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Beer, you beauty!

Beer, you beauty!

Beauty (and beer) is in the eye of the beholder…

True beer is the world’s favourite tipple after water and tea, but it also has ‘beautifying’ benefits.

According to Kelly Gielink, Johannesburg beauty therapist and make-up artist “Beer is made with natural ingredients (barley and hops), it is rich in protein and vitamins that promotes healthy hair and skin.”  The South African Breweries has pulled up some easy remedies to make and try at home, using beer.


 How to make your own beer shampoo

Help restore body and bounce to your hair with one cup of your favourite beer and another cup of your favourite shampoo.


  • Step 1: Pour one cup of beer into a medium saucepan and on a medium-to-high temperature, boil for 15 minutes or until it reduces to half the content.
  • Step 2: Let the beer cool completely.
  • Step 3: Pour one cup of shampoo and the cooled down beer into a mixing bowl and stir gently until blended.
  • Step 4: Funnel the ‘new’ beer shampoo into a bottle of your choice.
  • Step 5: Wash your hair at leisure.

It is recommended you alternate beer shampoo washes with normal shampoo.


How to make your own beer facial

According to Gielink, the yeast in beer is antibacterial and helps combat acne prone skin.


  • 2 tablespoons of your favourite beer
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 egg white


Step 1: Pour two tablespoons of beer into a bowl and add the other two ingredients.

Step 2: Whisk until the mixture if frothy (well mixed).

Step 3: Now you can apply concoction to your face and/or other acne prone areas (such as neck, chest or back).


  • Step 1: Dab a cotton ball, tissue or makeup pad into the mixture and apply to your face.
  • Step 2: Let it set for between 10 – 15 minutes (it will dry pretty quickly).
  • Step 3: Rinse off with warm water and gently pat dry.


Note: You can decant what is leftover into an airtight container but you must use within a day or so (before the egg ingredient spoils).


 How to make a beer scrub and soak off in a ‘beer bath’ afterwards

“Because of the hops aroma, a warm beer bath prompts drowsiness and sleep, therefore relaxing the body and mind,” said Gielink.

Can’t make it to the Beer Spa? Brew your own bath at home.


  • ¼ cup of your favourite beer
  • 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons of olive or coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons of almond extract
  • 3 egg whites


  • Step 1: Combine all your ingredients in a bowl and whip together until smooth.
  • Step 2: Run a warm bath (not too hot) and soak for 15 minutes to open up your pores.
  • Step 3: Climb out the bath and lightly dry your body with a towel.
  • Step 4: Apply the beer scrub all over your body and allow 15 minutes for it to soak into your skin.
  • Step 5: Rinse off by climbing back into your bath.
  • Step 6: Relax in your ‘beer bath’ at leisure.

Other beer spa treatments include a ‘beer foot soak’. To help one unwind, pour two ice cold beers (straight from the fridge) into a bucket and soak your feet. “The carbonation soothes tired feet,” said Gielink.

Thanks, beer!


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