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DIY Beauty Rituals for a Glowing Holiday Season
These simple DIY beauty treatments target our greatest skin concerns, such as reducing fine lines and wrinkles, improving firmness and elasticity and protecting skin from damage. Utilising your favourite beauty products as well as a few staples from the supermarket, these rituals will feel spoiling and luxurious amidst the holiday season madness. They are, of course, all natural and guilty-free, so block out time in your calendar now. Don’t forget yourself this Christmas!
DIY Lactic Acid Mask
The lactic acid in yoghurt dissolves dead skin cells, which is why it’s a brilliantly gentle, no-scrub exfoliation method. It not only helps to create a natural glow and prevent breakouts, but works to diminish the appearance of fine lines. It’s an all-around multitasker. So if you’re wanting to create a gentle at-home mask, try this recipe:
Crush 6-7 fresh rose petals in a bowl and add 2 tbsp organic rosewater, 1 tbsp plain, Greek-style yoghurt and 1tsp Manuka honey. Mix well. Apply to the skin and leave it for 10 minutes, then rinse.
To really beef up the skin benefits, consider adding a mask, such as the (Simple As That) Matcha Mask or the DNA Elements Silica Face Mask. Along with the yoghurt, Manuka honey and rosewater, these ingredients are just pure magic for your skin. Use it once a week for an at-home version of a facial peel in between your salon sessions. Follow up with a healing oil, such as The Seeke’s Nourish and Soothe Elixir. --
DIY Facial Massage
Give yourself a facial at home with these easy techniques alongside your favourite products. If you’re more of a visual person, this is one of our favourite YouTube tutorials on a facial massage. To reduce tension in your facial muscles and smooth skin in line-prone areas like your forehead, do this twice a day while you cleanse:
- Warm cleanser between fingertips, and work it all over your face and forehead using small, firm, circular motions. This will help relax muscles from multiple angles.
- Using your knuckles, make small, circular motions along and under the jaw and beneath cheekbones. Apply a slightly deeper pressure here.
- Spend at least one minute doing this each time you cleanse until you run out of product.
Some of our bestselling cleansers include Erica Brooke’s Honey Cream Cleanser, Morgan Annie’s #1 Organic Gel Cleanser and Nivey Eco’s Purete Skin Balancing Cleanser. All would work beautifully during a facial massage. To ensure your moisturiser is spread evenly across your face (essential for a healthy glow), do this every morning:
- Take a small amount of your preferred moisturiser and warm between your hands.
- Massage from the neck upwards, using the length of your fingers over the cheeks, chin and forehead in symmetrical gliding strokes – think of butterfly wings.
- Sweep the heels of your hands slowly upwards from the jawline with a steady pressure to stimulate circulation.
- Finish by using a ‘pitter patter’ motion with your fingertips under your eyes to rejuvenate them (see our eye creams here).
DIY Rose Hydrosol/Mist
It’s forecast to be in the 30s all week – which means it’s forecast to be in the 30s all summer! So it’s time to bust out the rose hydrosol (or ‘mist’ as most of us know it). A hydrosol is the steam distillation of floral and plant material – that’s why they’re often referred to as ‘waters’ or ‘mists’. While similar to essential oils, they’re less concentrated, and safer to use directly on the face. Many now include ingredients like seaweed, hyaluronic acid and goji berries, which turns them into incredibly active toners. Here is a recipe to make your own simple version of a rose hydrosol: [caption id="attachment_14157" align="alignnone" width="1250"] Hydrosol images via Gardenista.[/caption] Place a bowl upside down in the pot. Drop the petals from six very fragrant organic roses around the bowl (not on top). Pour 6 cups of distilled water carefully over the petals until the water level reaches a height of about 2cm below the lip of the bowl. Place your second bowl in the pot so that it rests on top of the overturned bowl, looking like an hourglass. Place the lid on upside down to create a concave space. Place ice on the lid. When your pot has finished simmering, turn off the heat and let it cool with the lid still on. After it cools, remove the bowl with your hydrosol and pour it into a bottle to store. It will last about six months, and should be kept in a cool, dark place (your fridge in summer). Alternatively, some of our pre-made favourites are the stunning Generic’s Cleopatra’s Rose Face Mist, the smaller DNA Elements Bulgarian Rose Mist and the Wildcrafted Organics’ Wild Rose Botanical Mist (with two different rose types!). If you prefer a toner-style hydrosol, which you apply with a cotton pad, try the (Simple As That) Toner. If you really want a treat, pump it into your hand with a few drops of the Mukti Antioxidant Facial Serum.