Before committing to or investing in new beauty products, you may find that you already have exactly what you need at home.
Many of these ingredients are added to commercially prepared products anyway and by making your own concoction at home you can control how much or how little of the particular ingredient suits your needs.
Go shopping in your own cupboard and try these top 10 home remedies for healthier hair, skin and nails.RELATED: RECOMMENDED PLANS FOR YOU
1. Coconut oil to soften hair
Before shampooing and conditioning your hair as usual, rub a grape size dollop of coconut oil all over your hair. Leave the oil in for ten minutes before returning to your shampoo and conditioner routine. The oil will leave your hair feeling noticeably softer.
2. Baking soda to smooth coarse or curly hair
Combine a tablespoon of baking soda with 2 tablespoons of your shampoo and mix thoroughly, then wash and condition your hair as you normally would. Hair will feel lighter and more buoyant. Not recommended for colour treated or permed hair.
3. Avocado to moisturize dry frizzy hair
Is your hair dry and damaged from colouring and blow drying and flat-ironing? Mash half an avocado and two teaspoons olive oil together, then massage into damp, shampooed hair.
Leave on for 20-25 minutes before rinsing well. Follow with a light conditioner. The oils from this all natural hair mask will nourish and protect hair and reduce its frizzy appearance.
4. Rosemary to boost hair’s shine
Chop 1 cup of rosemary sprigs and add to 2 cups of water. Over medium heat bring to a boil. Let mixture steep and cool until it reaches room temperature.
Shampoo and condition your hair as you normally would. During your final rinse use this rosemary toner as a shine booster. Do not rinse out.
5. Brown Sugar and Coconut oil to rejuvenate chapped lips
Try this ritual for soft smooth lips: put half a teaspoon of brown sugar on the tip of a damp wash cloth. In a circular motion, scrub your lips with the brown sugar to exfoliate dead skin. Repeat.
Afterwards, mix together 1/2 teaspoon honey and 1 teaspoon olive oil, and apply to lips. The honey will act as a softener and also a barrier, sealing in the oil. For best results apply this balm before bedtime.
6. Antiseptic mouthwash to dry out blisters
The new shoes you bought look great but the blisters that you got from breaking them in sure don’t. Mouthwash is a powerful antiseptic, which can dry out those raw blisters. Use cotton balls to dab the mouthwash onto blisters three to four times a day until healed.
7. Oatmeal to soothe sunburn and eczema
If you have eczema or sunburn or your skin has become dry and irritated, try soaking in an oatmeal bath. Add two to three cups of finely ground, oatmeal (not the instant with sugar added, this will irritate skin further) to warm water and soak in it for 10-15 minutes.
You can use a coffee grinder if your oatmeal is too coarse. The oatmeal reduces inflammation and is has an antihistamine effect.
8. Mint leaves to clear pimples
Menthol and menthone, compounds that reduce redness and inflammation are abundant in mint leaves. Mint is also an all natural astringent, and can help diminish the oil that clogs pores and causes pimples.
In a food processor, pulse ½ cup of mint leaves with 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Apply to the blemish 2-3 times per day until it clears. This acidic paste changes the pH level of skin, preventing bacteria growth without the harsh drying effects of store bought acne medication.
9. Lemon to remove dry patches on elbows and knees and to lighten and shine up nails
If rubbed on rough, scaly skin like on elbows and knees, the citric acid in lemon juice can remove dead skin cells. Slice a lemon in half and rub the open side over your elbows, heels or knees for a 30 seconds, then rinse and reveal the softer, smoother skin underneath.
This same citric acid also acts as natural bleaching agent which helps to remove the stains on nails from cooking with certain ingredients or gardening. Clear these discolorations with a homemade lemon manicure.
Squeeze the juice of a small lemon into a bowl. Soak stained nail(s) in this juice for approximately 10 minutes. In a separate bowl combine 1 teaspoon of vinegar and ¼ cup water.
Dip a small scrub brush or toothbrush into this solution and brush the stained nail for 30-60 seconds. Rinse with warm water and moisturize cuticles (see below).
10. Olive oil to soften and moisturize cuticles
Add a few drops of olive oil to a pea-sized dollop of your favorite hand cream and rub generously into each of your cuticles. Wear plastic or cotton gloves for 10 minutes to let it sink in.
If your nails are particularly brittle, massage olive oil on your hands and cover them with plastic gloves and overnight for a deep-moisturizing treatment. You can also do this to your feet and seal the moisture in by wearing socks to bed.