After the wonderfully busy time preparing for Christmas, now it’s your turn for a spoil and a bit of pamper time. What better way than to indulge in a little ‘me time’. Here are some of my favourite ways to relax, recharge my batteries and feel revitalised.
First things first.
Start by running yourself a large warm bath with Epsom salts. There’s something quite relaxing about the sound of the water pouring from the taps and steam building up in the bathroom, knowing that in a few minutes you’ll be stretched out in the bath, luxuriating in its warmth, almost feeling the weariness being sucked from your aching muscles.
But why Epsom salts?
This age old beauty aid is making a welcome come back these days and not before time. First discovered in the 17th Century by a farmer in Epson, Surrey, Epsom salts are rich in magnesium sulphate and have numerous health promoting properties.
Magnesium is an important enzyme activity regulator and aids the smooth running of bodily functions, whilst sulphate helps the formation of brain tissue and joint proteins as well as strengthening the walls of the digestive tract.
Due to changing agricultural practices and changes in diet, many of us are deficient in magnesium so an ideal way to replenish this is to soak in a bath with Epsom Salts. Magnesium sulphate is easily absorbed through our skin, where reverse osmosis takes place – toxins and excess fluids are drawn out and the goodness absorbed in.
An excellent way to flush out those toxins from over indulging (especially at this time of year!), it’s easy to see why Victoria Beckham is a fan along with Gwyneth Paltrow, who earlier this year was quoted as saying “I love Epsom salts baths to detoxify, revive muscles and de-puff my skin.”
Before my soak in the bath, I like to take off my make-up with, of course, Lucy Bee. I love the fact that I’m not adding any harsh chemicals to my skin and I’ve really noticed a difference in how soft and smooth my skin is when I use Lucy Bee in this way.
Simply take a small pea sized amount and warm between your fingers until it melts. Then massage over your face and neck, including eye lashes, then wipe away with a cotton pad.
For some added luxury, you could try leaving it on your face as a moisturising mask until you’ve finished bathing. For this, my favourite is to add a couple of drops of lavender essential oil as it calms and relaxes you – perfect for your soak in the bath. You’ll be left with baby smooth, supple skin.
Banish cellulite in a few easy strokes!
Worried about cellulite? Well, try this. Apply a small amount of Lucy Bee and dry brush towards the heart to improve circulation and help reduce cellulite and toxins. I love to do this just before I step into my deliciously warm bath with Epsom salts. I can then completely relax and almost feel the stress and strains being slowly drawn out – an ideal way to recharge during this busy party season.
Don’t forget your cuticles…
A fabulous way to hydrate and nourish cuticles and strengthen nails is to apply a tiny bit of Lucy Bee to them, gently massage in and leave on for your bath. When you’re ready, wash off and you’ll soon notice the difference.
Teeth cleaning and whitening
I’m so excited to share this with you! I’ve recently started using the homemade toothpaste that my Dad made using Lucy Bee and baking soda (otherwise known as bicarbonate of soda). I was a bit hesitant at first but WOW does it work!! You’re left with teeth that feel the cleanest they’ve ever felt and definitely whiter too!
How to make coconut oil toothpaste:
All you need is a bit of time and:-
- A Mixing bowl
- A Jar – we reused a Lucy Bee jar
- Coconut Oil (5 tbsp)
- Baking Soda / Bicarbonate Of Soda (5 tbsp)
- Peppermint Extract to taste, (optional) – we used Dr Oetker from Amazon.
Simply mix together and voila you’re ready to go.
Why baking soda?
A white powder, baking soda has many uses. Ancient Egyptians used it as a cleansing agent like soap; Rudyard Kipling famously wrote about it in his novel “Captains Courageous” where it was used to prevent freshly caught fish from spoiling; and most people know it as a raising agent in baking but such are its effective uses that many homes use it for all sorts of things.
Considered to be anti inflammatory, it is useful for skin conditions such as a bee sting (simply apply a paste of baking soda and water to neutralise it); you can mix together 1 teaspoon of baking soda, warm water and juice of half a lemon to ease a minor headache (I haven’t actually tried this myself but useful to know!); and it may help to remove splinters from your skin!
Baking soda is alkaline and naturally neutralises the acids produced in the mouth, which is why it’s included in many toothpaste preparations. It, also, acts as an antiseptic to help prevent infections and is a natural bleach to whiten teeth and reduces agents causing bad breath. Coupled with coconut oil’s antibacterial and antifungal properties, teeth and gums are left clean and healthy.
Try it and see what you think – I love it!
Talking of teeth and gums…
Have you tried oil pulling yet? This old Indian folk tradition uses oil (coconut oil) in a similar way to mouthwash. You simply take a teaspoon of Lucy Bee (it quickly melts in your mouth) and swish around your gums and teeth for 10-20 minutes then spit it out in the bin (otherwise you’ll block the drains). Again, coconut oil’s antibacterial properties are ideal for this, drawing out bacteria from your gums.
So, having relaxed in my bath, cleansed my skin, brushed and whitened my teeth, I then like to use Lucy Bee as my body moisturiser. A little goes a long way, so be careful to only use a small amount – it depends on how dry your skin is but I tend to start with half a teaspoon and slowly massage into my skin. It absorbs quite quickly so you don’t have to worry about it spoiling your clothes.
Hope you like it!
Let me know if you try any of these and how you get on – as the guys from L’Oreal say, “ You’re worth it”.
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