Fed up with constantly using packaged beauty products? Give your skin and hair a breather – and a chance to look good naturally with these ‘organic’ ideas. Trying these ideas will not only save you money, but soon you will also notice that your hair and skin have taken on a glow from within, which no synthetic product can match…
1. Lemony Home Remedies: Lemon is great for cleansing and refreshing the skin, removing a tan, fading scars, tightening pores and detoxifying. These home recipes put its properties to good use:
- A Good Scrub: To make a scrub that will detoxify and brighten your complexion, blend 10 drops of lemon juice with half a cup of sugar and one cup olive oil. Massage into your body in a circular motion, and then shower it off.
- Exfoliate: Save up lemon peels and dry them thoroughly (in shade) till brittle. Powder and store in a jar. Make a coarse paste by adding half a tablespoon of honey and a little milk to two tablespoons of the dried peel powder, and rub this all over your body just before a bath.
- Freckles: To get rid of freckles and pigmentation, mix lemon juice with a little yogurt. Apply the paste on your face and rinse off with cold water when dry. Repeat twice a week.
- Coarse Hands: Lightly mix one tablespoon lemon juice and one tablespoon sugar and rub over your hands till it starts to dry, and then rinse with water. You can also clean discolored nails by soaking them in a solution of lemon juice and warm water every day for five minutes.
- For Your Hair: Lemon juice can give your hair natural, subtle highlights. Streak some freshly squeezed juice through your hair and sit in the sun for 20 minutes – the lemon-soaked area will get bleached a coppery gold color. However, lemon juice can be extremely drying, so immediately follow with a deep conditioner that moisturizes your hair.
2. Exfoliate Naturally: A natural scrub that works well at exfoliating impurities and dead cells and imparting a glow is a mixture of salt (sea salt is ideal) and a little vegetable oil. Gently rub the mixture into your skin, then rinse with cold water to make your skin soft, smooth, and glowing. Oatmeal mixed with some curd or a combination of sugar and vegetable oil are two other great ideas you can try for homemade scrubs.
3. Go For The Glow: Wash you face with warm water, then immediately splash cold water to stimulate the blood flow below the surface of the skin for a healthy glow.
4. Think Smooth: For soft, hydrated skin, slather olive oil on your body before a bath, then pat dry with a towel.
5. Beautify At Night: For a nourishing night cream, try a blend of 1/2 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup water and 1/4 cup vinegar. Massage in.
6. Try A DIY Shampoo: For soft, easy-to-manage hair, first treat yourself to a one-hour hair massage using an oil of your choice to ease hand movement, then cleanse strands with Indian soapnut (Reetha-soaked in water the night before, boil for 10 minutes the next day before applying). Rinse with tea for shine and rub a few drops of coconut oil between your palms and lightly run over your hair to serve as a pomade.
7. Tackle Acne: Zap zits with a lentil-curd-oatmeal paste. Alternatively a warm tea hag placed on a blemish will soothe it.
8.Easy Grooming: Groom your brows with petroleum jelly; slick some on your lips for instant gloss.