Looking good in today’s hectic world can really be a struggle. These beauty rituals are simple and enjoyable, and they’re ideal as part of a home spa day.
#1 – Whip up a creamy face-mask
This DIY face mask will de-stress your skin and add nourishing, natural ingredients.
METHOD: Mash up the pulp of half a fresh avocado with a tablespoon of honey. Apply thickly to your face, neck and decollete region. Relax for 15-20 minutes, then gently wash the mask away with your favourite cleanser and pat your face dry.
This treatment is ideal if you have dry skin. If your skin is oily, try a fresh, ripe banana instead!
#2 – Treat your skin to an oil cleanse
Cleansing is a crucial part of your beauty regimen but it can be difficult to really deep-clean those pores without stripping your skin of its precious natural oils. The answer? An oil cleanse.
METHOD: Choose your oil based on your skin type:
- Almond for normal skin,
- A richer oil like jojoba for dry skin
- Castor oil if your skin is prone to oiliness.
Warm the oil by pouring a little into your palm, then simply massage it into your face and neck. Take a towel or face cloth soaked in warm water and place it over your face, letting the warmth help the oil to be absorbed into your skin. Complete this ritual by gently removing the oil with micellar water or your preferred skin cleanser.
#3 – Revive hair with a nourishing mask
If you were wondering what to do with the other half of that avocado, read on. This amazing ritual will leave your hair soft, shiny and free of tangles and split ends.
METHOD: Mix mashed avocado with two tablespoons of high-quality coconut oil (organic is best) and mix well; a mortar and pestle is great but you can use your blender.
Starting at the ends, comb the mixture through your hair. Carefully wrap your hair and head in a clean towel, then relax for an hour or so while you wait for your hair mask to work its magic.
Rinse out with your favourite shampoo — you may need to shampoo twice to remove all of the oil. If you wish, you can finish with your usual conditioner. Your hair will be lustrous and easy to manage.
#4 – Brighten your smile
METHOD 1: Take half a strawberry and rub it over your teeth. Rinse your mouth with water to get rid of the fruit acid.
METHOD 2: Another trick is to brush your teeth with baking soda (sodium bicarbonate or bicarbonate of soda) every night, after you finish brushing with your usual toothpaste.
Not only does the baking soda removes stains, it also freshens your breath and helps protect your teeth from cavities by neutralising acids in your mouth.