We may be in for another weekend in lockdown, but I reckon we can still make it feel a little bit special. I know that for many of you lockdown is just as busy, if not more so, than your normal week.  But whatever lockdown looks like for you, I hope you’re finding ways to rest, relax and find some balance.

If your bubble is anything like ours, the days are beginning to blur into each other.  So today I’ve been thinking about ways to mark the fact that it is the weekend even though if feels very much like Tuesday.

Despite my best efforts, my family are resolutely refusing to play board games with me, neither can I convince them to stay away from their computers long enough to trawl through the albums for a photographic trip down memory lane.  So my fail safe plan is to cook up a Saturday night Tapas extravaganza, we all love tapas but its something I never usually find the time to make.

I’ll also be heading to the kitchen to mix up  a DIY face mask.  This windy spring weather can be quite hard on the skin, particularly if its dry and/or sensitive.  A face mask is an easy way to give your skin an extra boost of nourishment and you need look no further than the kitchen to create an effective mask.  There’s a ton of ingredients that can be used, here’s just a few ideas to get you started.

Oats make a great mask base, they are very soothing and help calm inflammation.  The easiest way to use them is to blitz them first and a smoothie whizzer works well for this.  To approximately 1 tablespoon of blitzed oats add any of the following then mix with a little water to make a paste. Slather generously across face and neck, relax for 10 minutes before rinsing, soaking with a compress and applying moisturiser.

1/2 to 1 tsp oil (avocado or olive are good) – nourishing, softening
1/2 to 1tsp liquid honey – hydrating
1tsp natural yoghurt – soothing, cooling & hydrating
a pinch of spirulina
a pinch of ground lavender or chamomile – soothing & calming

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