5 Natural Beauty Essentials
Discover these natural beauty essentials for healthy, glowing skin that are not only good for you but easy on the pocket too.
Usually, different products suit different skin types, ages, and concerns. But there are some simple products that have stood the test of time and work for just about everyone. Plus, they can be used in myriad ways. These truly amazing natural beauty essentials will not let you down.
SWEET ALMOND OIL
Made by pressing almond kernels, sweet almond oil is used widely as an ingredient in cosmetics, but can also be used topically on its own. Note that sweet almond oil is not the same as the almond oil used in cooking.
Sweet almond oil is a light skin moisturizer that absorbs easily and promotes skin health. It’s also suitable for blemish-prone skin because it will not clog pores.
HOW TO USE IT
-Use as a light moisturizer
Massage into facial skin or body any time you’d like a light, nourishing boost of moisture.
-Give your nails some shine
Doing an at-home manicure or pedicure? Skip the polish, and instead give your nails some natural shine by working sweet almond oil into your nails and cuticles after filing and buffing.
-Make DIY hair oil
To restore desperately needed wintertime moisture to hair, work a few drops between your hands and gently smooth over your hair.
Unlike sweet almond oil, coconut oil used for skin is the same oil that’s used for cooking. It’s made from the fruit of coconut trees—coconuts, of course.
Coconut oil is a world-class moisturizing agent that helps nourish dry skin.
HOW TO USE IT
-Use as a body moisturizer
While some people find coconut oil too rich for the face, it is an ideal body moisturizer. Massage it into parched winter skin, such as legs after shaving or dry elbows.
-Give your feet some overnight love
Massage coconut oil into your feet before bed, and then cover with socks. Wake up to soft, smooth feet.
Use coconut oil as a natural, inexpensive makeup remover.
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
Apple Cider Vinegar is apple juice that has been fermented. Not only is it delicious and healthy in recipes, but this vinegar is also being recognized for its potential beauty benefits.
Many people swear by using apple cider vinegar in their hair. It is said that its acidity helps balance hairs pH after shampooing and leaves each strand shiny and smooth. It also has anti-fungal properties.
HOW TO USE IT
-Use as a daily conditioner
Mix a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with a cup of water and rinse into hair after shampooing.
-Use as an occasional “shine rinse”
Mix 1/4 cup (60 mL) vinegar with 16 cups (4 L) water. Every two weeks, apply to hair after washing, and then rinse with cool water. (This recipe has a shelf life of six months.)
-Try as a foot bath
Dilute 1 cup (250 mL) vinegar with 4 cups (1 L) water. Apple cider vinegar is thought to help neutralize bacteria on feet, deodorizing them, and it might also help combat fungal infections.
Clay powders for the skin are extracted from all over the world—from volcanic ash in North America to ancient sea floors in Europe. There are many types, and each is said to be beneficial for a particular skin type or concern, such as green clay for oily skin or white clay for dry and sensitive skin.
Clay proponents claim that the minerals and trace elements in clay benefit our complexions, while drawing out impurities. Although human studies are lacking, it has been suggested that clay, applied topically, might increase skin’s collagen synthesis—meaning that it could improve the health and appearance of skin.
HOW TO USE IT
-Make a face mask
Following the directions on the package, mix clay powder with a small amount of water to form a paste that can be applied as a facial mask.
-Make a wrap or poultice
Clay can also be used in a similar way to create body wraps or poultices on specific areas. Every product is slightly different, so follow the specific directions on the package.
White clay powder can be used as a natural foot deodorant.
Lavender oil is extracted from the lavender flower. Like any essential oil, it is potent and not for everyone. Essential oils should always be diluted with water or a carrier oil—check the bottle’s specific instructions to determine exact dosages. Furthermore, pregnant or breastfeeding women, as well as children, should check with a health care practitioner before using essential oils.
Many of us know lavender as the dried, fragrant purple flower used in sachets and potpourri. It’s time to give this hardworking flower more credit! Lavender essential oil has antiseptic properties that may help fight acne, and its scent is thought to promote relaxation.
HOW TO USE IT
-Have a bath
Make a calming bath by mixing a few drops with your favourite carrier oil and adding to warm bathwater. For a foot bath, reduce the amount of each.
-Make a moisturizer
Mix a few drops into sweet almond oil for a subtly scented moisturizer or massage oil.
-Try a DIY steam treatment
For a relaxing at-home facial, add 2 to 4 drops to 3 cups (750 mL) hot water and inhale (but be careful not to burn yourself).
-Create a soothing skin spray
Mix a few drops with water in a spray bottle and mist on your face. Feel free to add other essential oils as well.
Try these simple DIY essentials and keep your skin looking healthy and glowing!!!