Slay This Valentine’s Day- Essential Beauty Guide To Look Your Best

Slay This Valentine's Day

Right Ladies, it’s that time of the year again “Valentine’s day” and we all want to look and feel our best for our partners. How about the rest of the year too? Here are a few essential basics to help you achieve just that for one special night or if you enjoy this article why not repeat it monthly? 

Shall we start with the face, move through the entire body in preparation for our special “Valentine’s” evening? A healthy glowing face and skin shining with radiance is our first task. 

Simple homemade recipes for

Face and Neck

Combine one tablespoon of milk powder and lemon juice with ½ table spoon of almond oil. Mix thoroughly into a paste and apply to the entire facial area and neck.  Allow the paste to dry and then rinse, leaving your skin perfect and glowing.

Body

Soak 4 to 5 almonds overnight in water. Remove* the skins in the morning and grind into a fine paste. Add 1 teaspoon of gram flour, 1 teaspoon milk and 4 drops of lemon juice. Mix thoroughly and apply the mixture to your body and massage your skin for approximately 5 minutes to achieve a long lasting glowing result.

We all have our relaxing soak in the bath from time to time, to chill and relax in a bubbles, however this is not as effective as a salt bath which has far better results! Salt baths are great for relaxing but have far more benefits than just soothing your aching body.

The Benefits you should know

Essential Beauty Guide

Many of the native South Africans have used seawater for centuries to improve* digestion and for bathing their skins on a regular basis.

Simple Bath Salt Recipe

  • 2 cups of Epsom salts
  • ½ cup of baking soda
  • ¼ cup of Dead Sea salt (optional)
  • 30 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 10 drops of peppermint essential oil
  • 2 tablespoons of oil of choice (coconut, almond, jojoba, argon)

Mix all the above ingredients in a medium sized glass bowl and store in an airtight jar. Use ¼ cup of the mixed salt in you bath water.

The above treatment is the most economical and effective way to relax your body and to obtain a soft, glowing and healthy skin with a naturally appealing aroma.

Now that we’ve prepared the outer body let’s explore the inner well being and nutrition we need. Try this simple, tasty homemade detox drink for that special day (and if you fancy why not repeat for the rest of the year?).

Why Watermelon?

Watermelon

Watermelon helps to flush the body from toxins as it contains citrulline (an ammonia acid), which is an organic compound that helps the liver and kidneys filter out ammonia.

Why Water?

H2O is just plain good for us. It’s thought that it helps flush nasty toxins and waste through our system, helping our kidneys and liver work more effectively.

Why lemon (or lime)?

Lemon or lime juice helps stimulate and regulate the digestive tract (which is why it helps with obstructions, heartburn and gas). Stimulates the production of bile and the dilution of bile allowing it to flow more freely.

Why Mint?

Mint helps with weight loss* as it promotes* fat reduction*. It also has the ability to eliminate* toxins from the body and is believed to cure* tummy aches.

Recipe for a Detoxing Drink

  • ½ cup watermelon (cut into chunks)
  • 4 to 5 mint leaves
  • ½ lemon (sliced)
  • Fill a glass with ice cold water (cold water increases* the metabolism…and tastes great!). Refrigerate for 20 to 30 minutes and enjoy a refreshing different drink.

Our next step to a healthy “new” glowing you, is our “super” foods. 

Super Foods

These include cruciferous vegetables and leafy greens like, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage lettuce, bok choy and spinach. (The reason we see many ‘green’ detox drinks and smoothies). These veggies increase* the amount of glucosinolate (organic compounds) in our bodies to help with the production of enzymes that in turn helps our bodies to digest and breakdown food.

Avocado
  • AvocadoAvocados help the body to produce an antioxidant, (glutathione) which the liver requires to work effectively. 
  • Grapefruit – Grapefruit is high in anti-oxidants and vitamin C. Grapefruit or juice aids the liver to flush carcinogens – things like pesticides, cigarettes, tobacco and some prepared foods.
  • Beets – The systems in our bodies all work together and for various reasons beets seems to be helpful to more than only one major organ in our bodies. Beets are especially accommodating when the liver needs help during detoxification.

Make use of the above whether you are preparing your Valentines meal or, if you are dining out finding the ingredients mentioned at your favorite diner. If preparing at home keep the meal light and full of goodness in anticipation of your ‘love nest’ (or fest) for the latter of the evening. You don’t want to feel uncomfortable or “bloated” on this special night. 

Two Handy Tips:

Firstly if dinner is a first date occasion please don’t order spaghetti!! It may be your favorite but it is definitely not appealing to your partner when you are slurping down the strings of pasta or the bolognaise sauce is running down the sides of your petite little mouth…secondly, if you choose one of the super foods (as you should!) have a little compact mirror handy..just to ensure no awkward embarrassing little greens gremlins are left wedged between your teeth!!

And lastly ladies what evening could not finish with a good massage? Instead of the full body or back massage the alternative is a foot massage. 

How to Give an Essential Oil Massage

Essential Oil
  • Step 1: Choose your favourite essential oil. Use a few drops in your chosen carrier. Apply the oil massaging the center arch of the foot in a clockwise direction. Over the span of a few minutes gradually increase* the size of your circle applying increased pressure. Switch to your other foot repeating the process with the same amount of motions balancing the effort to both feet.
  • Step 2: Now press your knuckle into the center of the foot, massaging the area with small circular motions. Switch feet and repeat the action. This step activates the spleen massaging the left foot and the liver doing the right.
  • Step 3: Using your thumbs and knuckles now massage the balls of both feet respectively for the same amount of time. This step reduces* tension and pressure. 
  • Step 4: Work the middle, base and neck of the big toe to unblock control areas of the brain. Use your thumb or knuckle to press into the toe with circular downward movements. Repeat the process to the remaining toes. Now apply the same process to the other foot. This will relieve stress and unblock emotions.
  • Step 5: Apply pressure to the bottom centre and the large bones that are either side of the foot. This targets the prostrate in men and the reproductive organs in both men and woman. 
  • Step 6: To round of and complete the foot massage, work on the top of the feet and ankles for a few minutes on each foot. Remember if the person feels pain at any point lessen the pressure to the area, (this is however an indication that that the area needs attention but be gentle). Continue with the massage until the pain starts residing.  {When the pain resides it is an indication of the benefits to organs and the body}
Valentines Evening

Here you have the total package summarized for the perfect Valentines evening. At this stage you should both be feeling relaxed and comfortable for your evening foray. 

And remember Valentine does not have to be an expensive night dining out. A simple picnic on your lounge floor or a candle lit dinner in your dining room (or weather permitting on your deck or lawn).

Make sure arrangements have been made for the baby sitter or make it an early one for the youngsters, after all this is a night to totally unwind, relax and enjoy the evening with your partner. And if all goes well you may pat yourselves on the back as you “probably ended your evening with a great round of super fun”. Keep in mind the “fun” part equates to a five mile run!!!

Happy Valentines…

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Bethany was born and raised in South Africa. Her family did not have television until 1976, so her imagination was her main source of entertainment. She had a love of animals and magical creatures and a vast country with big open spaces where she imagined they lived. She would make up stories for her siblings in the evenings. Bethany has always loved writing and reading and won several awards at school. This is her passion and she would love to share it with everyone around the world. Please write to Bethany and tell her what you think of her stories on her email.

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