And so my weekend begins, and with it we’ve got a fun little DIY for you to maybe have a go at today if you aren’t heading out to the shops. You may have noticed, but a lot of us have had time off work this year, and with that came the urge to try making things. Enter stage left my DIY body treats for December! This post contains affiliate links, meaning if you make a qualifying purchase through these I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.
Our bodies go through a lot in December, and more so this year than any other! Between the food and drink, the changes in the weather, and the lack of sunlight this month, there are then those of us who aren’t up and out to work every day and so our routines are a little relaxed. Well, mine is anyway. I’ve been wearing more makeup, eating more sugary and fatty foods, drinking more alcohol, and I can honestly say that my skin care routine has gone on holiday already. So I set myself the task of making the below DIY body treats to try and give my body a little tlc during the last month of 2020.
DIY Body Treats
Okay so we all know how important sleep and water are to keep ourselves and our skin looking great. And this goes for guys too! We all need to show our bodies a little TLC, especially this year. So while we put the effort into sleeping more, drinking more water and less caffeine, and maybe a little exercise (yeah I know, that one’s a big no from me too), here are 5 DIY body treats you can make and enjoy at home or give as gifts to spread the message that we need to remember to look after ourselves this December.
1. Citrus Mint Facial Scrub
We all can experience some dry skin during the winter months, and more often than not the exfoliators we buy from shops can actually make this worse due to the ingredients used! So clear away your dry, dull, dead skin with this citrus mint face scrub.
Combine 105g of refined coconut oil [aff] with 250g sugar (white or brown) and mix well. Add in one tablespoon of lemon juice, alongside the zest from half a lemon, all while continuing to stir. Drop in 5 drops of peppermint essential oil [aff] and 10 drops of your lemon essential oil [aff], and mix well for about a minute. Store in the fridge or cool dry cupboard in a container of your choice. When using, gently massage the mixture in slow circles over your face, rinse well, and pat your skin dry when done.
2. Apple and Cinnamon Sugar Scrub Body Exfoliator
This Christmas scented body exfoliator is the perfect addition to anyone’s stock, or even just adding to your own shower routine! A major bonus is the festive smell that wafts through the bathroom once you leave – it really does bring the Christmas cheer to DIY body treatments!
Another simple-to-make body treat, this recipe doesn’t actually use real apples otherwise it would go off really quickly, but the effect is the same.
Break up 165g light brown sugar so there are no clumps. Mix this with 150g granulated sugar, and one teaspoon of ground cinnamon, before mixing with 162g refined coconut oil. To give your scent, add 15 drops of apple essential oil, and 10 drops cinnamon fragrance essential oils. Mix well, scoop into a pint sized jar, and store beside your citrus mint facial scrub!
3. DIY Vanilla Peppermint Lip Scrub Treat
So now you’ve exfoliated your body and face, it’s time to look after those lips! If you’re anything like me, these face masks are really drying out your mouth and lips, and chapped sore lips just don’t make for cute Christmas photos – am I right? So this vanilla peppermint lip scrub should definitely be a part of your routine – think of it as a replacement for those ones from Lush!
This DIY body treat recipe yields enough to fill 3 small lip balm containers, so if you have any old Lush ones lying around, or those travel ones, get them out and let’s get cracking!
Mix your 6 tablespoons of granulated sugar with 4 tablespoons of that refined coconut oil we were talking about earlier until fully combined. Add 5-6 drops of peppermint essential oil, half a teaspoon of vanilla extract, and 3-4 drops of Vitamin E oil [aff] and stir the mixture well. Transfer into your containers, and store for up to 3 months! Just remember to apply some lip balm after use.
4. Eucalyptus and Mint Foot Soak
Now we’ve been exfoliating everywhere, it’s time to treat our tootsies to a lovely foot soak with this DIY body treat. Sometimes you don’t have time for a full on bath, but the idea of soaking your feet to relax both them and your mind is just too strong. Plus the fact my toenails are ridiculously hard to cut, so a good foot soak is perfect after a busy day of Christmas shopping or for before a Christmas party (lol someone please remind me what a party is…).
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Mix 94g Himalayan Salt, 94g Mediterranean Salt and 94g Epsom Salt in a large. Add 2 drops of eucalyptus essential oil and 2 drops of peppermint essential oil and mix thoroughly. Pour into glass jars and close tightly. Add 2-3 tablespoons of your foot soak salts to hot (but safe), ankle depth bathwater for a relaxing soak!
5. Christmas Hand Salve DIY Recipe
Remember those Vaseline tins? If you were ever one of those lucky people to finish one, those tins are perfect for the final DIY body treat on my list! If not, why not check out these tins [aff] for storing your festive hand salve in? As I was saying 2020 has not been kind on us, and as such our hands are already under pressure from being washed so frequently. This recipe should help fix your dry hands problem and save you from the pain of dry cracked hands.
Microwave in short bursts your 2 tablespoons of shea butter, 2 tablespoons of grated beeswax, and 1 tablespoon of almond oil until everything has melted. Mix it regularly so nothing burns! Pour the liquid into your metal tin, add approx 10 drops of a mix of cinnamon, clove and orange essential oils (or use a simple Christmas essential oil!)[aff], and stir gently. Allow it to set into a solid salve (approx 10 minutes). After your salve turns into a solid form, grab a little chunk and rub it all over your dry, cracked hands. Your hands will instantly be moisturized and looking better than ever!
So what do you think? Will you be attempting any of these DIY body treats for either yourself or last minute Christmas gifts? Don’t forget, you can always make all 5 and make up a little pamper basket for someone in your life! Let me know in the comments below what your favourite DIY body treats are, or if you’ve tried any of the above ones.