Feed your face and nourish your body by trying these beauty tips at home.
23 July 2013| Last updated on 2 January 2018
Abu Dhabi has some of the busiest and best beauty salons. The manicures, pedicures, facials and peels leave you feeling refreshed and ready to tackle life, love and career. Sometimes you might find yourself slightly cash poor but in need of a revitalizing scrub. Maybe you just can’t get an appointment for the next day. Perhaps you just don’t feel like leaving your house.
There is great news for you. Most of the items you require can be found in your kitchens. Food is not only delicious and nutritious for your insides but can also be used as part of a regular beauty routine.
Following a daily facial routine is essential. However you might want to deviate from it and give yourself a facial, facials do wonders for your skin and they play an important role in elevating your mood. A facial makes your skin glow and glowing skin makes one happy healthy looking lady.
Before putting any mask on your skin, whether it be one of our home-made goodies or a store bought alternative here are some basic rules that you should follow.
1) Always cleanse you face, this means that any make up should be removed and the face should be washed with a facial wash or a homemade one.
2) Exfoliate your face with a scrub; yes we have a recipe for one of those too!!
3) Steam the impurities out of your face.
4) Use a mask, clay based for oily skin or a hydrating gel or cream based one for dry skin… or follow an inexpensive recipe and make your own mask that caters to your skin type.
Cleansing the skin is important and we have a 2 minute DIY solution to the traditional store bought facial cleanser. All that you will need is 1 tsp. dark honey and 1tbsp. full cream milk.
Warm the honey until it becomes runny and mix it with the milk. There’s your simple cleanser that takes less than a minute to prepare and can be made fresh every time.
Exfoliating is important as it removes the dead skin cells and makes space for the skin to be renewed and refreshed. The go to exfoliating ingredient is sugar. Now you can mix sugar and honey or sugar and olive oil and use it as an exfoliant for the face. If you have sensitive skin just combine some water and oatmeal and use that as a gentle exfoliant.
Steaming your face brings all the impurities from deep within your pores out. If you do not want to go out and buy a steamer you can get a pot of hot water and put you face over it covering your head with a towel. If this is too much hassle for your there is an easy peasy go to method for steaming your face. Fill the basin with hot water, soak a face cloth in the water, and ring excess water from the face cloth and place over your face for an instant steam. Repeat 2 or 3 times.
Oatmeal facial: Oatmeal masks have been used to moisturise and refresh the skin. All you need to make one is a few simple ingredients and around 20 minutes and voila; glowing skin awaits.
What you will need: oatmeal, plain yoghurt and honey.
- Grind half a cup of oatmeal in a blender OR mix half a cup of oatmeal with boiling water and leave to soften.
- To this add 2-3 tablespoons of yoghurt and mix.
- Add 2 teaspoons of honey.
Make sure that you have cleansed your face and patted it dry. Apply the mask to your face avoiding the sensitive area around your eyes. Leave the mask on for 10-15 minutes and remove with a damp wash cloth. Moisturize as per your daily routine.
If you have oily skin, then add one diced tomato (seeds and all) and a teaspoon of lemon juice to the above recipe.
Avocado facemask: Avocado is full of ‘healthy fats’ and makes a particularly good moistuising face mask. This recipe is for dry skin only.
What you will need: half a soft avocado and two level tablespoons of honey.
- Mash the avo into a paste
- Mix in the honey
As always make sure that you have cleansed your face and patted it dry before applying the mask. Apply the mask to the entire face avoiding that sensitive eye area and leave on for 10-12 minutes. Cleanse with a damp washcloth and moisturise as per your daily routine.
During the Abu Dhabi summer heat there is no better way to refresh your skin then with a facial spray. Now these can be quite pricy when bought at the pharmacy or a beauty store that is why we have come up with a DIY facial mist that will cost you less than 10 AED.
What you will need:
-1 cup water
- ½ a vitamin c tablet
- The peel of 1 lemon
- 2 small spray bottles
- Bring the water to boil and add the vitamin C tablet until it is dissolved.
- Remove from the stove. Place the lemon peels in a glass container and pour the liquid over it.
- Cover the plastic container and leave it in the fridge for 24hrs to absorb.
- Decant into the spray bottles, and voila you have a facial mist made in your kitchen.
Lemon refreshes the skin and body, so this facial mist will be perfect for the summer as it will keep the skin radiant and oily patches at bay.
Sometimes spending hours at the salon may not fit into your schedule but you need to get your skin to glow and your feet party ready!! Here are some great easy to follow body routines that you don’t have to leave the house to do.
Use this body scrub in the shower. Just put a dirham sized nugget into the palm of your hand and start with your legs working your way up the body. This will remove dead skin cells and invigorate the blood flow. To make the scrub you will need:
- 1 cup sugar or salt, if you are using salt have a good moisturizer on hand as salt is harsher then sugar.
- ½ cup olive oil
Combine the sugar/salt and oil until it becomes a paste. You may need to deviate from the measurements to get the consistency right. For an anti-cellulite treatment add the used ground coffee from your morning java. Caffeine is an amazing soldier at fighting that dreaded cellulite war.
The summer is here Abu Dhabi and we will all be hitting the pavement in the latest sandals and flip flops. There is nothing worse than seeing a lady with cracked heels, so take care of those feet and look smashing in your havaianas tomorrow!!
First scrub your feet. A scrub is easy to make with salt or sugar being your base. Just combine equal parts olive oil and sugar or salt to create a thick paste. Scrub your feet paying particular attention to your heels.
Then soak your feet, you can soak them in hot water for 10 minutes, or until sufficiently wrinkly and soft.
Finally moisturise those feet and put on your favorite fluffy socks so the moisturizer is absorbed.
You can use this foot scrub method on your hands also ;)
Using a moisturizer is imperative to keep your body hydrated but I find that putting a couple of tablespoons of olive oil into your bath can do wonders for the body. It makes your skin soft and silky.
Now that you have to know-how, get into the kitchen and begin doing it yourself!