The shelves of the beauty store may be packed with products promising to keep you looking younger, remove the appearance of wrinkles and leave you with a fresh, clear complexion but there are some other shelves which have also got many of the ingredients you need – the shelves in your kitchen. There are plenty of normal, everyday products which can be combined to create fabulous skin care products, powerful enough even to combat the deepest of winter woes and get your entire body ready to greet the sunshine.
For your Face
Okay, this may sound like a delicious dessert or a fabulous healthy breakfast but we’re not going to eat it, we’re going to spread it on our face . . . .
You’ll need a couple of ripe bananas, a couple of tablespoons of ground almonds, a peach, a couple of tablespoons of honey and some oatmeal (finely ground). Blend the fruit with the honey, mix into the ground almonds and oatmeal until you’ve formed a paste. Gently put the paste onto your dry skin, leave it for about ten minutes and use warm water to rinse it off. You’ll be delighted with the results.
For your Feet
The winter isn’t only unkind to our faces and other exposed skin; it also wreaks havoc with our feet. Feet which have been permanently hidden away under layers of socks and strapped into boots for months need a little tender loving care before they are ready to greet the world in sandals and flip-flops. Here’s a treat for your feet . . .
You’ll need a cinnamon stick, a tablespoon of glycerin, 2 tablespoons of fine sea salt, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, a few clove buds and about 5 tablespoons of bentonite clay. Crumble up the cinnamon stick and mix with the cloves, pour on some boiling water and leave it to steep for half an hour or so then remove the cinnamon and clove using a sieve. Mix around 6 tablespoons of the infused water with the olive oil, glycerin and clay to form a paste, add your sea salt and a little more glycerin it the mixture is too dry. Put it on your feet, wrap your feet in plastic bags for extra effect and leave for around ten minutes.
For your Hands
This is a kind of mixture between the two – again you’ll need a ripe banana, ground almonds, a tablespoon of bentonite clay, and half tablespoon of glycerin. You’ll also need a slice of lemon, half tablespoon of almond oil, and one tablespoon of oats. Infuse the lemon slice in boiling water for around half an hour then mix this infusion with the oats – let it rest for five minutes or so before mixing in the other ingredients to a nice paste. Use this hand mask just before bed, leave for ten minutes and rinse it off. Apply your favorite hand lotion in the morning and you’re hands will feel smooth, soft and oh so silky.