Let’s face it, our grandmothers never invested in expensive store-bought beauty products yet they always seemed to have that glowing, flawless skin worth envying. Maybe the secret lies in the fact that their beauty regime for the most part was au naturale.
Free of harsh chemicals and toxins, the following DIYs are easy to make and are safe for your face, body and nails. Loaded with vitamins and anti-oxidants, get back to basics with these organic beauty secrets.
When granny spoke of the miracle worker that is aloe vera gel; she was telling the truth. Packed with anti-inflammatory nutrients to fight blackheads, the slimy pulp of the aloe vera plant can also reduce wrinkles and fine lines. If you don’t have access to fresh aloe leaves, pick up a bottle of 100% aloe vera gel at any health food store. Apply daily with a cotton pad after cleansing for best results.
A good beauty routine starts from the inside. Begin you day with a shot of unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar. Praised for its laundry list of health benefits, ACV has been proven to help balance the body’s pH levels, which in turn slows down the anti-aging process resulting in clearer, wrinkle-free skin. It can also lower blood sugar levels and encourage healthy gut bacteria. Take no more than 2 teaspoons and if you can’t stand the burn dilute in a glass of water or fruit juice.
Turn this winning breakfast combo of honey and oats into a hydrating face masque in a few easy steps. Grind the oats and combine with a few drops of honey, lemon juice and tea tree oil. Apply to your face for 15 minutes and use a warm, damp wash cloth to remove. The oats will relieve dry, itchy skin while the honey adds moisture and combats acne-causing bacteria.
Acrylic gel nails are a must for a long-lasting, chip-free manicure, however there’s a natural way to strengthen and grow short, brittle nails. For this simple DIY, combine minced garlic with a tablespoon of olive oil and a teaspoon of Vaseline. Apply the mixture with a cotton pad to your nails for 20 minutes before rinsing your hands with warm soapy water. If the garlic odour lingers, soak your nails in lemon juice for five minutes. Do this weekly until you’ve achieved your desired results.
Dewy Face Mist
Want that MAC Fix Plus glow for half the price? Use rosewater as an all natural makeup setting spray. Mist your face sparingly after completing your makeup for a refreshing pick-me-up full of anti-oxidants that soften your skin resulting in that dewy afterglow.