Beauty products have been on the retail market for over a century. However, some natural beauty remedies have been used since ancient civilizations walked the Earth. Modern blushes, lipsticks, and skincare products can contain harsh chemicals and fragrances that may irritate sensitive skin. Even when buying high-end makeup, factory-made products might never be as good for you as what Mother Nature has to offer.
When it comes to finding the best all-natural beauty products, look no further than your local grocery store. It's true — some of the best at-home beauty remedies can be found right alongside tasty treats and Mac n' Cheese. If you're looking to treat acne, moisturize dry skin, or find a cheaper alternative for makeup primer and lip stains, we've got you covered. The next time you're doing your weekly grocery haul, treat yourself to some of these simple beauty products perfect for an at-home spa night.
Apple cider vinegar is one of the most holistic beauty products available at the grocery store. Apple cider vinegar can be used as a cleansing hair treatment, astringent if watered down and applied to the skin, and is a total miracle product for lightening blonde hair if it becomes brassy. To cleanse hair using apple cider vinegar, first pour ½ a cup into a glass. While in the shower, pour the apple cider vinegar over the lengths of your hair. For medium-length to long hair, more than ½ a cup may be necessary. Rinse the apple cider vinegar out of your hair and be sure to avoid getting any of the vinegar in your eyes.
Coconut oil makes a great hair, skin, and nail moisturizer for a fraction of the price of some top-level moisturizers. For an easy leave-in hair conditioning treatment, warm a dollop of the coconut oil between your fingers and apply to the ends of your hair. You can choose to either wash it out if you have oily hair or leave it in for super silky strands. Coconut oil can also mend broken cuticles and stimulate nail growth when applied to the nails. For a light moisturizer, add a finger-sized amount to freshly-washed skin and work it in. Coconut oil also makes a great makeup remover and seamlessly washes away even the most stuck-on waterproof makeup.
Not only do coffee grounds taste amazing in your morning cup of joe, but they also make a great morning body scrub or face mask! To give yourself the ultimate wake-up call in your morning shower, mix ¼ coffee grounds with coconut oil to create a body exfoliant. Spread the mixture over your wet skin and feel the grounds exfoliate away any dead skin. The same mixture can also be applied to the face for a refreshing face mask. Simply leave the coconut oil and coffee ground mixture on your skin for 10-15 minutes and wash away with warm water. Though this product may technically be edible, try to avoid licking your delicious-smelling face while you wait!
An avocado face mask — it’s like guacamole for your face! Mash up a ripe avocado in a small bowl and apply it to your freshly-washed skin. Avocado has many moisturizing benefits due to its high-fat content. Not only does avocado have moisturizing benefits, but it can also help heal acne and inflammation, exfoliate the skin, and minimize oil on the skin. The same avocado mixture can also be applied to wet hair for a moisturizing hair mask that will smell amazing, stimulate hair growth, and mend split ends. Pass the chips!
This old faithful face mask is one that won’t break the bank. Microwavable oatmeal is a quick and easy way to get all the benefits of this natural face mask in a fraction of the time. Oatmeal has multiple moisturizing benefits and helps your skin to retain moisture longer, even after it's been removed. Be sure to let the oatmeal completely cool before applying to your skin. For added benefits, add an egg white and two spoonfuls of honey. Spread the mixture evenly over your skin. For the desired moisturizing effect, leave the oatmeal mask on for 15 minutes and wash away with warm water.
Charcoal has been used for centuries for oral health. Charcoal’s teeth whitening benefits are due to its abrasive qualities, but should only be used by lightly layering it directly onto the teeth. Charcoal can easily remove stuck-on stains from coffee, wine, or fruit stains. Start by crushing up activated charcoal tablets that can be found in the pharmacy aisle of your grocery store. Mix the powder with a small amount of water to form a paste and apply!
When you’re all out of dry shampoo and in a pinch, cornstarch makes for a great quick fix! When applied to oily roots, cornstarch seamlessly gets rid of excess oil and leaves your hair feeling fresh. Cornstarch’s natural oil-absorbing qualities are also a great alternative to sprays which can be harmful to the environment. By choosing cornstarch that comes in a paper bag, this beauty item also reduces waste. Canned dry shampoo bottles can add up, so this is a sustainable and cheap alternative for those mornings you don’t have time to hop in the shower.
For those struggling with acne, it seems like there are thousands of natural remedies out there that simply don’t get the job done. Peeled garlic cloves make for an incredible, natural at-home acne remedy. Begin by slicing the peeled garlic clove in half. Next, rub the exposed garlic over a pimple. Repeat the process until the redness and swelling subsides. You can also leave the residue on the pimple overnight for added benefits. Garlic has been proven to be extremely useful at healing whiteheads instantly. According to Self Magazine, the whitehead will be gone and “won’t come back.”
This beauty trick is an old favorite of models and busy women alike. Tea is a natural remedy for under eye puffiness. Start by brewing a large cup of chamomile tea, and remove the tea bag. Let the tea and tea bag cool for 10-15 minutes before placing the cooled bag under your eyes. Under-eye bags will be reduced almost immediately due to the tea’s natural antioxidants and the added benefits of caffeine. For added benefits, pour the cooled tea over blonde hair to reduce brassiness. You’ll be feeling more relaxed in no time!
Apple juice acts as a great astringent or toner when applied to the skin. Begin by applying the apple juice to a cotton ball and spreading it evenly over the skin. The natural pH balancing properties in the apple juice will help to balance your skin and allow it to retain natural moisture. The natural acidity found in apple juice also allows it to work as a natural exfoliant, stripping away dead skin cells and rejuvenating your skin’s natural glow. If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, an at-home apple juice skin treatment may just keep the dermatologist at bay.
Honey is one of nature’s most all-around fantastic skin care products. The natural antibacterial properties found in honey allow it to help with acne management and prevention. Honey also has natural antioxidants in it, which help to slow down the effects of aging. Honey is also ultra-moisturizing and can help give your skin an added glow during the winter months. To make your honey face mask, simply pour a small amount of honey into a bowl and smooth it over the skin. After ten minutes, wash the honey off of your skin with warm water and pat dry.
For an ultra-luxurious bathing experience, there’s no need to splash out on fancy bath bombs or expensive bath salts. Milk, a household grocery staple, can do just the trick. Pour about two cups of fresh milk into running bath water. The milk will act as a bath moisturizer, making your skin feel silky smooth. The fat and protein found in milk act a moisturizer by making your skin feel supple and refreshed. For added moisturizing benefits, add a small amount of honey to the bath as well. Turns out, milk and honey are all they're cracked up to be.
Do you go through oil-blotting sheets like it’s nobody’s business? Do you have to constantly carry around powder to handle the inevitable oil appearing on your skin halfway through the day? This older makeup trick will work just as well as any expensive makeup primer. Milk of magnesia, a common remedy for stomach ailments, can stop oily skin in its tracks. Begin by pouring a small amount of milk of magnesia onto a cotton round and apply it to freshly-washed skin. Apply makeup as usual and see how this natural remedy works wonders at preventing oil throughout the day.
Anyone who has tried at-home whitening treatments knows what a struggle it can be. White strips can be extremely expensive, and no one likes the tacky texture it leaves on your teeth. Strawberries are a great alternative to white strips and taste amazing. The acid and Vitamin C found in strawberries make them great teeth whitening treatment and an inexpensive one at that! Begin by mashing up strawberries in a bowl. Apply the strawberry paste to your teeth and leave on for five minutes. For extra teeth whitening power, add a tablespoon of baking soda to the mixture. Repeat this process every week to truly see the results!
Sugar lip scrubs are currently all the rage in the beauty community. Sugar’s natural exfoliating properties can seamlessly remove dead skin and leave your lips feeling ultra soft. Not to mention, this natural remedy tastes delicious! Begin by mixing one teaspoon of sugar with a tablespoon of coconut oil and applying to the lips. Work the mixture into your lips, rubbing it into the skin to remove any flakes. Wash the sugar scrub off with warm water and pat try. Apply your favorite lip balm and enjoy your soft, kissable lips. This remedy is especially useful during the winter when chapped lips are a constant concern.
Ever wanted that just-ate-berries natural red lip? Now you can achieve it, straight from the source. Berries make a beautiful natural lip or cheek stain and can last for several hours. This natural remedy has been used for centuries and is still just as useful today to achieve a natural flush of color. Begin by mashing your raspberries in a small bowl. Lightly dip your finger into the juice and apply to the lips or cheeks. Due to its fast-acting dying properties, you’ll need to work quickly to spread the juice into the skin or lips before it dries.
Last but certainly not least, cucumber slices have been depicted in countless movies and TV shows as an at-home spa treatment. Cucumber slices hold a lot of moisture and can aid under eye puffiness when applied over the eyes. Cucumbers may also have skin-lightening properties that aid not only with swelling but darkness under the eyes as well. You may feel a tad ridiculous when doing this old-school treatment, but it really works! Begin by slicing a cucumber into thin ¼ inch-thick slices. For an added spa treatment, apply one of the aforementioned face masks, sit back, apply the cucumber slices to your eyes, and enjoy this ultimate relaxation treatment. Don't listen to The Princess Diaries -- cucumber slices have various beauty benefits!
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