Unfortunately, it is not in a high end spa. Today, I have done the glamorous task of defrosting the freezer. It is one of the worst tasks of housework I think… next to oven cleaning. And ironing. Instead of whining about it and feeling miserable, I cracked on with the job, getting it done as quickly as I could.
As an aside, can I totally recommend using a steam cleaner for the job? Obviously it will work better if it can be detached from the mop bit… but luckily, mine can be. 45 minutes later, the glacier from the last ice age which had taken residence in my freezer is no more, and the freezer contents actually has some breathing room.
In addition, my face has been steamed, just like in a spa. But, you know, with less glamour. Sopping wet towels from the run off and kneeling on a concrete floor contorting yourself to get the icicle hanging at the back of the freezer is not really the scene I would like to have when opening my pores. But I will take it!
So, it got me thinking what sort of facials I could whip up at home, using natural ingredients and maybe herbs from the garden. Off to my friend Google to see what I could find. And of course it came up trumps!
As it is summer (although the weather seems to have lost that memo entirely), I found several really good refreshing face masks. The first one is made of fresh mint leaves (which are growing like crazy in my garden at the moment). If you take a good handful of them, along with enough luke warm water for them to be blended to a paste, and then add a pinch of turmeric powder… you will have an antibiotic and refreshing face mask. Leave it on the face, having avoided the eye area, for about 10 minutes and then wash it off with cool water. Be careful only to use a pinch of turmeric as it is known for dying what it touches a nice shade of orange. Just a warning there… though the antibiotic properties are more than worth it!
If you have a cucumber lying about in the fridge looking sorry for itself, you could peel it and mash up the flesh along with 1tbsp of sugar. The flesh needs to be kept a bit chunky though as you don’t want a liquid. Mix in the sugar well and then apply to the face and leave it for 10 minutes. Wash it all off and pat dry and you will have brighter and refreshed skin. It is really cooling for those hot, hot days, especially as you can make it ahead of time and keep it in the fridge. It is also extremely good for sensitive skins.
Another really summery recipe requires strawberries and lemons. I would be inclined to add the lemon to a cool drink of water and the strawberries straight into my mouth, but if you can bear not to eat them, mash them together into a spreadable paste. You need about 2 tbsp of lemon juice, 1 tbsp of yogurt and 1 tbsp of honey. Mix it all together, apply to the face and leave it to dry. Then you can wash it off and pat it dry. Strawberries have salicylic acid which is great for calming acne outbreaks and lemon juice tightens the skin to refresh it.
If you use any of these recipes, you will have to let me know how they turn out… I think I might whisk up some of the cucumber sugar scrub and add some mint, to see how that works out! Watch this space!