For some, December holidays equals great food, family, and presents. For others, it means company holiday functions, late night partying and lots and lots of booze.
For those who fall under the latter, this weekend, catch up on some sleep and give your self some TLC in the comfort of your own home. All you need is four eco-friendly natural ingredients, which can be easily cultivated in your own kitchen. No need to go to the grocery store to pick up these ingredients when you’re still nursing a hang over. Sugar, honey, olive oil (or coconut oil) and lemon is all you need to slowly return to your old pre-holiday self. Sugar, a natural exfoliator, makes the perfect base for a scrub. Add olive or coconut oil for moisturizing properties and a smoother application. Then squeeze in some lemon juice for its astringent and brightening properties and honey to get rid of redness. Mix it all up in a small bowl, then slather away. This DIY concoction can be used on your face, your body, and even on those chapped lips.
After all that scrubbing down (and rinsing off of course), wrap yourself in your favorite silk robe, catch up on some email and detox with a big cup of green tea. Add your choice of lemon, to flush out toxins, or honey, to soothe that throat of yours (too much holiday cheering a presume). Two simple steps to a smoother, healthier you, just in time for New Year’s Eve.
Recipe for the Tastiest Scrub You’ve Ever Had
Sugar (regular or brown sugar is fine)
Olive or coconut oil
Honey (organic would be best)
Pour sugar into the bowl, add olive or coconut oil. Add in your honey and squeeze in some lemon juice. Stir till perfection. Slather on your face, body, or lips and scrub away. Rinse off afterwards and marvel at a your smooth complexion.
In terms of the ratio for the ingredients, it really depends on your skin type. If you have dry skin, then do equal parts sugar and oil. If you have combination/oily skin, the ratio for sugar to oil should be 2:1. The amount of honey and lemon juice you add depends on your skin’s need. Honey is moisturizing and anti-inflammatory, so add more honey if you’re skin is parched or is experiencing redness. Lemon is a natural astringent and can help with acne scarring, so its a better match with combination/oily skin. Feel free to leave out lemon or honey from the mix if you think you don’t need it.