We all want to look our best, and for some that might mean costly beauty products and regular trips to the salon. However, there is another easy and fun way to achieve the same benefits. Ever tried natural alternatives to pricey makeup products that will make you look and feel great? Beauty remedies don’t have to cost the earth – just take a peek into your pantries to find the best ingredients for beautifully healthy skin and hair.
The study and use of natural ingredients for medicinal purposes dates back over 5,000 years to the Sumerians, who used laurel, caraway, and thyme to treat physical ailments. The Ancient Egyptians are also reputed to have used garlic, opium, castor oil, coriander, mint, and other herbs for treatments. Even nowadays, herbs and extracts from food and plants play a large role in modern medicine as well as in cosmetics, so why not go directly to the source. Here are a few easy recipes worth giving a go:
Blend two apricots (chopped and deseeded), two tablespoons of honey, the juice of a lime and a small amount of cold milk to form a smooth paste. Apply to the face and neck, leaving on for 30 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water and a little lemon juice for glowing skin! The apricots nourish the skin whilst the lime juice acts as an astringent and tightens your wrinkles.
For Greasy Hair
If you’ve got to rush out and have no time to shampoo your greasy mop, simply brush a tablespoon of corn flour or talcum powder through your hair – it will soak up the oiliness in no time!
To Remove Dead Skin Cells
Mix ¼ cup granulated sugar, a finely chopped tomato and two tablespoons of yoghurt or sour cream in a small bowl. Rinse your face with clean water and apply the mixture, leaving on for around 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat lightly to reveal a smooth layer of new skin.
For Dry Hair
Is your hair dry and damaged after summer’s escapades? Simply beat two eggs with a little milk and run through your hair. Leave the mixture in for five minutes and rinse for shiny, vibrant hair. Another tip is to rinse your hair with two tablespoons of malt vinegar after washing – this will make your hair the shiniest it’s ever been!
For Puffy Eyes
Fresh castor oil massaged into the eyelids can reduce puffiness, whereas thick slices of cucumber or cotton pads soaked in cold milk laid onto the eyes can work wonders – refreshing and revitalising them.
To Soothe Sunburn
You’ll need ¼ fresh melon, ½ lemon and a teaspoon of olive oil. Peel and deseed the melon and juice the lemon. Blend the melon and filter its juice through a sieve. Add a teaspoon of lemon juice and the olive oil to the melon juice. Apply to sunburnt skin whenever necessary – this lotion can be stored in a closed bottle for later use.
And there you have it – all natural beauty on a budget. Besides the examples mentioned here, there are loads more you can try – have a look on the internet or ask your grandmother for a handy recipe she swears by. Who said beauty can’t be fun? Homemade beauty remedies mean no big price tag, no extra chemicals and the perfect excuse for a girlie night in!
VIDA Magazine (C)