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Joyce Fegan shares some tips on home made spa treatments. Hair treatment.

Joyce Fegan shares some tips on home made spa treatments. Hair treatment.

Joyce Fegan shares some tips on home made spa treatments. Making the mask.

Joyce Fegan shares some tips on home made spa treatments. Making the mask.

Joyce Fegan shares some tips on home made spa treatments.

Joyce Fegan shares some tips on home made spa treatments.

Joyce Fegan shares some tips on home made spa treatments. The Exfoliator.

Joyce Fegan shares some tips on home made spa treatments. The Exfoliator.

Joyce Fegan shares some tips on home made spa treatments. The Exfoliator.

Joyce Fegan shares some tips on home made spa treatments. The Exfoliator.

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Joyce Fegan shares some tips on home made spa treatments. Hair treatment.

Christmas is one of the most contradictory times of the year.

While party invitations flood your inbox and your pockets get emptier as your stomach gets fuller you inevitably feel more like hibernating than socialising.

You have worked hard all year and while you will more than likely want to spend a few days fire-side you do not want to burnout altogether. So without further ado here are some budget-friendly beauty tips on how to take extra special care of yourself this festive season.

COFFEE BODY EXFOLIATOR:

This exfoliator is a double-threat. The caffeine gets the blood flowing, smoothing out the skin and the ever-wonderful coconut oil provides it with lots of moisture.

You can either apply this with a dry brush before you get in the shower using circular movements to clean out the lymph glands or else use it in the shower on dry parts like elbows, knees and ankles.

You’ll Need:

1 cup of ground coffee

3 tablespoons of sugar

4 tablespoons of coconut oil

To Make:

Mix the coffee and sugar together and melt in the coconut oil. The consistency should

be wet to the point that the coffee lumps together when scooped up in your hand.

 

BREAD SODA FACE MASK:

This is one of the best, it’s better than Botox and cheaper than cosmetic surgery. While it is simple to make it is tricky to keep on your skin so lie down on your bed or couch when leaving it soak in.

At this time of year your face is prone to redness with the cold temperatures and it can also really dry out from all the indoor heat. This face mask firms up your skin and leaves your face looking fresh and perky.

You’ll Need:

1 teaspoon of olive oil

2 teaspoons of honey

3 teaspoons of bread soda

To Make:

Mix together the oil and honey and slowly stir in the bread soda until you have a paste.

 

YOGURT HAIR MASK:

While Christmas may mean parties, stilettos and pizza for breakfast for some, for others it is a welcomed time for some much needed R&R. For the best results with this hair mask leave it in for an hour if you can but wash it out afterwards as it will start to dry.

This is good for coarse and frizzy hair as it leaves you with soft, silky and easy-to-detanlge locks. You can add in a drop of your favourite essential oil for aromatic purposes.

You’ll Need:

1 cup of Greek yogurt

6 vitamin-E tablets

2 tablespoons of olive oil

To Make:

Mix the oil and yogurt together and burst in the tablets, which can be picked up in most supermarkets.

 

CHAI TEA:

This is an ancient Ayurvedic recipe and there is a reason why it has been passed down through four millennia. It’s a natural energy drink, it will fill your mind with warm glowing thoughts and give your body a nice little boost of energy.

Do not add milk, it is not that kind of chai tea, but you can add honey to sweeten. You can keep it for a few days and reheat when serving. The list of ingredients might seem like a lot to get but once you have them they will be in your cupboard for future use.

You’ll Need:

1 litre of water

4 cloves

4 whole black peppercorns

6 cardamon pods

2 sticks of honey

1 slice of fresh ginger

To Make:

Put all the ingredients into a pot and add the water and leave it come to the boil and then leave it simmer for 30 minutes.

 

CINNAMON AND GROUND ALMOND MUESLI:

Decent nutrition can sometimes go out the window at Christmas with lots of snacking and no proper meals but start your day in the right way you will keep your body and soul in good spirits for lots of festive socialising.

This breakfast is one of champions and you can make one big batch and have it from now until the spring. It is filled with protein, from the almonds, and calming fibre from the oats, not to mention the Christmas spices which are good for circulation. It can be served with any milk or else a yogurt.

You’ll Need:

1kg jumbo oats

250g desiccated coconut

250g ground almonds

250g raisins (or other dried fruit)

3 teaspoons of cinnamon

3 teaspoons of nutmeg

250g chopped walnuts

250g sunflower and pumpkin seed mix

 

MILK FOOT SOAK:

Yes those feet of yours have been hiding away under thick tights and heavy boots for the last two months and yes the skin around your heel is now rock hard.

This foot treatment is a two-part affair; first you soak and then you scrub. The milk, which has natural lactic acid, softens the skin right up getting your feet ready for some exfoliation. First soak the feet in the slightly-warmed milk mixture and then  scrub to get rid of dead skin.

You’ll Need:

For Soak:

5 cups of full-fat milk

2-3 tablespoons of Epsom salt

A few drops of your favourite essential oil

For Scrub:

2 tablespoons of brown sugar

1 tablespoon of honey

1 teaspoon of lemon juice

To Make:

Heat the milk in the microwave for about 20 seconds and add in the salt and essential oil afterwards.

Soak your feet for 20 minutes, dry them mix the sugar, honey and lemon juice together and scrub on to the soles of your feet.

 

COCONUT AND VANILLA BODY MOISTURISER:

If ever there was a moisturiser to beat all other moisturisers this one would be it. It smells good, it immediately leaves your skin feeling softer and after a week of consistent use you will notice a massive difference in the hydration levels of your skin.

Plus, no matter how great you think your current moisturiser is you always know it came from a pharmaceutical lab.

You’ll Need:

10 spoons of coconut oil

10 spoons of baby oil

1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

1 vanilla pod

To Make:

Melt the coconut oil in the microwave for about 40 seconds and then mix it together with the baby oil. Cut open your vanilla pod and scoop in all the seeds. Sprinkle in the ground cinnamon. Set in fridge before using.

 

GINGER BATH SOAK:

Even if you did get the vaccine, this is the time of year for flus and colds. Taking a long hot soak sweats out toxins. Adding fresh

ginger eliminates toxins and congestion.

You’ll Need:

Hot bath of water

8 slices of fresh ginger

To Make:

Throw the ginger slices in as you get into the bath. Drink plenty of water afterwards.

 

BANANA TEETH-WHITENER:

With some dentists refusing to whiten teeth in case it damages enamel some people take the task into their own hands with stinging strips or else sliced strawberries, but here is a secret – it is all about the banana.

The inside of a banana skin is loaded with vitamins and minerals which are great for teeth and gums. There are no acids so there are no damaging side effects.

You’ll Need:

Inside of 1 banana skin

To Make:

Peel a banana and rub the inside of the skin over teeth for two minutes, then brush.

 

COCONUT OIL EYE MAKE-UP REMOVER:

There’s no need to scrape off your make-up with harsh baby wipes - just scoop up some coconut oil and let it melt in your hands as your rub it over you eyes. Coconut oil contains lauric acid and antioxidants, these keep inflammation down and moisture levels up.

You’ll Need:

2 teaspoons of coconut oil (solid)

1 cotton wipe


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