If the COVID-19 pandemic has left you out of pocket with very little money to spend on your favourite beauty products, we have some DIY alternatives you can make at home using rooibos (sips tea).

With the main ingredient being a staple in most homes, you probably wont even need to go out and shop for it or any of the other ingredients in the below recipes.

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Rooibos is hypoallergenic and so these homemade products will be ideal even for people that have sensitive skin.

Adele du Toit the spokesperson for the SA Rooibos Council (SARC)  says, “Why should you spend a fortune on skincare products, when nature has gifted us with so many options. These are just some of the ways in which Rooibos can be incorporated affordably into your beauty regime.”

Here is how you can add rooibos into your beauty regimen:

Face Mask

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon of mashed avocado

1 tablespoon of plain full-fat yoghurt

1 tablespoon of honey

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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.

Method:

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

Body Scrub

Ingredients:

8-10 tea bags cut open and emptied

1/3 cup of brown sugar

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¼ cup of Coconut oil slightly warmed to melt

Method:

Mix all ingredients together and use once a week to remove dry flaky skin.

Hair rinse

Ingredients:

2-3 tea bags

500mls of boiling water

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Method:

· 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.

Rooibos Bath

Ingredients:

12 tea bags

A bath of warm water

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Method:

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.