Many of us are currently staying at home, in an attempt to reduce the spread of COVID-19. However, key workers (heroes) continue to carry out their daily duties. For which, we can’t even begin to express our extreme gratitude enough.
Whether you’re isolating or heading out to work, self-care and keeping your mental health in check should be high on your priority list.
Setting aside time to unwind and rejuvenate is more crucial than ever. Most of us would benefit from a relaxing spa day at the moment. But, pampering yourself from head to toe doesn’t have to mean leaving the house.
These simple and inexpensive vegan DIY beauty treatments are ideal for treating mind and body some much needed TLC. Plus, they’re great for using up any fruit or veg that may no longer be edible!
Vegan DIY Beauty Treatments
Bananas and avocados are the perfect ingredients if your skin is crying out for a hydration boost. If you have an overripe avo and a banana that’s more black than yellow, mash them up in a bowl, add a squeeze of lemon for a drop of vitamin C and mix into a creamy consistency.
Spread the mixture over your face, put your feet up or relax in a steamy hot bath for 15 minutes, until the maks dries. Rinse off with lukewarm water, pat dry and seal in moisture. Follow up with your favourite moisturiser.
Deep cleanse your pores and soften your skin with a relaxing deep steam for a healthy glow.
Fill a medium to large bowl with steaming hot water. As an option, add herbs such as dried lavender, rose petals or Tea Tree oil. Carefully place the bowl on a table and choose a comfortable chair to sit on.
Tie your hair away from your face and drape a towel over your head to keep the steam on your face and not escaping in tho the air. Lean your head over the bowl making sure you’re about 8 inches away from the steaming water.
Steam your face for around 10 minutes or until the steam evaporates. Rinse your face lukewarm water and finish off with your favourite moisturiser.
Cucumber slices straight out of the fridge are an obvious choice for a DIY de-puff. But instead of slices, try creating a blended mask to soothe, calm your whole eye area more effectively.
Mix half a cucumber with rose water in a blender until it forms a liquidy consistency. Apply the cucumber and rose blend to your skin and relax for 10 to fifteen minutes.
Wash your face with cool water, pat dry and follow up with a toner and moisturiser.
If your skin is looking tired, dry and dull you’re probably in need of a full-body exfoliate.
Sugar scrubs are incredibly easy and inexpensive to create at home and will work wonders for skin crying out for a boost of hydration.
Simply mix 1 cup of sugar with 1/4 of a cup of coconut or olive oil and store in a bowl or a jar. In the shower, massage your DIY sugar scrub from head to toe, rinse off and say hello to silky smooth skin.
Increased daily hand washing and constant use of hand-gels can result in itchy dry hands and sore cracked knuckles.
A simple DIY coffee hand scrub can work wonders for removing dead skin cells and soothing dry red hands.
Mix 1/2 cup of ground coffee with 1/2 cup of brown sugar and 1/2 cup coconut oil until well combined.
Gently rub all over your hands and let for a few minutes. Rinse hands with luke-warm water and smother a generous amount of hand cream to lock in the moisture.
With hair salons closing until further notice, it’s time to give your hair and scalp some DIY treatments.
If your scalp is feeling dry or itchy, a home-made hair mask will soothe, your scalp and give your hair a much-needed moisture boost. Vitamin B-packed oats will gently exfoliate and help to ensure hair looks smooth and shiny.
Mix ½ a cup of oats with 1 tablespoon of almond milk and 1 tablespoon coconut oil, combine in a bowl until smooth.
Apply the mask all over your hair, it up or wrap in a towel and relax for 15 to 30 minutes to allow the mixture to sink into the hair shafts. Rinse with warm water and style as usual.
You can also find lots of lovely vegan and cruelty-free beauty brands listed in the Not To Die For business directory.