Christmas is round the corner and it’s the season where everyone likes to believe all is well and good, that children receive presents and the unfortunate receive miracles. Reality check: Life is pretty much the same and bad stuff still happens, the only way for there to be miracles and for good little innocent children to receive presents is if you make it happen. Another reality check: That means you’re broke too. So with so many parties, events and Christmas dinners to attend to, how do you keep yourself looking tip top? DIY skincare.
It wouldn’t be Christmas if we didn’t infuse a little bit of it into our DIY recipes. Kind of like, it wouldn’t be a spa without soothing tranquil sounds and aroma oils scenting the room. Here are 3 easy DIY recipes that you can make to look your best this Christmas with ingredients easily found this season.
A fantastic mask to clear out any acne breakout this festive season. Cinnamon is great as an antiseptic, anti fungal and anti-viral aid while nutmeg is renown as a scar removing aid. Note that some ingredients may be harsh for sensitive skin so DO conduct a patch test before use.
Ingredients: 1 tsp honey, 1 tsp ground cinnamon, 1 tsp ground nutmeg.
How to Make: Mix all the ingredients in a small clean dish until well incorporated.
How to Use: Apply a thin layer to skin gently with a facial brush. Leave on for 10-15 mins. Rinse well with warm water and follow with regular skincare routine.
Nothing ruins a perfectly made up face more than dry, flaky chapped lips. While cranberries are packed with natural antioxidants and add a hint of red, brown sugar is not only gentle but an effective skin conditioner too. To counter feather lips this season, try out this recipe.
Ingredients: Dried cranberries, Natural Cranberry juice, Fine brown Sugar, Vaseline
How to Make: Blend cranberries in a food processor and slowly add in cranberry juice until cranberries are finely blended into a think puree consistency. Transfer puree into clean dish and add fine brown sugar until you achieve a thick paste. Mix in Vaseline in small quantities until paste is smooth. Transfer Brown Sugar Cranberry Lip Scrub into clean containers and store in fridge.
How to Use: Simply apply the scrub on your lips, let it set for 30 seconds, and gently exfoliate your lips. Rinse with warm water and pat dry for soft, supply lips!
Since there’s so much love going around on Christmas, why not give your skin a little loving too? This Rosemary and Apple Body Scrub is excellent for cleansing and stimulating your skin with an additional anti-aging effect!
Ingredients: 5 tablespoons whipping cream, 1 tablespoon honey, 3 tablespoons freshly juiced apple juice, 4 tablespoons tapioca pearls, 2 tablespoons whole rolled oats -lightly crushed-, 1 cup coarse sea salt, 2-4 sprigs rosemary.
How to Make: Remove rosemary leaves from stem and roughly chop. Heat whipping cream in microwave for 10 secs. Add in ingredients in following order, always stirring to combine after adding each ingredient. Honey, apple juice, tapioca, oats, rosemary, salt (adjust amount if needed). Let the Rosemary and Apple Body Scrub ‘seat’ in the fridge overnight before use.
How to Use: Starting from the extremities, rub scrub in circular motions. This scrub is gentle enough to use even on your chest. Rinse well with warm water, pat dry and follow with moisturizer. – Share the love, Emily L.