Simple, Safe & Cruelty Free Pampering
Back in the good old days, my school friends and I loved nothing more than what we liked to call ‘pamper sleepovers’. These essential get-togethers allowed us to recover from the stressful demands of primary school life… (A long week in year 3 was draining, ok?!) These evenings usually consisted of our favourite things: Disney Channel original movies, junk food and our favourite part… DIY beauty product making!! We would drive my mum crazy by raiding the kitchen cupboards for anything we could find to create our concoctions. All sorts of strange looking lotions and potions were brewed in that kitchen. Once we made a face mask using my mums newest, most fancy perfume as the secret ingredient. (She still hasn’t forgiven me.)
When my best friend came over the other day, we thought it would be a laugh to reminisce on the past by putting our childhood experience and expertise to good use. After doing some research, we used our everyday kitchen ingredients to create the best pampering products we possibly could: 10 years on and we haven’t changed a bit. Much to our surprise we managed to create some really lovely things! So lovely I even caught my Mum trying one out.
Not only is a bit of DIY beauty making great fun, there are also many benefits to using natural home remedies as opposed to shop bought products. Did you know, the average woman uses 12 personal care products a day containing 168 different chemicals? Some of these chemicals are just plain nasty. Parabens, for example, are found in loads of beauty products and are a known carcinogen.) Another is Oxybenzone, linked to allergic reactions and an increase in hormone-related cancers in men and women. And to make matters worse, in an alarming study by the Herb Research Foundation, it was revealed that our skin absorbs up to 60 per cent of the chemicals in products that it comes into contact with directly into our bloodstream. Scary stuff.
The bigger picture
As well as harming us, these beauty treatments can also hurt the planet. Each year, 10,000 Microbeads (the tiny plastic balls found in many exfoliating products) are washed down our drains, adding to the 8 million tonnes of plastic entering the oceans annually.
All is not lost! As mentioned above, I’ve tried and tested loads of homemade beauty products. I’ve now compiled a list of my 3 favourites just for you! These products are all unbelievably simple, and none of them contain more than 4 ingredients. They’re perfectly faff-free. Not only will these help you ditch the chemicals, look after the planet and save your pennies, they also make really sweet homemade gifts for all your pamper loving friends. As always, my recommendations are cruelty free and vegan. I hope you love them as much as I do!
Oaty Coconut Hair Mask
Oats- Gives more elasticity to your hair, reducing breakage which in turn promotes hair growth. Oats contain vitamin B which will increase moisture, for lovely soft looking hair. This product is also fab at removing excess dirt accumulated on your scalp.
Coconut Milk- Natural moisture nourishes your hair from root to tip.
Coconut Oil- Gets deep into your follicles, promoting hair growth. It also fights against scalp problems such as insect bites, lice and dandruff. Not only that, it adds shine and softness to your hair. Lastly, it prevents hair breakage and split ends, encouraging hair growth.
What to do:
- Add coconut oil and coconut milk to a bowl and stir well.
- Add the rolled oats to the bowl and combine all ingredients.
- Apply the mask to tangle free, dry hair and leave it in for half an hour.
- Rinse with shampoo and warm water.
Energising Body Scrub
Olive oil- Contains three major antioxidants: Vitamin E, polyphenols, and phytosterols. Vitamin E gives olive oil anti-aging properties by restoring skin smoothness and protecting against ultraviolet light.
Coffee granules- Caffeine can reduce the appearance of cellulite. It also acts as a wonderful natural exfoliator. Plus it smells gorgeous.
Sugar- Exfoliates and hydrates your skin, causing it to appear smoother and brighter.
Cinnamon- Plumps your skin by bringing oxygen and blood to the surface. It also unclogs and opens your pores by removing excess oil from the skin.
What to do:
- Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl.
- Gently rub in circular motions onto wet skin and rinse well with warm water for lovely smooth skin!
Cooling Cucumber Face Mask
Cucumber- Contains ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and caffeic acid, both of which help soothe skin irritations and reduce swelling.
Mint- Acts as an anti-pruritic agent. That means that its juice can soothe and calm skin that’s itchy or infected. Also helps rebalance oily skin.
Lemon- Firstly it works as a blackhead treatment; because lemons are antibacterial, they can help treat acne. They are also a skin brightener because they are rich in vitamin C and citric acid, so they can help brighten and lighten your skin.
What to do:
- Grate the cucumber and add to a bowl.
- Finely chop the mint leaves.
- Squeeze half a lemon.
- Add 1 tbsp of lemon juice and the mint leaves to the grated cucumber and mix well.
- Apply to your face and neck. After 15 minutes, rinse thoroughly, leaving your skin feeling cool and soft.
So there you are! My top 3 homemade pamper products that I absolutely LOVE. I hope you give them a try too 🙂 Let me know what you think in the comments section below.