Make Your Own Beauty Products

Many of us wish we could have spa treatments every week, but the reality is they’re pretty expensive and finding the time can be hard. Katie Butterworth shows us how we can do luxury from the comfort of out own home!

I’m a firm believer in giving yourself a little bit of luxury each week, whether it be a foot scrub, face mask or massage, we all need a bit of a pamper.

Facemask

Having a facemask is such a luxury for me, I never have time to go and have a facial so this is the next best thing! Here are two recipes, one’s super easy that you can make from what’s in your fridge, the other is a bit fancier.

  • 1 ripe avocado – Avocado’s are amazing fruits; they are jam packed with over 25 vital nutrients including vitamins A, B, C, E and K. They are fantastic at drawing the moisture into your skin and locking it in.
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice – This is to stop the avocado from oxidising, but also helps with scaring, age spots and is a natural exfoliate.

Directions: 
Mash the avocado up to as smooth a paste as possible, then add the lemon juice. Apply to clean face and relax for 15 mins before licking… I mean washing off.

This second recipe requires a little more planning, but the outcome is stunning, and it lasts a long time.

  • 2 Cups Bentonite clay – This clay is pretty amazing, it produces an electrical charge when wet, this gives it the ability to absorb toxins.
  • 1 Cup ground oats – Oats contain essential fatty acids and anti-inflammatories. Fantastic for oily, spotty, dry, flaky skin.
  • ¼ Cup ground almonds – Almonds are rich in phytochemicals, these help repair the skin and are used effectively on skin conditions such as acne.
  • 1/8 Cup dried lavender – Lavender is a great treatment for acne, eczema and wrinkles, it treats burns and bites and pretty much everything.
  • 1/3 Cup dried rose petals – Roses are an antibacterial and anti inflammatory, they have high amounts of Vitamin C which helps protect skin cell damage. They also help to lock moisture into your skin.

Directions – Bash and grind up the flowers in a pestal and mortar, if you don’t have one you could just whizz them in the food processor. Add everything into a large bowl and mix well.
Pour into an airtight jar. When you come to use it, scoop out 1 or 2 teaspoon of the mix and add water to make a paste. Apply and relax!

Hair conditioner

A lot of money is spent on hair care these days, but is it all needed? Can we make something just as good at home? One massive concern in regards to all of these hair products is that they all end up going down the drain!

I use this conditioner every time I wash my hair:

  • ½ Cup apply cider vinegar – Vinegar removes the scaly build up in your hair, it also closes the cuticles along the hair shaft - this is what makes your hair shine.
  • ½ Cup water  - This is used to dilute the vinegar.

Directions – Mix the water with vinegar and pour over your hair. Yes it will smell to begin with but it goes very quickly and does not smell when dry.  Rinse with warm water. Handy tip – if you’ve just shaved your legs, lean your head away from your legs! I learned the hard way…

Foot Scrub

I used to always forget about my feet when buying pampering products, having this at home means no more excuses to forget the feet!

  • 2 Cups Epsom salt – Epsom salts are not actually salt, but a naturally pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulphate.
  • Juice of 1 lime – The citric acid helps remove dead skin cells.
  • 2-3 drops Peppermint oil – Peppermint oil contains menthol so has a lovely cooling affect on the skin. Great for tired feet.
  • 2-3 drops lime oil – Can relieve tired feet and stimulate blood flow.

Directions – Mix all ingredients together and transfer to an airtight jar. When using the scrub, have a foot bowl with hot/warm water ready next to you. After you’ve massaged and scrubbed your feet, put them into the water and you’ve then got the added benefit of a foot soak with the Epsom salts.

Perfume

Everyone has their signature scent that they love, or a type of scent that they prefer – floral, musky, sweet, fresh etc.  Our favourite smells however can often be pretty pricey. Here is a cheaper way of smelling good.

  • 2 tablespoons Bees wax pellets – Naturally nourishing moisturiser.
  • 2 tablespoons Sweet almond oil – This vitamin rich oil is a great compliment to the bees wax, it helps the wax melt more readily with your body heat, enabling smooth application.
  • 50 drops of essential oils – This is where you can get creative. Stick to one oil you like or mix a few together, and see how it turns out! I mix Patchouli and lime together, they’re completely the opposite in smell, musky and fresh - but this actually works really well.

Directions – In a double boiler melt the bees wax, once melted add the almond and essential oils and mix together - quickly pour into glass or tin pot and leave to cool. Once the wax is off the heat it will start to harden fairly quickly so you need to have everything set out ready.

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