If you’re uncomfortable putting chemical lotions and potions from the high street onto your skin, then keep reading.
Daisy Hill is all about Earth and the environment, so this week we wanted to share some of the organic remedies that we can’t live without when the sun peeps out from behind the rain clouds (which does happen occasionally in St Ives).
1. Natural sea scrub
I just love this. It energises skin to a healthy glow, and is made with 100% natural ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen cupboard.
Take two egg cups of seasalt, one egg cup of olive oil, mix together in a bowl, then add the magic ingredient: your preferred scent.
Lavender oil is calming, vanilla extract warm and sweet, peppermint oil refreshing and cool, lemon juice is zingy and fresh. Make it your own by creating the right combination for you.
Once you’re happy with your scrub, simply massage a generous amount onto damp skin in circular motions, paying particular attention to the knees, elbows and thighs, then rinse with tepid water.
Then spend the rest of the day stroking your own silky smooth skin and graciously accepting compliments from everyone who sees you.
2. Banana honey face mask
Honey is one of nature’s miracles – its healing properties are amazing so this mask is another favourite at Daisy Hill.
Mash a banana and mix it with one teaspoon of honey and two teaspoons of yoghurt, then apply it evenly to your face, starting with the forehead and working out and down.
Take care to avoid the delicate area around the eyes.
Leave it until dry then rinse with cool water.
3. Fresh mint perfume
Mint can help relieve headaches and fever, and is also used for relaxation, so it’s a staple in our beauty regime at Daisy Hill.
It’s great in tea, adds an edge to homemade lemonade, and is even nicer in a perfume bottle in your desk drawer.
To make your own perfume, just take a handful of mint leaves (it really is that easy), mulch them with pestle and mortar, and add them to a cereal bowl with just 20ml of water.
Then leave it alone.
Put the kettle on, enjoy a cuppa, admire the view from your window, check your emails, then return to your bowl of soggy leaves.
Check you’re happy with the strength of the scent (if not, add more crushed mint leaves), then add a drop of alcohol (this helps bring out the scent) and strain the liquid through a cloth or fine sieve.
4. Rich hair conditioner
While you’ve got the honey jar out, why not give your hair a treat too? And this one’s even simpler than the face mask.
Add one teaspoon of honey and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice to a jug of warm water. After shampooing, simply pour the mixture over your hair – no need to rinse out – and leave it to dry naturally.
Then style your silky smooth locks as you normally would.
PS If you don’t have time to mix your own lotions and potions, try Pai’s gorgeous range of organic skincare products, like this 100% organic lipbalm, made with cocoa butter and almond oil.
Little footnote: It’s not recommended that you use natural salt scrub on your face. Oh, and the mint perfume will be fresh for a week so use it straight away to enjoy it at its best.