As a mum, you probably find you frequent your local SPAR more than you do an actual spa. However, when you’ve got the kids down to sleep, or they’re out at their third birthday party of the weekend, why not give one of these gloriously simple half-hour spa ideas a go? We’ve formulated each one to make the most of your time and the most of what you might have in your cupboards.
Starting the series off is an all-over treat. We’re going to give you the lowdown on how to give yourself skin so smooth you’ll be wondering why you’ve never tried this before.
Sugar Body Smoothie
Don’t worry; we’re not about to encourage you to douse yourself in your favourite breakfast drink. Quite the opposite. This scrub will make your skin smoother thank you’ve ever known it.
Using just three ingredients that you’ll find in your kitchen, you can whip up a spa-quality all-over body scrub at home. Firstly, let’s give you the low-down on the ingredients and their benefits.
Sugar: while not great for your teeth, rubbing this carb on your skin draws moisture from your environment onto your skin. It’s also a topical exfoliant, and the smaller granules means it’s gentler on your skin than salt scrubs.
Oats: anti-inflammatory, full of moisture, a natural cleanser. We could go on; oats are just that good for you. The beta-glucan found in oats leaves a fine film on your skin, and penetrates into your pores for deep moisturisation.
Olive Oil: filled with vitamin A and vitamin E, olive oil is great for moisturising your skin. It’s also chock-full of antioxidants, big on rebuilding your skin’s natural moisture barrier, as well as helping with minimising wrinkles and discolouration.
200g of brown sugar
100g of rolled oats, finely ground if possible
200ml of olive oil
Simply combine the three ingredients into a bowl and mix together with a spoon (we like to use a metal one to help everything bind together faster). It should be a thick but slightly loose paste; if it seems a bit firm, add a little more olive oil.
Next, find you way to your bath or shower. Put on some tunes, grab the bowl, gather small handfuls of the scrub and apply to dry skin, gently rubbing in an upwards motion. We like to start at our feet and slowly, slowly work our way up.
Once you’re all buffed, step into the shower and rinse off your scrub. Once dry, your skin should be as soft as a stick of butter.