Naturally Beautiful – Home vs High Street

We all love to try the latest beauty products and if you believe what you read on the packaging, you’ll wonder how you’ve ever lived without them. There’s no doubt there are some great products out there that go a long way in making our hair shiny, keeping our skin moisturised and fighting off lines and wrinkles, and there’s certainly no doubt that we fork out a lot of money for them.

 If you venture away from the High Street and look for a more ‘homemade’ approach to beauty, you’ll find cheap and surprisingly effective natural solutions that don’t rely on fancy packaging and big promises. Instead, they inspire you to start reaching into your kitchen cupboard rather than your bathroom cabinet whenever you fancy a beauty treat.There’s no need to give up on your favourite products, but trying out some homemade hair, skin and body treats from time to time can leave you looking and feeling great and help with the budget too.Because they’re all created with completely natural ingredients, homemade face-masks, scrubs and treatments make use of what nature has to offer and what’s more, they smell good enough to eat.

Try out our selection of the best.

Fresh Faced – Peach and Honey Face-mask

Reap the rewards of this totally nourishing and revitalising natural face-mask that smells good enough to eat.

You’ll need:

1 peach

3 teaspoons of honey

2 tablespoons of natural yoghurt

It’s really easy to create the mask, simply skin the peach and mash the flesh with the honey and add the natural yoghurt. Work the ingredients in to a smooth paste and apply to a cleansed face and neck. Sit back and relax for 10 minutes, then rinse off with warm water.  Your skin should be left feeling soft, supple and nourished.

Luscious Locks – The Natural Way

Thanks to its natural conditioning and moisturising properties, coconut oil is the perfect treat for damaged hair. It has a soothing and softening effect on both the scalp and lengths of hair.

You’ll need:

A cup of coconut oil

Massage the oil into the hair, paying particular attention to damaged lengths and ends. Apply sparingly to the scalp – or not at all if your hair is in fairly good condition. Wrap the hair in clingfilm and cover with a warm towel for maximum conditioning benefit – the heat opens the hair shaft and allows the oil to penetrate.

Wash out with shampoo and condition as normal.

Glowing Skin – The Ultimate Homemade Exfoliator for the Body

You’ll need:

Sea salt

Almond oil

Grapefruit

Known for its deep cleansing and therapeutic properties, sea salt is an essential part of this naturally nourishing scrub. Mix it together with grated grapefruit peel – to stimulate circulation – and finish with almond oil that’s rich in essential fatty acids and the antioxidant vitamin E.

After soaking in a warm bath, dry off and apply the mixture to the skin. Thoroughly exfoliate, paying attention to the areas that need it most. Rinse off and moisturise.

Soften Up – Exfoliating and Moisturising Hand Treatment

You’ll need:

1 ounce of ground almonds

1 teaspoon of clear honey

2 teaspoons of walnut or sunflower oil

1 teaspoon lemon juice

A pair of moisturising mitts

Combine all of the ingredients together to form a thick paste. Generously apply all over the hands and put on some mitts. Leave for a few minutes, then rinse off. Hands should be left feeling soft and smooth.

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