Natural Beauty Hacks

Why Choose Natural Products?

Reasons people including myself prefer to use natural beauty products : 

Mainstream products contain harsh chemicals and toxins which can irritate the skin and disrupt the hormones linked to birth defects, sperm damage, and infertility. Phthalates in beauty care products not only pollute our water but also affects the reproductive health of the fish population. 

Over time who knows the real extent of damage these chemicals do to our bodies. It seems logical to protect our largest organ by using products that are free from these chemicals and that also protect our environment.

A really good source to read more about what chemicals are in mainstream beauty products is over at safe cosmetics https://www.safecosmetics.org/get-the-facts/chem-of-concern/

Beauty Hacks To Try

  • Use the lemon peel to remove nail polish stains from nails
 
  • Rub eyebrows with an ice cube to numb before plucking for less pain
 
 
 
  • Soak nail tips in lemon juice for whiter nails
 
  • Use coconut oil as a make-up remover
 
  • Add some baking powder to your toothbrush while brushing for whiter teeth
 
  • Rub castor oil on lashes and eyebrows for healthy growth
 
  • Use coconut or olive oil on split ends and dry scalp
 
  • Use sea salt and olive oil to make your own body scrub

Natural Alternatives

Papaya benefits

  • Exfoliates 
  • Reduces Inflammation 
  • Anti-ageing 
  • Reduce unwanted hair
  • Brighten and lighten the skin
  • Reduce wrinkles
  • Protect skin against damage

Aloe Vera benefits

  • Soothing 
  • Anti-oxidant
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Contains Vitamin A and C
  • Healing for skin irritations
  • Reduce infection
  • Boost the healing process

Coconut benefits

  • Anti-bacterial
  • Moisturising 
  • Hydrating 
  • Helps reduce Inflammation
  • Protection from bacteria
  • Promotes healing
  • Keeps skin hydrated

 Honey Benefits

  • Antibacterial
  • Great for Acne
  • Antiseptic 
  • Promotes Healing
  • Draws out unwanted moisture from the skin
  • Adds a natural glow 
  • Lightens scars

Hands down Coconut oil has to be my best and most used natural product ever, I literally use it for everything.

It is so versatile yet inexpensive.

My top 13 uses (some mentioned above)

  1. Leave-in conditioner (my hair is very very dry)
  2. Makeup remover
  3. Face mask
  4. Body lotion
  5. Bath oil
  6. Cooking
  7. Nail conditioner
  8. Foot soak
  9. Massage oil
  10. Lip balm
  11. Remove leftover wax after waxing
  12. Shaving with
  13. Buff up my shoes

 

DIY Face Masks

For Very Dry Skin/Coconut Milk

Grate some Coconut, then squeeze out all the lovely milk.

Apply to your face, let it work its magic for 20 mins before rinsing off.

The milk will Moisturise your face and provide you with lots of vitamins and minerals.

For Acne & Blemishes/Baking Soda-Lemon-Olive Oil

(Use this only for a week or until your face looks clearer, any longer and it will be too harsh as lemon can lighten the skin)

 (if you have sensitive skin do a patch test beforehand)

1 tablespoon of Baking Soda.

1 tablespoon of Olive Oil and a squeeze of Lemon Juice.

Mix to form a paste and use as a face scrub.

Baking Soda will exfoliate and remove any dead skin cells and also has antibacterial properties.

Lemon Juice will provide Vitamin C, repair damaged skin cells, reduce oil content plus reduce inflammation.

Olive Oil will hydrate and moisturise your skin so as not to leave your face too dry.

To Help Reduce Breakouts

Use diluted apple cider vinegar, apply it directly to your face which will help to breakdown the bacteria leading to the breakouts.

*Please note It can be too harsh for some people so you should use every other week or dilute 1 part to 4 parts water and use as general toner.

For Sensitive Skin/Aloe Vera-Yoghurt

If you are not lucky enough to have your own Aloe Vera plants like me then Aloe Vera gel will work just fine.

Mix 1 tablespoon of Aloe Vera gel with 1 tablespoon of plain yoghurt.

Apply to face for 20 mins.

This is so gentle and soothing.

Aloe Vera will heal and alleviate any sensitivity or inflammation.

Yoghurt will reduce inflammation and brighten your face.

Detox Deep Cleanse/Charcoal-Tea Tree-Clay

1 tsp Bentonite Clay

1 tsp Activated Charcoal Powder 

1 drop of Tea Tree Oil

2 tsp Water

I find the charcoal capsules less messy but you can also use the powder.

Add the tea tree to the water, add the clay then charcoal, mix until a paste is formed.

Apply to the face using a soft bristle brush.

Leave for 20 mins, then wash off with warm water.

The charcoal will absorb impurities and toxins.

The tea tree is a natural antibacterial so will protect and also cleanse your skin.

The bentonite clay will give you a deep cleanse. It will tighten/tone your face but also be deep cleansing and healing, especially if you’re prone to breakouts.

For more on the benefits of Charcoal head over here https://rocheesblogary.com/why-is-activated-charcoal-so-popular/

Relaxing Lavender Mask

3 tbsp Clay Powder

1 tsp Honey

2-3 drops Lavender Essential oil

3 tbsp distilled Water

Slowly add the distilled water to the clay powder until you see a paste forming.

Add the honey and Lavender Oil with more water if needed, mix until you get a consistency that’s easy to apply.

Apply to the face using a soft brush.

Leave for 20 mins then rinse off with warm water.

The Lavender is very soothing and extremely relaxing. If you are prone to redness it will also act as an anti-inflammatory and be calming for your skin. 

This face mask will give you antibacterial action plus the clay will draw out any impurities and is perfect for a weekend spa or pamper day at home.

Juices & Herbal Teas To drink For Clear Skin

Herbal Teas come in a range of different flavours and are so good at cleansing the body 
 

Aloe Vera juice – Anti-bacterial

Pomegranate Juice – Helps to fight bacteria

Green tea – Promotes healing and revives skin cells

Lemon water – Vitamin C in Lemons will clear toxins

Echinacea tea – Helps purify your blood

Ginger Tea – Anti-inflammatory and boosts Immune system

Peppermint Tea – Slows down oil production

Dandelion Tea – Detoxifies

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