It's that time of year again - get-togethers and parties and a lot of strain on the purse. But looking your best isn't just about dosh and how much you spend on beauty products. If you want to look good, there are plenty of ways of giving your skin a boost and getting yourself looking your best.
Skin likes vitamins and particularly Vitamin-C which freshens up your complexion almost instantly. You can use any one, or several, foods to make marvellous washes and face masks. Think berries of course, blueberries,raspberries, including strawberries (which aren't really berries of course), mangoes, avocados, kiwis, tomatoes To make it very easy, take a handful of, say, three of them, whizz them up. You could add an egg. You could add oats an/or honey and milk. Then slap them on to a clean face. Leave for 15 minutes and wash off with warm water. If you're feeling bold, then give your whole body a go! Fab-u-lous! Your skin will, I promise, feel great.
When you're thinking about food to eat, think about the immune-boosters and the fighters against those nasty, ageing free-radicals. Think sweet potatoes, spinach, avocados, oranges, and garlic, blueberries and yoghurt, lots of the live stuff. And don't forget carrots. Or walnuts and salmon, and, yes, raw chocolate, kiwis and tomatoes. There are plenty to choose from and thousands of combinations to delight you - and keep you and your body in glorious nick from the inside. But that takes a little longer than a face mask of course.
Then again, you might want to relax, and give your liver, indeed your whole system, a bit of a rest, have a cup of tea. Herbal tea. Fresh herbal tea. Never mind those dusty herbs you can buy packaged in teabags. I'm talking newly plucked leaves. Look to your garden or window box, or kitchen-sill: find rosemary, or unbelievably delicious basil, or sage, thyme, mint. If you can, put two or three different herbs together, enough to fill – loosely – a cup. Chop or tear them roughly, pop them in a teapot – or a cafetiere if you have one – and pour on boiling water. Leave for a few minutes and enjoy the green. It's beautiful. Sieve it – or plunge it. If you prefer it slightly sweet, add a touch of honey or agave syrup. Sip it. Love it.
Your rest has now become a fantastic boost to your system – and your skin. Wow - you're going to look GREAT for Christmas. Make it a happy one!