Animals have got it right when it comes to winter – curl up and hibernate for a few months (having gorged yourself first!) or keep nice and warm in your snug-fitting fur coat. Sadly for us poor old humans, we just have to brave the elements. So we end up with chapped lips, dry skin, dull hair and numerous other problems. But don’t despair, with a little bit of ingenuity we can perk ourselves up no end.
Making a rich moisturiser out of natural ingredients is a great way to give your skin a treat.
Devon Cider Apple Cream
- 500g (1lb) white vegetable fat
- 500g (1lb) apples (weight after being peeled and cored)
- 120ml rose water
- A few drops of alcoholic tincture of benzoin (preservative)
This is not a particularly sophisticated cream but, believe me, it works excellently. It also makes a good hand cream.
Melt the vegetable fat in a pan over a low heat. Put the prepared apples in a food processor or blender and purée totally Add the apple juice and pulp to the fat and stir together well. Remove from the heat and add the rose water and benzoin. Strain immediately, put into screw-top jars and keep in the fridge. Massage the cream into face and neck – and give you hands a treat at the same time!
Sunflower & Sea Salt Body Rub
- Small amount of sunflower oil
- Sea salt
This is ideal for tired winter skin. It also works well if you substitute granulated sugar for the sea salt.
Treat your body in sections. First, apply a little sunflower oil to soften and dampen the skin, then take a handful of sea salt and rub well into the area you have prepared. This will slough off any dead skin cells and leave your skin glowing and awake. Wash off the oil and salt mix with warm water – the easiest way is in the shower.