I was just wondering… do you have a spa day at home? Do you honestly stick to your routine? It’s really interesting what kind of beauty procedures people do to maintain radiant and clear skin, sleek and shiny hair… I keep thinking is it enough to just choose one day and try to keep up with the regime? Isn’t it great to wake up on a Saturday morning and immerse ourselves into a natural, orange and vanilla scented beauty routine!
I start my spa day with 2 cups of water (just like every day) to clear my body from all the build up. I then look into the fridge and cupboards to see what do I have in my kitchen I could use… I like making different hair masks every week, different sugar/salt body scrubs (I noticed that lately I have been using mainly salty ones) and I always stick to my clay face masks. I am telling you, clay face masks are so miraculous and effective, clearing, gently exfoliating, nourishing and powerful, that I just can’t get enough of them!
Let’s start with a Homemade hair mask. When I was little, my mum always washed my hair with egg yolks. I never had any dandruff until, in my teens, I started using lots of and I mean lots of, so fashionable and so damaging, hair spray! The best thing about this mask is that it’s so easily made and the ingredients are so simple.
1-2 egg yolks (depending on your hair length)
2 tbsp of honey
1 tsp of dried/fresh rosemary
1/4 cup of olive oil, or any other oil. It’s great if you have some coconut oil!
1 tsp of apple cider vinegar.
In a double boiler, pour the oil and add the rosemary. Heat it up a little bit until the herb releases its oils and gorgeous flavour. Sieve the oil and cool it down.
In a bowl, whisk the eggs with a hand mixer or a whisk. Slowly pour the oil while mixing. Add the vinegar and there, you have a lovely home made mayonnaise! Finally mix in the honey. Egg yolks have a good foaming ability so it will be very easy to rub the mask into your hair. Apply the mask to your damp hair and wash it out well after 20 minutes.
While the mask is nurturing our hair, let’s quickly mix up some Salty orange & vanilla body scrub.
2 tbs of sea salt
1 cup cup coconut (or any other) oil
5-10 drops of orange and vanilla essential oils
Grind the salt and mix it with the oil. Add the essential oils. Can you smell it? Gorgeous scrub!
Try this delightful, nourishing and refreshing honey & cream clay face mask. I didn’t have any fruit to mix the clay with this time, but the honey and double cream was all I needed! Add a fresh strawberry and it will be simply mind blowing! I wish I could keep it on for longer than 10 minutes! But that, unfortunately, will not do us any good! As much as it can be enjoyable, clay face mask will draw the moisture out if left on for too long! So be aware, enjoy it and wash it off!
2 tbsp of blue clay (you may use your favourite)
1 tbsp double cream
1 tbsp honey
Add the cream and the honey to the clay and mix well until you form a nice and smooth paste. Please don’t use any metal while handling clay as it tends to draw all the chemicals out of metal equipment. For the best results, use a plastic/wooden spoon and a glass bowl. Apply the mask to your clean skin for 10 minutes.
After the shower, moisturise, wrap up in a cosy dressing gown, make a pot of tea and relax for at least half an hour.