Nowadays the cost of ‘beauty’ doesn’t come cheap or without a cost to your body in regard to chemical overloading. However you don’t have to sacrifice glowing skin, a sparkling smile or shiny hair if you are seeking to adopt a natural, non-toxic lifestyle.
We have compiled a rundown of simple, household ingredients that double up as natural and affordable beauty alternatives…
MAKE UP REMOVER – COCONUT OIL
Removing your daily make up doesn’t have to be complicated. Ditch the creams and ‘waters’ for super-simple coconut oil. Smooth a thin layer over your makeup or use a cotton ball to wipe over skin and eyes. Wash and rinse with warm water and repeat if needed.
FACE MASK – RAW, ORGANIC HONEY
With its antibacterial properties and healing qualities, honey can be a great option as a natural beauty product to use on the skin. Organic, raw honey will always offer the best results. Soothing and smoothing, honey works wonders when applied as a face mask for 10 minutes when required. Rinse with warm water.
TEETH WHITENING – BICARBONATE OF SODA OR COCONUT OIL
Long before tooth whitening existed, or even whitening toothpaste – a simple solution to pearly whites was the use of brushing with the modest, multipurpose agent: bicarbonate of soda. Bicarbonate of soda (also called baking soda) can be used as a natural cleaning agent around the home but is also effective at removing discolouration and stains from the teeth.
Secondly, the ever-versatile coconut oil can be utilised for a brighter smile. Oil pulling is an ancient method of cleaning your teeth that originated in India and is very effective at killing bacteria and naturally whitening the teeth. The technique involves swilling a teaspoon of natural coconut oil around your mouth like a mouthwash.
HAIR CLEANSE – APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
Combine a ratio of 1 part apple cider vinegar with 3 parts water and rinse through your hair like you would with shampoo. The ACV will help to remove the build up of hair products and residue that collect in our hair every day. This is also a natural method of treating scalp conditions such as dandruff.
LEAVE IN CONDITIONER – COCONUT OIL OR ARGAN OIL
Once again coconut oil comes in handy in the bathroom as well as the kitchen. To treat dry, unruly or frizzy hair, apply and massage some coconut oil, from root to tip (or avoid the roots if you tend to have oily roots). Leave in your hair for 15 minutes and then shampoo as normal. For an intense conditioner, use argan oil as a natural leave-in treatment.
EXFOLIATING BODY SCRUB – NATURAL OPTIONS
When making homemade body scrubs you can choose from various natural ingredients you may have around your kitchen including (used) coffee grounds, sugar, salt, oats and grains. They are all super exfoliating and offer unique properties for the skin.
Coffee and cane sugar are two of the best exfoliating heros for your skin. Mix equal parts of used coffee grounds with sugar and bind together with a little coconut oil. Massage gently in circular upward motions. This homemade antioxidant scrub exfoliates the skin, while helping to reduce the appearance of cellulite, and moisturises the skin with hydrating coconut oil.
To remove an uneven false tan, a lemon juice and sugar blend will correct mishaps.
Ground cinnamon can also be added for its warming effects on the skin as winter draws closer.