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Oman beauty: Facial care tips

Guys, these facial care tips will help keep your skin clear and your bristles tidy  – without hitting your pocket

Our face is our most precious possession. It is the part of us that everyone sees day in, day out. However, the products that we use to care for it are often expensive, which is the last thing we want as the cost of living rises in Oman.

But here’s the good news: taking care of your skin doesn’t have to break the bank. Here are some tips to improve your skin on a budget:

Exfoliate with baking soda 

For very little cash, you can scrub your skin clean. Simply mix a small amount of baking soda with water to form a thick paste. Apply the paste to your skin gently and massage your face with small, circular motions. Leave the baking soda on your face for 20 minutes and then rinse off the paste with warm water. Exfoliate once or twice to remove dead skin and other blockages from your pores.

Ditch the shaving cream

Shaving cream is aerated so cans do not last long. Replacing cans of shaving cream regularly can become expensive over time. Many shaving creams contain chemicals and fragrances that irritate skin, which can lead to dry patches and acne. Switching to shaving oil can cut costs and help give you a much smoother shave. A little shaving oil goes a long way, and one manufacturer, Pacific Shaving Company (www.pacificshaving.com), claims that 15g of its all-natural shaving oil will last 100 shaves. Better yet, it contains essential oils such as sunflower, bergamot, avocado, grapefruit and tangerine, which all help to condition skin while eliminating the need for pre-shaves and aftershaves.

 Toss out your facial cleanser

Soap dries skin, which leads skin cells to overproduce oil and create a vicious cycle of breakouts. The skin naturally produces oil for a reason so instead of stripping oil away from your skin, give your face what it wants: more oil. Mix 25 per cent castor oil with 75 per cent of another oil (sunflower, coconut and extra virgin olive oil work well). Put a small amount of the oil mix in your hands then rub it between your palms to create warmth. Thoroughly massage the oil into your skin for about 10 minutes then wet a washcloth with hot water. Put the washcloth over your face until it returns to room temperature then re-wet it with hot water and put it over your face. Use the washcloth to steam your skin two to three times then rinse your face thoroughly with warm water. Massage any remaining oil into your skin.

The oil removes debris from pores without stripping skin of its natural moisture, helping to improve your skin’s look and feel. Better yet, the oil costs much less than most chemical-based facial cleansers.