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It was back in the late 16th century when Shakespeare immortalised the tragic heroine Juliet. When she spoke of “Thou know’st the mask of night is on my face,” Juliet wasn’t referring to her bedtime beauty routine, of course. However, when it comes to yours, you can travel back in time and glean secrets from the past, and blend the past with the present.

The Native American Indians knew of witch hazel’s magical properties as soothing balm and a cleanser. A few drops of it in warm water or on your facial sponge can work wonders for your skin. Other natural remedies for skin cleansing and facials include snail gel — currently flying off the shelves fast enough to make snails jealous!

Okay, the face of a snail probably isn’t that much to look at — except perhaps to other snails — yet Chilean snail farmers have long known about the healing effects of snail gel itself, particularly of the Helix Aspersa breed (the common garden snail). Rich in collagen, elastin, glycolic acid and vitamins A, C and E, people who have used snail gel twice a day as part of a facial beauty routine have reported it to leave a softer, silkier complexion, lessen the appearance of scars and acne, smoothen out wrinkles and rejuvenate the overall feel of the skin.

Naturally, this doesn’t mean you should dash out into your back garden and rub a snail all over your face (and just imagine if your partner were to walk in you doing that!). The shops sell plenty of facial masks with which you can pamper your skin, but if you want to try a few natural methods to better skin and get in touch with the deeper you, here are some suggestions:

For a refreshing facial steam add one teaspoon of lavender buds, a teaspoon of jasmine green tea, a teaspoon of camomile flowers and three rosebuds to a bowl containing 400 millilitres of boiling water. Place your head over the bowl, cover with a towel and steam for five minutes. Do this once a week.

Mix a tablespoon of plain yogurt, a tablespoon of cooked oatmeal and one egg together. Mix into a paste, smooth onto your face and relax for 10 minutes. This can help energize your face and take away that run-down feeling the pace of modern life can sometimes give you.


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For softer skin, mix one egg yolk with one tablespoon of milk and two tablespoons of honey. Smooth into a paste and apply as above. For red or troubled skin add five drops of lavender. For acne-prone skin add a drop of camphor, bergamot, tea tree oil and two drops of lavender.

Of course, whether you travel back in time to observe your skincare routine or live in the now and let the snails live to fight another day, you should still drink plenty of water and eat lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. There are just some things that snails can’t argue with!

Julie Wellingworth is a life coach with a passion for beauty and something of a romantic. She loves looking good, travel and the novels of Jack Kerouac. 


M&S Formula Advanced Skin Solutions Illumin-ATP 1 Minute Facial has been designed to deliver a post-facial glow in just 60 seconds, injecting an immediate dose of radiance.

The new mask could be the answer to problem dehydrated skin as it works to renew skin in one minute by “boosting micro circulation and reviving skin” through exfoliation.

The facial contains a blend of ATP, algin (a moisture boosting seaweed extract), and exfoliating papaya extract.

M&S Formula Advanced Skin Solutions Illumin-ATP 1 Minute Facial has been designed to deliver a post-facial glow in just 60 seconds

M&S Formula Advanced Skin Solutions Illumin-ATP 1 Minute Facial has been designed to deliver a post-facial glow in just 60 seconds

ATP is the skin’s power source, storing energy and transferring it to where it is required, giving cells an instantly available energy to power cellular processes such as metabolism and cell turnover.

Together, they help the complexion appear brighter with renewed luminescence.

The dual exfoliator works to deliver a post-facial radiance to skin as well as a renewed smoothness and softness in record speed.

It is said that after a month of use once or twice a week, users’ complexion will appear less fatigued and dull as the skin looks brighter, more luminous and feels more energized.

When the team behind the product tested 97 women with “dull or fatigued skin”, 94% reported the 1 Minute Facial left their skin feeling renewed.

It is advised to use Illumin-ATP 1 Minute Facial  once or twice a week, morning or evening, and to gently massage it into damp skin, allowing the beads to exfoliate.

You can wash it off after one minute to “reveal instantly glowing skin”.

The range has been formulated with Swiss laboratories with guidance from Swiss skincare expert Dr. Jacqueline Hill.