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25 Essential Homemade Beauty Recipes And Tips

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Every woman regardless of her age, shape or size, wants to have beautiful shiny hair and a glowing youthful complexion.

Skin, hair and other beauty products cost a fortune, but have you ever looked closely at the list of ingredients, many are from nature, including plants, and food items. For example, retinol creams are some of the most popular anti-aging products, and Retinol is a derivative of vitamin A, which is in carrots and sweet potatoes.

The truth is many natural elements have properties that promote skin and hair health, and while some of the products on the market will give you the desired result, they tend to cost a lot of money, and many simply do not produce the promised results. The one sure way that rarely disappoints is the natural way, which is right in your kitchen.

 

Homemade Skin Care, Masks And Facials

Homemade facial treatments give you all the goodness nature has to offer, with key minerals, acids, oils and nutrients the skin needs to thrive. Fruit is rich in antioxidants and micronutrients that heal, nourish and support good skin health. Save money, and benefit from all that nature has to offer by making your own skin products.

 

Honey Facial Mask

This is an easy one as all you need is 100% pure raw honey.

Honey is one of the most beneficial natural healers for the skin.

  • Honey is antibacterial so it helps fight acne
  • It’s loaded with antioxidants to slow signs of aging and fight wrinkles
  • It’s moisture rich and soothing for the skin
  • Its clarifying qualities help open and cleanse pores

Directions

  1. Warm 2 tablespoons of raw pure and preferably organic honey or use a room temperature product
  2. Apply the honey to damp skin using small circular motions and massage gently all over the face
  3. Leave it on for about 20 minutes
  4. Rinse it off with warm water and pat dry with a clean soft towel
  5. Use weekly

 

Orange, Lemon, Yogurt Face Mask

Moisture is key for healthy skin and this homemade treatment provides lasting moisture to keep skin soft and supple.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons of orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 1 cup of plain yogurt

Directions:

  • Put all ingredients in a bowl and mix them
  • thoroughly to make a smooth paste
  • Apply the paste over the face using gentle motions or use a mask brush
  • Leave it on for about 15 minutes
  • Use a damp soft towel to remove it

 

Yogurt And Dried Orange Peels Mask

Why Orange Peels?

  • Oranges are loaded with vitamin C that supports collagen production in the skin and is a key antioxidant that fights oxidative stress, which leads to accelerated and premature aging that manifests as wrinkles.
  • Magnesium further fights oxidative stress for a more youthful complexion
  • The calcium in orange peel helps renew cell life and prevents damage to DNA, which is great for healing itchy or dried out skin.
  • The potassium in oranges hydrates and preserves moisture

Why Yogurt?

Yogurt is highly hydrating and its protein content acts as an anti-aging agent to fight wrinkles by promoting collagen production.

How To Make Orange Peel Powder

  1. Dry out orange peels completely by placing them in a tray and place the tray in an area of your home that gets plenty of sunlight, depending on the weather, the drying process can take anywhere from two to five days
  2. Once dried, place the peels into a food processor or blender (do not add any liquids) to make a smooth powder
  3. Store in an airtight jar

Ingredients For The Mask

  • 2 tablespoons of orange peel powder
  • 1 cup plain yogurt

Directions For The Mask

  1. Blend the orange peel powder and yogurt in a bowl
  2. Apply the paste over the face using gentle motions or use a mask brush
  3. Leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes
  4. Rinse it off with cold water and pat dry with a soft towel

 

Honey, Oats And Tea Scrub

All tea lovers know that its aroma is quite pleasant, so using it on your skin is quite lovely. Feel free to use the tea of your preference be it black or green tea, chamomile, lavender or mint.

The benefits of a honey and tea wash include:

  • Relieving the skin of stress
  • Tea water has antioxidants, which eliminate free radicals and impurities from the skin
  • Honey is an anti-bacterial and a hydrator for deep moisture

The Benefits of Oats

  • Oatmeal contains saponins that help remove excess oil and dirt from the face (and the body)
  • Powerful all natural cleanser and exfoliator
  • Strong anti-inflammatory properties that help to alleviate dry, and itchy skin
  • Promotes hydration due to high lipid content that locks in moisture
  • Proteins in oats help protect the skin’s barrier function

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of cool tea
  • 4 tablespoons of plain good quality oats
  • 2 tablespoons of honey

Directions

  1. Put all ingredients in a bowl and mix them together
  2. Apply the mixture on your skin and leave it to dry completely
  3. While dry, massage the mask gently in small circles to help rid the face (or body) of dead skin cells
  4. Rinse with cool or warm water and dry with a soft towel
  5. Use weekly to keep skin clean, moisturized, and exfoliated

 

Castor Oil

Castor oil has anti-aging properties that prevent wrinkles and leave your skin smooth and glowing.

Ingredients

  • A few drops of castor oil

Directions

  • Apply the castor oil over your face in gentle circular motions
  • Leave it on for about 20 minutes
  • Use a warm damp soft towel and pat the face to cleanse

 

Gram Flour, Turmeric And Lemon Face Pack

Gram flour also known as Besan, is flour that is made from ground chickpea known as Bengal gram. This wonderful mixture will leave your skin soft and radiant.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons of gram flour
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon of milk
  • 2 tablespoons of turmeric powder

Directions

  1. Put your ingredients in a bowl and mix to make a thick, smooth paste
  2. Apply the paste over the face using gentle motions
  3. Leave it on for 15 minutes
  4. Rinse it off with cold water and pat dry with a soft towel

 

Milk Cleanser

Milk is an all-natural skin healer that makes for a very effective cleanser as it helps to clean unseen dirt particles from the face.

Ingredients

  • Raw organic milk
  • Cotton balls

Directions

  1. Pour about a half cup of raw organic milk into a bowl
  2. Dip your cotton ball in the raw milk and gently wipe your face with it

 

Anti-Aging Yogurt Exfoliant

Yogurt is a natural moisturizer that also contains lactic acid, which removes dead skin cells.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon of plain yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon of olive, jojoba or almond oil

Directions

  1. Blend ingredients together
  2. Apply gently over the face
  3. Leave on for about 30 minutes
  4. Rinse off with warm water and pat your face dry with a soft towel

For an added antioxidant boost, crush berries and blend into the recipe.

 

Baking Soda Scrub

Baking soda is a wonderful ingredient for softening the skin and cleansing the pores.

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons of baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil

Directions

  1. Blend the baking soda and the olive oil in a bowl, if too thick add a splash of water or more oil
  2. Apply to the face
  3. Gently massage into the skin for 3 to 5 minutes
  4. Rinse off with warm water and pat dry with a soft towel

 

Fight Acne

Apple cider vinegar holds key anti-bacterial properties that help prevent acne breakouts. It is also alkaline, which means it balances the skins’ pH making it more difficult for bacteria to thrive. It is also an astringent, which dries up excess oil.

Ingredients

  • Pure unfiltered apple cider vinegar
  • Water

Directions

  1. Blend 1 part vinegar with 3 parts water
  2. Dip a cotton ball into the mixture and apply to freshly washed acne areas, repeat 3 times daily or until skin is clear

 

Saffron And Milk Facial Mask

The potassium in saffron supports cell formation and repair, which helps promote skin cell and it also has natural skin lightening qualities.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons of milk
  • 2 strands of saffron

Directions

  1. Pour the milk into a bowl and place the strands of saffron into it
  2. Leave it for 3 to 4 hours so the milk can absorb all the goodness from the saffron
  3. Wash your face and pat dry with soft towel
  4. Apply the milk mixture all over the face using gentle circular motions
  5. Let dry for 20 minutes
  6. Rinse your face with warm water and dry with a soft towel

For best results, use this mask weekly

 

Homemade Body Scrub

Body scrubs are wonderful, feel great and help remove dead skin cells from the body for radiantly glowing and ultra soft skin. Make your own at home by using natural and effective ingredients.

Ingredients

  • Olive oil (extra virgin, good quality)
  • Course sea salt

Directions

  1. Mix a 2 to 1 ratio of olive oil and sea salt
  2. Scrub all over the body
  3. Rinse off

 

Open And Cleanse The Pores

Steam is wonderful for the mind, body, and spirit, and it helps the skin by opening up pores.

Turn on your shower’s hot water and let your bathroom fill with steam, sit, and enjoy for as long as you want.

 

Natural Skin Toner

Tired of spending $20 or more on commercial skin toners? Try apple cider vinegar instead.

  • Balances and restore the skin’s natural pH
  • Evens skin tone
  • Promotes acne free skin
  • Improves complexion and promotes a radiant appearance
  • Lightens sun and age spots
  • Exfoliates dead skin cells

 

Coconut Oil Shaving Cream

Thick and creamy coconut oil makes a great replacement for shaving creams, and it really moisturizes the skin.

 

Vinegar For Sunburns

Sunburns can be painful and harmful to the skin, try this home remedy next time you are burned. Vinegar contains antioxidants, which protect your skin from free radicals, harmful bacteria, and fungi and it helps soothe burns.

Directions

  • Apply vinegar to the areas of your skin affected by sunburn
  • Leave it to dry
  • Repeat this remedy every four to five hours until sunburn health, typically 2 to 3 days

 

De-Puff Tired Eyes

Cucumber slices placed over the eyes help to eliminate puffiness and fatigue from around the eyes

Splashing cold water or placing a cold compress with ice cubes in a washcloth over the eyes helps too

 

Stop Eyeliner Smudge

Pat a little powder shadow in the same color as your eyeliner to prevent the liner from smudging and smearing throughout the day.

 

Key Practices For Glowing Healthy Skin

Eat Key Skin Health Nutrients

What you eat shows on your skin. If you eat right, your skin is able to repair damage to remain glowing and radiant. Homemade masks, and scrubs are useful, but you also need to eat a healthy diet for the ultimate health of your skin.

Foods rich in Vitamin C promote production of collagen that naturally declines with age

  • Bell peppers, and citrus fruits

Foods rich in beta-carotene, which is converted to vitamin A in the body benefits cell turnover, prevents cell oxidation and blocks UV rays. Retinol, which is widely used in very expensive skin creams, is a derivative of Vitamin A.

  • Carrots, sweet potatoes, and other orange produce

Omega-3 fatty acids provide the fats needed for ultimate skin health

  • Cold water fish, nuts, and avocados

Protein promotes collagen production; it is one of its building blocks

  • Chicken, fish, lean beef, and beans

 

Water, Water And More Water

Anyone who wants to have glowing skin should drink plenty of water, at least 7 to 8 glasses daily. Your body loses a lot of water through sweating and evaporation and when more water is lost than is taken in, the skin quickly becomes dehydrated, appearing dry and dull. Water plays a major role in keeping your skin looking healthy and is also helps prevent acne.

 

Homemade Hair Care

Avocado And Egg Treatment

This is a perfect remedy for unhealthy hair that is left fried out and damaged by the elements or hair styling such as heat brought by hair dryers. Avocado contains vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids that make your hair visually appealing by restoring its luster.

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 raw egg

Directions

  1. Mash or blend a ripe avocado and the egg
  2. Wet your hair
  3. Apply the mixture to the hair and massage it in
  4. Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes
  5. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water

If your hair is damaged, you need to repeat this remedy once every week but if your hair looks healthy, once a month is enough to give you the desired results.

 

2 Ultimate Natural Hair Moisturizers

1) Butter

Do you want your dry and brittle hair to get that glossy shine? Then this remedy is for you.

Ingredients

  • Softened butter
  • Natural shampoo

Directions

  1. Massage softened butter in your hair and ensure it’s all covered in the butter goodness
  2. Put on a shower cap and leave it on for about 30 minutes
  3. Shampoo your hair as usual and rinse with a lot of water

2) Olive oil

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of warm olive oil

Directions

  1. Warm 1 cup of olive oil over a very low heat (do not allow it to boil)
  2. Massage the olive oil into your hair
  3. Cover your hair with a cling film and wrap a towel around it
  4. Leave it for 30 to 45 minutes
  5. Shampoo your hair and rinse thoroughly

 

Tea Rinse

Tea can leave your hair shiny and also enriches the color of your hair. However, not all teas will do.

  • Chamomile tea works best for blondes
  • Black tea will give brunettes that rich hair color

Ingredients

  • Freshly brewed strong tea of your choice

Directions

  1. Shampoo your hair
  2. Rinse your hair with water
  3. Use the tea as a final rinse

 

Clarify The Natural Way

Clarifying shampoos remove build up from hair products and environmental elements, but the good ones are really costly. Use Apple Cider Vinegar instead.

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup organic apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup of water

Directions

  1. Mix the water and vinegar together
  2. Massage into the hair thoroughly
  3. Rinse
  4. Condition as usual

 

Final Thoughts

Many women spend a lot of money on beauty products, but wouldn’t you like to save your cash and get the amazing benefits of natural homemade treatments?

Sure, you would, and now you can!

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