I’ve got something a little different for you this week. When I started blogging a couple years ago, I wrote about a few different topics, like natural cosmetics and the products I had tried and liked. I kind of quickly noticed that food is the thing for me, but I do still like to take good care of my skin and try new things every now and then. What it comes to skincare, I’m suuuuper low key with it and tend to rely to the less-is-more logic. But when I feel like doing something a little extra, I go and make a simple homemade scrub / mask / lotion mostly with pantry items. And summer is a a great time for these little diy spa moments, especially if you get to finish it with a dip in the sea or lake and a visit to the sauna – without forgetting the very special after-sauna drinks!
So all you beauties, whether you’re a hippie like me or a true cosmetics lover, I’ve got a couple feel-good tips for you today inspired by the nights spent at the cottage and some super comfy bath products I got from Familon. On the menu we have a super simple blueberry yogurt face mask and a refreshing cucumber and honeydew shake, which are perfect for giving yourself some extra love and making everyday life a bit more magical.
My summer spa (and all-year spa) is made with very simple stuff, mostly with things you can eat too. If I’m in need of a scrub, I’ll do a simple one with coconut oil, honey, and sea salt, which is wonderful and makes your skin super soft. Now I felt more in need of a face mask so I combined fresh mashed blueberries with yogurt and honey. It’s like a dessert, but for your face! Besides tasting good, the mask is good for your skin too: the yogurt calms down any irritations, the honey moisturizes, and the blueberries give a great boost of vitamins. And if your skin is in need of some extra moisturizing, you could add a few drops of skin oil, like jojoba or argan oil. The mask is good for your face but also for the rest of your body, so you could dip yourself from head to toe in it!
And what better way to finish the pampering than with some refreshing drinks, right? Excluding the wilder nights with friends, I usually choose a glass of very cold still or sparkling water after sauna, but to create a spa-like feel, I made a super fresh cucumber and honeydew shake, which is one of my summer faves. It’s cooling and really hydrating, so it’s perfect after a hot sauna, sipped in peace wrapped up in a bathrobe. It’s starting to get a bit too cold for spending the nights outside, but maybe we’re up for some quick dips in the sea after sauna for a few more weeks still? And if you’re back in the city for good, you can luckily always set up your own spa at home and lay down on the sofa with a blueberry face mask on and a cucumber drink in hand :)
To wrap this up, I’m announcing a giveaway for you! Two lucky winners will get a super soft bathrobe and a hammam towel of choice from Familon. Just leave a comment with your summer greetings below and you’re in! The winners will be chosen on Tuesday the 23rd of August and the giveaway is open only for resident in Finland. Good luck and stay cozy, friends! xo
This post was created in partnership with Familon. All opinions are my own, as always in here. Thank you so much for reading and supporting my work! :)
Blueberry Yogurt Face Mask
notes: if you prefer other berries instead of blueberries, go ahead and try them! and if there are no fresh berries available, you could use some thawed berries as well.
for one or two
1/3 cup greek yogurt (or other natural, unsweetened yogurt)
2 tbsp organic honey
In a small bowl, mash the blueberries with a fork. Add the yogurt and honey and mix well. Apply the mask to clean skin and leave on for a few minutes. Rinse with warm water and finish with a moisturizing facial toner and cream.
Cucumber & Honeydew Shake
10-15 fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup ice cubes, plus some for serving
Chop the honeydew and cucumber into small pieces. Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and add a few ice cubes to each glass. Serve and enjoy!
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