You can get the same pampering beauty boost at home for the fraction of the cost of a spa– all you need is a well-stocked kitchen.
Many leading anti-ageing beauty products are based on everyday ingredients, such as oats and honey. With with minimal cost and effort you can use these ingredients to create gorgeous anti-ageing treats of your own.
Buff up with a salt scrub
For a really simple homemade body scrub, put a couple of generous handfuls of sea salt in a bowl and add about half a cup of oil – almond, safflower or olive oil will all work. Stand in the shower or bath and scrub your body thoroughly with the mixture. Don’t forget your feet – sit on the side of the bath and go over your soles and around your heels. Just be sure to give them a good rinse so you don’t slip. Your skin will be left baby-soft. Rinse the mixture off with warm water.
Off the shelf: Organic Surge Tropical Bergamot Skin Perfecting Body Scrub, £12.50/350ml
Feed your face with honey
For the simplest, most nourishing DIY face mask, mash a ripe banana with a tablespoon of honey. These ingredients are dense in B Vitamins and enzymes to moisturise and soothe your skin, leaving you with a youthful glow. Smooth the mask over your face and relax for ten minutes while it gets to work. To brighten your eyes at the same time, you could pop slices of cucumber over them. Cucumber is packed with moisture, which helps to leave your eyes refreshed. If you don’t have any cucumber, simply soak two cotton pads with ice-cold water for similar effects. After ten minutes, rinse off the mask with warm water.
Off the shelf: Superdrug Naturally Radiant Renewal Face Mask, £4.99/75ml
Sink into a nourishing bath
Soak your skin in a deeply moisturising bath. Add a few drops of anti-ageing lavender essential oil – such as Holland & Barrett Miaroma Lavender Essential Oil, £11.39/30ml – to a mug offull-fat milk, which has lots of skin-softening nutrients. Then swirl the mixture into a bath full of warm water. Lie back and relax. The steam from the bath will help open the pores in your skin, giving it a deep cleanse.
Off the shelf: Weleda Lavender Relaxing Bath Milk, £12.95/200ml
Scrub up with oats
Gently exfoliate your face with a homemade oatmeal scrub. Porridge oats are not only the perfect consistency for a mild scrub, they’re also rich in the skin-soothing mineral silica. Mix 1 tbsp of oats with 1 tsp of water, then apply to a clean, damp face with a circular scrubbing motion. Rinse off.
Off the shelf: Nivea Daily Essentials Gentle Exfoliating Scrub, £2.79/150ml
Boost that glow with a face massage
Facial massage is brilliant for boosting circulation and helping to tone the muscles beneath your skin, giving
you that instant facelift effect. Use plain oil – almond, coconut or olive oil all work well.
- Pour 2 tsp of the oil into your palms and rub your hands together so they’re thoroughly coated in the oil.
- Start at the base of your neck, sweeping your hands upwards towards your chin, for 20 seconds.
- Work around your jawline, making a soft pinching movement with your fingers. Then, with the pads of your fingers, massage your cheeks in small circular motions, always working upwards. Make sure you cover every part of your cheeks.
- Repeat across your forehead.
- Finally, take your middle finger and press it gently all around your eye sockets. You can top up with extra oil at any time – you need enough to create ‘slip’ as you move around your face. Ideally, leave the oil to soak into your face for the rest of the day or overnight. But if you need to go out, remove the traces of oil with warm water and your usual cleanser.
Off the shelf: No7 Youthful Replenishing Facial Oil, £23/30ml
Get the gloss
A good head massage will help reinvigorate your scalp and make your hair shine. Drip 1 tsp oil intoyour hands and start massaging with circular movements all around your hairline. Then knead your scalp with your fingertips. Smooth any oil residue all over your hair and wrap your head in a warm towel for ten minutes to let the oil
soak in, then shampoo and condition as usual.
Off the shelf: Moroccanoil Dry Scalp Treatment, £24.85/45ml
Have a moisturising massage with oil
Pat yourself dry but leave your skin very slightly damp. Massage in some oil to help lock in the moisture from your bath. Coconut oil or almond oil are both packed with anti-ageing Vitamin E. Massage the oil into your body using firm, kneading movements. Go over your calves and thighs, your stomach and chest and knead your shoulders to release tension. Pop your dressing gown on to allow the oil to soak in.
Off the shelf: Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Body Oil, £7.99/250ml