You don’t need harsh chemicals or tons of money to get beautiful skin and shiny, healthy hair. Read on for easy, inexpensive ways to look gorgeous naturally. They are simple, yet luxurious. Enjoy. : )
1. For a radiant complexion slice a few grapes in half and rub the cut sides over clean skin. “The fruit acids are natural exfoliators,” explains Regine Berthelot, head aesthetician at the Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa at The Plaza in New York City.
2. Chilean women credit the antioxidant powers of red grapes for their luminous skin. They create a paste by mashing up a handful of the fruit and adding 2 tablespoons of white flour. They then apply the mask to their face and leave it on for 10 minutes before washing it off. “It wakes up the appearance of tired and fatigued skin to give you an amazing glow,” says Shalini Vadhera, author of Passport to Beauty.
3. Actress Emma Stone revealed she uses grapeseed oil as facial moisturizer for her allergy-prone skin. Grapeseed oil is suitable for a wide range of skins types: those with acne-prone skin and those who are concerned about the appearance of aging. Apply about 3-4 drops of this antioxidant-packed oil with your fingers or using a cotton pad.
4. Tone your skin and zap zits with apple cider vinegar. Reduce redness, tone and exfoliate skin, and treat acne—all with the wonder product: apple cider vinegar (ACV). Containing malic and lactic acids, as well as antibacterial properties, this product helps return skin to normal pH when applied to the face and body, and can be applied up to twice per day when made into a toner. Simply dilute two tablespoons of ACV with one cup of water, and apply to face using a cotton pad. You can store the unused portion in the refrigerator for up to one week.
5. Prevent dry skin with an avocado face mask. The fruit is packed with hydrating healthy oils and unsaturated fats that will help moisturize even the most sensitive of skin. Mash half of one ripe avocado into a creamy texture. Massage into the face and neck. Leave on for 15 minutes and gently rinse off.
Soft, Shiny Hair
1. Massage olive oil into your scalp and hair for about 10-20 minutes. Leave it on for half an hour or more before shampooing.
2. Use rosemary hair rinse or rosemary infused oil. Please check out the recipes for making these at home. [Back To The Garden: Rosemary Herbal Remedies]
3. Want super soft, hydrated hair? Use melted coconut oil as a deep conditioning hair and scalp treatment. Massage coconut oil into your scalp and then work it through your hair. Leave it on for a couple of hours before shampooing.
4. Spanish women bring out natural, subtle highlights in their hair by rinsing it with cranberry juice, says Shalini Vadhera. Try mixing ¼ cup pure cranberry juice (not cocktail blends) with ¼ cup water and doing a final rinse with it in the shower. “If you’re going to be in the sun, the cranberry juice brings out the rich hues in your hair,” she says. “It works amazingly on brunettes, but if you’re blonde you’ll want to use lemon juice instead to avoid ending up with pink hair.”
1. Australian makeup artist Napoleon Perdis says yarrow extract is used by Australian Aboriginal women to prevent stretch marks, thanks to its moisturizing and hydrating properties. Rub several drops of yarrow extract into the affected areas each day to get rid of the scars.
2. Cleopatra’s beauty secret was taking milk baths to soften her skin and remove dead cells. Since we’re vegans, let’s make soy milk bath! Soy is naturally high in vitamin E, which helps repair damaged tissue, and contains lecithin, which can keep skin soft and supple.
Soy Milk Bath:
- Combine 1 cup of soy milk with ¼ cup baking soda in a medium-sized bowl.
- Add ¼ cup of sea salt.
- Pour this mixture into a container. Use ¼ cup for each bath. Refrigerate the unused portion for another day.
3. Mix a 2 to 1 ratio of sea salt and olive oil to make a quick and effective body scrub. This helps get rid of dead skin cells creating softer, more glowing skin.
4. Use coconut oil on your legs as a natural replacement for your shaving cream.
1. Moisturizing nail treatment: Soak your nails in olive oil for five minutes.
2. Don’t overdo hand washing and limit contact with cleaning chemicals: As healthy as it can be to wash your hands frequently, don’t overdo it. If you are in a profession where frequent hand washing is mandatory, use moisturizer as often as possible and rub a little extra around the cuticles several times a day. When doing housework or laundry, minimize contact with harsh chemicals, including dishwashing liquid, by wearing rubber gloves whenever possible.