household ingredients that are not only delicious, but nutritious for our skin as well.
Smashed over focaccia or sliced into salad, this month avocados are ripe for the picking. While it might be one of my favourite fruits, the oils in avocados make a wonderful moisturiser. Containing potassium, vitamin B and E, the ingredients help put the moisture back into dry hair and skin.
Here are two masks which will leave you feeling hydrated after the summer heat … If you can get past not eating the ingredients first!
Hydrating hair mask
Our Coastal lifestyle from the wind and sea quickly leaves our hair bleached and brittle. I find the natural oils help repair damaged hair while giving it a little extra shine. Try mixing up one avocado with two tablespoons of olive oil and honey. Gradually rub into damp hair, starting from the ends and making your way up to the roots. Leave the mask in for up to 20 minutes before washing it out thoroughly. There are lots of different combinations out there so mix and match to find the best mask for you.
If you thought avocados couldn’t get any better, they contain antioxidants which is said to be the key to long-lasting youth. This fruity face mask has a similar effect on your face as it does with your hair, helping hydrate dry skin. Mash together half an avocado, a tablespoon of plain yogurt and feel free to add in a tablespoon of oats or honey. Apply to your face, using a brush or your fingers, and leave for 15 minutes before washing off with lukewarm water.
Native to the Mediterranean, olive oil is the ultra-nourishing kitchen staple. It’s rich in colour, smooth in texture and known among women for its beauty benefits. For centuries, the oil has been paired with bread and balsamic vinegar, but what about using it as a make-up remover, hair serum or lip balm?
We are on our feet all day, every day, so look no further than your kitchen for a fancy-free pedicure. This DIY treatment combines a scrub and a soak all in one. By mixing a lemon and two tablespoons of salt, the mixture will help remove any dead skin cells and make them feel fresh once again. Then add three tablespoons of olive oil, a cup of milk and cup of warm water in a bowl and soak them for 10 minutes. When it comes to olive oil, it’s a miracle worker for cracked heels!
The liquid gold can also be used as an everyday lip balm (and it makes for a super cute DIY gift). Combine one tablespoon of beeswax and 1 ½ tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil in a heat-resistant measuring cup. Place the cup into a pot of water, on a low heat setting on the stove. Mix until melted, before pouring the liquid into a lip balm container. Leave to cool before using and your lips will look smacking.
In my eyes, chocolate is the answer to everything; it is the ultimate indulgence food. But what if I told you it’s just as good on your face as taking your first bite. Cocoa contains organic compounds which also make it rich in antioxidants, leaving your skin feeling nourished and your
Dark chocolate face mask
Melt 200g of 70 per cent dark chocolate and add ⅔ cup of milk, a pinch of salt and three tablespoons of raw sugar. Mix it through and leave it to cool before applying to your face and neck. Relax for 15 to 20 minutes before washing off.
For something a little more grainy, mix
in a cup of brown sugar, a cup of coconut oil, two tablespoons of cocoa powder
and a drop of coconut extract. Pour the scrub into a jar and feel delicious while
in the shower.