Home made gift ideas and great treatments.

At Shine we are already wishing our lovely clients merry Christmas and making appointments for next year.

Oh yes, the most magical time of the year is approaching so very fast and by the time you have read this article, the main streets and shopping centres of London will be crowded with people, hunting for presents for their loved ones, crumpling shopping bags, splurging money and lavishing gifts on the many.

Festive madness is in full swing.

 

As much as I enjoy browsing at shops and getting nice bits and pieces, I have always been in completsh_beauty-diy2e awe, when I have received a handmade gift, honestly appreciating the giver’s effort. I have never imagined myself going DIY for Christmas. Why not though? Is it really that tricky? Expensive? Time consuming? Doesn’t it beat all the queues?

So, this year I have put together some quick and easy ideas and recipes that I have found for fantastic DIY Beauty gifts. Plus whilst you make for them, you can work in double batches and keep some for you too!


My Homemade Beauty Christmas Gift List

Lip exfoliation remedy

This is such a simple and completely gorgeous treat!

Designed to help get your lips soft and smooth before heading under the mistletoe and to make sure that seasonal red lipstick glides on perfectly; this easy, three-ingredient lip scrub is divine.

This little pot of perfection consists of brown sugar, honey and coconut oil.

Simply stir one tablespoon of coconut oil and one tablespoon of honey into an even mixture and add two teaspoons of brown sugar. You can also add a few grains of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger for that extra Christmas kick.

Now transfer this into a clean jar and you have a tiny nourishing pot of lip wonder to give away.

 

Invigorating spicy coffee scrub

sh_hair-honeyAnother wonderful gift is this wintery body scrub with its nourishing and awakening properties. These well picked ingredients encourage your blood flow, rejuvenate your skin and are anti-inflammatory, which help to remove toxins. Also, most importantly this scrub smells amazing.

Simply mix

  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 cup of grounded coffee (fresh)
  • 3 tablespoons of olive, almond or jojoba oil
  • 2 tablespoons of raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon of each: cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and allspice.

 

Place in a sterilized jar, put a bow on it and you are done.

Apply on the whole body (except face) and follow with some quality body oil for that youthful healthy glow and incomparably soft and plumped skin.

 

Uplifting eye cream

Lemon essential oil is thought to lift our spirits and our faces. So this cream makes a beautiful present to those tired eyes that need a pick me up, between all the festivities ahead.

Now admittedly a lot of these ingredients you are unlikely to have, but you can invest in them for yourself, then share some of each element with your loved ones.

sh_health_aromatherapy6_280You will need

  • 4 teaspoons avocado oil
  • 2 teaspoons calendula oil
  • 2 teaspoons rosehip oil
  • ½ teaspoon of corn flour or corn starch
  • 2 teaspoons melted beeswax
  • 1 vitamin E capsule
  • 3 drops of lemon essential oil

Place a stainless steel bowl on top of a pan full of water. Let it boil gently. Add all the ingredients except the vitamin E and lemon oil. Whisk it gently until all ingredients are completely melted.

Take the bowl off the heated pan. Now stir in the lemon oil and vitamin E. Pour into sterile jars. Let it cool and set. Once cooled, put the lids on. Best to use a little spatula to scoop the cream out to prolong its lifespan, so try to find one to go with your beautiful gift.

 

Too often our Christmas shopping can become an overwhelming task, led by the amount of choice and levels of expectations we can experience. Sometimes these elements can outshine the actual pleasure of giving and receiving, causing too much stress and consuming hours of precious time and money. Trying out some DIY ideas may not only save your time and reduce expenses, it can also inspire and encourage your loved ones to join you too. Splendid gifts and moments to cherish!

 

Still need some ideas to cover some of the bigger gifts?

We have many Dermalogica gift sets available at Shine, as well as gift vouchers that can be bought for any treatment that we offer.

Feeling extra generous? We offer exceptional signature packages of your choice, such as the
Mix and Match package – a total pampering two-hour treatment. We also have many more treatments for Face and Body to get you or your loved one ready to shine during the most magical time of year.

 

by Gerda Vilutyte