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Skincare Recipe of the Month is a new monthly feature we wanted to add to our blog, and it’s just that; each month we’re going to share one of our favourite skincare recipes that you can make at home, usually using ingredients you will already have in your kitchen cupboards.

This month we’ve got a gorgeous recipe for a Colour-Enhancing Hair Rinse.

During winter months, due to the dehydrating effects of central heating, hair can become dull and lack-lustre. Use this rinse to add a bit of colour and shine.

DARK HAIR

1 tbsp rosemary leaves (fresh or dried)

1 tbsp thyme leaves (fresh or dried)

2 cups boiling water

This rinse has an added bonus because these herbs are antiseptic and will help to keep your scalp healthy and free from dandruff.

BLONDE HAIR

1 tbsp calendula petals

1 tbsp chamomile flowers

1 tsp lemon juice (optional)

2 cups boiling water

METHOD:

Place the leaves and flowers in a ceramic dish or jug and pour over the boiling water.

Leave the herbs to steep (just like making tea) until cool.

Strain the liquid.

TO USE:

After shampooing and conditioning as usual, poor this ‘tea’ over your hair.

Leave it on for 20 to 30 minutes or so, longer if you like.

Use a final rinse of cool water. You could add a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar for extra shine.

I’d love to hear how you get on with this recipe! Do let me know by leaving a comment below.

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It’s that time of year again…

The clocks have gone back.

It’s turning cold outside.

Time to dig out the woolly jumpers, gloves and scarf.

Turn the central heating up a notch or two.

Winter is coming upon us and there’s no way to stop it!

But what about our skin at this time of year? How do we look after our skin during winter?

We’ve got a few tips to help…

Avoid extremes of temperature. It’s the cold outside, followed by the warmth of central heating that’s bad for the skin. If you have one, try using a humidifier in your home. This will balance out the dry air you get from central heating. If you don’t have a humidifier, try placing dishes of water over heaters and radiators. The heat will cause the water to evaporate into the air and balance out the dry air as with the humidifier.

In summer, skin can become clogged so we tend to take things away from it, in winter we need to give something back. It’s important to put moisture back into the skin. When exfoliating mix the exfoliator with a nourishing facial oil to add extra moisturising benefits. Winter is also a good time to use over-night creams. Look out for products containing essential oils, jojoba oil, and vitamin E oil. These will help to strengthen the skin.

Adapt your skincare routine to match the season. Oily skins are used to strong cleansers, and during summer this can be appropriate. During winter even the most oily of skins need a bit of TLC. Switch to a lighter cleanser because skin is more sensitive during winter. Dry skins may need extra attention during winter. You could try using a moisturising mask, for example.

When it’s cold outside, it can help to warm a product before you apply it to your skin. Skin gets flakey during winter and heating a product before application can help the product to be absorbed through the first layer of skin to where it is needed.

And don’t forget your lips! Keep lips luscious and kiss-able by using a nourishing lip balm.

As ever, Freyaluna has many product to help keep your skin beautiful during winter. They can be found here.

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