Right now keeping healthy is both a necessity and trend. You only need to scroll down social media and view the increasing number of health conscious posts to realise the huge role well-being plays in our lives.
While it’s marvellous that we’re taking such care of our bodies, it can be challenging balancing our beauty treatments with our budget demands.
If you’ve ever bought cellulite-busting, anti-ageing ‘miracle’, wrinkle-zapping cream, serum, gel or mousse, you know that they’re often very expensive. The irony is that keeping healthy should be a basic living requirement that doesn’t cost a fortune.
This is where DIY comes in handy. The best thing is that DIY methods, make keeping healthy easy, are cheaper and far safer than chemically induced, celebrity-endorsed products. Making your beauty treatment products from home means you’ll know exactly what ingredients you’re using and have complete control over what you're putting on your hair, nails and skin. Here’s a list of tried-and-tested DIY recipes to pamper yourself with:
Exfoliating Body Scrub
To create a rich and moisturizing body scrub, combine ¾ cup coconut oil, ½ cup brown sugar, and ½ cup used coffee grounds. You can decrease and increase the amount of sugar for a more intense or gentler scrub. Used coffee grounds are an excellent cellulite-busting additive and the coconut oil has incredible moisturising properties that will leave your skin feeling soft and supple.
Easy Lip Exfoliator
A change of seasons or dehydration can cause dry, chapped lips. If you’re well-hydrated and still suffer from rough lips, we recommend making super moisturising lip scrub and balm. Moisten 1 tablespoon of brown sugar with 1 teaspoon of Argan oil and then add 1 drop of your favourite essential oil. Peppermint is often a top choice because of its fresh, minty tingle. Gently massage the balm onto your lips and then rinse off. Repeat this twice a day and your lips will be repaired in no time.
Luxurious Coconut Oil Hair Mask
Keeping healthy hair can be a challenge. If your locks are limp, brittle, frizzy or dry, we recommend coconut oil for its intense moisture. Simply apply a ¼ cup of coconut oil from your scalp to the tips of your hair, leave it for an hour and then wash your hair as normal and let it dry naturally. If your hair needs extra nourishment then add avocado and one egg yolk to your coconut oil before application.
Avocado Face Moisturiser
Mash a fully ripe avocado and apply it like you would an ordinary face mask. Alternatively, if you’re not an avo fan and don’t enjoy the idea of inhaling its scent, you can just rub the inside of the peel on your face instead. Wait 10-20 minutes then gently wash your face with warm water and experience intense avocado moisture!
Natural Minty Toothpaste
How many people know what their toothpaste is made of? And yet, they use it every day. Do away with fluoride-filled brands and make your own. Stir 2-3 tablespoons of baking soda, 2 small packets of stevia powder and 15-20 drops of peppermint essential oil into ½ a cup of melted coconut oil. Then, pour the mixture into a mason jar and let it cool and harden. It’s easy-peasy!
Keeping healthy can be challenging but these DIY beauty treatments make it simple. To have glowing skin, a healthy smile and shiny locks, you don’t need to spend a fortune. Of course, your well-being depends on more than just the look and feel of your physical body.
Current beauty trends lean towards wellness treatments that combine physical fitness and mental wellbeing. You can learn more about these holistic spa and wellness retreats by downloading our ebook, Beauty and Wellness Trend for 2017. Alternatively, why not experience it first hand, and book a getaway at our Costa Blanca Resorts and SPA.