Homemade Beauty Treatments
It’s a bank holiday Monday, but if like some of us, you may not have much left in the bank after the weekend, then you might be in need of a trip to the home-spa! I’ve been wanting to do this post for a while now, and share some simple beauty treatments that you can make at home yourself, all of which can be resourced from your kitchen cupboard. Sometimes when your skin is aggravated or your hair has lost it’s shine, it may be better to take a step back from chemical heavy product and treat your body to some natural sourced TLC. Forget about the old toothpaste on your spots trick, these cupboard beauty treatments are far kinder to your face!
Camomile Tea Spot Treatment
Camomile is naturally calming and soothing, but did you know that you can use camomile tea to sooth your blemishes as well as your sleep? After you’ve brewed your cup of tea before bed, remove the tea bag and allow it to cool (you can also place it in the freezer overnight for an extra soothing treatment and emergency supply!), simply hold the chilled tea bag on blemishes to help reduces redness. This treatment also works wonders on mosquito bites, trust me, this one I know from personal experience!
Detoxifying Mint Mask
For this treatment you can either use finally chopped fresh mint leaves or the leaves from a mint tea bag (just cut the tea bag and empty the leaves into a bowl like I did above). Mix the mint leaves with about a table spoon of honey then use your fingers to gently massage the mask into the skin; because of the leaves this mask is also a gentle exfoliator. Leave on the face for 2-3 minutes, you may experience a slight tingling sensation; wash away with a warm water and a cloth. Mint is a natural detoxifier, and will draw out impurities on the surface of the skin, it will also help to reduce redness in blemishes. The honey is a natural antiseptic, which will help with the toxins and impurities the mint draws out and also treat any blemishes.
Sweet Coffee Scrub
Coffee scrubs are all the rage at the moment, every pharmacy and beauty blogger is boasting their benifits. People are paying a lot of money for something they can make themselves at home; everyone knows that homemade is always better for you than store bought when it comes to food, so why not coffee scrubs too? Put a few table spoons of coffee (ground coffee is more effective than instant coffee) into a bowl; to mix the scrub you can either add in coconut oil or honey, I recommend coconut oil for a body scrub and honey for a facial scrub. After you have combined the ingredients it’s as simple as scoop, scrub and rinse; this scrub smells amazing and leaves your skin unbelievably soft. The coffee makes you skin feel refreshed and is great for lifting dull skin and giving it a nice healthy glow. Adding coconut oil is great for dry skin as it is easily absorbed and will leave your skin feeling soft for days after.
Coconut Hair Mask
If you suffer from dull dry hair, there is only one product you need in you kit: coconut oil. Coconut oil is extremely moisturising and your hair will love it. There are too options for the coconut hair mask; the simplest and fastest is to scoop the oil from the jar, rub between the palms of your hands to turn it into it’s liquid form and then massage into your hair, working from ends to roots. If you really wanted to treat your hair you could use the coconut oil for a hot oil hair treatment; simply warm the oil in a bowl over a pan of boiling water, once the oil is at the desired temperature (warm, not hot, you don’t want to burn your scalp) use a spoon to pour it onto your hair. Massage into you scalp and down through your hair with your finger tips, then wrap your hair in a towel or some clingfilm to lock in the moisture; leave for 5-10 minutes before rinsing and then, with both treatments, wash your hair as normal.