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The natural ways you can look after yourself

A very important lesson in life is to take care of yourself but sometimes it’s too easy to take care of everyone else first and have no time left for you. Sound familiar? Remember on a plane you are told to put our own life jacket on first and only then should you help others.

Rejuvenating body scrub

Regular exfoliation is important for removing dead cells which can accumulate on the skin’s surface, leading to dull and dry skin. For a nourishing body scrub, mix together some brown sugar and olive oil, using roughly double the amount of brown sugar as oil. You can also add in some manual honey, which is beneficial for both dry and acne-prone skin types, and some lemon or orange essential oil for an uplifting scent. Use the scrub in the shower or spa tubs, rubbing in circular motions over the body and paying attention to rough spots such as the elbows.

Steam facial

Steaming your face is a good way to cleanse your pores, helping to promote clear and glowing skin. For a steam treatment at home, fill a bowl with boiled water and leave to cool slightly so that it is not hot enough to burn your skin. Add a couple of drops of essential oils, such as tea tree oil for acne-prone skin, lavender oil for oily skin or rose absolute oil for dry skin. Steam your face for a few minutes by leaning over the bowl with a towel covering your head to trap the steam.

Purifying facial

For the ultimate at-home facial, begin by cleansing and lightly exfoliating your skin using oatmeal and water. Follow this up with a soothing, moisturizing or cleansing mask made by natural ingredients such as yoghurt, avocado, strawberries or honey. Finally, pamper yourself with a DIY facial massage using natural oil such as jojoba, grape seed or almond oil. Apply the oil to your hands then massage your face using gentle upward circular motions.

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