Having to stay indoors on most days is no excuse to let yourself go and forget about self-care. Here we list five natural beauty recipes you can cobble together with ingredients found around the house.
Experiment with these five ways to give your skin and hair a much-deserved treat!
Recipe #1 - Oatmeal-based skin cleanser
Oats have a natural compound called saponin, which soaks up the excess oil on your skin and helps treat acne. Additionally, oats have anti-inflammatory properties that help rejuvenate dry skin and get rid of dead skin cells, making it perfect for people with dry skin.
To make your oatmeal-based cleanser, grind 1 tbsp. of oats and 1 tbsp. of sunflower seeds in a blender. Mix that with 2 tbsps. of yogurt and 1 tbsp. of warm honey, and you have an excellent gentle facial cleanser. Scrub it on your face and let it sit for three minutes before rinsing off with warm water for maximum effect.
Recipe #2 - Coconut oil moisturizer cream
Coconut oil is skin-soothing and anti-inflammatory, and works as a great moisturizer for your body. It will look solid in a jar but will melt at body temperature right away. Be aware though that you should avoid using coconut oil on your face as it may cause acne and breakouts, depending on your skin type.
Recipe #3 - Egg white facial mask
Egg white has nutrients that can shrink large pores, therefore treating greasy skin and preventing acne from growing on your face. They work hand in hand with yogurt and avocado - yogurt to loosen up gunk in your pores and avocado to moisturise and prevent inflammation.
Blend 1 egg white, 1 tbsp. yogurt, and half an avocado. Apply it to your face and leave on for 10 minutes before you rinse it off.
Recipe #4 - Tea-based hair shine conditioner
Do you know that black tea is a great way to bring back shine to dull hair? Depending on your hair type and the kind of leaves used, black tea can sometimes work even better than store-bought hair products in rejuvenating your locks and helping with curl loss.
Simply brew black tea and wait for it to cool off. Next, pour it directly on your hair and wait 10 minutes, then rinse it off.
Recipe #5 - Banana hair smoothie for thinning hair
Bananas are a great source of protein, which is a nutrient that can help improve thinning hair. Together with eggs, amino acid-rich bananas can help strengthen, add thickness, and enhance elasticity in your hair.
To make your banana smoothie conditioner, blend 2 egg yolks, 2 ripe bananas, 2-3 tbsp. of honey, ½ cup conditioner, and 2 tbsp. olive oil. Blend until you have a creamy paste, and then apply to hair and leave on for 20 to 30 mins. Rinse it off and enjoy thicker, stronger hair!
Mademoiselle Organic’s new Haircare Natural Recipes workshop will teach you how to make simple instant recipes like these, using all-organic ingredients. Learn how to make hair care solutions best suited for your hair type, whether it be oily, dry, or normal, and get fantastic results free from chemicals and artificial components.
Go natural and start DIYing your hair and skin care!
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