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Unlock beauty with these 5 simple fixes!

The government have announced that on Sunday we will hear their plans to ease us out of the lockdown.   In the light of this news I thought it was a good time to share with you 5 simple fixes to help you look and feel good.  Take a few moments to get yourself ready for a little more freedom and social interaction (fingers crossed)!

1) Get ready to face the world

Some people I know have worn less make up than usual, some have worn more, some have not been so good at removing it every night.   Quite a few are guilty of eating and drinking a little more excessively during the lockdown. I put my hand up and say I’ve definitely had a few more comfort snacks than usual.

Some have been just too busy to even think about their skin.   This all takes its toll so I have one way you can make an immediate positive impact – and it’s gentle exfoliation.

  • Stimulate circulation and cell renewal.
  • Gently slough away dead skin cells.
  • Reveal brighter, younger looking skin.

Here’s a recipe with ingredients you may already have at home:

  • 1 desertspoon fine brown sugar (ground it down if you can)
  • 1 desertspoon of honey

a). Mix the sugar and honey together, and with clean fingertips, b) very gently apply the scrub to your face in small circular motions.  Use light pressure because you don’t want to damage your skin. Rinse with warm water and use a clean washcloth to remove any residual honey or sugar if needed.

Sensitive Skin Option

If you have sensitive skin swap fine brown sugar for some oats. Grind them in a blender until they are fine and just add a small amount to water to create a paste. Follow rest of instructions from b) above.

5 simple fixes2) Glow inside out

Your skin is your second liver.  A fantastic way to support this cleansing organ is to drink the juice of one freshly squeezed lemon in warm water first thing in the morning.  Add a little honey if you need to…I manage without!

 

 

 

Summer Feet3) Kiss goodbye dry and rough feet

When did you last give your feet a good exfoliation?  This is the perfect way to get rid of dead skin cells and reveal fresh and bright skin underneath.  Here’s a lovely recipe for a homemade foot scrub with ingredients you may already have at home:

1 heaped tablespoon Coconut Oil

2 dessert spoons Jojoba oil

2 heaped tablespoons Epsom Salts

1-2 drops essential oil of your choice. Leave a comment below if you have a question or would like some ideas or just share what oils you’ve chosen

Method

  • Mix the coconut oil and Jojoba oil together in a bowl. Next, add the essential oils and mix well.  Finally add the Epsom Salts and mix well
  • Apply to each foot rubbing and scrubbing, paying particular attention to any rough areas.  Do this for 5 minutes
  • Rinse with warm water and dry

Caution:  This does make your feet feel slippery so have a slip mat in your bath or a towel ready to dry your feet before you start walking!

Alternatives – you could exchange the oil for olive oil or other oils you have in your cupboard

If you don’t have Epsom Salts try it with brown sugar or coffee grounds – something exfoliating from your cupboard.

Extra Tip – rub the back of your hands to exfoliate them t the end of your treatment.

 

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4) Seal in moisture

Now that your feet should feel much softer and smoother it’s a good idea to apply a moisturiser like Renew Intensive Foot Cream.  The water content of this will lock in the oils from the scrub.  Renew Intensive Foot Cream also contains a humectant which draws moisture into your skin and is ideal at softening extremely dry and even cracked feet.

Why not give yourself a 5 minute foot massage?

Foot Massage Benefits

A 1999 study undertaken by a team of researchers from the University of Hertfordshire and published in the Intensive and Critical Care Nursing journal, a five-minute foot massage brought about relaxation to critical care patients, helping to reduce their stress levels and measurably reducing blood pressure and heart rate.

 

5) Restore sun stressed skin & nourish your hair

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If, like my fiance, you have been able to spend a little more time in the garden or just out in the sunshine you might find that your skin is in need of some extra nourishment and hydration.  This is great time to use a body oil to help penetrate deeper into your skin and deliver nourishing and rejuvenating cosmeceuticals to your cells. Restore Luxury Body Oil does exactly this and contains soothing Calendula Extract which is perfect if you’ve got a little sunburnt.  Although it is an oil it’s light and very easily absorbed.

Bonus:  Restore Luxury Body Oil is rich in Argan and Rosehip oils that are excellent for hair nourishment so if you like many are missing your hairdresser, give yourself a nourishing treatment.

Apply a few pumps of Restore Luxury Body oil to your scalp and hair, massage it for a few minutes, pop it in a towel or put a towel on your pillow and let it sink in overnight.  Let the lavender scent soothe you as you sleep.  Wash your hair in the morning with your usual shampoo.

 

I hope these 5 simple fixes help you get ready to emerge from the lockdown looking and feeling good.

I’d love to hear what you have done to lift your mood or practise self care, since we’ve all been unable visit hairdressers or have a massage or facial for what seems like far too long! 

Do share your positive practises and leave a comment below.

self care check in

Best wishes and stay safe,

Louisa

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References

1 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10595045

2 Comments

  1. Dorothy chubb on May 18, 2020 at 8:08 pm

    Hi Louisa love the recipe for the foot scrub but in the ingredients. You say to use jojoba oil in the method olive oil, which should it be ? I might give it a go myself ? Although I don’t have jojoba oil atm xx

    • Louisa on May 18, 2020 at 8:18 pm

      Hi Dorothy, well spotted – I’ve amended it so method matches ingredients but you’ll see later on I say that you can use olive oil or another carrier oil that you have. Jojoba is lighter so I prefer this but it’s fine to use olive. This recipe makes quite a good amount so have a small jar or ramekin to keep remainder in.

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