DIY Beauty Pampering

19 Aug

Oatmeal and Yogurt Face MaskBefore all those fancy and very $$$ spa’s and salons, if us ladies (and no doubt some men too) wanted a bit of pampering, we simply did it ourselves at home. And why should things change? Not only does ‘do it yourself’ pampering contain less chemicals and harmful things for us, it’s also cheaper and we can tend to use the simple ingredients and items already found in our house.

Want smooth skin, hydrated hair and soft hands and feet? Look no further – here are some DIY pampers you won’t be able to resist!

Yogurt and Oatmeal Face Mask
*With the optional extras of lemon for those with oily skin, or honey for those with dry skin.

This mask can be used for all different skin types, from the oily to dry and even sensitive kinds. The main ingredients are, of course, yogurt and oatmeal. Yogurt is believed to help clear and disinfect our pores, plus help with acne prevention, all whilst moisturizing and helping to revitalize the skin.
Tip!!! You want to use plain yogurt – all natural is the best. Don’t go for any with added preservatives, colours or flavours as they can be harmful to the skin! Oatmeal is known to absorb and remove oil, even bacteria, from our skin. It also helps to exfoliate dead skin cells – which we know are no good for those with acne!
You will need:
1 cup of natural yogurt
1/2 cup of oatmeal

What you need to do:
It’s quite simple! Mix these two ingredients together well and then apply to the skin, leaving it on for 10-15 minutes. Remove the mask with a warm washcloth (not too hot or it can harm the skin) and then rinse the skin well. Remember to splash a bit of cold water onto your face at the end, as warmth opens our pores and the cold closes them again. Pat dry with a towel and your done!

* For those with oily skin, you can add a few drops of lemon to the mix to help rid the oils on the face. For those with dry skin, add one or two tablespoons of honey to the mix (slightly warm the honey so it becomes runny), as this will give an extra boost in moisturizing the skin.

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Banana and Olive Oil Hair Mask

If you have damaged hair from using hair tools like flat irons, curlers and blow dryers, or maybe from all those chemicals found in the hair colouring products, this mask is for you! Banana is the secret ingredient here that will help strengthen your hair and help maintain a healthy pH balance for your locks.
The olive oil will moisturize and hydrate those damaged tresses of yours!
BananaYou will need:
1 Banana
1 tablespoon of Olive Oil (You can use Coconut Oil too, whichever one you prefer)
Shower Cap

What you need to do:
In a blender, mix the banana and oil till it becomes a paste. Tip!!! If the paste somehow becomes too runny to apply to the hair, add a tiny bit of flour to thicken the mixture. Once your paste is mixed, separate your hair into sections, 3 to 6, and apply this mask from the roots all the way down to your ends. If you have long hair, you will need to wind your hair into a loose bun, those with short hair can leave the hair as it is, then place a shower cap over the top. Keep the cap on for 30 minutes, rinse out the mask and follow with a regular shampoo and conditioning.

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Coconut and Sugar Hand Scrub

When our hands feel a little rough and need some exfoliation, this easy little scrub works the best. Tip!!! This scrub isn’t recommended if you have many cracks on the hands. You will first need to moisturize your hands overnight, with a cream of your choice, then cover them with gloves, plain white gloves nothing fancy. Leave this on overnight to help heal your cracks. This must be done otherwise you will experience a harsh stinging reaction to the scrub in any cracks on your hands.
SugarYou will need:
1 teaspoons of Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
1 tablespoons of sugar

What you need to do:
Over a sink, place the tablespoon of sugar into one of your hands and then pour the 1 teaspoon of Extra Virgin Coconut Oil to the sugar. Mix in your hands and scrub them all over. Again, make sure you do this over the sink so that any pieces that fall off during scrubbing won’t fall onto the floor. Rinse with water and follow by moisturizing. Do this at least one a week to keep your hands soft and healthy!

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Milk Soak and Sugar Scrub for Dry Feet.

Dry and cracked feet can make us feel not only uncomfortable but also a bit self-conscious when it comes to wearing our cute new shoes. So here are a few steps to help soften and create luscious feet from the sore-eyed dried beasts!
Tip!! Best to do this before you go to bed!
milkYou will need:
1 cup of Milk
5 cups of Water (Warm)
4 tablespoons of Sugar
1/2 cup of baby oil/coconut oil (you can choose)
Your favourite body/feet moisturizer (even Vaseline can be used)
Socks

What you need to do:
First of all, in a bucket (large enough for your feet to soak in) add the 5 cups of warm water and 1 cup of milk, let your feet soak in this for 10 minutes. Whilst your feet are soaking, mix the 4 tablespoons of sugar to 1/2 cup of your favourite oil of choice. Once your feet have been soaked, massage the mixture in a circular motion onto your feet, focusing on the bottom or damaged areas.
Rinse your feet and dry. Then apply a slightly thick layer of your favourite moisturizer to your feet and put your socks on. Sleep with them and wake up with softer and definitely prettier feet (you might need to give your feet a quick rinse in the morning). Depending on the damage of your feet, you might need to repeat this process again two or three times during the week till the damage is fixed.

Let us know how you go with these DIY beauty pampering’s!

-Lights x

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3 Responses to “DIY Beauty Pampering”

  1. getridiculouslyfit August 19, 2013 at 12:12 am #

    Great post!

  2. Ellen August 19, 2013 at 8:41 am #

    Love DIY Beauty ❤

  3. Janey August 21, 2013 at 11:16 am #

    Awesome. Love it!

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