I find the turn of the seasons a good excuse to have a sort through my beauty cupboard. The changes in temperature can have a knock on effect on our skin so adapting the products we use to suit the current climate is a wise move. My homemade face oil can be tinkered to suit the warmer months by switching up the proportions of grapeseed oil to rosehip oil. Grapeseed is naturally more astringent and lighter so I use more of this oil in the spring and summer months and less of the rich rosehip oil. Come autumn & winter, once the central heating kicks in and my skin starts to suffer dryness I add less grapeseed and more rosehip. You could also tailor the essential oils you add to the blend depending on the time of year, your skins specific needs or even your mood. Here are some lovely suggestions for spring and summer oil infusions: geranium, rose, rosemary, lavender.
It’s not just our faces that need a little tlc around now. With a holiday abroad just a few weeks away I’m starting to think about getting my skin ready for bare legged summer days. I suffer dry patches and eczema on my legs and arms so I like to use homemade wherever possible to ensure I am using natural products free from preservatives, parabens and other chemicals. I also find making my own beauty products is much cheaper and more eco friendly!
Here is my simple recipe for making a homemade salt body scrub, perfect for getting your skin silky soft for the warmer months.
- 8oz sea salt flakes
- 4 tablespoons coconut oil
- 15-20 drops essential oils (I love Neal’s Yard Women’s Balance blend, Young Living Peace and Calming and good old fashioned lavender for this recipe but you could also use 2 to 3 single oils like lavender, rosemary and orange)
Mix the salt and oil together in a bowl using a dessert spoon until well blended. Then add essential oils to your liking (you can tailor the blend based on your mood or your favourite scents). Stir through thoroughly to disperse the oils through the salt and store in a glass kilner jar to keep it fresh. This batch should last up to a month but you’ll find you’ll use it all in that time. Use twice a week in the run up to summer, rubbing it all over the body to exfoliate, concentrating on knees, elbows and areas prone to dryness, then shower off.