Being a new mom I’ve been extra cautious about what I put in my body and what I use around the house. I’m not one of those overly cautious gluten-free, all organic, vegan type people, but I do like to treat my body better than I used to. The days of sleeping with makeup on and drinking Diet Coke all day have ended. I have now embraced the more natural things in life. I try and drink lots and lots of water, as well as use products that are eco-friendly and eat natural or organic foods. I have compiled some beauty tips that are simple and natural, which give us the same benefits as some of the products that we can pick up at the local drug store.
Banana and Egg Hair Treatment – Looking for a little more shine in your hair? Simply mix one egg and a mashed-up banana. Apply it as a thick paste to your hair, and leave it on for 10 to 30 minutes. Wash it out using your usual hair-washing ritual (If you usually use a store-bought conditioner you’ll probably only need to condition the ends.). And, voila!
Apple Cider Clarifying Shampoo – For those who use commercial shampoos: To help eliminate any buildup in your hair, mix 1/4 cup organic apple cider vinegar with one cup water. Follow with your usual conditioner.
Elbow and Knee Exfoliator and Skin Brightener – Cut an orange in half, and rub it on your elbows and knees. This helps soften those rough patches, and it smells good. Rinse off the sticky mess when you are done.
Simple Toxic-Free Shaving Cream – OK, I have to admit I am obsessed with coconut oil. I use it in my body lotion, I use it as a moisturizer at night, I put a tiny drop in my hair, but only recently did I try shaving with it. Use coconut oil on your legs as a natural replacement for your shaving cream. Talk about a simple, natural beauty tip.
All-Natural Blackhead Remover – Place four or five drops of raw honey on an open lemon wedge. Then rub the lemon on your face for a minute, emphasizing any trouble areas. Leave the mixture on for 5 minutes and rinse with cold water. Keep in mind that citrus can make your skin photosensitive so it’s best to do this before bed rather than before going outside.
Gentle Body Scrub – Mix a 2-to-1 ratio of olive oil and sea salt to make a quick and effective body scrub. This helps get rid of dead skin cells creating softer, more glowing skin. This natural beauty tip is much cheaper that expensive store bought body scrubs.