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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

Home spa day

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.

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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. 

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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!

Clay mask

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 using clay as it tends to draw all the chemicals out of metal equipment. For the best results, use a plastic spoon and a glass bowl. Apply the mask to your clean skin and off to the shower after 10 minutes!