Holiday Special, part 2…

Well, I’ve left it far too late to get anything done professionally (aside from my wax, which I’ve literally just had – yowch! But still not as bad as the FIRST TIME) to get my skin all primed and ready for holidays and sunshine, pregnant or not! I would have liked to get an exfoliating treatment so my tan will last longer but instead, I’ve been having a snoop for some DIY holiday skin fixes and while I’m at it I’ve found stuff not just for the body but for the face, feet and belly (to protect your skin from the inside out!) – plus it saves me some money to spend in the duty free!

For the face

I’ve mentioned previously that I’ve been suffering from a bit of pregnancy spots…well, that has cleared up and been replaced by the driest skin known to man, my forehead (fortunately covered by my fringe) is like the desert and the only thing that’s working on it is my Nivea Night cream, which I’m carrying around with me AT ALL TIMES.

FIX #1 – Face Scrub
From Women’s Health Mag (see below for link), I’ve combined 2 DIY recipes for my skin type – the Cranberry Face Scrub with the Pumpkin and Honey Mask because a) I can’t get hold of cranberries and b) Pumpkin sounds mint! Listen to this…

Pumpkin is a winter wonder-fruit that doesn’t just get an A for its powerful punch of skin-healthy ingredients–it gets four As! Packed with vitamin A plus antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antifungal compounds, it’s the ideal ingredient for soothing sensitive skin and treating rosacea and redness. It also has beta-carotene, which slows the aging process by helping to protect the skin’s collagen.

Nice one (p.s. the vit A in pumpkin is the good kind so fine in pregnancy – as ever, check with your midwife if you’re unsure).

So, in a bowl combine 4 tablespoons cornmeal, 4 tablespoons of cooked and mashed pumpkin (can be canned apparently), 2 tablespoons of honey, 1 tablespoon buttermilk. Now for the messy part…scrub into your face and neck for 2 or 3 mins (and wear an old t-shirt or better yet nothing!).

If you want something more soothing leave out the cornmeal and use it like a facemask.

And to take with me in my vanity case…

Fix #2 – Apple Juice Toner
Again from Women’s Health Mag (the origin of most of my knowledge, it’s my bible)…the idea of this cleanser is to use the apple’s powerful degreasing agents that keep the pores clean and bacteria-free, ‘shield [the] skin from environment toxins’, and remove dead skin cells. All without drying the skin out.

Combine 4 tablespoons apple juice (homemade or store-bought) with 4 tablespoons witch hazel. Pour into a clean bottle. Use a cotton pad to swipe the toner onto your just-washed face in the morning and evening, avoiding the eye area. (If you have dry skin, stick to once a day.)

For the feet

Fix #3 – Peppermint Foot Scrub
If you’re going to be wearing flip flops, dry cracked heels are not a good look. Apparently peppermint is soothing and energizing. So combine that with some seasalt and you’ve got yourself a foot and leg sorter-outer (from WHM, who else?!)…

Mix 3 drops peppermint essential oil, 1/2 cup minced fresh mint, 1 cup coarse sea salt, 5 tablespoons olive oil or coconut oil, and 1 tablespoon cocoa powder. Soak feet in warm water for 10 to 15 minutes before scrubbing. Starting at your toes, knead the scrub onto your skin, making small circular motions with your fingers. Go over the entire sole, spending extra time on rougher areas. Rinse.

For the Body

Fix #4 – Body Brushing
According to Trinny and Susannah in a book I read years ago (it stuck), this is the best way to deal with cellulite as it boosts your circulation. It’s a bit late for me now with a day to go but I do try to body brush at least a few times a week, if not more. T&S say to do it daily before you shower, and here’s how:

 From your fingers and toes to your heart, brush in one direction waking up your circulation along the way.

Fix #5 – Body Scrub
Gets you ready for soaking some rays! Take some body scrub with you so that as your tan develops you can get rid of the fake tan you wore on the way out there (see Fix #6)!

Cinnamon Sugar & Spice Scrub
WHM says cinnamon ‘gives your circulation a boost, energizing your whole body and giving your skin a glow.’ Sweet!

Mix 1 cup raw sugar, 1/4 cup walnut oil, and 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, and spoon into a clean container that you can keep in your shower. Use circular strokes to massage a few tablespoons all over your wet body before rinsing clean.

Holiday Body Scrub
Howtolearn.com suggest the following, which also contains vitamin E oil, supposedly good for stretch marks (I’d check with your midwife first though)…

Combine 1 cup Brown Sugar with 2 teaspoons nutmeg, 2 teaspoons ginger, 2 teaspoons cinnamon in a bowl then add in ¼ cup almond oil or olive oil, 1 table spoon vitamin E oil and combine everything really well.

Sugar Body Polish
And, the easiest of all comes from The Coveted – I don’t even need to buy anything!

Mix 1 1/2 cups raw or brown sugar, 1/3 cup real maple syrup, 1/3 cup olive oil or sunflower oil, drops of your favorite essential oil (Optional) and ‘apply scrub to wet skin in a circular motion to exfoliate. Remove thoroughly with water and a wash cloth.’

Fix #6 – Fake tan
According to Company this is the perfect way to apply fake tan:

The Golden Rules for at home tanning

– Wax 48 hours before and shave 24 hours before tanning.
– Exfoliate 24 hours before to remove any dead skin and unwanted self tan; you want to tan the fresh skin.
– Before tanning moisturise your hands, feet, elbows, knees and any dry areas on the body, this stops the tan building up in the patches of dry skin.
– It might sound strange but rubbing an ice cube over your face before you apply your tan will stop your pores from blocking.
– Before you apply your tan, rub a wet wipe over your neck, arm pits, wrists, ankles, this will get rid of any excess that that is not visable to the naked eye.
– Moisturising daily using a thick moisturiser will prolong your tan, James loves Sisley Confort Extreme Body Cream, £77.50 but Nivea Rich Nourishing Body Moisturiser, £5.10 is a good alternative.
– Exfoliate 3 days after tanning, so your tan fades evenly.

For more info go to the full article here.

For the inside of your body

Fix #7 – Water – flush out the toxins, plump up the skin and bust a (albeit last stitched) move on the cellulite

Fix #8 – Almonds – I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Almonds protect your skin from the sun! Wear sun cream too though obviously.

Fix #9 – Hydrating Smoothy – I got this little recipe from Health and Fitness Magazines’ ‘Total Body Plan’ 2012. Blend 1/2 watermelon, 1/2 an unpeeled cucmber, 5 crushed ice cubes, 2 tbsp soya milk and 1 tsp honey. It apparently, among other things, keeps your skin ‘plumped and hydrated’!

Fix #10 – The Juice Master’s Clear Skin Elixir – can’t do any harm to fill up on this yummy number for the next day or so: juice 2 apples, 1 handful of spinach, 1/4 cucumber, 1 stick celery. Then blitz in a blender with 1/2 avocado and some ice.

For more ideas to make your skin glow from the inside out try my pregnancy symptoms post on spots and the follow up post.

 

Resources:

At-home skin treatments – Women’s Health Magazine

DIY Project: Holiday body scrub – howtolearn.com

DIY skin treatments –  The Coveted

Your Guide to Perfect Fake Tan – Company

Total Body Plan – Health and Fitness Magazine

Clear Skin Programme – Jason Vale, the Juice Master