Everyone loves a good pamper session don’t they?! A pamper day doesn’t have to be expensive though. Here is a selection of my favourite natural beauty treatments .. beauty treatments that are literally good enough to eat!
- ‘Oat-Based’ Face Scrub
Oats are a natural exfoliator on the skin. To make your own facial scrub simply mix two heaped tablespoons of oats and one teaspoon of baking soda or salt into a paste (using a teaspoon of water or oil) and scrub onto the face in circular motions.
Breakfast Idea: Make a delicious bowl of porridge oats with milk and top with a sprinkle of cinnamon and a few blueberries.
Nutrition Facts: Oats are a wholegrain, which means they are a fantastic source of slow release energy to keep you fuelled throughout the day. Oats are also a source of soluble fibre which helps to reduce cholesterol & keep the digestive systems moving!
- ‘Egg-Based’ Hair Mask
Egg-based hair masks are said to make hair smooth and shiny, and you can make your own by mixing one egg with one tablespoon of water, working it through the hair and leaving it on for 10 to 15 minutes.
Lunch Idea: Poached or scrambled eggs on wholegrain toast.
Nutrition Facts: Eggs are a great source of protein, as well as vitamins A, D and B2.
- ‘Cucumber’ Eye Patches
Cucumbers can help to reduce puffiness around the eyes. Simply cool, slice, place onto the eyes and relax for 10 minutes!
Drink Idea: Cucumber water. Peel half a cucumber, slice length ways and pop into a jug of (covered) water overnight in a fridge. The longer the water cools for, the more flavour you will have. Or you could try my Cleansing Cucumber Limeade or my “Detox Water”.
Nutrition Facts: Cucumbers are not only hydrating but provide us with a range of nutrients including, potassium, and vitamin C and K. Cucumbers are also extremely low in calories so feast away and enjoy their goodness guilt-free!
- ‘Honey & Olive-Oil’ Hair Mask
‘Honey & olive oil’ hair masks are ideal for dry or frizzy hair. To add moisture to your hair, just mix five tablespoons of olive oil to four tablespoons of honey and mix well before leaving on the hair for 15 to 20 minutes.
Snack Idea: Add honey to porridge/fresh fruit/natural yoghurt for a sweeter taste. Use 1 tsp per person, per meal of olive oil for a tasty salad dressing mixed with lemon juice & black pepper.
Nutrition Facts: Honey is natural energy source and sweetener, and has a slightly lower glycaemic index than sugar (it releases its energy more slowly). Olive oil is high in mono-unsaturated fatty acids (the good fats) and so is beneficial to both heart and skin health alike.
- ‘Banana & Yoghurt’ Face Pack
Banana and yoghurt face packs are said to make your skin feel smoother, to make your own, mash two tablespoons of natural yoghurt, half a banana and one tablespoon of honey together and then apply to the face for 15-20 minutes.
Smoothie Idea: Banana & Yoghurt Smoothie. Simply blend a banana with yoghurt and add milk. Why not add a few frozen berries and a handful of oats too (or even some peanut butter for a banana & peanut butter smoothie!).
Nutrition Facts: Bananas are a delicious, naturally pre-packaged fruit that can be easily eaten on the go and are full of fibre, vitamins and minerals, including potassium. Yoghurts are a fantastic source of calcium and protein and the probiotic yoghurts can even help to improve digestive health.
How do you like to pamper yourself ‘healthily’?! I would love to know!