Natural Beauty Tips

Who doesn’t want beautiful glowing skin and shiny, lustrous hair? I know that I’ve spent a lot of time and money purchasing a whole slew of products that promise results, but if you asked me to vouch for any of them I wouldn’t have much to say. I find that my skin and hair are at their best when my lifestyle is at its healthiest, which cleanser, toner, shampoo, conditioner, etc. I use seems to make little to no difference.

There are so many things you can do to achieve healthy skin and hair. Most of them cost little to nothing and you probably even have a lot of the items on hand in your pantry already!

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Apple Cider Vinegar as Toner
So easy. So soooo effective. Simply mix apple cider vinegar and water and apply with a cotton pad as you would any other toner.

For normal skin: Mix 1 part apple cider vinegar with 2 parts water
For oily skin: Mix 1 part apple cider vinegar with 1 part water

Olive Oil as Eye Makeup Remover
Fresh out of eye makeup remover? Dab a little olive oil under the eyes and rinse off with a washcloth.

Baking Soda as Skin Soother
Mix about ½ tablespoon of baking soda in your palm with enough water to turn it into a paste. Massage into damp skin, then rinse. Helps to soften skin and calm irritation caused by bites or burns.

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Bentonite Clay Face Mask
Bentonite clay is a natural healing clay comprised of minerals and formed from natural volcanic ash. It produces a negative electric charge when mixed with water which helps to draw out toxins. Bentonite clay also helps to shrink pores, prevent breakouts and helps to soften skin. To make a facial mask, mix 2-3 tablespoons of clay powder with equal amounts water or apple cider vinegar. Apply in a thick but even layer to the face, and allow the mixture to dry for about 10-15 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

Aloe Vera Skin Treatment
Aloe Vera is famous for treating wounds and scars and also acts as a remedy to rid of acne fast. Apply Aloe Vera juice or gel on spots and let dry for about one hour before washing it off with warm water.

Instead of buying aloe vera products from the drugstore, consider purchasing a plant. They’re super low maintenance and all you need to do is snip off the tips to have access to the natural gel!

Avocado as Hair Conditioner
For a good moisturizing conditioner, mash one avocado and coat your hair with the paste after you’ve shampooed. Start at the scalp and work through to the ends. Leave on for 15 minutes, then rinse well. No avocado on hand? Try using coconut oil instead (avoid scalp and massage in from mid-shaft to ends).

Apple Cider Vinegar as Hair Rinse
Use this homemade rinse once a week to deep-clean hair, make it shinier and help prevent or treat dandruff.

Dilute ½ cup apple-cider vinegar with 1½ cups water, add a few drops of lavender essential oil to mask the smell, and pour the mixture into a spray bottle. Spritz the concoction onto dry roots and massage it into your scalp. Leave it on for five minutes, then rinse thoroughly.

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Epsom Salt Bath
Epsom salt baths are taken for many reasons: to relieve stress, soothe muscles, and soften skin. They’re even rumoured to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Epsom salts are made up of the compound magnesium sulphate. Magnesium is important as it regulates enzyme activity in your body, which helps your bodily functions to run smoothly. Sulphate contributes to the formation of brain tissue and joint proteins, and helps strengthen the walls of the digestive tract. Taking an Epsom salt bath helps restore magnesium and sulphate levels as they are most easily absorbed through your skin.

Add two cups of Epsom salts to a standard tub full of water and soak for at least 20 minutes.

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Lemon as Nail Whitener
Polish wearers know that nails can yellow from frequent applications of heavily pigmented colors. To the rescue: a lemon. Rubbing a wedge on the surface of your nails will help whiten them. For a more intense treatment, soak nails for a few minutes in lemon juice (the citric acid helps remove discoloration). Dab on some cuticle oil, then use a buffer to gently slough away the old, stained nail plate.

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Activated Charcoal as a Teeth Whitener

The concept behind using activated charcoal to whiten teeth lies in the binding ability of charcoal. Activated charcoal attracts the tannins, a group of compounds that is found in stains. The advantages of using this method are the cost, how safe it is, and that it does not cause any enamel damage.

To use, sprinkle charcoal powder onto wet toothbrush and brush your teeth for a couple minutes then rinse thoroughly to get rid of any black residue in your mouth.

Emilie Johnson

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