If you’re beauty conscious or health conscious like us, then you probably have a stock of hair care and skin care products sitting on your vanity or behind your bathroom mirror. It’s great to invest in good over the counter products because they are made with ridiculous amounts of research, maybe expensive marketing, and have been tested for its efficacy before being released into the market. But have you checked your kitchen cabinets lately for natural hair and skin remedies that you might already have?
- Raw honey is a great exfoliator, hydrator, and acne-fighter. The key to using honey is using it in its raw form. Unlike processed honey, it hasn’t gone through heating processes which kill the living components such as enzymes, pollen, and propolis. Apply 1 to 2 teaspoons of raw honey on clean, damp skin and leave it on for 15 minutes. Raw honey has antibacterial properties that will prevent blemishes, and it also loosens the accumulated dead skin cells. It also has moisturizing properties that will leave your skin softer after rinsing it off, and you’ll get fewer acne breakouts in the long run.
- Apple cider vinegar is usually consumed as a drink but not many people realize that it could also give off amazing benefits when applied directly on the skin. Diluted apple cider vinegar is an effective natural astringent that can help maintain or restore your skin’s natural acidity pH. Just mix this with water and dab on your skin using a cotton ball or pad. Apple cider vinegar also does a great job removing excess build-up and residue from the hair. Mix the juice of 3 lemons, 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar and about 3 cups of warm water in a spray bottle. Spray the mist onto dry hair until it’s fully damp, then massage that in for 3 to 5 minutes before shampooing and conditioning as usual.
- Yogurt contains lactic acid which can exfoliate the skin. This can be applied straight onto the face just like a mask. You can also mix yogurt with raw honey to maximize their benefits. And remember – the fattier the yogurt, the more hydrating it is.
- Green tea is a popular healthy drink because it’s packed with antioxidants that help the body overall. But have your tried using this as a facial mist? To use green tea on the face, brew it stronger than you would if you were to drink it. Use 2 tea bags and let them sit for longer than usual. When cooled down, store it in a spraying bottle and keep it in the fridge when not in use. Keep in mind however that it only has a 2-day shelf life. This green tea mist has soothing and anti-inflammatory properties that is perfect to use after being under the sun for too long or after a vigorous workout routine.
- Avocado is a popular ingredient that is more than just a yummy dip or topping. It has great hydrating properties because of its fat content. You will need half of a ripe avocado, a teaspoon of lemon juice, and half a cup of full-fat sour cream. Mash the avocado until smooth before adding in the sour cream and lemon juice. Apply the mixture directly onto your scalp, wear a shower cap and let it sit for 20 minutes before shampooing and conditioning as usual. The lactic and citric acids in the lemon juice and sour cream will help exfoliate dead skin cells on your scalp and will create a better environment for healthy hair.
- Bananas are popular for its potassium content, a mineral that helps cells retain moisture, so bananas may help hydrate the skin around your eyes which is especially thinner than the rest of the face. Mix a quarter of a banana with a tablespoon of raw honey and a quarter of a peeled cucumber then refrigerate for 30 minutes. Once cooled, apply a thin layer under your eyes and let it sit for 15 minutes before rinsing. The mixture’s potassium and hydrating properties make this a mega-moisturizing concoction and is a great way to plump away fine lines around your eyes. (Check out more natural skin care remedies to tighten the skin here!)
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