Natural DIY Beauty Recipes You Can Make In Your Kitchen
As winter rounds the corner, our hair, nails and skin practically beg for pampering. But what if all of the face masks, oils and lacquers we were slathering on ourselves were actually doing more bad than good? (6 Photos)
Lately, the all-natural craze has made some pretty big shifts in the food world, and we’re here to tell you that it’s equally as important for the beauty world too – farewell drug store mud masks. So in lieu of this, we’ve taken the liberty of drafting up a few simple, unrefined treatments you can throw together with just a few ingredients from your local grocers. Don’t worry, you and your bank account can thank us later.
DIY Body Scrub
After sloughing off dried patches with rough exfoliants and pacifying irritated skin with heavy creams, we’ve realized nothing quite cuts the mustard way this lemon sugar body scrub does. Great for sensitive skin with a boost of zesty citrus that leaves us tingling from head to toe; it’s perfect for daily use (unless you want it to double as a face scrub, in which case, we suggest weekly use, as it can be quite oily).
1/3 cup of olive oil
2/3 cup of organic cane sugar
1.5 tbsp of lemon juice
2 tbsps of lemon zest
Moisturizing Coconut OilVoid of all parabens, phalates, alcohols, perfumes and sulfates, this solid oil smells amazing and deeply moisturizers without leaving you feeling sticky or greasy. Make sure to keep it at room temperature so it doesn’t melt or, alternately, become too stiff to scoop out and use as often as you like. Additionally, it works well to strengthen nail beds and hydrate dry hair.
Olive Oil Nail StrengthenerManicures are a must-have indulgence from time to time, but covering up your cuticles with polish can actually leave them quite parched. To fight against this, we suggest using olive oil. Just add a few drops to a bowl of warm water, turn on your favourite primetime show and soak until the commercials start rolling (approximately ten minutes). Not only will it soften your cuticles, but it prevents pesky hang nails as well.MASTERFILE
Powdered Milk as Facial CleanserThese days it’s hard to tell if our anti-bacterial face wash is helping or harming us, so we’d prefer not to take any chances (we are talking about our faces after all). One way to do this is with powdered milk. Yes, you read that right, powdered milk. Simply dampen your complexion with a warm, wet towel and gently rub about two teaspoons of powdered milk around to unclog pores and remove dead skin. When you’re all scrubbed out, rinse off with warm water and lightly pat dry.MASTERFILE
Bananas to Treat HairFrom split ends to colour and heat damage, we’ve seen it all. So when your mane starts to look less than tame, we suggest mashing up a banana and massaging it through your strands from root to tip. Let it sit for 15 minutes and voila! All the potassium soaks right in and aids in overall elasticity and hair health. Who would’ve thought?MASTERFILE