Pampering at a spa can come at a hefty price but what many beauty fans don’t realise is that a number of popular treatments from body scrubs to hair treatments can be re-created at home at a fraction of the cost using store-cupboard ingredients like honey, olive oil, sugar and even chocolate. Give these easy recipes a go!
1. Lemon Glow Yoghurt Mask
There are a number of skin benefits in both lemon and yoghurt. Lemon contains alpha-hydroxy acids and Vitamin C, both of which have healing properties and can help with acne scarring and inflammation. Yoghurt contains lactic acid, which can help to remove dead skin-cells and reverse the signs of aging. To make a facial mask, simply combine two tablespoons of yoghurt with two drops of lemon juice and leave on for 20 minutes.
Chocolate can be extremely hydrating for the skin
2. Honey and Olive Oil Body Moisturiser
Olive oil has been a staple among Mediterranean women for centuries as a moisturiser as it contains rich antioxidants, while honey is a natural humectant, meaning it draws moisture from the air into the skin for great hydration. For a rich body-moisturiser, mix one tablespoon of honey with three tablespoons of olive oil and slather on your arms, knees and body.
3. Rose and Coconut Bath
Don’t settle for your usual bubble bath when it’s at-home spa day – treat yourself to a sensual rose and coconut concoction. While you’re running your bath, add a few drops of rose oil and a heaped tablespoon of coconut oil – both of which can be bought at pharmacies.
4. Chocolate Face Mask
Don’t eat all of the chocolate just yet! While it may be tempting, chocolate can be extremely hydrating for the skin as well as helping with toning and lifting. To make your own face mask, mix one tablespoon of melted chocolate with one tablespoon of thick cream and one tablespoon of honey. Apply to your face and neck for 15 minutes before rinsing with warm water.
5. Olive Oil Hair Treatment
Olive oil isn’t just good for the skin – its ingredients are beneficial to both your hair and scalp. The antioxidants protect the hair follicles and the oil also penetrates the scalp and hair better than any other oil, resulting in shiny, healthy hair with improved elasticity.
6. Sugar Lip Scrub
There’s no better way to get silky smooth lips than with a gentle scrub. It couldn’t be easier to whip up your own at home – just combine some Vaseline with a heap of brown sugar and rub over your lips before applying your usual balm.
7. Apple Cider Vinegar Facial Cleanser
This type of vinegar can help restore your skin’s pH levels, which can soothe breakouts, prevent clogged pores and stop skin from becoming either too dry or too oily. Simple mix one part apple-cider vinegar with two parts water and shake well. Apply to your clean face with a cotton pad. Follow with your usual moisturiser.
8. Sugar and Honey Body Scrub
This homemade scrub is both invigorating and nourishing, and can be used all over the body. Sugar is a humectant, which can help the skin retain moisture, and also contains glycolic acid, which can help encourage cell turnover and fresh-looking skin. Honey is also beneficial for the skin as it is a gentle ingredient that helps to remove dirt. To make the scrub, mix one cup of brown sugar with three tablespoons of honey. You can also add a tiny splash of olive oil and essential oil.
9. Homemade Bath Bombs
Bath bombs look good and smell nice but they can come at hefty prices. How about giving making your own a go – you will need one cup of baking soda, half a cup of citric acid, half cup of salt, one teaspoon of water, one teaspoon of essential oil and three teaspoons of olive oil. Mix all of the dry ingredients in one bowl and all of the liquid ingredients in a separate bowl. Then slowly mix together, before shaping the mixture into your desired shapes and moulds – then let it dry.
10. DIY Eye Soothers
Stress and tiredness can lead to red, puffy eyes and the simple use of tea bags can be effectively soothing. Chamomile, Green and Black Tea are all anti-flammatory, with green and black tea also containing flammins. These can help reduce swelling. Simply soak two tea bags in boiled water before removing and placing in the fridge. Then place one bag over each eye and relax for 15 minutes.
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