When thinking about beauty treatments and pampering, we often tend to think about our faces and neglect our poor old bodies.
A very effective way of making your body smoother and softer and altogether nicer to look at, is to treat them with a scrub, followed by a soothing cream and there are lots of ways of doing this using natural products. Here are a couple of ideas for you to try.
Coconut scrub – Suitable for any skin type
You will need:
- 150ml dessicated coconut
- 150ml ground almond
- 150ml oatmeal
- 45ml liquid honey
- Rosewater, as needed
This scrub makes skin lovely and soft. Mix the dry ingredients and add the honey. Pour in as much rosewater as necessary to make a smooth paste. You can use it anywhere on your body. Simply rub it in and leave for 20 minutes. Then, with strong circular strokes, rub off with a flannel – you will be positively glowing!
Marigold mask – This is ideal for backs!
You will need:
- 23ml (1½ tablespoons) of marigold tea (see below)
- 1 tablespoon of clay
- 10ml (3 teaspoons) glycerine
This an excellent way of making your upper back look beautiful in summer dresses and swimming costumes!
Marigolds purify the skin and blood circulation is invigorated by the massage that automatically happens when you remove the mask.
Make an infusion of the marigold petals in 300ml of boiling water. Leave it to stew for one hour. Measure out the required amount and stir in the other ingredients. If needed, add some more marigold tea to get a good consistency, then rub your back with it and leave for 20 minutes to work its magic on your skin as you relax, lying on your stomach. Remove the mask with strong circular strokes with a flannel. It might be easier (and rather more relaxing!) if you ask someone else to do this for you!