Homemade coconut milk

Are you still buying canned coconut milk? Why? It’s so easy to make it at home! Since I learnt how, I never looked back. Now I always keep desiccated coconut in my cupboard and if I feel like curry or feel the need to make some home spa goodies, I produce my own coconut milk in minutes. I recently mad a shampoo with my own home made coconut milk.

coconut milk

Here is how you do it. Get some desiccated coconut – 200g. Boil some water – 200ml. Sometimes, when in a hurry, I don’t really measure any of the ingredients. I use a hand-held stick blender, but you can use any equipment you have handy. Place the coconut into your blender. Pour some of the hot water on top (make sure it’s not boiling hot, just hot). Then pulse the blender for around 30 seconds or so. I usually repeat this bit 3-5 times.

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Sieve the milk into an empty glass container. Return the coconut back into the blender and again, blend it with some more hot water. Repeat the process 2-3 times until you’ve squeeze all the goodness out of the coconut.

Some use a muslin cloth to extract the milk, but I don’t bother. It’s quicker with a sieve, plus once the milk cools down, you’ve got that lovely oil crust on top.

Keep the milk in the fridge. Best to keep it in a glass container with a lid. It will stay fresh for around 5 days, but I usually use it up quicker than that.

Organic sun lotion by Green People

Is it holiday time yet? What do you use to protect your skin whilst enjoying the sunshine?

When on holiday, I don’t really roll on the beach (maybe just for a couple of days to get into that holiday mood) and I am not a fan of tanning. I tend to be quite active, walk a lot, cycle, explore. But thanks to my mum’s amazing genes,  I tan easily, so I guess I am quite lucky that way. I always come back from my holidays with a healthy glow. My husband, on the other hand, burns easily. So whenever we escape to sunny places, we need to make sure we have something effective and skin friendly. About a year ago I discovered Green People and their produce, and fell in love with their organic scent free sun lotion.

I used it a few times now and it works really well, even for my husband’s sensitive skin. It’s creamy so you need to work it in a little bit, but once it’s on, it will guarantee you a nice tan, protected and moisturised skin. It’s best to apply it 15 minutes before going outside. Let it soak in first and then stroll out to enjoy that sunny day!

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The best part of the lotion is, of course, the active ingredients: Aloe Vera for excellent moisturising and soothing properties; avocado oil for nourishing properties and protection from free radicals; chamomile for soothing anti inflammatory and antioxidant properties; and green tea extract – a rich source of vitamins and antioxidants.

I like that the sun lotion is made without parabens, alcohol and perfume which does nothing but dries out the skin. The lotion feels nice and soft on the skin.

I don’t recommend sunbathing for a long time. You should especially avoid midday sun between 12 – 4, I think it’s best to sit in the shade and enjoy the sea breeze. But If you can’t resist a little roll on the beach and want to keep that holiday tan, I strongly recommend you apply plenty of moisturiser after each shower to keep your skin soft and avoid peeling. Coconut oil works wonders here so use plenty of it.

 

 

How to get that summer holiday glow

It’s summer time and all of us want to have that holiday glow. But what if you haven’t had your holiday yet, or not even intending to? Here is what you can do to make your skin radiantly smooth and healthy at your own home spa.

STAY HYDRATED. To improve the overall health of your skin, you have to hydrate it from within, so drink lots of water. It’s not a myth, it really works! As soon as you wake up, squeeze some fresh lemon juice into your morning water. Drink a large glass of this vitamin boost before you jump into the shower. It’s best to have a glass of water half an hour before your breakfast, this way you will wake up your digestive system and get it ready for the day.

hydration

DRY BRUSH YOUR SKIN. Dry brushing is very popular in skin care routine. But it’s not just a trend. It’s an inexpensive way of keeping your skin smooth and beautiful. Before I started this morning ritual, I though it will really prolong my time in the shower. However, it only takes a couple of minutes and the tingly sensation after brushing is wonderful. It might feel rough to start with, but you will get used to it in no time. Dry brushing activates the blood circulation, unclogs pores and rids the skin of dead cells. It will also help to reduce cellulite. All you need is a natural bristle brush which you can purchase at any beauty shop.  Start brushing from your feet towards your heart taking more care of sensitive areas.

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MOISTURISE YOUR SKIN. Once you dry brushed, shower with a mild shower gel. Avoid shower gels that are packed with chemicals and synthetic fragrances. Choose more natural products and avoid laurel sulfates in your shower gel. There’s nothing more satisfying than a melting coconut oil. Rub in plenty of this wonderful natural moisturiser into your skin and enjoy that holiday scent. To start with, you might feel slightly greasy, but don’t worry, coconut oil easily soaks into your skin. It really helped me with my “chicken skin” on my upper arms! The bumps look remarkably smoother.

Coconut goodness

FACE SKIN. It’s important to thoroughly clean your face skin twice a day, especially in the evenings. But when I say thoroughly, I don’t mean using harsh skin care products. Avoid using foaming cleansers and soap. It will only irritated and dry out your skin. Try Hot Cloth Cleansing Method. Mix a dash of simple sweet almond oil with a drop of castor oil and smooth it over your skin. Gently rub it in. It will easily remove all your make up. Then wet a muslin cloth with hot (hand bearable) water and clean off the oil.

I use this method in two stages. Firstly, I apply the oil to my face to remove my makeup. I then wash it off with just warm water. Finally, I apply the oil once again to remove all the dirt and grime left over on my skin and clean it off with a hot cloth.

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Getting used to this method might take some time, but it is really beneficial to our skin as it does not remove the natural sebum. One application will be just enough in the mornings. I use this cleansing method for over 3 years now and never looked back.

Occasionally, if you feel like you want some luxury in your life, try gorgeous Camellia and Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser by Pai. Bursting with vitamins and organic ingredients, the cleanser will leave your skin clean and soft.

EXFOLIATE REGULARLY. Exfoliate your skin twice a week. Regular exfoliation clears congested pores, removes surface build-up and prevents breakouts. Use mild exfoliators such as jojoba beads to avoid scratching your skin. Try Strawberry Face Mask to remove dead skin cells and renew your skin with natural AHA acids present in the strawberries.  Avoid exfoliation in the mornings, the skin will be too sensitive and vulnerable to the sun damage.

exfoliator

FACE MASKS. I swear by clay masks and use them all the time. Nothing makes your skin glow more than a simple clay mask. The best thing about clay is that it is suitable for all skin types. It is non irritant, but quite the opposite, very soothing. The precious minerals from the earth that are present in clay will draw out the impurities, even out the skin tone, improve the complexion, overall feel and appearance of your skin. Clay possesses a high mineral content, giving it active properties such as cleansing, exfoliating, detoxifying and soothing.

soothing clay

Just mix a teaspoon of your favourite clay with a little bit of warm water and apply it to your skin for 10 minutes. Wash it off with lukewarm water. Use the face mask twice a week. Don’t be afraid to experiment, make a Soothing Clay Mask with bananas or indulge in Rose Petal Clay Mask. You can also find top 3 clay face mask recipes in my free book.

KEEP YOUR SKIN MOISTURISED NATURALLY. Use only natural skin care products. I like using pure shea butter. It heals and hydrates my skin. Just melt a knob of this gorgeous butter between your palms and apply to your face. Use it as a night moisturiser to regenerate your skin while you sleep.

I also love using oils instead of moisturisers. My favourite is Rosehip oil. It’s packed with vitamins and antioxidants, and is easily absorbed by the skin.  You can make your own facial serum by mixing your favourite oils and adding vitamin E for antioxidant properties.

MAKEUP. Remember, less is more. Instead of using heavy cream foundation, switch to mineral makeup. It’s lighter than usual makeup, healthier and looks gorgeous on the skin. It’s also fun to use and the colours are great. Packed with natural earthy minerals not only will it make your skin look flawless, but will also protect it from the sun. I started using mineral foundation over a year ago and my skin absolutely loves it.

mineral makeup

RELAX AND TRANSFORM YOUR BATHROOM INTO A LUXURY ESCAPE. Stop running around the house trying to squeeze in another job while wearing a soothing mask on your face. Sit still, put your feet up, meditate, or read a magazine and give your skin a break.

home spa

Make your bathroom a cosy space by placing your favourite items on display, so that you always have them handy. Get some soy candles, a soft bathrobe and a headband to give it a spa feel.

What is your daily summer routine? Share your recipes in the comments below. 

Strawberry face mask

Ever wondered how to use strawberries in your skincare routine and what they can do for your skin? Let me tell you. Not only are they a wonderful source of vitamins, but also contain natural peeling agents. The anti-ageing AHA acids work wonders in naturally removing dead skin cells and improving your skin’s overall appearance, leaving it fresh and youthful.

strawberries

This is how I like using it in my little home spa: I cut one strawberry lengthways and firstly eat one halve. I then rub the other halve into my skin and leave it on for around 5-10 minutes. Finally, I wash it off with lukewarm water. It might sting a little, but that’s ok. However, if you feel like you can’t bear it, you should wash it off immediately. If your skin is super sensitive, you should avoid this treatment all together.

I love it and use strawberries in my skincare routine quite frequently during the strawberry season, but no more than once a week or once in two weeks.

Have you ever used strawberries to beautify your skin? Did you like it? Let me know by commenting below. 

DIY dry shampoo

Everyone has a ‘dry shampoo’ in their kitchen cupboard, just not everyone knows about it! So next time, instead of buying one, try using flour. You’ll be surprised how well it works. And this trick is not something new, women have been using flour for ages to mask unwashed hair. I use flour for my hair from time to time and it really works.

It especially helps when you overslept or stayed over at your friend’s, but have to rush to work and just don’t have the time to wash your hair.

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How it works? Well, it can’t be any simpler. All you need to do is dust your palms with a pinch of flour and work it into your scalp. Clap your hands to get rid of extra flour if you think you grabbed too much. Repeat it a couple of time depending on the thickness of your hair. I repeat 2-3 times.

You can also use your cosmetic brush. Dip it into the flour, gently shake to remove excess flour and carefully work it into your scalp. Comb your hair and go.

Don’t worry, the flour won’t be visible in your hair, unless you overdo it. It will absorb the oils and leave your hair looking fresh, no one will ever notice! And it lasts all day.

If you like, add a drop of your favourite essential oil into the flour, mix it well and keep your ‘dry shampoo’ in a glass container with a lid.

Try it and give your hair a break from washing it every day. And remember, the more you wash your hair, the greasier it gets!