Posted on Mar 29, 2019, 7 p.m.
It is possible to pamper yourself with a Day Spa without spending a small fortune right from home, some of the ingredients needed might even be right in your kitchen. Nourishing the body with real foods can not only save money but also avoid the possibility of harsh chemicals that may be in commercially sold body care products.
Magnesium is responsible for over 300 enzyme reactions within the body, and it can help to regulate blood pressure, improve sleep, and boost immunity among other things. Applying magnesium oil topically can help to restore magnesium levels faster than orally so the body can experience its benefits sooner. Try to indulge after a shower by rubbing it into the skin, it may tingle at first but the sensation will fade quickly.
Epsom salt baths are another relaxing opportunity to pamper yourself, which can also help to increase magnesium levels. The added bonus to this is that you will be easing stress and reducing anxiety, and studies have shown these bath can help to improve skin hydration, skin roughness, and skin redness.
Healthy fats and nutrients contained within avocados help to nourish the body from the inside which can lend moisture to the skin. Avocados are rich in the powerful antioxidant vitamin E that helps to reduce the signs of aging, protects from sun damage, and helps to keep skin supple by boosting collagen.
Mashing up some avocado and slathering it onto the face makes a nice no fuss mask that can be left of for 10-15 minutes. Try combine the paste with a tablespoon of raw honey and a teaspoon of turmeric to add a few extra skin care benefits to the mask.
Activated charcoal is a pure form of charcoal that can absorb toxins and impurities from inside the body and on the skin; much like clay it helps to pull out dirt and oil stuck in the pores causing irritation, and can help to remove stains from teeth.
Mix 1 teaspoon of activated charcoal powder, with half teaspoon of raw honey, and a half teaspoon of water to make a face mask, be sure to avoid the eye area and let dry for 10 minutes before washing off with warm water. To whiten teeth wet a toothbrush and place half a teaspoon of activated charcoal powder on it then brush the teeth, let it sit for 5-10 minutes then wash it out of the mouth.
Apple cider vinegar has been used for centuries to help treat a variety of ailments, it is naturally antibacterial and contains enzymes and acids that nourish the skin which can reduce acne causing bacteria.
ACV diluted in water can be used as a face toner, acne treatment, or after shampooing as a dandruff treatment. ACV in a diluted foot soak can soften calluses, and a little added to a bath can help to soften and nourish skin.
Coconut oil is an antibacterial and antifungal that can help to protect and moisturize the skin and hair. Coconut oil can be used full body after a shower, a few drops of added peppermint oil or sweet orange can add to the calming aroma. Coconut oil can also be used as a face mask to moisturize and fight wrinkles and acne.
Vitamin E is an antioxidant that can fight free radical damage, applying oil topically and eating vitamin E rich foods can nourish the skin. Vitamin E oil can be applied directly to the skin or added to a moisturizer, bath, or face mask.
Shea butter is an excellent skin moisturizer that contains anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties, that is said to be excellent at improving the look of stretch marks. It’s creamy texture makes it ideal as a full body lotion or heavy face cream, to make it more indulgent add a few drop of your favorite essential oils before applying.
Raw honey has antibacterial benefits that can help to reduce acne, inflammation, brighten skin, and lock in moisture. For a brightening and moisturizing mask combine one tablespoon of raw honey with one drop of lemon essential oil, let it sit of face for 15 minutes before washing it away with warm water.
Sea salt is a natural antibacterial that can help to manage acne and other skin conditions caused by bacteria, the coarseness makes it ideal as a full body scrub. Combine one quarter cup of sea salt, with one quarter cup of aloe vera gel, and one quarter cup of coconut oil, with 2-3 drop of your favorite essential oil to form a thick paste to rub all over the body in the shower. One half cup of sea salts can be added to an Epsom salt bath for an extra dose of minerals and skin softening benefits.
Lemon is rich in vitamin C which is a potent antioxidant that fights aging and DNA damage. One teaspoon of fresh lemon juice combined with one tablespoon of raw honey makes a nice face mask that can be applied for 15 minutes before washing it away with warm water. Lemon rubbed onto the nails can help to whiten them; and one tablespoon of fresh lemon juice or two drops of lemon essential oils can be added to a body scrub for added benefits.
Coconut cream is a luxurious hair and body moisturizer, coconut cream is not the same as coconut oil, coconut cream is thick and creamy and results from simmering coconut flesh in water. Combine one half cup of coconut cream with two teaspoons of raw honey and one quarter cup of coconut milk; apply liberally to the ends of damp hair and let sit for 10 minutes before rinsing away.
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