Take some time out for yourself and de-stress with these regular beauty rituals that calm just as well as they cleanse.
Over the silly season you’re likely to be rushing around and squeezing in loads of Christmas catch-ups, and as a result, you often neglect your nutrition. This can impact your overall energy levels and also the appearance of your hair and skin, which is when an all-natural face mask can come in handy.
The ingredients you need depend on your skin type and what you want to achieve — for instance, honey is ideal to soothe and calm sunburnt skin, while oatmeal is ideal to cleanse and revitalise a tired complexion. Whatever your skin concerns, you’ll generally be able to dig around for a few ingredients from within your kitchen to create your own calming DIY face mask.
Okay, it’s no new concept, but setting aside 30 minutes for a relaxing, uninterrupted bath is something that many of us talk about but few of us actually do!
For maximum enjoyment, you need a glossy magazine, something sweet to snack on (choc-dipped fruit is the ideal naughty-but-nice treat) and something bubbly to sip on. And by bubbles, we of course mean the best kind — those light, fizzy bubbles that froth up your champagne flute! Pregnant or non-drinkers can substitute genuine champers for an alternative like Edenvale non-alcoholic bubbles, or a sparkly mineral water. A few soapy bubbles for the water doesn’t hurt either, or settle in with a delicious-smelling bath bomb.
This pampering beauty ritual is ideal for the summer celebration season, as it gives you an opportunity to relax and focus on yourself, while also prettying up your tootsies so they sparkle in your best party heels!
For a basic pedicure, all you need is nail clippers and a pretty polish. But we recommend you make a girlie afternoon out of it by going for the six-step ritual:
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