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A handful of ingredients from your kitchen and a few simple-to-follow steps equal full-body treatments that will leave you feeling refreshed and make you forget where you really are.
Two-step mini facial
- 2 tablespoons oats
- 2 tablespoons honey
- ½ large avo
Soak the oats in water with a little bit of honey and then, using the fingertips, apply it to the face in circular motions for two to three minutes before rinsing off with lukewarm water. Or swop the oats for lemon juice. Ideal for oily or combination skins, it exfoliates and will assist in brightening any dark spots and blemishes, leaving the skin with a healthy glow.
Apply the lemon juice onto the skin with a make-up brush and leave it on for two to three minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water. As it’s an acid, proceed with caution by performing a skin test first.
Complete your facial with a nourishing and moisturising avocado mask. Mash a whole or half ripe avo, apply it to the skin, and leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water.
- 1 cup brown sugar
- ½ cup olive oil
Remove dead skin cells with a mix of brown sugar and olive oil. The sugar granules aid in creating a smoother and more radiant appearance on the skin. The vitamin-rich olive oil is a well-known natural moisturiser with many more health benefits.
For added pampering and an invigorating scent, include some fresh lemongrass or a drop or two of lemongrass oil. Other herbs from your garden such as mint can help to refresh the skin.
Exfoliate and moisturise the whole body with this quick and easy sugar scrub that has been used as a beauty aid since antiquity. Rinse and moisturise with your favourite body lotion.
- 1 teaspoon of coconut oil
Take extra care of your hands under quarantine to combat the dehydrating effects of frequent washing and sanitising. Simply rub one teaspoon of coconut oil onto your hands and cuticles and then place a glove or sock over each of them for at least five minutes, allowing the oil to penetrate deep into the skin. Do not rinse, rather wipe off the excess oil with a towel and continue to rub the oil into the hands till it’s absorbed.
Always remember to test for sensitivity on a patch of skin before going ahead with the treatment. If you experience an allergic reaction, seek medical attention immediately.