Have you sat nibbling a delicious frosted cupcake and thought to yourself…..

“If only something that TASTES THIS GOOD could actually BE GOOD for me?”

Most of the time the answer to that question is no.  But occasionally, very occasionally its yes 😀

 

In partnership with our friends at Bearsden Beauty www.bearsdenbeauty.com we’ve put together a few recipes to make you feel beautiful inside and out using delicious, natural ingredients you often find in cakes and desserts.

Here are three of our favourites;

DARK CHOCOLATE FACE MASK

Ingredients

  • 2 bars of dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa)
  • 2/3 cup of milk
  • 1 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons of brown sugar

Method

  • Break the chocolate into pieces, place in a heat proof bowl and place the bowl in a simmering pot of water
  • Let the chocolate melt, stir gently and add the milk, sugar and sea salt and stir again
  • Allow the mixture to cool and then apply it your face and neck leave for 20 minutes and then rinse off
  • For dry skin add a teaspoon of honey to the mix, this will help keep your skin hydrated and lock in the moisture.

    Why is a Dark Chocolate Face Mask good for you?

    Cocoa is rich in antioxidants.

    A study in the Journal of Nutrition found that flavonoids in dark chocolate absorb UV light, help protect and increase blood flow to the skin and improve skin’s hydration and complexion [Source: Journal of Nutrition].

    Banana and Honey Hair Mask

    Banana and Honey Hair Mask Ingredients

    • 1 Medium Banana
    • 2 Tablespoons of Honey
    • 1/4 Cup Natural Greek Yoghurt

    Banana and Honey Hair Mask Instructions

    1. Pour the honey and greek yoghurt into a bowl
    2. Peel the banana and mash all the ingredients together with your hands
    3. Use a hand blender to create a smooth paste
    4. Gently massage the mixture into your hair
    5. Use a shower cap or cellophane wrap to hold everything in place
    6. After 20 minutes or so, rinse your hair thoroughly

    Added bonus: This will make your hair smell amazing (provided you like the smell of bananas).

    Why is a Banana and Honey Hair Mask good for you?

    Honey seals moisture in your hair, keeping it conditioned and reducing breakage. Honey strengthens the hair follicles, minimising hair fall. Its antioxidant properties help prevent damage, keeping your scalp and hair healthy.

    Bananas contain lots of potassium, natural oils, carbohydrates and vitamins. These help to soften your hair and enhance it’s elasticity. This in turn prevents split ends and breakage. Bananas can also moisturise your scalp and reduce dandruff.

    Coconut Sugar Lip Scrub

    Coconut Sugar Lip Scrub Ingredients

    • 1 Teaspoon of Caster Sugar
    • 2 Teaspoons of Coconut Oil (or honey if your prefer)

    Coconut Sugar Lip Scrub Instructions

    1. Mix the caster sugar with the coconut oil in a small bowl
    2. Using your fingers, apply the mixture gently to your lips using a circular motion. (Be gentle though, as your lips can be sensitive to abrasion)

    Why is Coconut Sugar Lip Scrub good for you?

    Sugar is a natural humectant, it holds onto moisture helping to keep your skin hydrated. Sugar is a pure, natural source of Glycolic Acid, also known as an AHA, which helps to break down dead, flaky skin.

As easy as these recipes are we still love the relaxing atmosphere of a salon for professional pampering and can’t wait to visit the lovely ladies at www.bearsdenbeauty.com.  Open Monday – Thursday 9am – 10pm, Friday and Saturday 9am – 6pm no matter your busy schedule there is time for self care.