05 Sep DIY Home Beauty Treatments; Refresh & Revitalise Without Leaving The House
Juggling various aspects of a hectic life (especially in London) can really take it’s toll at times. It’s no secret that at Vita Hair & Beauty we really value wellbeing; both mentally and physically, and always do what we can to ensure that we’re feeling the best we possibly can. But there are times where we don’t necessarily feel like going to the gym or going to that yoga class, or even visiting a spa – we want to lounge around at home (which is perfectly fine) in our pjs and watch a movie. Not to fret though, there are some amazing home beauty treatments out there which still leave us feeling refreshed and rejuvenated even on our lazy days. Feel fantastic – without even leaving the house.
Homemade Face Mask; To Tighten Pores
This berry based treat will do wonders to tighten pores and leave you feeling incredibly fresh faced and refreshed, without that unpleasant tight skin feeling that can accompany certain types of face masks. Berries are a strong astringent so they naturally minimize pores and tighten the skin, according to Soheil Simzar (a dermatologist based in California). Particular fatty acids that are found in acai berries also help to combat hyperpigmentation, whilst the sugar and olive oil gently buff away any dead skin cells and help to move debris trapped in blocked pores.
You’ll need 150g sugar, 2 tsp acai powder, 10 fresh, whole berries (blueberries, blackberries, raspberries or a mix), 1 tbsp olive oil. Using a potato masher or fork, mash the sugar and acai powder together with the berries, and then slowly mix in the olive oil. Combine coarsely with a whisk, then gently massage onto the face. Leave on for around 5 minutes, then rinse with warm water and gently pat your face dry with a soft flannel. Follow up with a gentle serum and moisturiser to lock in that softness.
Homemade Body Scrub; To Exfoliate and Refresh
Coffee is crammed full of properties which not only exfoliate the skin, but can actually reduce the appearance of cellulite around the body and leave your skin feeling incredibly refreshed. The caffeine tightens and provides antioxidants to the skin when applied topically, and over time it can have real lasting effects. Alongside this, if used on the face it can minimize the appearance of puffy eyes because caffeine restricts blood vessels, which reduces swelling and inflammation. The grounds themselves are naturally exfoliating, and when you combine it with a moisturising oil your skin will come out the other side feeling nourished and new!
You’ll need 60 ml coconut oil, 1 tsp pure vanilla extract, 200g brown sugar, 15 drops peppermint essential oil and 150g used coffee grounds from a freshly brewed pot. Mix all the ingredients together, dampen skin, then gently massive the scrub all over your body. Pay extra attention to rough spots, rinse thoroughly when done and pat dry gently to feel super fresh (not to mention, smelling good enough to eat). Finish off with a moisturiser for silky smooth skin.
Homemade Bath Bomb; For Pure Relaxation
Nothing beats a bath for instant relaxation; even more so when you have the luxury of a bath bomb filling the water with nourishing essential oils and beautiful scents. Not only do various essential oils treat the skin, but they can have antiseptic properties to give you a truly cleansing experience. Bath bombs aren’t the quickest thing to make, they will need a little bit of patience – but it’s definitely worth it. They also make wonderful homemade gifts!
Here’s what you’ll need; 80g cream of tartar, 360g bicarbonate of soda, 20-30 drops essential oil, 1 tbsp sweet almond oil or olive oil, a tiny bit of water, a glass mixing bowl, a spray bottle, gloves, a sieve, and a mould. If you don’t have a bath bomb mould don’t fret – you can use anything really, such as an old Christmas bauble cut in half, or a muffin or ice cube tray. In your glass bowl, mix together the cream of tartar and the bicarbonate of soda thoroughly. Add the essential oils – you may need more or less depending on the fragrance you want – and add the tablespoon of oil. Mix rapidly with your hands before the mixture has a chance to start fizzing. Spray some water onto the mixture, a very small bit at a time, and continue mixing. You want to end up with a consistency which is still quite crumbly but will just about hold its shape when you squeeze it in your hand. Pack the mixture tightly into the mould, then tap it gently to release the bomb. Let the bath bomb dry for 2-3 hours in a warm, dry place – then you’re good to go.
Homemade Lip Moisturiser; For Ultimate Softness
Combining some incredibly nourishing ingredients at home can make for a better-than-store-bought lip moisturiser, without any nasty chemicals thrown in. We combine beeswax, coconut oil, honey, vitamin E and essential oil to give your lips the love and care that they deserve. Beeswax not only moisturises but also protects your lips from the elements, as well as acting as a solid base for the lip balm. The fatty acids in coconut oil holds onto moisture really well, and can help reinforce the skin’s fat layer in the lips, promoting hydration. Crammed full of antioxidants, the vitamin E is used to neutralise the effects of free radicals than can cause damage to healthy skin cells and result in unpleasant dryness.
Here’s how to get started. You’ll need 1 tablespoon grated beeswax or beeswax pastilles, 1 tbsp coconut oil, some raw honey and 2 vitamin E capsules. In a double boiler melt the beeswax, adding in the coconut oil and honey when the beeswax is about halfway melted. Once all melted, blend in the contents of the vitamin E capsules. Once mixed in, pour it into a container and leave to cool where the ingredients will naturally return to their solid state. Simple, but incredibly effective.
As with all home beauty treatments, the quality of the ingredients will affect the final product. When possible always buy pure or organic materials, to ensure that you’re giving your body the best of the best. Pop along to the Chelsea Health Store or Whole Foods to make sure you’re getting the right bits!
* Although there could be no adverse reaction when you use natural ingredients, it is best to do a patch test before you apply the pack on the rest of your body / face.