I’ve been getting very into skincare recently, and last week I started looking at the ingredients in some of my favorite products. While most of my products are incredible and I can’t bear to part with them, I was a little turned off by how unnatural and chemical-y the ingredients sounded. Long paragraphs full of things like ‘Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2,’ ‘Phenoxyethanol’ and ‘Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate’…no, thank you. I’m sure these components wouldn’t be included in our beloved skincare products if they weren’t safe to use, but something about putting something on my face that I cannot pronounce rubs me the wrong way. That’s why I’ve been researching DIY beauty and skincare hacks that can be whipped up with things that are probably already in my kitchen! Keep reading for the coolest, most creative and easy-to-make hacks I’ve found.
Baking Soda & Lemon Juice Paste: If you want to whiten your teeth, but don’t want to use something that will be too harsh on your teeth, try this simple DIY. Take a few teaspoons of baking soda, enough lemon juice or water to form a paste and a toothbrush. Mix the baking soda with fresh lemon juice or water until it forms a pasty texture. Brush your teeth with the paste, let it settle for about a minute and rinse.
Avocado Hair & Face Mask: Skin feeling dry? Hair in need of some TLC? Concoct this ultra-moisturizing mask using avocado oil. You’ll need 2 tbsp of avocado oil, 1/2 cup of mayo and 1 tbsp of raw honey. Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl until the consistency reminds you of a very rich conditioner. To use it as a face mask, apply it to a clean, dry face and leave it on for 30-60 minutes. Wash it off with warm water and pat your face dry. To use on your hair, apply on damp hair from roots to ends. Comb through your hair to evenly disperse the product, then wrap it all up in a warm damp towel. Leave it on for anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours, and rinse it out. Enjoy your silky, smooth hair!
Berry-Yogurt Mask: Open up your fridge, and odds are you’ll find all the ingredients you need for this delicious mask! You’ll need plain yogurt, honey, mixed berries and lemon juice. In a blender, combine 2 tbsp of plain yogurt with 2 tbsp of honey. Next, add in 1/4 cup of mixed berries, pulsing until smooth, followed by 1 tbsp of lemon juice. Apply the mix to a clean, dry face and allow it to sit for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off and pat dry. Berries are full of antioxidants, so think of this as an anti-aging super-mask!
Sea Salt Spray: If you love that beachy wave look, give this DIY sea salt spray a try! Grab an empty spray bottle, 2 cups of warm water, 2 tbsp of sea or epsom salt, 2 tbsp of rubbing alcohol (or vodka!) and some hair gel. Mix all of the ingredients together and shake it up. Spritz away until your hair looks like you just got back from a sunny day in the sand.
Coconut Rose Body Scrub: This body scrub would look beautiful on your vanity or as a bridal shower gift. The presentation is so charming. Get a mason jar, coconut oil, raw cane sugar, almond or jojoba oil and a fragrant rose from your local flower shop. Start with a large scoop of coconut oil in the bottom of the jar, then pile some rose petals on top of that layer. Add raw sugar on top of the petals. You can also use brown sugar….anything coarse will do. Add a healthy dose of almond or jojoba oil on top of the sugar. Seal the lid so the oils can seep into the flower petals. To use the scrub, take a spoonful and mix it all together. You will have the most luxurious at-home spa day with this treat!
Anti-Acne Face Mask: Turmeric is regarded as one of those ‘miracle ingredients’: it can do it all. This turmeric face mask promises to deliver glowing skin, treat acne, rosacea, eczema and dark circles. You’ll need 1 tsp of turmeric, 1 tsp of raw honey and 1 tsp of milk or yogurt. Put the turmeric in a bowl and add in the honey. Once that’s mixed in, add some milk/yogurt. Add some more milk if you find that the mixture is too sticky for your liking. Apply the mask all over your face. Don’t shy away from using it around your eyes – turmeric can work wonders on dark circles. Leave it on for about 20 minutes, rinse off with cool water and pat dry.
All-Natural Deodorant: A lot of people dislike mainstream brands of deodorants for the unnatural ingredients in them, so I thought this DIY version would be interesting to share. It’s specifically made for sensitive skin. You’ll need 1/3 cup coconut oil, 2 tbsp baking soda, 1/3 cup arrowroot powder and 10-15 drops of whatever essential oil you’d like if you want to make it scented. Mix up the coconut oil, baking soda and arrowroot powder in a small bowl. Mix until it reaches a typical deodorant consistency. Add the essential oils – lavender would be amazing. Put it in a small container, and simply swipe a bit under your arms when you want to use it.
Apple Cider Vinegar Face Toner: Apple cider vinegar is full of good-for-you vitamins and minerals like potassium, pectin and calcium, so you can feel good about what you’re rubbing into your face. All you need are two ingredients: raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar and distilled water. If you have sensitive skin, mix 1 part ACV with 4 parts water. For nomal skin, 1 part ACV with 2 parts water. For oily skin, equal parts ACV and water. Apply to your face after cleansing with a cotton-round, and be amazed by how clean your face feels.
Lash and Brow Serum: I have a sparse spot on my eyebrows, and the woman who threads my brows always tells me to start using Castor oil to make it grown in. This DIY by The Beauty Department backs up that theory. Using it consistently on your brows and lashes can stimulate growth – no prescription necessary. Using a clean mascara wand or Q-tip, gently apply the Castor oil to your brows/lashes. After a few weeks, you should really start seeing some results!
Natural Bubble Bath: Indulge in a relaxing bath with this soothing DIY bubble bath. You will need one bottle of natural dishwashing soap, 1/4 cup of glycerine, 1 tbsp of sugar and 10 drops of lavender essential oil. Mix everything together until the sugar dissolves. Store it in a container and enjoy for many uses!
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