Live Lighter is a blog for natural, balanced, healthy living tips. Today we share 5 recipes for inexpensive, all-natural home beauty treatments!
More and more women have gone au naturel when it comes to skincare. Fitness Magazine shares that according to a report from the NPD market research group, nearly 80 percent of shoppers are now opting for natural products.
Aside from this, many women arenow using natural ingredients and creating their own beauty recipes. This is definitely great news as it means less exposure to chemicals and at the same time, more savings for consumers.
If you’d like to give all-natural home beauty treatments a try, here are some simple and inexpensive but highly effective recipes:
Banana & Honey Hair Mask
The combination of banana and honey sounds yummy, doesn’t it? It actually works great for keeping moisture inside the hair, especially when the air is dry such as during winter season. The addition of apple cider vinegar is also a boon, helping remove the build up of chemicals to bring back the hair’s luster.
- 1 cup banana, sliced
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
Use a fork to mash the banana until smooth. Gradually add the honey, and then the vinegar. Apply mixture on your damp hair. Let it sit for about 15 minutes before rinsing with cool water. For best results, apply a natural conditioner afterwards.
Aloe Vera & Rose Water Toner
Toners are an important part of proper skin regimen. This aloe vera and rose toner is a great substitute for the one that you’re buying in the market. This one’s free from chemicals and will save you money. It’s also rich in alpha hydroxyl acids that get rid of dead skin cells. At the same time, it restores moisture on your skin.
- 1 tablespoon aloe vera juice
- 1/2 cup distilled water
- 1 bag red tea
- 2 tablespoons rosewater
Brew red tea and let it steep for about 20 minutes. Put inside the refrigerator. Pour rosewater and aloe vera juice in a glass bottle. Add in the tea. Seal with the lid, and shake. Apply toner on your face using a cotton ball or pad. Do this routine twice a week before bedtime.
Facial Mask for UV Damage Repair
A “nutritional powerhouse” as many would say, blueberries are overflowing with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that make them a super healthy snack. But that’s not all. Its high concentration of vitamin C and vitamin E can also be beneficial for the skin. It can moisturize and repair, as well as get rid of premature aging signs caused by UV damage. Lactic acid in yogurt also helps in exfoliating the layer of dead skin cells on the face.
- 10 blueberries
- 1 tablespoon yogurt
Put blueberries in a food processor. Pulse until the consistency becomes smooth and like a paste. Mix the yogurt and pulse some more. Apply a layer of the mask on your face. Rinse it off with cool water after 15 to 20 minutes.
Strawberry & Honey Facial Scrub
You’ve heard about how honey is a great antibacterial, working wonders for acne and blemishes. As an anti-aging tool, its ensemble of antioxidants effectively slows down aging. On top of these, it’s soothing, moisturizing, and hydrating. Whether you have dry or oily skin, you’ll give your beauty a boost with this honey and strawberry facial scrub.
- 3 strawberries
- 1 tablespoon honey
Remove the stems of the strawberries. Slice thinly. Mash using a fork. Add honey and mix well. Massage mixture onto your face. Leave it on for three minutes before washing with warm water.
Coconut Oil Body Lotion
Coconut oil has its own set of antimicrobial properties that will certainly be beneficial for your skin. Jojoba, meanwhile, is said to act as a natural oil on the body, giving you a softer and smoother skin.
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup jojoba oil
- 1/4 cup sweet almond oil
Mix the oils in a bottle. Close the lid and shake well. Apply all over the body. Focus on parts that are particularly dry and dull like elbows or knees.
Nowadays, women no longer go to beauty stores to get the beauty products that they need. Instead, they head to their own kitchens, as this is where they can find many ingredients that can be used for creating beauty recipes that don’t only work wonders for one skin, but also help save money in the long run.
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