Lavender and rosemary face steam
deep-cleanses oily skin, removes blackheads and shrinks the pores size
Fill in a large bowl with boiling water and leave to stand for 10 minutes. Add 5 drops lavender oil and a spring of fresh rosemary. Put a towel over your head and breathe in vapour deeply for 10 minutes. The lavender steam will cleanse the skin deeply and will make you relax.
Chamomile foot soak
revives and deodorizes the feet
Mix 2 cups brewed chamomile tea with 2 drops peppermint oil and a few flower buds. Soak feet for about 10 minutes. Then pat dry or exfoliate with sugar and oil.
Sugar and olive oil hand scrub
cleanse and soften the skin, removes the dead skin cells and exfoliates
Mix together 1 tbs granulated sugar and extra-virgin olive oil in the palm of your hand. Work over both hands massaging over rough knuckles. Rinse well with lukewarm water. Apply a moisturizer. You can use sea sugar in place sugar for a mineral-rich body scrub that’s great for cellulite.
Lavender and lemon-grass bath tea
soothes and relaxes
Mix a handful of dried lavender buds with a crushed fresh lemon-grass bulb. Tie in a muslin bag and hang under the running hot bath tab. You can steep the herbs in a large bowl of boiling water for 30 minutes, strain and pour the liquid into your bath.
Nourishing body scrub
invigorates and polishes the skin, removes the dead skin cells and exfoliates
Mix 2 tbs turmeric, 1 drop sandalwood oil and 3 drops jasmine oil with 2 tbsp finely ground rice and a splash of mineral water. Massage gently your body with baby oil, and then smear the aromatic mix all over your body. Leave to dry and buff off with your hands. Shower and pat skin dry. Apply a body lotion.
Banana and grape-seed hair pack
moisturizes the hair and calms frizzes
Mash one ripe banana with 2 tsp grape-seed oil. Massage into the hair and scalp, cover cling film. Leave for 30 minutes and then shampoo. For extra shine use an egg yolk instead of the oil but shampoo with warm water.
Papaya body wrap
exfoliates, smooths and nourishes the skin
Mash 3 papayas. Smear the mixture into the whole body, and then wrap your limbs and torso in cling film. Slip on a warm toweling robe and relax for 20 minutes while your skin perspires and then shower off. Apply moisturizing body lotion.
Gram flour anti-wrinkle mask
calms sensitive skin, remove the fine lines and cleanse the skin
Mix 1 heaped tbs gram flour, one tsp double cream, 2 tsp water and a little salt. Smooth over the skin and leave it for 10 minutes.
Cucumber and honey mask
leaves the skin soft and plump
Mix 250g clear honey with 10 drops lime juice and massage your face for about 5 minutes. Place chilled cucumber slices over the face and the neck and rest for 15 minutes. Apply a moisturizer.
Almond, oatmeal and cucumber mask
balances problem skin, removes the enlarged pores and nourishes the skin
Whiz 2 tbsp skinned almonds with half a cup of water in a blender and put in a bowl. Blend 2 in unpeeled cucumber for 30 seconds and strain, reserving the pulp. Mix the pulp with the almond milk.
Stir 4 tbsp rolled oats and kaolin powder to make a dryish paste. Massage onto the face and leave for 15 minutes.
Avocado stone massage
nourish tired skin, improve the circulation and exfoliates
Mash 1 ripe avocado and smooth over the face. Use the avocado stone to gently massage with small upward circular movements. Relax for 10 minutes.