Want to treat yourself but feeling the pinch?
Here are some treatments you can make at home that won’t bust your budget and still leave you feeling pampered.
Walnut Face Pack
Handful of walnuts
3 teaspoons of fine oats
2 teaspoons runny honey
1 teaspoon cream or milk or water
Olive oil to blend
Put all the ingredients in a blender or use your pestle and mortar to get a fine smooth paste. If blending by hand it will take longer and you may need more oil so just add it by eye.
Paint over the face and leave it until it is dry. Rinse away and moisturise.
Only make enough for one go as its the freshness that is key to getting the most out of the ingredients. This mask is anti-inflammatory, soothing and moisturising. Walnuts are full of anti oxidants that will be absorbed by the skin.
Mix Aloe Vera gel with Glycerine in a 3 to 1 combination and apply with a cotton wool ball to sunburn as well as using as a soothing face mask after a day in the sun.
Mix Green clay with Aloe Vera gel, glycerine and cocoa butter for a good all purpose mask. ( You can buy glycerin at Lakeland for under £3.00).
For hands and feet
1 tablespoon honey
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon warm olive oil
½ cup warm water
Mix all ingredients and soak hands for at least 5 minutes. Pat dry and follow with your cuticle work – pushing back and trimming if needed.
Soak the nails in warm water and lemon juice.
Brush the nails and underside of the free edge with a whitening toothpaste and small brush.
¼ cup milk
1 cup lemon juice
3 tablespoons olive oil
Add these ingredients to hot water and soak for 20 minutes.
1. Mix 8 crushed strawberries with olive oil and a teaspoon of coarse sea salt. Rub well into feet, rinse well and pat dry.
2. Mix ½ cup of raw sugar into 2 tablespoons of a moisturising lotion. Massage well into feet and lower leg. Rinse well and pat dry.
3. ¼ cup baking soda mixed with 2 drops lemon juice and 2 tablespoons olive oil – rub into the feet and lower leg and then rinse.
Sticky Toffee Pudding
Here is a really great recipe for your face and your body. It smells divine and looks like you should just forget the treatment and eat it!! If you eat it leave out the essential oils!
What do I need?
Soft brown sugar – the more organic the better!
Grapefruit juice and zest
(Geranium essential oil as an optional extra)
What do I do?
Fill a small bowl with the sugar
Zest the grapefruit THEN use a juicer or just squeeze the grapefruit with your hands
Pour a tablespoon of runny honey over the sugar and stir it well
Throw in the zest that you have chopped finely
Add the grapefruit juice really slowly so you can control the consistency of the mix
You are looking for the same thickness that you can find drizzled over a sticky toffee pudding!!
Because the sugar is fine you can use this on your face as well as your body. Massage firmly on the body and gently on the face and avoid the eye area. This is great for your neck!! Do this standing in the shower on damp skin or even dry skin if you want a super polishing effect.
Sugar and Spice and All things Yummy I
Lips come in all shapes and sizes. No matter what your lips look like they will look better if you give them regular little treats. Dry flaky skin is never a good look and is also uncomfortable and can lead to cracking or splitting and we all know how horrid that is and it takes ages to heal.
Mix a teaspoon of fine salt with a teaspoon of Vaseline and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
It should be thick and grainy when it is all mixed together.
Rub this all over your lips – it will feel tingly and warm. Then leave it there for a few minutes before rinsing it away.
The salt will exfoliate, the Vaseline will moisturise and the cinnamon will make your lips plump up a bit. Cinnamon is an old trick to give you that bee stung lips look!
Sugar and Spice and all things Yummy II
To polish your lips and add some moisture then try out this lovely sweet treat.
Take a teaspoon of olive oil and add some fine sugar either brown or white, whatever you have, then add a few drops of vanilla to make a thick paste.
Using a baby toothbrush massage this mix all over the lips and the skin around them for a few seconds. Rinse away then apply your lip balm of choice.
If you don’t have a baby toothbrush then an soft adult one will do but a baby toothbrush is only a few pennies and can be used in your facials as well so it’s worth it.