DIY Ideas for a self-care day during lockdownWiebke Venter
Now is the perfect time for you and your family to take time for yourselves, to rest, to go inward and practice some self-care. We have some easy recipes for you that are perfect for a self-care & beauty day with ingredients you might have at home.
Body and face scrub
Many kitchen ingredients are perfect for making effective natural body and face scrubs – without packaging. You need only two ingredients:
Choose one of the following ingredients for a do-it-yourself scrub:
- Salt (very good for cleansing your skin)
- Bicarbonate of soda/baking soda (stimulates the natural production of sebum)
- Ground coffee (good for cellulites)
- Bentonite clay
- Poppy seeds
- Ground nuts
Additionally, you would need a “carrier” that will help to spread the scrub on the skin and has additional properties. Possible ingredients:
- Liquid soap or shower gel
- Oils (coconut oil, olive oil, sunflower oil, canola oil…)
- Mashed fruits (grated apples for instance, mashed banana..), they nourish your skin with vitamins
- Honey, it is anti-inflammatory
Mix it and scrub it! Rinse your face with warm water afterwards and put on a nourishing cream or olive oil.
Important! You should use the scrub only twice a week for normal and healthy skin, otherwise, your skin can become red and irritated. You should avoid mechanical scrubs like that, if you have sensitive, inflamed skin.
Now, that the winter season is near, you are very lucky if you have a bathtub. For an anti-inflammatory home-spa you can use chamomile, the most famous anti-inflammatory medical herb. You need three tea bags or 100 g of loose chamomile tea. Add three litres of boiling water and let it stand for 30 minutes. Add this essence to you bath. By the way, milk has similar properties. Did you think Cleopatra had no reason for bathing in donkey milk? 😉
On warmer days, try this refreshing spa idea: Boil a big pot of water and add 100-200 g of fresh mint and 150g of rosemary (with stems). Add this essence to your bath as well as 250 ml of fresh lemon juice or apple cider vinegar.
If you caught a cold, you can prepare a thyme bath for yourself. Simply, put 2 tablespoons of thyme in a sock, tie it up with twine and add it to your bath. Squeeze the sock from time to time to get all of the active substances out. Rest for 30 minutes after the bath.
As easy as the self-made scrubs, are self-made hair masks, too. Here are my favourite ideas:
Combine the following, massage into your scalp and wrap your hair into a towel. Rinse your hair thoroughly after the suggested time:
- 3-4 tsp. ground coffee + 100 ml boiling water – Liquid must be deep black; 30 min.
- 1 pck. (7 g) nutritional yeast + 100 ml warm water – 15 minutes
- 3 tbsp. rye flour + 100 – 150 ml warm water – 5-10 minutes
- 2-3 tbsp. coconut milk – 15 – 20 minutes
- 1 tbsp. Salt + 400 ml water – 15 minutes
We wish you a happy self-care day for you and, perhaps even your whole family, too.