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5 Irish-Inspired DIY Spa Treatments to Pamper Yourself This St. Patrick’s Day

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Women in Ireland have pampered their skin and hair with ingredients like oats, seaweed, and beer for years. And you can re-create some of their Irish-inspired spa treatments at home with ease for St. Patrick’s Day!

Heal redness and rashes with comfrey.

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The Ireland-harvested herb’s anti-inflammatory compounds calm redness and irritation fast. Pairing it with lauric acid–rich coconut oil repairs skin’s barrier to ward off new rashes.

Try: Mix 3 drops of comfrey oil like Living Flower Essences Organic Comfrey Oil (Buy on Amazon, $9.61) and 1 tablespoon of coconut oil. Apply to skin and let absorb.

Soften skin with sea salt.

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Surrounded by water, Ireland has an abundance of sea salt, which Irish women use to whisk away dry skin patches. Mixing salt with moisturizing olive oil speeds the skin-smoothing results.

Try: Combine ¼ cup of sea salt and 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Rub onto damp skin for 1 minute while showering; rinse.

Volumize thin hair with stout beer.

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The protein in stout beer (like Ireland-made Guinness) strengthens strands at the roots to thwart shedding, so hair looks and feels fuller. What’s more, B vitamins in the brew stimulate hair follicles to encourage new, healthy growth within a month!

Try: Once a week, pour a can or bottle of room temperature stout beer onto damp hair and massage into the scalp for 1 minute. Let sit for 5 minutes; rinse.

Slim down with seaweed.

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Seaweed from the Ireland coastline nixes swelling from head to toe — stat! Algae’s iodine absorbs into skin and increases circulation to help flush out excess fluids and toxins.

Try: Add ½ cup of seaweed powder like 23 Skin Seaweed Kelp Powder (Buy on Amazon, $12.99) into warm bath water. Soak for 20 minutes.

Brighten skin with oatmeal.

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An Irish breakfast staple, oats (which are also heavily grown in the country) quickly revive lackluster skin — one of the many benefits of these Irish-inspired spa treatments. The grain gently sloughs off dead cells to restore radiance, and mixing it with hydrating honey and exfoliating yogurt leaves the complexion soft, youthful, and glowing.

Try: Mix ¼ cup of cooked, cooled oatmeal, 2 teaspoons of honey and 2 teaspoons of plain yogurt. Rub onto dry skin for 1 minute and let sit 10 minutes; rinse.

This article originally appeared in our print magazine.

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