Hey, Natural Beauty | Remedies & Treatments
This post has been in the making for what feels like years. I've been dropping hits all over my social media accounts talking about how I would like to share my Natural Remedies for skincare and beauty. It's taken me a long time to refine my skincare routine and in all honesty, it's still not perfect. You add things, take things out and even add a sprinkle of something else. No matter how much it changes (because unfortunately our skin changes with age) my natural options have stayed the same.
At at home beauty remedies are not only safe but cost effective. Have you stepped into your drug store lately? Or the high-end chains? Beauty care can rack up the costs. I want to share a few natural options for both skin, hair and nails. Check out my list and don't forget to check your cabinets because most likely, you have some of this stuff laying around.
Lets DIVE in.......
Castor Oil: castor oil is the real MVP. If you're having issues with thinning hair, this is the route you want to take. To be specific, Jamaican Black Castor Oil. I've used it for a while now on my eyebrows and eyelashes and I have seen a significant difference. (Don't worry sharing pictures soon). Castor oil has natural antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. It is also high in Vitamin E. When used right, it can prevent and remedy hair loss. The antioxidants in castor oil maintain the keratin in hair and helps make it stronger, smoother and less frizzy.
Apple Cider Vinegar: Apple Cider Vinegar is not just good in the kitchen it's amazing in your beauty routine too. ACV can be used as a facial toner. I started using ACV a few months ago. Initially I was using it straight up without diluting it. Not a good idea. It was so harsh on my skin, it caused break outs. Lesson learned, right? I've found the perfect combo that can works as a toner for your skin. Mix 1 part ACV and 2 parts water (or micellar water) and with a cotton pad/ball, dab on face. I found this option much to work the best. It also helps to minimize pores and stimulate circulation. Score!
Green Tea: Using green tea in your beauty routine is pretty simple. It can work as toner. Brew two bags of tea, steep and jar for future use.
Coconut Oil: ah, coconut oil. Have we heard enough about this product yet? I think not. Coconut oil works on hair, skin and nails You can add a pea size amount to cuticles to help moisturizer. Work a tiny amount into wet hair to add moisture. Finally, use a bit as moisturizer on your face (or anywhere on your body). When using coconut oil in your hair, you want to remember that oil and water doesn't mix-so if you add too much, it may be difficult to wash out and it WILL weigh hair down. Also, works well as shaving cream!
Baby Powder: ran out of dry shampoo? No problem. Working a small amount of baby powder to your oily roots can work as a DIY Dry Shampoo. Sprinkle a bit and use a cotton cloth or towel to rub it into your hair for best results.
Tea Tree Oil: I use tea tree oil for my nose ring when ever it gets infected. (It gets infected often and I've had it for over 10 years). I put a little bit on a q-tip and clean around my nose ring and by the next morning, whatever redness is gone. Tea tree oil can work for minor keloids (due to piercings) also.
Witch Hazel: Using Witch Hazel for skin care is an age old recipe. What do you think our mothers did back in the day before Sephora? They used Witch Hazel for everything. I use it to get rid of dark spots. With consistent application, witch hazel helps get rid of any dark spots due to cuts or acne. It has come through for me many times and I'm currently using it every night before bed to clear up a patch of dark spots from my last breakout. The key is consistency.
Rubbing Alcohol: I know a lot of people don't agree with this one because of how harsh straight up alcohol can be but it can come in handy when there's no other option. If I start to see a few pimples on my face, I use alcohol on a q-tip and tap it on the break out area. In most acne prevention products there is a certain amount of rubbing alcohol in the product so what does it really harm? A little of this product goes a long way. If you use too much, it will dry out the area so be careful.
These are just a few things that help my beauty routine. When it comes to skin, hair and nails- nothing is "foolproof". We all have different types of skin so you want to make sure you test out any product (even if it's natural) to see how your skin reacts to it. I hope you enjoyed this post and found some helpful tips to use in your daily beauty routine. Until next time...