If you added up all the money you’ve spent over the years to get perfect skin and hair, it would probably be a small fortune. Pollution, dirt and genes all conspire together to rob us of glowing skin and hair. However, you don’t need to shell out a ton of money on expensive products to tackle your beauty woes. Most times, the secret to looking more beautiful lies in your kitchen. Natural remedies are completely safe, gentle on the skin and easy on your pocket. Here are seven time-tested natural remedies to give you gorgeous skin and hair.
1. Hairspray To Tackle Frizzy Hair
Slice two lemons into thin slices and add this to a saucepan along with 2 cups of water. Heat this over a low flame until it comes to a simmer and reduces to half the quantity of water. You can add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to this mixture as well. Pour it into a spray bottle and spritz your hair with it whenever you feel it getting frizzy. Lemons condition your hair and keep it smooth. This hairspray also won’t leave any toxic residue on your hair unlike commercial hairsprays.
2. To Tighten Skin
Does your skin look saggier than usual? A 5 minute face-lift that won’t cost you anything might sound impossible, but it’s not. Clean your face properly and rub it with an ice cube and some honey for 15 minutes. Then break open an egg and take the egg white alone. Whip it gently until it begins to form soft peaks. Apply this to your face and let it dry for about 15 minutes. You will feel your skin begin to tighten while it dries. Once it’s fully dry, wash off with cold water. Your skin will look a lot more taut and brighter than it was before.
3. To Refresh Dull, Tired Eyes
Too many late nights and long hours in front of a computer screen can take a toll on your eyes. Dull eyes can make you look haggard, immediately aging you. To bring them to life again, all you need is some water, rose water and honey. Take icy cold distilled water into a bowl and add a few drops of rose water and honey to it. Dunk your eyes in this solution for about ten seconds. You can even open your eyes slightly while you’re at it. The ingredients in this remedy are very gentle so they won’t sting your eyes. Gently pat your eyelids dry and you’ll immediately see a huge difference.
4. To Revive Greasy Hair
In a perfect world, we’d have time every morning to wash our hair. However, most days we can barely get out the door looking somewhat alive. Dry shampoo is a savior on days when our hair is a greaseball but we have no time to wash it, but it can also get very expensive. To make your own dry shampoo at home, mix arrowroot powder with a few drops of lavender essential oil. You can even use cornstarch instead of arrowroot powder or just talcum powder. With a large makeup brush, brush this mixture all over the roots of your hair. These powders will suck all the grease out of your hair, making it look and feel clean again.
5. To Balance Oily Skin
Having oily skin is a double-edged sword. On one hand, your skin never feel uncomfortably dry and you’re less prone to wrinkles. However, oily skin can also make your skin dull and break out. To help your oily skin look radiant, mix iced yogurt along with a teaspoon of granulated sugar. With an orange or lemon half, scrub this mixture over your skin gently for a few minutes until the granules dissolve. Then wash your face with cold water and pat dry. Lemons and oranges help remove excess oil from your skin while yogurt adds moisture to it. Together, they re-balance your skin and help it look glowing again.
6. To Brighten Dry Skin
If you’re on the other end of the spectrum and your skin is very dry, it can look very tired and lifeless. A few simply ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen cabinet can inject some much-needed moisture back into your skin. Mash a few tablespoons of papaya (the riper the better) along with a tablespoon of honey and some oatmeal. The oatmeal helps exfoliate dead skin cells while honey and papaya moisturize the skin. Massage this gently over your skin for 5 minutes and leave it on for another 15. When you wash it off, your skin will look hydrated and refreshed.
7. To Revitalize Puffy Eyes
Puffy eyes are due to excess fluid build-up. If you have puffy eyes every morning when you wake up, then don’t throw out your teabags! Freeze leftover green tea or chamomile tea teabags and place these under your eyes when you wake up. The cool teabags will help you wake up and will also de-puff your eyes.