Quick and easy: Three-ingredient buttery shortbread biscuits

These decadent buttery shortbread biscuits will crumble and melt in your mouth. They are so easy to make - you only need three ingredients and a bowl.

Quick and easy: Three-ingredient buttery shortbread biscuits

Shortbread biscuits aren’t just for the holiday, they are for when you need to whip up something quick and easy to dip in your coffee. Make these deliciously rich, perfectly crumbly, melt in your mouth biscuits in just a few minutes.

If you do not use butter, although this is best for these biscuits, you can use baking margarine instead. If you do not have powdered sugar you can also use castor, brown or regular sugar. The dough can be rolled out and cut into shapes with cookie cutters. You can even make thumbprint cookies with jam. The possibilities are endless.

I like to use salted butter for this recipe and my favourite additions are a pinch of freshly chopped rosemary or macadamia nuts. This shortbread is also yummy dipped in or drizzled with chocolate.

Makes 16+ biscuits

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Skin care and self love: Turmeric is all your skin needs

Maintain a beautiful, even-toned skin with turmeric.

Skin care and self love: Turmeric is all your skin needs

We all want flawless, even-toned skin, but most of the time it is hardly ever the case. We suffer from various skin problems ranging from acne, hyperpigmentation to discolouration. Each year people spend a lot of money on skin products to solve their skin problems. But as we all know, most of the products do not do what they say they will do. And sometimes you find your self throwing away bottles of products and wasting thousands of rands.

What if there was an ingredient in your kitchen that could help you tackle your skin problems without breaking the bank? Something you use each and every day. And even better, because it can be ingested, then we are 100 % sure that it is safe to use on the skin without severe side effects caused by certain products.

The ingredient in question is turmeric. It is reported that one ounce of turmeric gives you 26% of your daily requirement of manganese and 16% of your daily requirement of iron. The herb is also a wonderful source of fibre, potassium, vitamin B6, magnesium, and vitamin C.

Benefits of turmeric on your skin

1. Has anti-inflammatory properties

Thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial benefits, turmeric can work wonders on condition-riddled skin. It can also help reduce redness from blemishes and calm skin conditions like eczema and rosacea.

2. Fights off acne

Turmeric is excellent for acne because it is a natural antiseptic and helps to keep bacteria from spreading. It’s especially effective when combined with apple cider vinegar which has astringent properties, meaning it plays the same role as your average toner.

3.  Reduces dark circles

Since turmeric is a proven anti-inflammatory and lightening agent, it’s perfect for alleviating this kind of concern. It also stimulates circulation, which can help reduce puffiness and under-eye darkness caused by poor circulation.

4. Soothes dry skin

Turmeric can deeply hydrate and revitalise skin while alleviating symptoms of dryness. It naturally speeds up the process of removing dead skin cells to reveal healthy and soft skin, and protects the skin cells from further damage.

Make a turmeric mask

1 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon organic apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 tablespoons of organic honey
1 teaspoon milk

Step 1: Mix
In a small bowl, mix the turmeric powder, apple cider vinegar, honey and milk or yoghurt. You’re going for a paste-like consistency that will stick to your face without dripping.

Step 2: Apply to face
Before applying your turmeric face mask, wash and dry your face to remove any makeup or impurities. Keep in mind that turmeric will turn fabric yellow, so consider putting on an old shirt that you don’t mind getting stained during your turmeric spa session.

Apply the mask using your fingers or a makeup brush being careful to avoid the eye area.

Step 3: Rest
Allow the mask to sit on your face for about 10 to 15 minutes

Step 4: Rinse
Rinse off the mask with warm water. You can also use a washcloth; but remember, it will get stained

For best results, do this four times a week.

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