My favorite expat magazine, That’s Shanghai, has a section on DIY treatments this month. I was flipping through the pages and it got me hooked. I’m a huge fan of LUSH and natural treatments so I thought I’d share what the magazine’s recipes!
I have extremely dry skin and they have a little concoction for it. “Mix half of a mashed avocado with 1/4 cup honey, leave on for 10 minutes and rinse”. I have been told that avocado does wonders for your skin both on your skin and eaten. I’ll use half the avocado for this and the other half for some homemade guacamole. I’ve heard honey is amazing for you skin and I often make a mask of honey, fine sugar and olive oil as a scrub. Sometimes… I accidentally eat it. YUM.
I use the sugar, honey, olive oil scrub as a lip exfoliant as well. Sometimes when I put on lipstick (especially red lipstick) I use it to soften my lips and get rid of my dry chapped areas. I add a dash of ground cinnamon if I want to plump up my lips a bit. I don’t know exactly why that works for me but I tried it as an experiment and it got my thin lips to plump a bit. Plus.. It’s delicious. (I’m sensing a theme here!)
The Strawberry foot scrub sounds heavenly. I always have strawberries in the fridge, olive oil and brown sugar in the pantry so this should be easy to whip up. Puree strawberries and olive oil then add brown sugar and massage into feet. I might also add some honey to that since I love honey on my skin. I think soaking your feet in a tub of hot water (as hot as you can stand) for at least 15 minutes, then using this scrub would be most effective.
I sometimes make bath soaks that feel amazing and is SO EASY. I take organic powdered milk, oatmeal (not the quick cooking kind), dried lavender, dried rose petals or buds, dried chamomile or chrysanthemum flowers, epsom salt and whatever dried flowers or herbs you like. Rosemary is also wonderful. I put it all into a large jar with a secure lid and use about half a cup at a time. Draw a warm bath and use a cheesecloth or cut panty hose to keep everything inside so it won’t clog your toilet. It feels and smells amazing. If I’m not in the mood for a bath, I use the cheesecloth in the shower to rub over my body and I almost get the same effect. I love how my skin feels afterwards.
What are some of your homemade remedies? I seriously use that sugar, honey, olive oil scrub all the time. (Especially on the lips) I sometimes make the scrub and bath soak as gifts. I find pretty jars, ribbons and make a homemade tag with instructions and ingredients. If I can find a small wooden spoon, I attach it to the jar and it is such a hit amongst my friends.
I’m really excited about the food scrub! I may have to try it out tonight.