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Home Beauty Treatments

Slow down, if we had to give one piece of advice to the women of Ireland, that would be it. Our lives are getting busier by the minute but too few of us take the time to sit down and relax. I'm not talking about going to a really posh spa and spending hundreds. How about a quick inexpensive pamper session at home?

We got our hands on a lady who knows a think or two about beauty treatments; Triona McCarthy, Beauty Editor of the Sunday Independent.

Caroline: A lot of women are very bad at taking time out to relax.

Triona: Well, you should make your bathroom your refuge. I think that's very important and you have all the products you need in your kitchen cupboard so just get into your bathroom, lock the door and make some time for yourself to relax.

Caroline: Now, you have so many products here. What are they all for?

Triona: The apple cider is fantastic for popping into your bath. There's so many chemicals in regular bath products, which apple cider doesn't contain and it's fantastic for your skin too.

Caroline: Ok, what about the mayonnaise?

Triona: Mayonnaise, believe it or not is fantastic for conditioning your hair. Coconut oil also. Dampen your hair before you get into the bath. Lash on the mayonnaise, put a shower cap on, get in and the heat of the bath makes it absorb into your hair. Then just wash it all off and your hair will be so soft and luxurious and gorgeous.

Caroline: And you won't end up with greasy hair?

Triona: No, just shampoo it afterwards to make sure all the product is gone. Another great home product is egg whites. They are fantastic. They call it the poor girls botox as it literally tightens your face and just gives it a really nice look and it lasts a couple of hours so if it's a big night out, it's great.

Caroline: Are you suggesting painting egg white onto your face and leaving it on?

Triona: Yes, apply it to your skin and then put your make up on over it. It's great for smoothing creases.

Caroline: Any tips for hands and nails?

Triona: Use something like E45 cream. It's a fantastic product and very well priced. Put lashings of it on before you got to bed and then put on some cotton gloves. Leave them on until morning. For the feet, firstly I would suggest soaking your feet in water with teatree oil. It's anti-fungal, and then apply the E45 cream, put on a pair of socks and leave it until morning.

Caroline: How often would you suggest someone do this?

Triona: Even if you just take two hours on a weekend. It's your time, you deserve it and you will feel so much better afterwards.

Caroline: Oils I imagine are also good for feet and hands, and cuticles?

Triona: Absolutely, almond oil is fantastic for rubbing into your cuticles. After you've washed your hands get into the habit of when you are drying your hands, use the corner of the towel and push back your cuticles, and this will prevent hangnails.

Caroline: I imagine through your work you have sampled the most incredible facials the world has ever known. Any suggestions for quick cheap DIY ones at home?

Triona: I think a really easy one to do, especially if you've got congested skin after the party season, is to mix 2tbsp of porridge with 2tbsp of natural yoghurt and some lemon or lime juice. Make a paste, pop onto your face for five or ten minutes when lying in the bath and then wash it off again and your skin is beautiful and soft.

Caroline: Incredible, you've just saved us all a lot of money. You're a genius!

Here are some more treatments that you can try in the comfort of your very own home.

Most adults, especially women don't get enough water. Water is possibly the most important beauty aid. Becoming dehydrated will dry out your skin and make you feel sluggish. Water flushes out the toxins in your body and leaves your skin, hair and nails looking great! Try adding a little lemon for flavour.

Sea Salt body scrub
This exfoliating scrub will leave your skin soft and glowing. Only the best spas use this special recipe! Mix the juice from 1 lemon with 2 parts coarse salt and 1 part olive oil to make a paste. Step into the shower and massage into body. Turn on the shower and rinse. Pat dry and apply a rich moisturizer.

Face Mask
To erase blackheads, try this quick cleansing mask: Mix two table spoons of oatmeal, four table spoons of plain yoghurt, one tablespoon lemon juice and one tablespoon of olive oil into a paste and gently apply to skin. Leave it on for five minutes and rinse with cold water. Let your face air-dry.

Before bed apply unscented castor oil around your eyes. Plastic surgeons use this on their patients after surgery!

This is my favorite tip for silky soft hands; Pour a spoonful of honey into the palm of your hand, add 3/4 spoon of sugar. (do this over the sink!) Now massage well into your hands for a few minutes. Rinse and apply hand lotion.

The ultimate treat--Try to give yourself 30 minutes a week in a warm bath. Listen to relaxing music, use aromatherapy oils, and enjoy this much needed time by yourself
Pour a cup or more of powdered milk under running bath water. The lactic acid in the milk will remove dry dead skin and leave you baby soft. Powered milk is quite reasonably priced compared to those expensive bath oils and soaks. Just add a drop or two of some scented oil if you want a really dreamy bath!

Caffeine is a main ingredient in many cellulite creams. Try massaging warm coffee grounds into your skin while in the shower.

Triona McCarthy



Cotton gloves

Almond Oil

Porridge oats

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