Unexpected DIY Beauty Tricks 2016-17
Kiwi fruit contain high vitamin C levels that even out skin texture and fight damage and when scrubbed on the face, they act as tiny exfoliators. The best ways to use them? Slice them and apply or mash them into a paste that can be left on to improve your complexion.
It may sound outlandish but rinsing your hair with a bottle of beer after using shampoo and conditioner can actually benefit your precious locks. Yeast and hops can add volume to your hair and the acidity of beer helps remove built-up product residue while adding a shine.
Often overlooked, Avocado oil contains a high percentage of fatty acids that can help balance skin moisture levels and a number of vitamins that act as a shield. The best way to use it is to apply just a few drops to your skin after a shower and cover your face with a warm cloth to let the oils sink in.
Honey can do wonders for your skin, once it’s applied right of course. Once a week, raw natural honey can be used as a face mask for softer skin and cleaning pores because it’s a natural anti-bacterial product.
The greasy feel may be unappealing but applying a few teaspoons of 100% extra virgin olive oil onto your face and neck can boost your immune system and assist with facial cleansing. If the smell and taste becomes unbearable, add sugar to enhance the oil.
Beauty Tip: Blenders aren’t just for smoothies anymore. Combine your favourite fruits with a little bit of yogurt, aloe vera gel or cold cream to create a hydrating facial mask you can apply and leave on for 15-20 minutes.
Before you take a steaming hot shower to cool off your nerves, put a container of body lotion on a radiator or heat register to warm the liquid. Once you’re done getting clean, apply the heated lotion to relax your muscles and provide a soothing sensation.
There are numerous different recipes to try but the easiest scrub to make involves 1 cup of brown sugar, 1 cup of raw oatmeal and 1 cup of olive oil. Mixing the three and applying to dry skin helps exfoliate the skin and provide a smooth touch after a shower.
One of the most effective ways to wind down after a long day is to ditch the old-fashioned shower for a more smoothing environment. All you need is a few scented candles with a dark setting to create a wonderfully slow and calm setting.
Instead of solely using your granulated sugar for the next batch of cookies you plan on putting in the oven, combine one cup with vitamin E oil to make a thick paste. Then rub it all over your body in circular motions to eliminate dead skin cells and create a protective coating.
You may not know it, but the best way to fight winter’s dreadful cold and effects on your skin is to take your daily vitamins. Any containing vitamin E oil will moisturize your skin and help shield it from freezing temperatures.
Sometimes sitting down and doing almost nothing can be the best form of relaxation but instead of picking up a book or the remote, try creating your own lotion to soften your hands and wrists. All you need to do is blend a few spoonfuls of cold cream, two drops of tea tree oil, five drops of lavender oil and a banana together and voila.
To help you relax before bed, turn on your shower and let it run for 20 minutes and the hottest temperature possible. Then as you’re getting in, take a warm washcloth and spray it with your favourite relaxing oil to help cover your face and clear your sinuses.
Improving skin quality can easily be done with one simple fruit: the lemon. Taking freshly cut slices and rubbing them on rough elbows and knees can soften skin and lighten dark areas to improve colouration.
Those with curly or wavy hair will adore using coconut oil as a conditioner because it protects new growth and adds a shine while being an inexpensive alternative to standard moisturizers.