Morning! A gorgeous and CHILLY morning here in London. I so almost made it out for a run this morning but when the weather is nippy like this every bone in my body is saying, get warm, have tea, eat stew. So this morning I LISTENED. The weather can have such a big impact on our mood after all we are part of nature and as humans this is the time of year to hunker down, retreat and store our energy, so if you’re feeling a little affected by the weather and the general time of year then know that this is NORMAL! Hence why we love retreating in January so much.
On today’s post – with just 3 DAYS TO GO until our retreat this weekend we are well and truly getting organised! We’re off to the lovely Brooklands Barn in Arundel, West Sussex. This venue is the perfect antidote to this cold weather its filled with cosy snugs lit by open fires, a heated swimming pool, and a newly installed log cabin sauna which you can indulge in between massages, walking, Pilates, knitting and relaxation.
If you’ve joined us on a weekend retreat before then you’ll know well of our signature goodie bags. Which I have to say we pride ourselves on. We put a lot of effort into making sure our guest feel loved and have everything they need to truly TUNEOUT. Without giving too much a way, this year amongst lots of other things we’ve made some homemade face masks. There’s tons of different recipes out there but we loved this one for its truly indulgent feel and smell! Good enough to eat quite literally. And you can feel smug in the knowledge that there’s absolutely no nasties in there and if you’re working towards living a life of less stress then that counts for what you put on and in your body, right down to your beauty products and household cleaners.
So here’s the recipe and some of the amazing benefits to your skin (always try a patch test first)
Honey and Lemon face mask
(Makes 1 portion)
- 1 tablespoon of organic honey – moisturising, calming, antibacterial, full of anti-oxidants
- 1 teaspoon of sugar – used for ex-foliating and the removal of dead skin
- 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon – can plump the skin and make you look younger
- Juice of 1/2 lemon – acts a natural skin peel, brightens the skin
- 1 tablespoon of organic almond oil- helps remove dark circles and extra moisturising
Mix and indulge (hopefully in a steaming hit bath!)