The ARTAH guide to staying home: DIY Skincare

From making Ottolenghi-style dinners (we now have time to browse the supermarket aisles for extraneous ingredients we may never use again) to attempting side crow to headstand transitions on our yoga mat, the ARTAH team are using lockdown as an excuse to try new things. Our skincare routine is no exception. All of us at ARTAH are missing the deliciously indulgent but incredibly necessary ritual of a good facial. Deeply cleansing, moisturising and brightening facials are an integral part of every ARTAH programme and we have been looking tirelessly for the best ways to replicate that amazing post-facial glow at home. When it comes to skincare, we always say “leave it to the experts” which is why we turned to highly experienced facialist and skincare expert, Desi Valentine, for some recipes to create an at-home spa experience.

diy skincare



Incredibly nourishing, this mask is lightly exfoliating – ideal if you have oily skin.


  • 5-6 squares of dark chocolate (choose 90% cacao or higher)

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of plain yoghurt

  • 1 tablespoon of gram flour


Melt 5-6 squares of dark chocolate in a bowl and add the plain yoghurt. Mix well and add 1 tablespoon of gramflour to it. Apply it to your skin for 15 minutes and then gently scrub your skin as you wash the mask off.



A thoroughly moisturising mask that will also add a luminous glow to your skin.


  • 80g of dark chocolate (90% cacao if possible)

  • 1 tbsp Honey

  • Lemon juice


Melt the dark chocolate squares and pour it into a cup. Add 1 tablespoon of honey and a few drops of lemon juice into it. Mix into a smooth paste and apply all over your face and neck area. Leave it for on for 15 minutes before washing off with warm water.



An amazing at-home, all natural, exfoliating scrub. (NB please avoid this scrub if you have oily skin or you are prone to acne)


  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

  • 1/4 cup coffee grounds

  • 1/2 olive oil or avocado


Mix all the ingredients together and gently work it into the skin with circular motion.



  1. Use your ring finger to massage the area around each eyes gently, in a circular motion, from the inner corner to your eye out towards your temple. Do this every morning to help disperse fluid and reduce puffiness.

 2. Wrap some ice cubes in a cotton or pice of muslin and gently press it against the skin underneath your eyes.

 3. Place chilled teaspoons over your eyes.

 4. Dip a cotton pad in white or green tea. Gently squeeze out the excess fluid and place the pads covered in a container in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. Place the pads on your eyes then lie back and relax for 20 minutes.



This mask is both incredibly soothing and revitalising for the skin.


1 cucumber

1 potato (peeled)


Blend the cucumber and potato in a food processor until it turns into a thick paste. Leave it in the fridge to chill for approximately 1 hour. Once it’s cold enough, apply the mask around your eyes and leave it to sit for 15-20min before washing off.

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