Every woman, regardless of her age, shape or size, wants to have beautiful shiny hair and a glowing youthful complexion. The problem is skin, hair and other beauty products cost a fortune.
On the positive side, many of these expensive products are made from ingredients that come from nature, including plants, and food items. For example, retinol creams are some of the most popular anti-aging products, and retinol is a derivative of vitamin A, which is in carrots and sweet potatoes.
The truth is many natural elements have properties that promote skin and hair health, and while some of the products on the market will give you the desired result, they tend to cost a lot of money, and many simply do not produce the promised results. The one sure way that rarely disappoints is a natural way, which is right in your kitchen.
Homemade Skin Care, Masks, and Facials
Homemade beauty treatments give you all the goodness nature has to offer, with key minerals, acids, oils, and nutrients the skin needs to thrive. Fruits are rich in antioxidants and micronutrients that heal, nourish, and support good skin health. Save money, and benefit from all that nature has to offer by making your skin products.
Honey Facial Mask
This is an easy one as all you need is a good quality 100% pure raw honey. Honey is one of the most beneficial natural healers for the skin. Its clarifying qualities help open and cleanse pores
- Honey is antibacterial so it helps fight acne
- It’s loaded with antioxidants to slow the signs of aging and fight wrinkles
- It’s moisture-rich and soothing for the skin
- Warm 2 tablespoons of raw pure and preferably organic honey or use a room temperature product
- Apply the honey to damp skin using small circular motions and massage gently all over the face
- Leave it on for about 20 minutes
- Rinse it off with warm water and pat dry with a clean soft towel
- Use weekly
Orange, Lemon, Yogurt Face Mask
Moisture is key for healthy skin and this homemade treatment provides lasting moisture to keep skin soft and supple.
- 2 tablespoons of orange juice
- 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
- 1 cup of plain yogurt
- Put all ingredients in a bowl and mix them thoroughly to make a smooth paste
- Apply the paste over the face using gentle motions or use a mask brush
- Leave it on for about 15 minutes
- Use a damp soft towel to remove it
Yogurt And Dried Orange Peels Mask
Why Orange Peels?
- Oranges are loaded with vitamin C that supports collagen production in the skin and is a key antioxidant that fights oxidative stress, which leads to accelerated and premature aging that manifests as wrinkles.
- Magnesium further fights oxidative stress for a more youthful complexion.
- The calcium in orange peel helps renew cell life and prevents damage to DNA, which is great for healing itchy or dried-out skin.
- The potassium in oranges hydrates and preserves moisture
Yogurt is highly hydrating and its protein content acts as an anti-aging agent to fight wrinkles by promoting collagen production.
How To Make Orange Peel Powder
- Dry out orange peels completely by placing them in a tray and place the tray in an area of your home that gets plenty of sunlight, depending on the weather, the drying process can take anywhere from two to five days.
- Once dried, place the peels inside a food processor or blender (do not add any liquids) to make a smooth powder.
- Store in an airtight jar
Ingredients For The Mask
- 2 tablespoons of orange peel powder
- 1 cup plain yogurt
Directions For The Mask
- Blend the orange peel powder and yogurt in a bowl.
- Apply the paste over the face using gentle motions or use a mask brush.
- Leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Rinse it off with cold water and pat dry with a soft towel
Honey, Oats And Tea Scrub
All tea lovers know that its aroma is quite pleasant, so using it on your skin is quite lovely. Feel free to use the tea of your preference be it black or green tea, chamomile, lavender, or mint.
The benefits of a honey and tea wash include-
- Relieves the skin of stress.
- Tea water has antioxidants, which eliminate free radicals and impurities from the skin.
- Honey is an anti-bacterial and a hydrator for deep moisture.
The Benefits of Oats
- Oatmeal contains saponins that help remove excess oil and dirt from the face (and the body).
- Powerful all-natural cleanser and exfoliator.
- Strong anti-inflammatory properties that help to alleviate dry, and itchy skin.
- Promotes hydration due to high lipid content that locks in moisture.
- Proteins in oats help protect the skin’s barrier function.
- 1 cup of cool tea
- 4 tablespoons of plain good quality oats
- 2 tablespoons of honey
- Put all ingredients in a bowl and mix them.
- Apply the mixture on your skin and leave it to dry completely.
- While dry, massage the mask gently in small circles to help rid the face (or body) of dead skin cells.
- Rinse with cool or warm water and dry with a soft towel.
- Use weekly to keep skin clean, moisturized, and exfoliated
Gram Flour, Turmeric, and Lemon Face Pack
Gram flour, also known as Besan, is flour that is made from ground chickpea known as Bengal gram. This wonderful mixture will leave your skin soft and radiant.
- 2 tablespoons of gram flour
- 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon of milk
- 2 tablespoons of turmeric powder
- Put your ingredients in a bowl and mix to make a thick, smooth paste.
- Apply the paste over the face using gentle motions.
- Leave it on for 15 minutes.
- Rinse it off with cold water and pat dry with a soft towel
Milk is an all-natural skin healer that makes for a very effective cleanser as it helps to clean unseen dirt particles from the face.
- Raw organic milk
- Cotton balls
- Pour about a half-cup of raw organic milk into a bowl.
- Dip your cotton ball in the raw milk and gently wipe your face with it.
Anti-Aging Yogurt Exfoliant
Yogurt is a natural moisturizer that also contains lactic acid, which removes dead skin cells.
- 1 tablespoon of plain yogurt
- 1 teaspoon of olive, jojoba or almond oil
- Blend ingredients together.
- Apply gently over the face.
- Leave on for about 30 minutes.
- Rinse off with warm water and pat your face dry with a soft towel
For an added antioxidant boost, crush berries and blend into the recipe.
Baking Soda Scrub
Baking soda is a wonderful ingredient for softening the skin and cleansing the pores.
- 3 tablespoons of baking soda
- 2 teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil
- Blend the baking soda and the olive oil in a bowl, if too thick add a splash of water or more oil.
- Apply to the face.
- Gently massage into the skin for 3 to 5 minutes.
- Rinse off with warm water and pat dry with a soft towel.
Apple cider vinegar holds key anti-bacterial properties that help prevent acne breakouts. It is also alkaline, which means it balances the skins’ pH making it more difficult for bacteria to thrive. It is also an astringent, which dries up excess oil.
- Pure unfiltered apple cider vinegar
- Blend 1 part vinegar with 3 parts water.
- Dip a cotton ball into the mixture and apply to freshly washed acne areas, repeat 3 times daily or until your skin is clear.
Saffron And Milk Facial Mask
The potassium in saffron supports cell formation and repair, which helps promote skin cell and it also has natural skin lightening qualities.
- 2 tablespoons of milk
- 2 strands of saffron
- Pour the milk into a bowl and place the strands of saffron into it.
- Leave it for 3 to 4 hours so the milk can absorb all the goodness from the saffron.
- Wash your face and pat dry with a soft towel.
- Apply the milk mixture all over the face using gentle circular motions.
- Let dry for 20 minutes.
- Rinse your face with warm water and dry with a soft towel.
For best results, use this mask weekly
Homemade Body Scrub
Body scrubs are wonderful, feel great, and help remove dead skin cells from the body for radiantly glowing and ultra-soft skin. Make your own at home by using natural and effective ingredients.
- Olive oil (extra virgin, good quality)
- Coarse sea salt
- Mix a 2 to 1 ratio of olive oil and sea salt.
- Scrub all over the body.
- Rinse off.
Open and Cleanse The Pores
Steam is wonderful for the mind, body, and spirit, and it helps your skin by opening up pores.
Turn on your shower’s hot water and let your bathroom fill with steam, sit, and enjoy for as long as you want.
Natural Skin Toner
Tired of spending $20 or more on commercial skin toners? Try apple cider vinegar instead.
- Balances and restore the skin’s natural pH.
- Evens skin tone.
- Promotes acne-free skin.
- It improves complexion and promotes a radiant appearance.
- Lightens sun and age spots.
- Exfoliates dead skin cells.
Coconut Oil Shaving Cream
Thick and creamy coconut oil makes a great replacement for shaving creams, and it really moisturizes the skin.
Vinegar For Sunburns
Sunburns can be painful and harmful to the skin, try this home remedy next time you are burned. Vinegar contains antioxidants, which protect your skin from free radicals, harmful bacteria, and fungi and it helps soothe burns.
- Apply vinegar to the areas of your skin affected by sunburn.
- Leave it to dry.
- Repeat this remedy every four to five hours until sunburn health, typically 2 to 3 days.
De-Puff Tired Eyes
- Cucumber slices placed over the eyes help to eliminate puffiness and fatigue from around the eyes.
- Splashing cold water or placing a cold compress with ice cubes in a washcloth over the eyes helps too.
Stop Eyeliner Smudge
Pat a little powder shadow in the same color as your eyeliner to prevent the liner from smudging and smearing throughout the day.
Key Practices For Glowing Healthy Skin
Eat Key Skin Health Nutrients
What you eat shows on your skin. If you eat right, your skin is able to repair damage to remain glowing and radiant. Homemade masks and scrubs are useful, but you also need to eat a healthy diet for the ultimate health of your skin.
Foods rich in Vitamin C promote the production of collagen that naturally declines with age.
Bell Peppers, and Citrus Fruits
Foods rich in beta-carotene, which is converted to vitamin A in the body, benefits cell turnover, prevents cell oxidation, and blocks UV rays. Retinol, which is widely used in very expensive skin creams, is a derivative of Vitamin A.
- Carrots, sweet potatoes, and other orange produce
- Omega-3 fatty acids provide the fats needed for ultimate skin health
- Cold-water fish, nuts, and avocados
Protein Promotes Collagen Production; it is one of its building blocks
- Chicken, fish, lean beef, and beans
Water, Water, and More Water
Anyone who wants to have glowing skin should drink plenty of water, at least 7 to 8 glasses daily. Your body loses a lot of water through sweating and evaporation and when more water is lost than is taken in, the skin quickly becomes dehydrated, appearing dry and dull. Water plays a major role in keeping your skin looking healthy and also helps prevent acne.
Never Sleep While Wearing Makeup
Removing makeup right before you go to bed allows your skin to breathe and to naturally repair itself. No matter how tired you are, never skip this step, it only takes minutes.
Use these natural makeup-removers, as all of these oils help remove impurities without drying out your skin.
- Virgin olive oil not only wipes of makeup, but it also moisturizes the skin.
- Castor oil has anti-bacterial properties that protect your skin.
- Avocado and jojoba oils help cleanse, but also support wrinkle prevention, and moisturize to leave your skin smooth, soft and glowing.
Get Enough Sleep
When you wake up in the morning, your skin tells it all. If you did not receive quality sleep, you will awaken looking tired, and your skin will be dull, lifeless and of course, there are the puffy eyes.
During sleep, like your mind and body, the skin is repaired and rebalanced and cells regenerated. This is why 7 to 8 hours of sleep is highly recommended for healthy, glowing skin.
Exfoliation is necessary for clean, healthy, and glowing skin. Over time, dead skin cells form on top of the skin layer turning it dull and lifeless. Exfoliation is the process of removing these dead cells to reveal a glowing and more radiant and youthful complexion.
Exercise not only gives you a well-toned body but also makes you look beautiful. Physical exercise improves blood circulation for radiant and glowing skin.
When you are stressed, your skin’s sebaceous glands secrete excess sebum, which leads to your skin suffering from skin conditions such as acne. Exercise relaxes the skin and protects you from such skin problems.
Homemade Hair Care
Avocado And Egg Treatment
This is a perfect remedy for unhealthy hair that is left fried out and damaged by the elements or by the use of hair styling such as heat brought by hair dryers. Avocado contains vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids that make your hair visually appealing by restoring its luster.
• 1 ripe avocado
• 1 raw egg
- Mash or blend a ripe avocado and the egg.
- Wet your hair.
- Apply the mixture over the hair and massage it in.
- Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water.
If your hair is damaged, you need to repeat this remedy once every week but if your hair looks healthy, once a month is enough to give you the desired results.
Banana and Egg Treatment
This is the ultimate moisture treatment for your hair.
• 1 egg
• 1 banana
- Blend the egg and banana in a bowl (mixture will be thick).
- Apply to wet hair.
- Leave in for 10 to 30 minutes.
- Rinse thoroughly.
2 Ultimate Natural Hair Moisturizers
Do you want your dry and brittle hair to get that glossy shine? Then this remedy is for you.
• Massage softened butter in your hair and ensure it’s all covered in the butter goodness.
• Put on a shower cap and leave it on for about 30 minutes.
• Shampoo your hair as usual and rinse with a lot of water.
• 1 cup of warm olive oil
• Heat 1 cup of olive oil over very low heat (do not allow it to boil).
• Massage the olive oil into your hair.
• Cover your hair with a cling film and wrap a towel over it.
• Leave it for 30 to 45 minutes.
• Shampoo your hair and rinse thoroughly.
Tea can leave your hair shiny and also enriches the color of your hair. However, not all teas will do.
• Chamomile tea works best for blondes.
• Black tea will give brunettes that rich hair color.
• Freshly brewed strong tea of your choice
• Shampoo your hair.
• Rinse your hair with water.
• Use the tea as a final rinse.
Brush Every Night
Make sure to brush your hair every night, from the roots to the ends, try for 50 or more strokes. This method helps to distribute the hair’s natural oils to make it shine with luster and sheen.
Clarify The Natural Way
Clarifying shampoos remove build-up from hair products and environmental elements, but the good ones are really costly. Use Apple Cider Vinegar instead.
• ¼ cup organic apple cider vinegar
• 1 cup of water
- Mix the water and vinegar together.
- Massage into the hair thoroughly.
- Condition as usual.
Practices That Prevent Hair Damage
Never Towel Dry
Avoid towel drying with rubbing motions after shampooing. Instead, wrap it up with a clean cotton towel and let it absorb the dripping water. Rubbing your hair dry with a towel promotes split ends.
Condition Your Hair Before Swimming
Regardless of whether you are swimming in the ocean or in a pool, your hair will come into contact with damaging harsh chemicals. Rinse your hair with 1 cup of apple cider vinegar and water to protect from that damage.
Loosen That Ponytail
Ponytails promote hair breakage, so loosen it, or let your hair down more often.
Beer Moisture Treatment
Dry hair promotes the possibility of damage, so it’s important to keep it moisturized on a consistent basis. Beer helps the hair retain moisture.
Shampoo as usual, massage your hair with beer, and rinse off thoroughly. This treatment helps lock in moisture for healthier hair.
Avoid Washing Your Hair Too Much
Washing your hair after every 2 or even 3 days is enough to keep it clean. Washing it daily inhibits and destroys the hair’s natural oils taking away its shine and luster.
Many women spend a lot of money on beauty products, but wouldn’t you like to save your cash and get the amazing benefits of natural homemade treatments? Sure, you would, and now you can!
Be happy. Be healthy. Be OrganicallYou!