DIY pampering, fresh from the kitchen! September 28, 2016 21:01

Baby's asleep, toddler's in school, and you've finally got some precious me-time... only to realise that you're all out of pampering body treats!  (I mean, who has time to stock up when you struggle even to get a bath in?)  Fret not - simply raid the kitchen!  Here are 6 common kitchen staples that would do well repurposed for some clean and green body TLC -

1. Sugar, as body scrub

You know those costly brown sugar scrubs they sell in stores?  Save your money.

Combine sugar with olive or coconut oil in a 1:1 ratio, and use on your body for wonderfully silky skin.  The mixture keeps well in an airtight jar for future use! 

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2. Coffee grounds, as body scrub

Yes, you heard me right - don't throw out those coffee grounds!  Not only do they make a most aromatic body scrub, the caffeine within may be absorbed into your skin (the longer you leave it, the better) and help improve circulation to your skin!  

Use it alone on wet skin, or combined with coconut oil or olive oil (whatever you have handy!).

3. Coconut oil, as hair treatment

Coat your hair with coconut oil, and wrap it all up in a hot towel (or, if you're lazy to heat up a towel, a shower cap - but applying heat will open up the cuticles of your strands so the hair treatment penetrates faster).

Leave on for 30 minutes, or longer (I know peeps who do it overnight), for the hair-healthy oils to soak right in.  Wash it out with shampoo, and you're done!

Cheaper and more long-lasting than those salon treatments! 

4. Honey, as facial mask

Honey's healing properties have been prized since ancient times - so you know it will definitely make a good facial mask.  It is super hydrating, and its antibacterial properties help calm acne-prone skin.

Smear honey evenly onto a clean face, leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes, and rinse off with warm water!  Then, proceed with your usual facial routine.

All types of real honey works, but raw unfiltered honey gives the best results! 

5. Plain unsweetened whole-milk yoghurt, as facial mask

Yoghurt is a superfood for your skin!  Why?  It's packed with vitamins and minerals that nourish and revitalise dehydrated skin, as well as AHAs which exfoliate skin and help fight zits!  It also has a mild bleaching effect on skin - way better than using those harmful whitening chemicals!

Spread yoghurt on thick onto a clean face, leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes, and rinse off with warm water!  Then, proceed with your usual facial routine.

If you are in the mood for a bit of mixology, a good recipe is 1 tsp yoghurt + 1 tsp honey mixed together and applied thickly onto a clean face!

Go with Greek yoghurt or other thick variety.  Far easier to slather on than the runny type.

6. Avocado, as facial mask

Avocado is loaded with healthy fats that hydrate and nourish the skin.  Its rich Vitamin E content and antioxidants don't hurt either! 

Mash up a ripe avocado, and layer it thickly onto a clean face.  Leave on for 10 to 15 minutes, and rinse off with warm water!  Then, proceed with your usual facial routine.

Can be easily combined with honey or yoghurt, or both!

Now, you're all set to stun with your glowing skin and silky tresses - all thanks to natural and non-toxic ingredients!

Want to detox your household clean-up routine too?  Check out cleaning recipes that use only natural ingredients here!