It may just be my current love for The Great British Bake Off but I can’t seem to peel myself away from the kitchen at the moment. That’s not a bad thing mind you; there’s always a slice of seedy flapjack if you’re feeling peckish and dinners have been getting a little more adventurous (you want to see another ‘Day in Food‘?) and it means that I’ve been getting a little more experimental beauty-wise. So this weekend I thought I’d focus on the latter and bring you the results of three DIY beauty tricks I’ve been giving a go…
An avocado-licious hair mask – mash up an avocado, apply through the lengths of of freshly shampooed hair and rinse out after 20 minutes.
I think I may be the only person in the world who hasn’t tried this beauty hack before. Being a recent guacamole convert I’ve always got a few avos hanging around, so I got mashing, washing and worked it through the lengths. The fats from the fruit nourish the follicles restoring shine and strength (an extra tip – mix in with some Olive Oil for a super conditioning treatment). And you know what? I loved it. I’ll definitely be whipping this out again, my hair just felt so darn soft after blow drying and I used the leftovers for lunch. Nice.
A fruity body buffer – step out the shower, take half a freshly cut orange and scrub over any dry patches.
The science behind this one begins with our good friends Alpha Hydroxy Acids – remember those? Citric Acid which is found in high concentrations in citrus fruits falls into that category and as we already know these ingredients rock when it comes to chemical exfoliation. Think of this as a bit like a small dose of Alpha H Liquid Gold for your flakey bits. I stepped out and got scrubbing on my soles, knees and elbows and though things were a little smoother when I towel dried myself off I couldn’t see a huge difference. I think my parched areas need something hardier – homemade scrub recipes are welcomed. In fact Estee’s Coffee Scrub may be the next thing I whip up in the kitchen.
A sweet as honey sad skin remedy – pour a small amount of Manuka Honey into a pot, then slather over freshly cleansed skin as a face mask, leave for 10-20 minutes then rinse off and follow with the rest of your routine.
So word on the street is that Manuka Honey is d’bomb. Sort of like Coconut Oil with its ‘can perform every single beauty function ever known to man’ formula. M.H is known to be antibacterial and therefore works best slapped on as a face mask (through it can be used as a spot treatment, lip balm, scar-fader, burn healer – the list goes on). I’ve been using this twice weekly now for about a month and I’m impressed with the results. Spots seem to be surrendering faster and my skin is smooth and soft. Applying honey to your face feels a tad strange – and let’s not forget how tempting it is to lick it off round your chops – but so far, so good. Word of warning: sensitive skinned gals and guys may wish to use with caution - just to be on the safe side.
Right I’m ready - notepad in hand. What other kitchen-created beauty lotions and potions am I missing out on? Hit me up. We’ve got the whole of Sunday baby.