by Sharice @naasackley
23rd NOV 2016
Our timelines are filled with the craziest DIY’s and beauty tip videos. They display usage of staples like sugar and even the craziest ingredients like charcoal and snail slime. There are endless beauty tips on how to keep you looking flawless. The list below contains tips I have personally tried and fallen in love with. The best part is that these are cheap ingredients you might already have in your kitchen pantry. All listed below are non-toxic and natural. Whether it’s organic or not, is completely up to you!
1. Bicarbonate of soda scrub
This product is everything and more. It can be used in diverse ways and it actually needs a post of its own to explain the many ways in which you can use it. Right now though, we’re focusing on its exfoliating power. Simply add a little water to the soda to create a paste and you’ve got yourself an a-ma-zing exfoliator/cleanser. It can be used on the face (not on your eyes area), lips and rough areas on your body that can use a good scrub. I keep it the soda in the bathroom so I can easily exfoliate my skin and scrub my lips while showering.
2. Orange juice nail hardener
I don’t know any woman who would choose going to the nail salon every three weeks over her natural nails growing healthy and long. It is annoying and so heartbreaking when your nails finally seem to be growing and they end up tearing or breaking off. Well, with this beauty tip you can say goodbye to those heartbreaks.
All you need:
Juice of ½ an orange
1 crushed garlic clove
Let the garlic sit in the orange juice for about 10 minutes then soak you nails in the mixture for about 10 minutes. Wash it off and apply some cuticle oil. Do this about 3 three times a week. You will soon have your own strong, long natural nails!
3. Toothpaste pimple buster
The embarrassing, big pimples you get from time to time don’t stand a chance with this one. As soon as you see the pimple on your face apply some white toothpaste to the pimple with an cotton swab or clean hands. You can leave it on overnight and wash it off in the morning. The toothpaste works as a drying agent and reduces the size of the pimple, making it less noticeable.
4. Coconut make-up remover
It is pretty time consuming to take off your make-up. We love putting it on, but dread having to pull out 5 face wipes to take off our masterpiece. Now all you´ll need is one face wipe and some coconut oil. Apply some oil to your face and massage it into your face. Grab you face wipe and watch all the make-up glide right off. Coconut oil is also very moisturising and will leave your skin feeling incredibly soft.
5. Turmeric face mask
Turmeric is an ingredient used in Chinese and Indian traditions to make a bride-to-be flawless for her wedding day. Turmeric reduces redness, softens lines and wrinkles and works for acne and eczema. The mask acts as a moisturiser, exfoliator and it brightens the skin to give you a natural glow. The deeper your skin tone, the more beautiful it’s effect.
Here’s the recipe:
1 teaspoon of turmeric powder
1 teaspoon of raw organic honey
1 teaspoon of natural yoghurt
Combine the ingredients. Apply generously on clean skin and let it dry for at least 10 minutes. Wash off the mask with lukewarm water and make sure to moisturise your face with your favourite moisturiser or some coconut oil.
Note: Turmeric stains, so wear an old t-shirt. Also, it might stain your skin. Don’t worry, it will wear off. My advice is to use the mask around bedtime.
6. ACV toner
The skin has a very delicate acid mantle that is supposed to have a pH of around 5. Cleansers have a pH above 7, which disrupts the acid mantle on the skin. The disruption causes abnormal bacterial growth which makes the skin more susceptible to infections, diseases and even wrinkles. Toners (with a pH of around 3 or 4) restore the skin to its natural pH. Conventional toners are basically a chemical soup of fragrances, parabens, alcohol and unnecessary additives. Apple cider vinegar, on the other hand, balances the natural pH of your skin, improves acne and acne scars and removes excess oils and leftover make-up that your facial wipe couldn’t pick up. Personally, I have noticed that it keeps me from breaking out and makes my skin incredibly soft to touch.
Raw apple cider vinegar (ACV)
Sensitive skin: 1 part ACV + 4 parts water
Normal skin: 1 part ACV + 2 parts water
Oily skin: 1 part ACV + 1 part water
Mix the ingredients together and store in a container of your choosing. Use a cotton square to lightly rub the toner all over your face. You don’t have to rinse it off.
Note: no matter your skin type, do a skin test to see the reaction your skin has to the toner. Always try the sensitive skin ratio first and adjust later if you think your skin can handle a stronger ratio.
7. Raw potato for skin brightening
Many women of colour complain of their skin tone being uneven. Dark under-eyes, acne scars, spots and dark underarms stand in the way of you having an even complexion. They just don’t want you to be great! Well, the potatoes you’ve never really valued are a natural remedy to that problem. They contain natural bleaching agents that help to lighten skin over time when used regularly. Potatoes also help reduce puffiness under the eyes and help to give your skin a natural glow. You simple slice the potato and rub it on the dark areas. Let it dry for about 20 minutes then wash off with lukewarm water. For underarms: first use the bicarbonate of soda scrub to remove dead skin cells and unclog pores. With regular use (twice a week) the potatoes with brighten your skin and even out your complexion over time.
8. This (hibiscus) tea though
Hibiscus is used in countless ways in many different cultures. I just recently found out that it is also great for skincare. I had to try it out and I was sold immediately. Hibiscus is a natural source of alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs). The natural sources of AHAs are known to control oily skin and clogged pores and exfoliate skin. Hibiscus increases moisture and gives you softer, brighter skin. To enjoy the benefits of this plant make yourself a cup of hibiscus tea. I use two teabags and a cup of water. Let it cool completely. You can pour the tea in a spray bottle or use a cotton square to apply it to your face. Apply it after washing your face. You can leave it on overnight. Keep the leftovers in the fridge for up a week.
9. Whiten teeth with coconut oil
It may sound crazy but rinsing the mouth with coconut oil is a remedy to yellow teeth many people swear by. Coconut oil doesn’t really bleach but it rids your teeth of bacteria found in plaque that makes them yellow. It also promotes gum health and keeps your breath fresh. Before brushing your teeth put about a tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth. Allow it to soften in your mouth then push, swish, and “pull” the oil through and around your teeth for approximately 10 minutes. You might want to find some distraction while you do this. Then spit it out, rinse with water and brush your teeth.
10. Castor oil, not only for hair
Pretty sure we all know that castor oil promotes hair growth. You can use for so much more. Castor oil can be used to treat acne, warts and skin tags that appear for no apparent reason. Just apply it with a cotton swab and your problem will get resolved with regular application. I keep a small bottle of castor oil on my bedside table so I can massage some into my eyelashes and eyebrows before bed. My eyebrows were almost invisible at first and they’ve been making quite an appearance lately!
Disclaimer: What works for me, might not work (as well) for someone else. Please make sure to do a skin test to see the reaction your skin has to the ingredients listed in this post. Also consult with your doctor if you have any question or concerns about the use of these natural remedies.