5 home spa treatments you can do during lock-down

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Flights, cruises and hotel bookings may be cancelled for 2020 but it doesn’t mean you can’t take a break.

The UK currently remains in lock-down and people are advised to stay in their homes unless for essential reasons such as food shopping or exercise.

Therefore relaxing and taking a break can be difficult whilst being stuck at home. So……..

We’ve complied 5 inexpensive home spa treatments:

1) Applying a turmeric face mask

Turmeric has been used as a spice and medicine by East Asian and South Asian cultures for many centuries .

Curcumin is one of the ingredients found in turmeric. It is known to have anti-inflammatory, antiseptic properties and can even improve scarring on acne prone skin.

Fresh turmeric plants
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During Indian, Bangladeshi and Pakistani wedding festivities a turmeric paste can be applied to the bride and groom before marriage. It is said to make the skin glow and keep bacteria away from the skin.

How to make turmeric face mask:

  • 1 Tbsp of Turmeric
  • 1 Tbsp of fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp Honey
  • 1 Tbsp Yogurt

2) Nourishing your lips with honey and sugar lip scrub

Historically, the ancient Egyptians and Greeks used honey as an therapeutic treatment for skin wounds and burns.

Honey coming from a honeycomb
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In modern times honey can be seen in many cosmetic skin care products such as lip and face masks which are found to exert emollient and humectant. This means it softens and retains the moisture in the skin.

How to make a honey and sugar lip scrub:

  • 2 Tbsp Honey
  • 1 Tbsp Brown Sugar

3) Using coconut oil in your hair

Coconut oil originates from the Polynesia, which is located in the central and southern Pacific Ocean.

According to researchers from India, coconut oil has proven to be better than mineral oil and sunflower oil when used on hair.

It was found to reduce protein loss on damaged and undamaged hair, which overall reduces the chances of hair loss.

Coconut husk
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It can be used as a pre or post wash mask on your hair. The longer you keep the oil the better the results. Simply apply the oil all over your hair.

4) Egg mask on your hair

Eggs are not only for eating!

Eggs are jam-packed with loads of proteins, vitamins and minerals. As a result it stimulates hair growth and curbs hair loss.

Bowl of eggs
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The nutrients can help to strengthen and thicken the hair.

How to make a egg hair mask:

  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Tbsp of olive oil

5) Applying a papaya and honey face peel

A 2013 study found papaya held a high content of vitamin A, B and C. The vitamin A restores and rebuilds damaged skin.

Papaya can be used as a peel with honey and can soothe and moisturise the skin.

Papaya fruit on a leaf
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How to make a papaya face peel:

  • 3 to 4 bite-size pieces of Papaya (dependant on quantity)
  • 2 Tbsp of egg white

So, why not make it for whoever you’re isolating with and turn it into a pampering night? You can mix and match as you like. These easy recipes are hard to get wrong and will leave you feeling fresh and ready for the next day.

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