Pampering in place

Photo: Chelsea Shapouri

by Susan Mae Loseo

              Self-care need not cost a fortune. It’s not just about buying expensive skincare products, getting a luxurious mani-pedi, or booking an elaborate spa treatment at a deluxe hotel. At least for now, with our favorite pampering products and services still out of reach, let’s try these practical and easy beauty/wellness rituals. Just set the mood and voila! Pampering in the comfort of your own home.

Papaya, Milk and Honey Face Mask

              Mix mashed papaya with 2 tablespoons of milk and 1 tablespoon of honey to make this homemade face mask. Leave it on for about 15 minutes before rinsing with warm water. Papayas have exfoliating properties, rich in antioxidants, and a natural beauty ingredient so they help remove skin impurities and dead cells.

Tea Bag Compress

              Steep two tea bags in hot water for a few minutes. You can either choose to have a warm or cold compress, depending on your preference. Squeeze the extra liquid and leave them to cool for about 5 more minutes (warm compress) or let them chill in the fridge for 10 mins (cold compress). Leave the tea bags on closed eyes for 20-30 minutes. The antioxidants in teas help with eye puffiness, swelling, fine lines, and dark circles.

Salt and Oil Scrub

              Mix a teaspoon each of salt, coconut oil, and olive oil together in a bowl then scrub it on your skin for about 5 minutes in the shower before rinsing. This will help exfoliate your skin and remove dry, rough, and dead patches.

Coffee as Hair Treatment

              Treat your hair with a bowl of coffee after washing it with shampoo. Pour cold coffee through your hair and massage the roots. Let it sit for about 30 minutes and wrap it in a shower cap or towel. Rinse it well with warm water. Doing this treatment will encourage hair growth, prevent hair loss, and make your hair shinier and darker.

Aloe Vera for Scalp and Skin Irritation

              Squeeze the gel from the aloe vera leaves and apply it on dry, irritated, sunburned, blemished, or even wounded skin. Aloe vera contains anti-inflammatory and healing properties that help soothe and brighten the skin, reduce wrinkles, and stretch marks.

Brown Sugar, Oil, and Honey Lip Scrub

Mix ½ tablespoons each of brown sugar, honey, and coconut oil into a small container and refrigerate it for 10 minutes before scrubbing on your lips for a gentle exfoliation. Leave it on for a few minutes before wiping it off. Brown sugar mixed with honey and oil becomes a natural exfoliator and moisturizer.

Coconut Oil as Moisturizer

              Rub coconut oil on your skin and hair to keep it smooth and moisturized. It contains vitamins, fatty acids, and antioxidants that get absorbed into your skin, reducing signs of aging and helping with other skin problems like rashes, stretch marks, and scars. It can also be a natural sunscreen.

Cut Back on Sugar

              Sugar produces harmful substances that damage the skin and speeds up aging. Although it is extremely hard to eliminate sugar completely from your diet, you can lessen your sugar consumption by limiting your daily calorie intake. You should consume not more than 10% of added sugar found in processed foods, soft drinks, and desserts.

Drinking Lots of Water

              Staying hydrated helps to maintain healthy skin as it flushes out toxins that cause skin issues like irritation. Drinking at least 8 glasses of water keeps your skin cleansed and balances your body’s natural oils.

Getting Enough Sleep

              Lack of sleep is the cause of almost all health-related problems and it also facilitates the aging process, causing wrinkles, uneven skin tone, and fine lines to appear. Make sure to get at least 8 hours of sleep to give your body system time to regenerate and repair any damage.


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