Written by: Emily Veness
In our earlier DIY detox post which you can read here, we talked about detoxing the body and liver to help you get refreshed and rejuvenated for Spring. In this post, we’re focussing on skin and hair, which often suffer from a lack of love throughout the winter months.
We agree that cleansing, toning and moisturising are important, but what about exfoliation? “If you’re not exfoliating, all you’re doing is moisturizing dead skin cells” Bec Brown of Beauty at Brunskills says. So instead of sipping your grapes (Sav Blanc, anyone?) why not garner the fruit’s many benefits in a detoxifying mask? Not only known for their antioxidant properties, grapes contain alpha-hydroxy acids that will help to slough those dead skin cells.
Here’s what you’ll need:
Squeeze the juice of five seedless grapes into a bowl, and add just enough wheat flour to thicken the mixture. Add a quarter of a teaspoon of baking soda which will help clear skin and keep blemishes at bay. Apply the paste to the skin with a foundation brush. Leave the mixture on for 15 minutes then rinse off.
Heat stylers can leave hair particularly stressed, especially if you are partial to a blow dry before every special event. “Hair can be affected by chemical and thermal damage,” John Azzi from John Azzi hair says. “Care for your locks by undergoing treatments prescribed by your hairdresser. I advise clients to use clarifying scalp treatment if their hair is appearing lank due to product build up.”
For a simple at-home hair treatment that will transport you to lush tropics, you’ll need:
3 tablespoons of plain coconut oil, plus
2 drops of frangipani essential oil, OR
Place coconut oil into a small glass bowl and place this bowl into another filled with boiling water until the oil warms to a thick, waxy consistency. Work the oil into your hair in sections until all the hair is covered.
Massage the oil into the scalp with your fingertips (even better if you can asks someone to do this for you). Wrap your hair in cling-wrap and leave for at least an hour. Shampoo well. Coconut oil is one of the only oils known to penetrate the hair shaft, so depleted hair is rejuvenated and glossy.
More DIY tips and ideas here: SAVE MONEY FOR SHOES: DIY BEAUTY
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