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by Tina Walsh (subscribe)
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Published December 13th 2012
Cause looking good doesn't have to cost a bundle
Most woman (and quite a few men) like to feel pampered. But did you know you probably have some items in your house that you can combine for some home pampering?

Sea salt body scrub

Ingredients for sea salt body scrub
This is a favourite of mine, and you can give it any fragrance you want or leave it Unscented. Mix 100g of fine sea salt with four tablespoons of massage oil - sweet almond or macadamia are great here - and if you'd like, you can add some essential oil, or tea leaves. I bought rose with french vanilla tea bags once, and really didn't like the taste of the tea, but it makes a beautiful scent in the scrub.

To use: step into the shower, and moisten skin. Turn off the water, and taking small amounts of the scrub, work from feet upwards, concentrating on feet, knees and elbows. Do not apply to face, neck or décolletage, this scrub is too harsh for these areas, use the cocoa-coffee mask below. Be careful as the oil may make the shower floor slippery. When you've scrubbed everywhere, turn the water on and rinse well.

Tip: this sea salt scrub makes a wonderful home-made gift, just make sure to warn the receiver about being careful in the shower.

Cocoa-coffee facial mask

I love my cocoa-coffee facial mask
I love this one, although when I use it, it triggers my sweet tooth. One part cocoa, one part ground coffee mixed together (the kind you'd use in a plunger). I make a batch of this and keep it in an air-tight container in my fridge. Take one part of this dry mixture, and one part milk, and mix together into a paste just before you apply. I use three tablespoons of each, and although it looks like a lot, it gives a good thick layer, which I like.

To use: apply it to my face, neck and décolletage. Leave for about 15 minutes to dry, then head into the shower. Give your face a light scrub with your fingertips as you rinse off, and voilà, sparkling skin. Make sure to tone and moisturise as usual.

After all that, you're ready to pop on that gorgeous dress, fabulous shoes, and head out to party.
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Why? Cause great skin makes you feel good
Cost: Cheap
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