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LIFESTYLE: Indulgent Home Spa by Louise Green of www.vitalityaromatherapy.co.uk


Photography by Sarah Timms of www.photosbysarah.co.uk


We all like a bit of pampering so, as the Autumn evenings start to draw in, why not take some time to create your own spa break in the comfort of your home? With the simple recipes provided you can make indulgent natural beauty treatments to leave your skin smooth, scrubbed and soft. Allowing yourself some important me-time gives you the chance to relax and forget everyday stress for a while.


You will need to make the bath melts, salts and pumice foot scrub in advance. These are fun and easy to make and you will have enough products for a few pamper sessions or to give as gifts.


Light a scented candle in the bathroom about 30 minutes before


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you begin your home spa to let the aromas fill the room. Make the face pack of your choice that will suit your skin by simply mixing the ingredients together until you have a consistency you can apply to the face and neck.


Kitchen Cupboard Face Packs Ingredients: Dry/ Normal Skin • ¼ avocado mashed • 1tsp runny honey • 1 tsp ground almonds/ porridge oats


• 1tsp oil such as Argan, Almond or Olive (optional)


Oily/ Combination Skin • Strawberries (approx 10) crushed • 2-3 tsp thick Natural Yoghurt • 1 tsp runny honey • 1tsp ground almonds


Properties: Avocado: nourishing, rich in lecithin, plumps and firms skin Honey: humectant, softens skin and keeps it supple Natural Yoghurt: cleanses the skin and refines and tightens the pores Strawberries:


refresh the skin,


remove impurities, brightens the complexion Ground Almonds: a gentle exfoliant that leave the skin soft and smooth


If you prefer you could use any of the first 4 ingredients alone; the ground almonds just need to be mixed with a little water or can be added to any cleanser or mask to create a gentle face scrub.


Prepare a simple exfoliating body wash. Pour a generous squirt of shower gel into a bowl, add a


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