If you’re like me, you have many reasons to start making your own natural beauty products at home. You may want to save money or avoid chemicals in your beauty products. Some of you may just want to take a more natural approach to caring for your hair and skin. Though the beauty industry may claim otherwise, all of this is possible for you to achieve. All you need is a few items from your own kitchen. From fruit to condiments to dairy, you have an arsenal of beauty ingredients at your disposal. Read on for healthy tips and recipes.
Facials at a spa can be expensive, and the home versions could contain chemicals you may not want on your skin. These are two reasons to look for healthy ingredients lurking in your kitchen. One option is to combine a medium mashed banana, 2 tablespoons of honey, and 1/4 cup of plain yogurt. Leave this face mask on for a few minutes, then rinse it off using cool water. To brighten your aging skin, puree 1/2 of a ripe papaya in a blender. Add 1/2 teaspoon of honey and 1/4 teaspoon of lemon juice. Leave it on your face for 10-15 minutes and glowing skin will be your reward.
Body scrubs can exfoliate and moisturize at the same time. But beware, some of these may be tasty enough to eat long before you get in the shower. Sugar scrubs are especially popular and easy to make at home. All you need to do is mix 1/2 cup of brown sugar, 1/2 cup of coconut oil, and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla. Put it on in the shower, massage it in, and then rinse with warm water. Oatmeal or almonds are also great exfoliators for smooth, supple skin. Grind up 1/3 cup of almonds, add 3/4 cup of ground oats and 1 peeled and mashed avocado. Rub this mixture over your body to remove the dead skin cells, then rinse.
Acne can affect us from our teen years to our golden ones. Natural remedies can treat this problem without drying your skin or scarring. There are two teas you can use for acne treatments. Green tea is rich in antioxidants and antimicrobial compounds. Chamomile can decrease inflammation. Either way, take your chosen tea bags and steep them in a cup of boiling water. Let it cool and apply it to your face using a cotton ball. The antibacterial properties of honey also treat acne. You can apply it on its own or as a mask using 1/2 cup honey and 1 cup of oatmeal. Leave the mask on for about half an hour, then rinse your face clean.
So many things you put in your mouth can discolor your teeth. Coffee, tea, soda, or even acidic fruits can dull your bright pearly whites. But there are a few healthy ways to counter this. Apple cider vinegar is one option. Rub a small amount onto your teeth with your finger for one minute, then rinse your mouth. You’ll have to brush as usual afterward, though, since ACV is an acid and can damage your enamel if left on for too long. Strawberries can also whiten your teeth. All you need to do is mash up a few into a paste and rub it over your teeth. Rinse out your mouth and you’re ready to flash that gorgeous grin.
There is no such thing as aging gracefully, at least not without some help. Raid your fridge to plump up those lines. Egg whites are a good place to start. Separate the yolk from one and beat it until it is frothy. Spread it over your face with your fingers. After half an hour, or even overnight if you want, rinse with cool water. Your wrinkles will have noticeable decreased. Olive oil is also another natural skin care product for firmer skin. First, steam your face over a bowl of hot water, placing a towel over your head to create a tent. Smooth the olive oil over your face in long strokes, from the chin up over your face.
Makeup removers can be harsh on your sensitive skin. But leaving your makeup on can clog pores and cause acne. What’s the solution? A simple DIY makeup remover made of a mashed up chunk of cucumber mixed with a couple of tablespoons of milk. Put it on a cotton pad and wipe it over your face. Plain yogurt can also clear your face of makeup. Using circular motions, rub it gently over your face. Then rinse it away with cold water to close off those pores. A tablespoon of almond oil mixed into a bowl of milk is another option. Apply it the same way as the others for clean, fresh skin.
No matter your hair type, it can use some love now and then with a hair mask. The good news is it takes very little effort to get those soft, luscious locks you crave. First, separate the whites and yolks of 1 egg. Oily hair needs the whites, dry hair needs the yolk, so choose which one you need. Beat the egg, then add 1/4 cup of milk, and 2 tsp of olive oil. For long or thick hair, double these amounts. Mix them again. Then add a squeeze of lemon. Starting at your roots, massage this mixture through your hair. Leave it on for about 15 minutes, then rinse it out using cold to lukewarm water. This is a bit of a sticky mess, so be sure to rinse it thoroughly. Then wash your hair using your favorite shampoo.
Natural hair and skin care products are easier to find than you think. They are good for your wallet, your health, and there’s never a question about what you’re putting on your body. That’s why finding those surprising natural beauty products is important to your well-being. And be sure to share this with anyone you know trying to squeeze some healthy living into their busy life. If you are looking for more hair care articles check out our blog and our hair care buyer’s guides.
I joined BloomGorgeous in 2014 and have been reviewing for them ever since. It's my passion and joy to help people thrive. I have had my up and down days with my my look and my mindset, it is our goal here to help people get through the rough times a little faster.