I am a freelance writer born in Johannesburg now living in Melbourne. I love travelling and have lived in London and Taipei as well as travelling in and around South Africa. I have a great interest in exploring and love to share my finds with others.
Published May 2nd 2012
A rainy day is the perfect time for some TLC, and the perfect way to achieve that is a little self pampering. No need to brave the elements or use expensive beauty products when everything you need can be found in the home.
1) Honey facial scrub
Designed to smooth your skin, this sweet scrub includes honey and white sugar (or any grainy sugar available at home). Place two decent tablespoons of sugar into a bowl and add enough honey to make a paste. Add enough honey to be as gentle or more strongly abrasive as you like. Simply rub the scrub gently on your face and rinse when done.
2) Herbal tea steam facial
This gorgeous facial is simple, refreshing, and designed to give you brighter looking skin. Bring 2 cups of water to boil and add your choice of herbal tea bags; try rose, lemon, berry, or green tea varieties. Let the mixture rest, then lean over bowl with a towel draped over your head to create a mini steam room. Please ensure your face is at least 30cm away from the bowl. After 5 minutes rinse your face with cool water and pat dry.
3) Facial mask
This mask is again designed to moisturise and tighten your skin. Place 1 cup of plain oatmeal in bowl and add two tablespoons of milk and enough honey to make a sticky paste. Use fingers to apply the mixture to your face, making sure your skin is freshly rinsed and dry. Leave for 10 minutes before using warm water to remove the mixture. Rinse again and pat dry.
4) Easy Lemon Toner
5 drops of lemon juice mixed with 30ml of water can be applied in the morning via a small spray bottle. This is designed to minimise pores and brighten your skin by encouraging blood circulation.
5) Banana hair moisturiser
This is designed as hair mask which moisturises and adds shine to hair. Mash two bananas in a bowl until they have formed a soft paste. Then add one tablespoons of milk and one egg and mix until blended. Gently apply the mixture to your hair so that it is coated but not dripping with the mixture. Allow to sit for 10 minutes and then rinse hair until mixture is completely removed.
Its extremely exciting to discover what beauty recipes are waiting to be discovered in your pantry. So next time, leave the umbrella untouched and explore your kitchen for a beauty day at home.