibos reduces wrinkles and boosts the production of healthy skin cells.
  2. The high flavonoid levels in Rooibos also helps to improve skin disorders like eczema. Its natural anti-inflammatory properties will help to soothe and relieve inflamed skin. Rooibos tea bags can be applied directly to the affected skin for a few minutes. Bathing regularly or rinsing inflamed areas with the tea will provide a healing effect. Or, add cold Rooibos to a spray bottle and apply throughout the day or when discomfort is experienced.
  3. Inflammation is a major cause of acne and when your skin is damaged, it’s more vulnerable to bacteria which can aggravate acne. In addition to the tea’s anti-inflammatory response, it also contains antibacterial properties that will help fight acne. Drink it regularly and/ or use it as a face rinse instead of water.
  4. The polyphenols or antioxidants in Rooibos tea also strengthens hair follicles and promotes shiny and soft hair. Rinse your hair at least once a week with a strong brew of cooled down Rooibos tea for glowing locks. This is also good for treating a dry, itchy, or irritated scalp.
  5. Tired and sensitive eyes can also be treated with lukewarm Rooibos. Place tea bags on eyelids or rinse the eyes gently with the tea.
  6. Rooibos is also hypoallergenic and is therefore ideal for people with sensitive skin.
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