Natural Beauty Techniques
If you are anything like me you love natural remedies for beauty care. With all the chemicals and aging causes from makeup and products we use, it's time we start taking care of ourselves the natural way.
But how, you ask? There are remedies that range from changing the brands of makeup we use and what we eat to developing an understanding of what products are best for our skin. In today's specific blog we are giving recommendations on home DIY natural solutions that aren't harmful to your body, but rather, nourishing and complimenting.
Though everyone is unique with their skin types and body types, going the natural way is usually pretty universal when using these techniques and/or remedies. So how 'bout it, ladies? Let's dive in!
THE HEAD + FACE
The problem: Chapped Lips
The natural solution: For an easy fix, use brown sugar and a wet washcloth to gently exfoliate scaly skin—then apply coconut oil to moisturize lips deeply. For a lip treatment that will leave your lips soft and smooth, mix together 1/2 teaspoon honey and 1 teaspoon olive oil, and apply it just before you go to bed.
The problem: Damaged or Dry Skin
The natural solution: UV Damage Repairing Mask: A Potent antioxidant-rich mask. Gather up 10 blueberries and 1 tablespoon plain yogurt. Mash blueberries with a spoon (you can also run them through a food processor), then add yogurt. Spread the mask all over your face; remove with water after 15 minutes. Blueberries and yogurt together repair and moisturize and fend off fine lines.
The problem: Acne
The natural solution: Use a mixture of three tablespoons aloe vera juice or gel and four drops tea tree oil to treat problem areas. (You can use this up to two times per day.) Aloe contains gibberellins and polysaccharides to thwart the bacteria known to cause acne, plus anti-inflammatories to soothe aggravated skin, heal scars, and stimulate new skin growth. Tea tree oil is laden with powerful antibacterial and antimicrobial compounds to zap zits, though it should always be used diluted since it's potent.
The problem: Stained Teeth
The natural solution: Mix three teaspoons baking soda with one teaspoon water to form a paste. Scoop up a bit of the mixture with your toothbrush, and use to brush thoroughly. Repeat two to three times per week. Baking soda polishes teeth and removes stains, though it isn't recommended for daily use because it can be too abrasive on tooth enamel.
The problem: Makeup that clogs pores and makes your face dull
The natural solution: I suggest using products that are light and airy and not heavy. The lighter the product, the less it is prone to clog pores.
The problem: Frizzy Hair
The natural solution: Mash half an avocado and two teaspoons olive oil together, then massage into clean, damp hair. Leave on for 15-20 minutes before rinsing thoroughly and following with a light conditioner. Both ingredients are deeply moisturizing, which helps tame frizz-prone hair.
The problem: Dry Hair
The natural solution: You are more than likely using shampoo or conditioner that contains sulfates. Sulfates are an alcohol-based ingredient that can damage hair and make it worse for those of you who already have naturally dry hair. Try using brands like Pureology or Kevin Murphy! Both work WONDERS for your hair!!
The problem: Brittle or Dull Hair
The natural solution: Tea treatments (real tea!!) -- Steep 2 tea bags (chamomile for blondes, rooibos for redheads, or black tea for brunettes) with 2 cups boiling water. Steep the tea bags for 10 minutes. Let the tea cool to room temp then pour over wet, just washed hair rubbing it through the way you would with shampoo. Leave on for 10 minutes. Condition your hair then to seal in silky, glossy results. -- WHY tea? Tea lowers the pH of your hair, closing the cuticle for extra shine, softness, and manageability. Do this once a week!
THE SKIN + BODY
The problem: Dry Skin
The natural solution: Mix the juice of one lemon with five tablespoons sugar and one tablespoon olive oil, then apply in the shower with a loofa or the palms of your hands before rinsing well. Lemon contains natural alpha-hydroxy fruit acids to loosen the "glue" that binds dead skin cells together, while sugar is a gentle exfoliator that cleans pores and increases cell turnover. Olive oil is rich in vitamin E to nourish and condition skin.
The problem: Dry Cuticles
The natural solution: Add a few drops of coconut oil to a pea-sized dollop of your favorite hand cream, and rub generously into each of your cuticles. For enhanced benefits, wear plastic gloves for 10 minutes to let it sink in.
The problem: Ingrown Hairs
The natural solution: Dissolve four aspirin tablets in 1/2 teaspoon warm water, and mix in one teaspoon honey to form a paste. Apply the concoction to the affected area, and let sit for 10 minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water. Aspirin contains salicylic acid, which is a potent exfoliator. Plus, it’s an anti-inflammatory, which reduces swelling. BUT, If you have especially sensitive skin, steer clear of this treatment.
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