At-home beauty treatments from Steenberg Spa

Something almost every mom is battling with during this season of staying at home is time for herself away from all the daily demands of lockdown life!

Time alone to tend to our own needs is basically at the bottom of our priorities.

We barely have time to wash our hair these days (and who knows when last it was dyed or highlighted!) By now our true colours are really shining through and not only in our hair!

As hard as it is, taking time out to put ourselves first occasionally is what will help us to keep on keeping on. 30 mins once a week is a good start.

This week set aside one evening to run a hot bath, pour in some bubble bath or essential oils, play some soothing music, light a candle, pour yourself a drink (hot or cold!), dim the lights and indulge in a little bit of “quaranqueen” behaviour by trying out one of these at-home beauty treatments from one of the best spas in Cape Town – and my favourite – Steenberg Spa.

Spending just half an hour to enjoy a rejuvenating pamper session in the comfort of your home is easy when all of the ingredients you need are available in your own kitchen! Gather the following ingredients and then enjoy one or more of these indulgent face and body treatments…

Ingredients

2 tablespoons oats
2 tablespoons honey

½ large avo

1 egg white

1 cup brown sugar
½ cup olive oil

1 teaspoon of coconut oil

 

NB: Always remember to test for sensitivity on a patch of skin before going ahead with the treatment. If you experience an allergic reaction, seek medical attention immediately.

Mini facial

Exfoliator

2 tablespoons oats
2 tablespoons honey

Moisturising mask

½ large avo

Exfoliator

Apply this easy oats and honey mix to exfoliate. Oats are considered natural cleansers, rich in antioxidants with anti-inflammatory properties, they work well as an exfoliator while unclogging the pores too. Honey is naturally antibacterial and aids in clarifying, healing, soothing and moisturising the skin.

Soak the oats in water with a little bit of honey and then, using the fingertips, apply it to the face in circular motions for two to three minutes before rinsing off with lukewarm water.

Cleanse the skin as per usual and proceed to exfoliate with an easy oats and honey mix to remove the dead skin cells.

Alternatively, you may swop your oats for lemon juice, a natural fruit acid exfoliant packed with Vitamin C. Ideal for oily or combination skins, it exfoliates and will assist in brightening any dark spots and blemishes, leaving the skin with a healthy glow.

Apply the lemon juice onto the skin with a make-up brush and leave it on for two to three minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water. As it is an acid, proceed with caution by performing a skin test first.

Moisturising mask

Complete your facial with a nourishing and moisturising avocado mask. Loaded with antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids and Vitamin E, this seasonal fruit serves as a super moisturiser suitable even for more extreme skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, relieving inflammation and healing the skin.

Mash a whole or half ripe avocado, apply it to the skin and leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water.

Tighten pores

Egg white protein is well known for its anti-ageing properties and will tone and tighten your pores.

Using only one egg, separate the white from the yolk and apply it to the skin for 10 to 15 minutes and then rinse with lukewarm water.

Body Scrub

Exfoliate and moisturise the whole body with this quick and easy sugar scrub that has been used as a beauty aid since antiquity.

Remove dead skin cells with a mix of brown sugar and olive oil. The sugar granules aid in creating a smoother and more radiant appearance on the skin. The vitamin rich olive oil is a well known natural moisturiser with many more health benefits.

For added pampering and an invigorating scent, include some fresh lemongrass or a drop or two of lemongrass oil. Other herbs from your garden such as mint can help to refresh the skin.

Rinse and moisturise with your favourite body lotion.

Hand care

Be sure to take extra care of your hands under quarantine to combat the dehydrating effects of frequent washing and sanitising.

Simply rub one teaspoon of coconut oil onto your hands and cuticles and then place a glove or sock over each of them for at least five minutes, allowing the oil to penetrate deep into the skin.

Do not rinse, rather wipe off the excess oil with a towel and continue to rub the oil into the hands till it is absorbed.

 

Choose to enjoy one or all of these pampering at home spa treatments and emerge from your at home spa feeling refreshed and revived and ready to face your family.

 

 

 

 

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Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

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