Many women spend a lot of money on beauty products for their hair and skin, but sometimes using things that you likely already have at home is not only more cost effective, but but much safer for you as you can be sure your body is not absorbing the preservatives, thickeners and others ingredients that may be hiding in products designed to last on the shelf.
Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Revitaliser
I’ve been using this one for years. Apple Cider Vinegar will increase body and shine of your hair. Sometimes no matter what shampoo I use my hair just gets a build up and never feels clean, so that when i will give it a treatment of apple cider vinegar and this really helps.
There are a couple of ways you can use it. Usually it is suggested that you add about 1/2 – 1 tablespoon diluted in water and rinse your hair with this after shampooing and then leave it on your hair. But I don’t like the smell left in my hair so I usually will rinse it a bit.
What I prefer to do is to add a teaspoon in with a bit of shampoo and massage it into my hair. Then sometimes also follow with a apple cider rinse.
If you haven’t already: try it!
If you have essential oils or herbs such as rosemary in the garden (supposedly good for dark hair) you can try adding some of this to the rinse (use hot water and allow to cool before you use it).
Bi-Carb Soda Acne Treatment
Instead of wasting money on face-masks try this to really dry up and reduce acne fast. Combine a tsp or two of bi-carb soda with warm water to form a paste and apply to your face. Don’t apply too thick because you want it to dry in about 10-15 min and not leave it on longer than this (I find it irritates my skin/dries it out too much if i leave it on too long but everyone will be different). Then wash away with warm water. If you find it too drying apply a small amount of natural moisturiser You can also try adding a drop of essential oil such as lavender to the bi-carb soda face mask.
Turmeric Face Mask
Making a paste out of turmeric and applying to the skin is known as a beauty weapon to many Indian people, it is good for reducing spots, purifying/cleansing and brightening skin.
You only need a tiny bit of turmeric powder, somewhere between 1/4 tsp and 1 tsp at most. If you are daring you can just mix the powder with a bit of non-dairy milk and apply to the skin, wait till it dried and then wash it off. It does leave my face yellow but by the morning it has faded.
If your skin is lighter or you are worried about the stain lasting, mix the turmeric with chickpea flour or if you don’t have that any other flour and this will greatly reduce the chances of staining your face while giving the same benefits 🙂