If you’re looking for an environmentally-friendly approach to natural beauty, you might be surprised to learn that many ingredients can be found in your own kitchen. There’s no need to splurge on expensive beauty products when you can treat yourself from head to toe using simple, affordable ingredients. Here are 21 natural beauty hacks that are easy to follow and won’t break the bank.
1. Moisturize tired tresses
Colored, highlighted, or heat-styled hair can become dry and brittle over time. But there’s no need to spend on expensive hair masks when you can simply whip up a moisturizing mask from a banana and avocado. Mash the two ingredients together until they form a smooth mixture, then comb it through damp hair, covering your mane with a shower cap to allow it to soak in. After 15 minutes, rinse it away in the shower.
2. Make beachy waves
If you don’t have easy access to a beach, fear not. Create your own salt spray by mixing a teaspoon of sea salt with seltzer, putting it into a spray bottle and spritzing liberally onto your hair, then scrunching it up. Alternatively, coat your hair in a salt spray and braid it until it dries before releasing it for mermaid-like waves.
3. Prevent split ends
Coconut oil is a multipurpose ingredient that can be rubbed onto hair ends to prevent breakages and keep it shiny and hydrated. Simply use a small amount and apply it to the tips of your hair. It works well on all hair types, including fine hair.
4. Fix discolored pool hair
Spend too much time at the pool or live in a hard water area? Solve any green tint issues with tomato juice. Take it into the shower with you, massaging it into your hair before letting it sit for 15 minutes. Rinse it out before shampooing and conditioning as usual.
5. Get a head full of curls
How about using wine corks to create curly locks? Wrap sections of damp hair around wine corks, securing them with bobby pins while you let them dry. Remove the pins and unleash your mermaid-like curls.
6. Amp up blonde highlights
Boost blonde highlights with chamomile tea. Brew up a strong cup, leave the tea bag in and let it cool. Comb it through your hair where you want it lighter, then sit outside or blow-dry your hair for a bright, non-brassy lightening effect.
7. Boost red or brown hair
For a non-permanent tint, rinse your hair with cranberry juice after washing and condition it, allowing it to saturate for as long as possible. It should last for one or two washes.
8. Get shinier strands
A homemade clarifying rinse can provide shinier, healthier-looking hair. Mix a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with a half cup of water, applying it with a wide-toothed comb to distribute it evenly through your hair before letting it sit for five minutes. Rinse well with cold water.
9. Clean skin naturally
Swipe your face with a cotton ball or makeup pad soaked in apple cider vinegar to reduce any shine. You can focus on your T-zone if you have combination skin.
10. Send under-eye bags packing
Revive tired eyes by soaking two caffeinated tea bags in ice water for a few minutes, then applying them to your eyes and leaving them there for at least five minutes. The caffeine and cold will reduce puffiness and dark circles.
11. Get an extra bright smile
Sprinkle some baking soda onto your toothpaste before brushing your teeth to remove surface stains.
12. Plump up your pout
Mix a pinch of cinnamon with almond or peppermint oil, then massage it onto your lips for natural hydration and plumpness.
13. Make a moisturizing face mask
Mash up half an avocado with one-to-two teaspoons of raw honey, apply it to your face, relax for 10 minutes and then rinse it off with a washcloth.
14. Put pimples on ice
Ease inflammation by placing an ice cube in a bag and holding it over your pimple for at least five minutes. Repeat as necessary.
15. Exfoliate and brighten your complexion
Use kiwi as a one-ingredient facial fix by mashing up the slices with a fork to remove any dead skin cells and brighten your complexion.
16. Whiten your nails
Non-gel, regular nail polish can stain your nails over time. To remove the discoloration, boil water and add a few drops of lemon juice. Soak your fingertips for five-to-10 minutes.
17. Soak in the tub
Add two cups of Epsom salt to your bath to soothe aching muscles and tired feet. You can even mix in your favorite essential oil to personalize your soak.
18. Moisturize your hands
Combine sugar with a tablespoon of honey and massage your hands for 30 seconds before rinsing with water to remove dead skin cells. Dry your hands and add your preferred hand cream for extra hydration.
19. Soften your feet
Soak your feet in a mixture of warm water and baking soda, using a pumice stone to remove dead skin cells. Dry them and apply hydrating lotion or petroleum jelly to make your feet feel smoother and softer.
20. Deodorize naturally
Make your own natural deodorant by mixing a quarter cup of coconut oil, a quarter cup of baking soda, and 20 drops of lavender oil. Keep it in a jar and apply it using your fingertips.
21. Relax with tea
Wellness teas can have a calming effect on your body and mind. Make a cup of chamomile or peppermint tea to help you unwind and relax after a long day.
In conclusion, using simple, natural ingredients readily found in your kitchen is a smart and affordable way to have a more environmentally-friendly approach to your beauty regime. These 21 hacks are easy to make and will leave you looking and feeling great without breaking the bank.