The centrally-heated smog of December is making my skin look really dull, despite my Ragdale Hall facial, and I seem to have run out of all my favourite spa day beauty products, but the lovely beauty people at the Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa have come to the rescue with some pre-party pampering facials and hair treatments that can be thrown together in minutes, and will make you look fab.
Lemon Salt Scrub – Detoxifying and fabulous for dry skin!
• 1/2 lemon
• 50g fresh ginger
• 500g salt
• Jojoba or any vegetable oil.
Chop the lemon and ginger, or use a blender to coarsely chop it. Mix all of the salt, lemon and ginger together in a bowl, making sure the juice of the lemon is included. Add oil depending on how rough or smooth you want the scrub to be. For the best results - scrub onto dry skin before showering and spend at least 10-15 min massaging in on to your whole body. This scrub is very hydrating so there is no need to apply moisturiser afterwards.
Invigorating Coffee Scrub
• 500ml natural yoghurt
• 1 tablespoon coffee powder
• 1 tablespoon brown sugar
Natural yoghurt is rich in enzymes so this scrub is very effective for exfoliating your skin. Mix the coffee, sugar and yoghurt in a bowl. For the best results - scrub onto dry skin before showering and spend at least 10-15 min massaging in on to your whole body. For silky smooth skin, apply moisturiser after shower.
Refreshing Cucumber and Honey Facial – Cool down and refresh your face
• 1 table spoon natural yoghurt
• 1 table spoon of honey
• 20 thin slices of fresh cucumber
• Rose water or cucumber water
• Your own moisturiser
Yoghurt is rich in enzymes which makes natural yoghurt excellent as a cleanser to your skin. Apply and massage gently for 1 minute before cleaning with a warm wet towel. Tone the skin with your daily toner to rebalance your skin ph. Honey is calming for the skin so apply and massage for around 3 minutes, you should use sticky honey if available. Lie down and apply cucumber slices to your face on top of the honey, finish by putting two on your eye lids. Leave for 10-15 minutes. Remove the slices and use a warm, wet towel to remove honey residues. Tone again and apply moisturiser.
Rehydrating Coconut Hair Treatment
Coconut milk (amount varies depending on length of hair)
Warm up the coconut milk to tepid temperature. Make sure it has a slightly thick consistency before massaging it into your hair and scalp; this can be done to dry hair or wet hair. Leave the milk in for 15-20 min so your hair gets sticky and little bit hard as the milk dries. Rinse and allow to dry naturally.