10 DIY Natural Beauty Products
It’s no secret that we spend hundreds of dollars on beauty products every year. But what’s more disappointing is that many of these beauty products fail to deliver what they promise. Instead of spending lots of green on products that may or may not work, why not try a fun DIY project that will give you natural products that actually make a difference?
The most important component of beauty treatments is water. Staying hydrated throughout the day will promote proper blood circulation throughout your body to keep your skin, hair, nails, and body looking healthy. Drink 8 to 10 glasses of filtered water every day to flush out toxins and get the results you want when paired with the beauty remedies below.
1. Makeup Remover
Coconut oil does amazing things for your hair and body. When used as a skin product, it strengthens underlying tissues, and removes dead skin cells from the surface to provide deep moisture and get rid of flaky texture. Start with a small amount of coconut oil on the tips of your fingers. Rub the oil in circles over your eyes, lashes, and face until you feel the makeup has lifted off your skin. Use a damp cotton pad to wipe off the makeup and coconut oil. Try it for soft, moisturized skin and lashes without having to put chemicals on your face!
2. Eyelash Thickening
Castor oil thickens your lashes while aloe Vera lengthens. Clean out an old mascara container and fill it up with ¼ part aloe Vera gel, ¼ part castor oil, and ½ part Vitamin E oil. Close and shake the bottle to mix all ingredients together. Apply a light layer of this serum to your eyelashes every night before you go to sleep. You will start to notice results in about a month.
3. Dark Circles
The main cause of dark circles is lack of sleep and dehydration. Keep away dark circles by staying hydrated with filtered water and making sure you get the required 8 hours of sleep a night to function properly. The caffeine and tannins from the teabags will shrink blood vessels under the skin to reduce swelling under the eyes and eliminate dark circles. To get rid of already existing circles, save your morning tea bags! Place one cold tea bag on each eye and let it rest for 20 minutes every morning. Pat dry to look and feel revitalized. Give it about a month for best results.
4. Bath Exfoliant
When life gives you lemons…make a bath scrub! Lemons are effective at treating many skin problems to provide healthy looking skin. Mix 3 cups white sugar with 1 cup olive oil until they create an even paste. Squeeze 1 tablespoon of lemon extract into the mixture and mix well. Add more if you really like the smell of lemons! Use the mixture on your arms, elbows, legs, and stomach – anywhere you have dry or damaged skin!
5. Lip Scrub
Honey is full of antioxidants and is naturally antibacterial. With these properties, it moisturizes and slows down aging. Mix 1 tablespoon of coconut oil with 1 tablespoon honey and stir until they have an even consistency. Add 2 teaspoons of brown sugar and once again, blend the mixture together. Scrub your lips with the mixture in a circular motion for 2 minutes twice a day for smooth lips.
Baking soda acts as a perfect at-home microdermabrasion treatment due to it’s small crystalline structure. Squeeze a lemon and add baking soda until you make a thick creamy paste, scrub in a small circular motion over the area and then leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse with cold water and pat dry to enjoy blackhead free skin!
7. Keratosis Pilaris
This is a major skin problem amongst many people. Many may not even know it exists. The annoying chicken skin bumps on the back of your arms and thighs? That’s what they are: Keratosis Pilaris (KP). The best way to get rid of these is to exfoliate and avoid picking at them. Aspirin is a great medicinal exfoliant. Crush several tablets of aspirin up and add water to create a paste. Scrub this paste on the area during each shower to reduce bumps.
Lavender, jojoba, and tea tree essential oils have antiseptic, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties that make them ideal blemish treatment remedies. The rosemary and lemon will help get rid of blemish-causing toxins from your body. Mix ½ ounce jojoba oil with 4 drops tea tree essential oil, 3 drops each of lavender and lemon essential oil, and 6 drops of rosemary essential oil in a 1 ounce bottle. Shake well. Add another ½ ounce jojoba oil to the bottle, cover, and shake once again. Apply to affected area with a cotton pad twice a day!
Many of us have cellulite – even after tons of workouts, creams, and medicines. The best thing you can do for yourself to eliminate the problem is dry brushing. Start with a natural bristle brush (these can be found at any grocery or bath store). Brush towards the heart using long, upward, overlapping strokes. Over time, this process will restore radiance to skin, boost elasticity while tightening skin, and smooth cellulite. While doing so, this process stimulates blood circulation, eliminates toxins, rejuvenates the nervous system, and stimulates oil-producing glands to keep skin moisturized and keep away signs of aging. It’s the simplest and cheapest way to give life back to your skin.
Hydrogen Peroxide is great for whitening teeth as well as keeping away cold sores and other oral problems. Mix 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon hydrogen peroxide (*make sure it is a 3% solution for safety), and ½ teaspoon water into a cup with a small amount of all natural aloe Vera toothpaste. Mix thoroughly and use the mixture to brush your teeth for no more than 2 minutes. Do this once a week until you are satisfied with your teeth. After that, use the treatment once every month to keep your teeth looking pearly white.
Stay beautiful the all-natural way!