These quick and affordable natural beauty solutions will save you time and money. Better still they are healthy and kind to skin. From how to get glossy hair to DIY tinted moisturiser and makeup multitaskers.
Add some natural shine to your hair with common kitchen ingredients:
Boost the shine of dark hair by rinsing it with a diluted natural vinegar such as apple cider vinegar. Rinse 10 parts water to 1 part vinegar and a teaspoon of honey and apply to clean hair. Use a wide tooth comb to distribute evenly. Leave for a few minutes then rinse.
Add gloss to fair hair with lemon juice. Mix 2 tbsp of fresh lemon juice with 1 tbsp honey and apply to wet, clean hair. Brush through with a wide tooth comb. Leave for a few minutes then rinse.
Both act by sealing down the outer cuticles of the hair to help it reflect light. A cold rinse of water also works.
Add a few drops of your favourite natural perfume to olive oil for a beautifully scented, healthy bath oil and indulgent treat.
If you are out of your natural face scrub create your own with oatmeal. Massage directly onto clean, damp skin. If you feel it is too dry for your skin type, add a little jojoba oil.
Olive oil will help your nails grow long and strong and prevent painful hangnails. Massage into cuticles daily.
Mix a couple of your natural lipstick shades on the back of your hand to create a new shade, try a new shade to see if it suits, or trend.
For a lighter and more natural-looking alternative to your foundation, mix a little moisturiser with it for summer and instantly create your own tinted moisturiser! Opt for a moisturiser containing natural sunscreen to help keep your skin protected.
Refresh your makeup and your skin this summer with a natural mineral water spritz. Simply fill a hand bag sized dispenser with mineral water. Add a few drops of rose water for toning benefits.
Calm down angry red blemishes with an ice cube before applying some tea tree oil to help reduce swelling and treat bacteria.
Aloe vera gel, fresh from the garden, is just the thing to soothe sunburn and calm damaged skin.
Save money on makeup by opting for neutral colours that you can wear every day. Look for 2-in-1 products such as foundation and concealer in one; combined face washes and scrubs; moisturising body washes; natural oils like jojoba and coconut which can be used for both makeup removal and as a moisturiser; balms that can be used for all types of skin care needs from insect bites to eczema and chapped lips; makeup tints for cheek and lips.
By Nina Weston
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