Cooped Up? “Snow” Problem!: 4 Beauty Treatments to Make a Blizzard Bearable
So, the snow is coming down, there’s not a plow in sight, and you’re more than just a little bit stranded. Our first impulse is to groan and dream of happier times sipping margaritas on our sunny back decks, but the power of positive thinking can do wonders, in my experience, and being trapped doesn’t have to be a bad thing! I’ve compiled a list of relaxing, beauty-related ways to make being snowed in a treat rather than a trial, all using things you’re most likely to have around the house without needing a trip to the store. Try some out and you might even feel a little sorry when you hear that plow rumbling down your neighborhood street!
DIY Facial Scrub
A facial scrub is a wonderful, inexpensive way to make yourself feel beautiful in a pinch. You can make a fantastic scrub from a few simple ingredients you’ll undoubtedly have lying around the house, even in the midst of a blizzard. Here is my favorite recipe that’ll leave your face glowing, exfoliated, and as soft as a baby’s:
DIY Raw Honey Facial
1 1/2 tbs raw honey
1 1/2 tbsp. sugar
Mix ingredients to form a thick paste and apply to entire face, avoiding the eyes. Gently, without applying any pressure, massage in circular motion for 2 min. After massaging, let the paste sit for 20-30 min to do its magic, then rinse off for brighter, softer skin.
I love this recipe because it hydrates, exfoliates, refines pores, and honey is antimicrobial. It’s also good for all skin types, and you can apply a moisturizer afterwards to complete your glow. Additionally, it can be applied to lips to achieve that perfect, soft pout, but you have to make sure to apply a good lip balm after. Here’s my personal favorite
A steam facial is a pretty old fashioned beauty technique. If you haven’t tried it yet, you’re missing out on some pore cleansing goodness! The method is simple. You bring a pot of a few cups of water to a boil. In a large glass bowl, add your aromatics. I’m a big fan of using essential oils like lavender, sweet orange, or vetiver, but if you don’t have oils available, you can put in some lemon or orange zest, cinnamon sticks, cloves, a bag of your favorite tea, or some fresh herbs. Next, pour the boiling water over the aromatics, cover your head with a towel, and lean over the bowl (not too close!) The steam opens your pores and cleans out dirt and residue, leaving your skin fresh and glowing. After ten minutes or so you can rinse your face with warm water, then give it a good splash of cold to close those clean pores back up.
Doing a replenishing body wrap at home is a lot easier than you might think! It’s a great, productive way to pass the time while you’re snowed in and waiting for normal life to resume. Here’s a great recipe for a skin tightening body wrap. The addition of caffeine from the coffee grounds makes it excellent for targeting problem areas, like arms, belly, and thighs, giving you that tight, toned look we all want. As a plus, we’re positive you’ll have the ingredients in your pantry!
DIY Coconut Oil Body Wrap
2tbsp. coconut oil
2 tbsp. raw honey
2 tbsp. ground coffee (must be caffeinated to achieve results!)
Mix ingredients together and warm in the microwave for 10-15 seconds. Apply to desired area, then wrap with plastic wrap. Soak a towel in warm water and wrap it tightly around the plastic wrap. Leave it on for 20-30 min then rinse off with warm water and apply lotion. As a detoxifying variation, you could also mix in a couple tablespoons of salt, since salt will pull toxins out of your body. While you sit back and wait for the wrap to work, treat yourself to a cup of well-brewed tea to round out the spa effect! Here is an excellent tea that helps give you gorgeous skin from the inside out!
(As a side note: Let us know if you would like to see Tea42 add something like this to our line, so you can have it ready made! It’s what we put in and on our bodies that makes the difference!)
Deep Hair Conditioning
A deep conditioning hair treatment is something we rarely have time to do. It’s just one of those extra little luxuries you don’t think about when you’re scrambling to get to work or school. A good old fashioned blizzard is the perfect excuse to spend a little extra time beautifying, and I think we can all agree that a little special TLC for our hair never fails to make us feel sexy and amazing! Here’s our recipe our custom Tea42 Deep Steep. It gives your hair and scalp an intense shot of circulation-stimulating caffeine to the hair follicles while also softening and “silkifying” hair strands.
DIY Tea42 Deep Steep: Hair and Scalp Treatment
Wash hair and squeeze out excess water. Apply intensi-tea Root Spray generously to roots and hair and massage into scalp for a minute. Next, apply tea-juvenate Nourishing Conditioner and wrap up in a towel or shower cap. Let it sit for 30-60 min. That’s just enough time to take a nap, read a book, or cook dinner. When time’s up, rinse out the treatment, then apply the intensi-tea Root Spray to your roots again, comb through and style. Hello, Gorgeous!!
These are just a few fun options to make your snowed-in time a pleasurable experience. By the time you can leave the house again, you’ll emerge a brand new woman! What are you some of your favorite beauty pastimes to make blizzards bearable? Let us know in the comments!