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Changing standards of beauty

I love researching the different beauty standards that have existed over time. It's so crazy to me that some of the features that were held up as the ideal of beauty in one generation became ugly and undesirable just a few decades later. I love the way that different societies value all sorts of different features as well, so one body part can be revered in one culture and ignored in others. This blog is all about the changing ways that people have looked at beauty in different time periods and cultures from around the world. I hope you enjoy.

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Three ideas for an at-home spa day

There's nothing quite as relaxing and rejuvenating as whiling away a few hours at a luxury spa, indulging in decadent food and lots of beauty treatments. However, these types of days out can be very expensive. If you're on a tight budget but are in desperate need of a pampering session, read on for some ideas on how to have your very own spa day at home.

Deep condition your hair

One of the easiest and most affordable ways to get sleek, shiny locks is to condition your hair with coconut oil. Before you begin any other at-home pampering activities, spend a few minutes saturating your mane in this substance. It's one of the few oils that is known to be able to permeate the hair shaft and thus provide dry tresses with the moisture they need to look and feel healthy (unlike many other plant oils, which simply coat the outside of the hair shaft and give it a shiny appearance).

Because coconut oil is solid at room temperature, you may need to warm it up in your hands or in the microwave before applying it. After you've finished, wrap your hair up in a towel and leave the oil to soak in for the duration of your pampering session, washing it out with shampoo at the end of the day.

Run yourself a bath

A long soak in the tub can be a wonderfully effective way to relax. You can make it feel more luxurious by lighting some candles, playing soft background music and adding a few extra ingredients; dried rose petals, bath salts and several drops of aromatherapy oils (lavender, bergamot and ylang-ylang are fantastic choices if you want to de-stress) will all help to create a soothing, spa-like ambience.

You can also bring an exfoliating mitt into the bath with you and gently scrub away any dead skin on your legs, arms and torso whilst you soak. Don't forget to slather on lots of moisturiser when you finally emerge from your bath.

Make a DIY face mask

An at-home spa day wouldn't be complete without a face mask. There are dozens of recipes online, many of which use food and beauty products that you probably already have laying around your house. Choose a mask which will address a specific skin concern you have; for instance, if you have quite an oily complexion and lots of blocked pores, a mixture containing clay and aspirin would be a good choice. Conversely, if you suffer from dry, sensitive skin, you might want to opt for an oat and yoghurt mask.