April 10, 2014

DIY Beauty Recipes

You don’t have to spend a fortune on pricey products to look and feel your best. Nutrient-rich natural ingredients,  found in grocery aisles and kitchen cupboards everywhere, make the perfect beauty solutions for a variety of problems ranging from thin hair to dull skin. Whether you need to remove fake tan or are looking for an organic cleanser that won’t irritate your sensitive skin, the affordable do-it-yourself recipes below can help you stay healthy, happy and beautiful on any budget.

Quench Your Skin’s Thirst with a Honey Mask

To create a hydrating mask that feels great on sensitive skin, combine a raw egg with one spoon of organic honey. Leave the sweet solution on your face for up to half an hour for healthier skin that glows from the inside. For a more intensive treatment, mix honey with equal parts mashed avocado and full-fat yogurt. Use it once or twice a week to shrink pores, improve collagen production and prevent inflammation.

How to Remove Fake Tan with Lemons

Learning how to remove fake tan is just as valuable as mastering its application. Why do good tans sometimes go bad? Low-quality tanning solutions, high pH levels, bad skin care and wrong colour choices are a few common reasons. If disaster strikes, remove fake tan fast with a tall glass of lemon juice. To remove fake tan with lemons instead of juice, cut them up into small wedges that can be used as tiny sponges over problem areas. If you have juice on hand, gently rub it into your skin to dissolve stubborn tanning agents. Besides damage control, lemon juice can also be used as an exfoliator to remove fake tan before your next session.

Avocado Conditioning for Shinier Hair

Two egg whites and half a mashed avocado is a traditional Colombian recipe for repairing damaged hair. Try this potent potion as a strengthening hair treatment to soothe brittle locks and restore shine. For best results, leave it on for about 15 minutes before using your daily shampoo and conditioner.

Cleansing with Coconut Oil

Used for beautiful skin by generations of women throughout the world, coconut oil is one of the most powerful beauty ingredients found in nature. Despite its oily base, coconut oil’s antibacterial and antifungal properties make it an effective solution against breakouts. In fact, it can neutralise acne-prone skin over time by tricking it into producing less oil. If oil isn’t your problem, you’ll love the anti-ageing benefits of coconut oil’s antioxidants. To see why this tropical import is a celebrity favourite, use it as a daily cleanser every evening.

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