Here at ThinkLiveNatural, we consider ourselves to be “natural beauty advocates”. Whenever possible, we try to opt for products that are kinder to our skin and to the environment. This is why we love DIY beauty. Of course, we’d all love to book ourselves a treatment (or two) at the closest spa. However, life gets in the way and this is not always possible. So why not mimic the same effects from the comfort of your home? There’s much to love about DIY beauty, from the comfort and ease, to the simple yet effective products that rival standard products.
The kitchen is the perfect place to find your natural ingredients. Just a few ingredients here and there, and you can look forward to smoother, firmer skin and healthier hair.
Some words of advice
Although there are a wealth of DIY ingredients that can be used safely, it’s worth noting that in a few cases natural is not always better. Ingredients such as lemon, baking soda and toothpaste are often mentioned for their skin-clearing abilities. However, these ingredients do far more harm than good, as they are far too harsh on the skin, and can ultimately dry out the skin and damage skin’s pH and acid mantle (which is necessary for healthy skin). This means you’ll be more prone to dryness, rough texture and acne. We suggest that you avoid these ingredients when it comes DIY beauty products. Now onto the 5 DIY beauty products…
Sugar and oil body scrub
Sugar is an effective ingredient as a base of a body scrub. Its uniform particles that are just the right amount of grit which make it perfect for a weekly scrub. Gradually mix in with olive oil for the right consistency. To use, rub all over the body to get rid of dead skin cells. For a change, swap out sugar for coffee granules, which are thought to increase circulation within the body.
Yogurt and honey face mask
Yogurt and honey are the perfect pair for this calming mask. Yogurt is naturally rich in lactic acid which gently exfoliates the skin and stimulates collagen production. Lactic acid can even be used on the most sensitive skin. The yogurt will be a cooling ingredient in the face mask, so great for hot days and sunburnt skin. Likewise, honey is equally beneficial on the skin. It’s a humectant, which means that it draws moisture back into the skin, making it an excellent choice for dry and dehydrated skin types. It also has anti-bacterial properties which means it is the perfect ingredient for acne-prone skin types.
For this DIY recipe, it’s best to use the plain Greek yogurt or regular plain yogurt, so as to reap the maximum benefits of the lactic acid. To make, mix two teaspoons of yogurt with two teaspoon of honey (although there are no fixed measurements, so feel free to change it accordingly).
Egg protein hair treatment
Healthy hair needs to maintain a balance of protein and moisture. Miss out on one of these and your hair will definitely begin to show the effects. Protein is extremely important as it makes up a large majority of our hair. As a natural source of protein, eggs are an excellent choice to replenish lost protein in the hair. Over time, this hair treatment can strengthen your hair, stimulate your scalp and promote hair growth. Making this hair treatment is easy, just whisk together an egg and apply from roots to tips. Wait for 10-15 minutes, then rinse out and continue your hair routine as usual.
Over-use of protein can dry out and cause hair breakage, so we advise that you use this mask no more than once a month.
Green tea eye mask
Dark circles and puffy under-eyes are an annoying reminder of late nights (or genetics). Either way, no one wants them around for long. To remedy this, try green tea. Not just for drinking, green tea is rich in caffeine, tannins and vitamin K which reduces swelling, puffiness and helps to brighten dark under-eye circles. Brew a cup of green tea and leave to cool down. Once the tea bags are cool enough, either place them straight on your skin or place them in the freezer for an hour. The extra cooling effect will instantly make your eyes appear brighter.
Oil makeup remover
As mentioned in our multi-step routine post, an oil-based cleanser is the best first step to effectively remove makeup. Rather than buying a dedicated cleansing oil, why not try a pure oil? From extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil to rapeseed oil, these oils are rich in antioxidants and vitamins, and work to hydrate, nourish and protect the skin. Simply massage over your face and gently wipe away with a warm washcloth.
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