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Looking after your skin is something that can easily be done at home. With a little time and a few well-chosen essential oils, everyone can benefit from these four recipes. (You will choose which essential oils to use based on your own skin type.)

Step 1: Steam

Steam your face to encourage the removal of toxins, dirt and waste, improve skin hydration and loosen dead skin cells. Note: Do not steam your face if you have broken veins, inflammation, sunburn or hypersensitive skin.

2 litres boiled water

20 drops lavender (normal), rosewood (dry), juniper (oily)

glass bowl and medium towel

Put the water and essential oil in a glass bowl. With your face 10 inches from the water, cover your head and the bowl with the towel. Steam your face for up to 10 minutes. After steaming, wipe your face with a cool cloth.

 Step 2: Cleanse

Use a gentle scrub to remove impurities and dead skin.

2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda

10 drops geranium (normal), Roman chamomile (dry), rosemary (oily)

water

Mix all ingredients together, using enough water to make a paste. Apply to face in small circular motions. Rinse face thoroughly with warm water.

Step 3: Tone

Tone your skin with a refreshing rosewater blend to nourish and soften the skin.

1 tablespoon rosewater

10-15 drops lavender (normal), sandalwood (dry), cypress (dry)

cotton balls

Mix the essential oil with the rosewater and gently wipe your face and throat with clean cotton balls.

Step 4: Moisturise and nourish

Moisturise your skin with a specially created facial oil. This recipe makes enough for several applications.

1 tablespoon almond oil

┬╝ teaspoon jojoba (normal), borage seed (dry), evening primrose (oily)

10-15 drops geranium/lavender (normal), sandalwood/Roman chamomile (dry), juniper/cypress (oily)

Massage gently into face and neck area. Note: Only use as much oil as can be absorbed by the skin. If there is an oily sheen after 5 minutes, use a tissue to gently remove excess. You can save the remaining blend for the next time or you can use it for an indulgent foot massage. (Best when performed by another person!!) If you prefer you can make enough for a full month; be sure to store the blends in (preferably dark) glass bottles in a cool place.

Lesley Hobbs is a writer, yoga teacher and certified aromatherapist. She loves dogs, hiking and her family, though not necessarily in that order. Her website is www.OpenToAbundance.com