As part of a health-conscious lifestyle, many people are abandoning the synthetic, factory-made, chemical-filled beauty products and cosmetics from the local pharmacy shelf. The following are five great homemade beauty treatments that allow you to know exactly what’s coming in contact with your body, save some money, and still see great results.
1. Coconut oil moisturizer
Coconut oil is the trendiest product out there right now in cosmetics and health-food circles. It’s chock full of vitamins as well as iron, lauric acid and antimicrobial and antifungal properties. Coconut oil will moisturize hair and skin alike and will combat the symptoms of dandruff, acne, dry lips, athlete’s foot and chapped cuticles.
Simply warm the oil in your hands for a few seconds before applying wherever needed – as you would any moisturizer or conditioner.
2. Egg mask
Egg masks work great at shrinking your pores. Just combine the white of one egg with a bit of cornstarch, mix until frothy, and apply to your skin. Let dry for 20 minutes and rinse off.
3. Almond exfoliation
The exfoliation scrubs you buy in the pharmacy contain small beads that buff your skin. These tiny bits of plastic are also a nightmare for the environment – from your bathroom drain they end up in the ocean where small creatures eat them and they become part of food chain.
You can make your own exfoliation scrub with totally natural ingredients. All you need to do is grind one tablespoon of almonds by hand or in a blender and mix it with a tablespoon of honey and one egg white.
Apply the paste to your face and let sit for 20 minutes. Then rub it into your skin with your fingers, in a circular motion while rinsing with warm water.
4. Banana/avocado conditioner
Mash together a banana and half an avocado and you’ve got an amazing natural hair conditioner. Comb the paste through dry hair and leave in for at least 15 minutes. You’ll be shocked by the power of the potassium/moisturizing fatty-acid combo that was sitting in your kitchen all along and can give your hair a healthy shine.
5. Apple cider vinegar toner
Apple cider vinegar is nature’s miracle cure – a gift to the earth in liquid form. If Jesus hadn’t existed, we would all be praying to apple cider vinegar. It also works great as a toner for oily, blemished skin.
Steep a handful of parsley in 1/2 cup of boiling water for 10 minutes. Strain out the parsley and let the liquid cool. Transfer the water to a spray bottle and add in a few drops of apple cider vinegar and tea tree oil (a fantastic antiseptic). Shake well and use this mixture as a daily toner. Store in the fridge for 2-3 weeks.