Skin and hair care products don’t have to come from expensive salons or department stores. After all, women have been maintaining society’s beauty standards for thousands of years before BB Creams and alpha hydroxies. If you’re looking for a fun way to shake up your routine without spending any money, take a stroll through your kitchen and try out these five natural beauty products.
If you have flaky scalp or full on dandruff, then all you need is a box of baking soda. Just add enough water to the baking soda to make a spreadable paste and apply it to your scalp every other day for two weeks. You’ll be treating your scalp to a mini-spa and eliminating any build up or flakes. To apply baking soda to your scalp, “experts at MayoClinic.com suggest making a paste of three teaspoons baking soda and one teaspoon of water. To prevent the spread of germs, don’t rub the baking soda paste directly on a scab with your fingers. Instead, use a cotton swab or cotton ball to rub the baking soda gently onto the affected area.” (Livestrong)
If you have dry hair, color treated hair, or frizzed out ends, then avocado is your answer. Avocados are very high in healthy fats, making “hair less dry and prone to breakage. After washing your hair with shampoo, apply the avocado conditioner and leave for five to 10 minutes before rinsing with warm water. Make your own avocado conditioner by mashing avocados into a paste and adding enough water to make a paste-like solution.” (Livestrong) Fine hair may need more drops of water (or even olive oil) added to thin it out. Thick hair may be able to handle the avocado as is; just make sure you choose a ripe fruit so it’s soft.
Sugar scrubs may be one of the of the most decadent treats your face gets all day! Sugar naturally draws moisture from the environment into your skin, helping to keep a fresh look all day. It also promotes cell-turnover, which will leave that glow we all want, and it gently sloughs off the dead cells from the top. Try this recipe twice a week and see how you like it: mix sugar (brown or white), honey, and a few drops of of your favorite essential oil. Gently rub the mix onto your face and then rinse off with warm water.
There might not be anything that olive oil can’t do! Perhaps that’s why in ancient times people used olive oil “as fuel in lamps, as a skin balm and of course as a food ingredient. An explanation for its widespread use as a skin balm was probably unknown to them. The fact that peroxide, a naturally occurring component in olive oil, might have been one of the reasons for olive oil’s wide-spread use as a soothing skin balm might have accounted for its popularity as a healing agent.” (OliveNation) As an eye make-up remover, simply swipe a cotton ball soaked in olive oil and rub it over your closed eye. Voila!
Summer is coming and shorts will be the way to dress. Peel a banana for softer, smoother legs and to be free of razor burn. Mash up the banana and add enough water to make a spreadable “cream.” Bananas have “anti-inflammatory properties [that] calm irritation while vitamins and antioxidants increase circulation for healing, and the antibacterial properties heal any infection.” (Livestrong) Use a disposable razor, however, because the banana will definitely gunk up your blades after a use or two!
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