Natural Beauty Tips: 12 tried and tested tricks for the New Year
For a while now, the food world has been experiencing an ever-growing movement towards natural, organic and seasonal produce - which has inspired us to examine alternatives to the chemicals packed in beauty products.
Going natural in your beauty routines can also significantly reduce the amount you spend on cosmetics, creams and beauty products. Here are some recipes you can follow easily just by opening your pantry and your curiosity. Ready for a full spa day right at home?
Soak your nails in natural olive oil for about five minutes. Remove and dry with paper towel. For whiter nails soak them in fresh squeezed lemon juice.
For greasy hair, take an empty bottle and mix ¼ cup of organic apple cider vinegar with 1 cup water. Apply and rinse. Finish with conditioner to the ends.
For greater shine effect, mix together a mashed banana and one raw egg. Spread the paste and leave for 15 minutes. Rinse and apply conditioner to the ends.
For a gentle body scrub that exfoliates and cleans away dead skin cells, dip a natural bar of soap into a bowl of sugar. Use in the shower and repeat as often as necessary to ensure the soap bar always has the granulated ‘sweetness’.
If you prefer a bath, adding one cup of Epsom Salts will relax, relieve stress and reduce muscle pain. Relax in the warm water for 20 minutes and rinse afterwards.
To heal cracked heels and dry skin, soak your feet in warm water for 10 minutes and gently scrub with a pumice stone. Apply olive oil generously and wrap in plastic film to preserve. Put on socks to avoid slipping - and relax.
‘Feeding’ your face with the right nutrients can hydrate and cleanse at the same time. To exfoliate and moisturise, squeeze the juice of one lemon into a bowl and add ¼ cup of almond oil. Mix and apply gently.
For an easy homemade natural face pack, mix ½ cup of hot water with 1/3 cup of oatmeal, 1 egg white, 2 tablespoons of honey and another 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt. Stir and apply in a thin layer. Leave for 15 minutes and rinse.
Take a couple of green tea bags, wet and place in the refrigerator. Apply for 10 minutes while you relax.
To reduce early morning puffed eyes, pop two tablespoons in the fridge the night before. Apply to your eyes for two or three minutes (as you would apply ice to reduce swelling). Important: apply the spoons cold but not freezing, or you could damage the delicate skin in this area.
Scrub with a soft toothbrush to exfoliate once a week. Apply coconut oil and massage slightly.