Natural and Quick Beauty Remedies
If you’re looking to save money and are tired of expensive beauty products or if you just need a quick and immediate fix and would rather use natural ingredients, the following tips will help you out. Tackle these common (but still irritating) issues with these natural remedies:
1. Teeth whitener
Do you wish you could keep that fresh-from-the-dentist look all the way until your next cleaning? You really can with this inexpensive and easy natural solution. Forget all those strips, gels and goo. All you need is dental floss and baking soda. Only do this once a month. It’s very hard on the enamel, but a very effective natural whitener. Here’s what to do:
Brush and rinse as usual. Rub baking soda between your top teeth. Use the dental floss to create a mini sander between your teeth – be sure to get into the gum line a bit. Rub the baking soda on the flats of your teeth. Do the same on the bottom. Brush your teeth and rinse again. Shade your eyes and smile!
2. Face mask
If you are all dried out from the cold, dry heat of winter, try this incredible natural mask. It is formulated not to cause problems with any other current conventional face-wash products to help the dryness caused by these products.
1/2 cup powdered oats (powder in a blender)
2 tbsp honey
1 squished gel-cap of vitamin E
1 teaspoon sunflower, or any other liquid oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract DON’T use if your skin is irritated
Add water to make a paste. Warm skin and open pores with warm compresses. Apply mixture to skin and leave on for 10 minutes or more. Rinse. Rub a tiny bit of liquid vegetable oil on normally dry areas.
3. Pimple Relief
If you have a big pimple, or even a little one, and you want it gone quickly, try this natural approach to aiding your body and healing the pimple.
Hot compress, 10 minutes. Cool compress 10 minutes.
Do another hot compress. If the pimple came to a head, gently (KEYWORD: GENTLY) push it out. If you tried and it didn’t come out, do one more hot compress, one more cold compress to take the swelling back down.
If the pimple is way down: do the hot/cold again the next night.
If the pimple is near the surface: before you go to bed, mix a bit of baking soda with a little water to make a paste. Put a dab of that mixture on the pimple and put a band-aid on it to hold the baking soda on the pimple. It should be a lot better in the morning. The baking soda does two things, it absorbs some of the oil from the pimple and kills bacteria. Do the hot/cold compresses again the next night and it should pop right out. If not, do the baking soda again.
4. Blackheads gone
The easiest, and least expensive, way to get rid of blackheads is naturally. Try this non-toxic and natural approach to solving your blackhead problems. It works!
Use warm compresses to open the pores and soften the blackhead. Gently pop them out – they won’t scar. If they don’t pop out easily, do more compresses.
Wash well with natural soap. Wipe with witch hazel or lemon juice. Apply a cool compress to reduce redness.
5. Proper moisturizer
For a deep and penetrating moisturizer, try this natural approach that helps feed your cells and the results will last for days and days.
Use warm compresses to soften skin tissue and open your pores. Apply a good coating of any natural vegetable oil such as extra-virgin olive oil, sunflower oil or coconut oil. Re-heat your compress and lay it over your oiled skin for about 10 minutes. Wash with a natural soap and rinse. You will definitely see and feel the difference that natural makes for your skin.
6. Cuticle health
1/2 tablespoon cooking oil
Remove nail polish. Wash hands in warm water with natural soap to clean and soften you cuticles. Dry hands. Rub a small amount of cooking oil on each fingernail. Be sure to get oil all around your fingernails. Use a toothpick to clean under your nails. Wash your hands again in warm water with a a natural soap. Use a toothpick to rub the cuticle all around each fingernail. Enjoy your perfect cuticles!
7. Exfoliant and Natural Dermabrasion
There are two methods for dermabrasion, chemical and mechanical. Chemical dermabrasion damage the top layers of skin, causing the skin to peel off with a course lubricant. Mechanical dermabrasion simply removes the dead layers of skin with a course lubricant. You should consider choosing only mechanical methods of dermabrasion which don’t damage the skin but will bring out a natural healthy glow. You can add whatever you want to this basic recipe. Powdered flowers, oats, bananas, essential oils or herbs. Feel free to be creative and use what you enjoy.
1 tablespoon baking soda
warm water to moisten skin
Wet skin. Using hands or a wash cloth, rub baking soda gently on your skin. The baking soda kills germs and removes oils and dead skin cells. Rinse.
8. ‘Girl area’ bump reducer
Bumps in this area are caused by the hairs being cut off below the surface of the skin. Conventional body care products add irritation because these chemicals are too strong and can cause symptoms of contact dermatitis such as swelling the cells around the freshly shaved hair. Choose to use a new razor, a natural soap without ingredients you can’t pronounce and follow with a witch hazel wipe to kill bacteria and reduce swelling of the tissue caused by irritation from shaving.
9. Pimple treatment
Use this quick fix only as needed. When you do get a pimple, you should let it heal on its own. However, there are times when you need the pimple gone now. This solution will help make it go away in a day or two.
After you wash your face at night, apply a bit of baking soda wet with water, honey (preferred) or lemon juice to the pimple in a tiny paste, enough to cover the pimple. Pop a little band-aid on top. In the morning, it should be a lot less noticeable or even gone. If it swelled up worse, wash your face then use an ice cube to reduce the swelling. Do the treatment at night until the pimple is gone, only one or two nights. Keep that area clean with witch hazel.
10. Relaxing bath blend
I love long, hot, relaxing baths. Here are a few things you can throw in your tub to make a bath an experience that’s a whole lot more relaxing than a tub of plain water.
1 cup powdered oats
2 cups Dead Sea salt
1 cup Epsom salt
3 tablespoons vanilla extract
2 tablespoons vegetable oil such as extra-virgin olive oil, sunflower oil or coconut oil.
Add to your hot bath water. Climb in with a book or magazine and enjoy!