The beauty industry would have you believe that their products, and their products alone, can bring you eternal youth and everlasting beauty. Well, they would, wouldn’t they? The beauty industry is worth an estimated $300 billion! But, it hasn’t always been that way. In years gone by, the girls knew that there were better, more natural, more effective, yet inexpensive ways to achieve the same results, as the expensive products that you use today. Read our 11 natural beauty tips and fixes that the beauty industry would rather wish you didn’t know about:
1. Brighten up your knees and elbows
To soften up those rough patches on your elbows and knees, cut an orange in half and rub in. It will exfoliate and invigorate your skin, and nature even made it the right shape for the job.
2. Get a tan
No need to sit in the sun for hours or to buy expensive tanning lotions. Just mix a little cocoa powder with some skin cream for a natural and inexpensive bronzed look to your skin.
3. The most natural of wrinkle treatments
You can exercise your face just like you exercise any other part of your body. There is a whole range of different exercises for your face, but we strongly recommend that you do them in private, as some of the faces that you have to pull are quite strange! Here are some of the facial exercises: stick your tongue out as far as you can and hold it this way for 5 seconds, repeat 3 times; try moving your nose from one side to the other, do it for about 10 seconds, repeat couple of times; lightly press your 4 fingers down on your cheeks and smile as hard as possible, raising your cheek muscles against your fingers, it will help strengthen and lift your cheek muscles.
4. Shine your hair with some egg and banana
Get a natural shine to your hair by mixing in your blender a mashed up banana with one egg, add 2-3 tablespoons of coconut oil and massage it into your wet hair. Leave it on for about 20 minutes and then wash your hair as you usually would. Your hair will be nourished and shiny!
5. The simplest natural face masks
If you have dry skin, mash up a ripe avocado (optional: add a teaspoon of avocado oil) and use it as a face mask to rejuvenate and nourish your skin. If your skin is oily try mixing one tablespoon of white clay with water, add 1 tablespoon of plain yogurt and use it as a clarifying mask. Apply for 10 minutes, then rinse. For normal skin: mix plain yogurt with an oatmeal (with already soft oatmeal), apply on your face for 10 minutes and rinse, this mask will add softness and glow to your face.
6. Banana peel for your teeth
An old trick for teeth whitening was to use the peel of a banana. Rub the inside of a banana peel across your teeth, every night, for a couple of weeks and see the difference.
7. Chemical free shaving foam
All that shaving foam really does is to lubricate your skin against the razor. Use coconut oil or olive oil instead, these are just as effective and it will soften your skin too.
8. Dry brush detox
Dry brushing your skin, with a brush made for the purpose, helps the detoxification process which happens naturally through your skin, it improves your blood circulation and it exfoliates too. All without the aid of any chemicals courtesy of the beauty industry!
9. Cut out the soap
Some ladies of yesteryear never washed their faces with soap. Instead, they avoided all the harsh chemicals in soap, which only leads to you needing moisturiser afterwards anyway; they removed their makeup with olive oil (or coconut oil, almond oil, avocado oil); just massage the oil into your skin for a minute or two and then remove it with a warm washcloth, rinse with warm, then cold water to close pores. Your skin will be clean, soft, glowing and nourished!
10. How to get shiny hair
Add shine to your hair by applying a few drops of coconut oil on the ends; be light handed, don’t apply too much oil on your hair to avoid greasiness. Your hair will be shinier and healthier.
11. Natural body scrub
To create a natural body scrub you have many options: you can mix olive oil with brown sugar, sea salt, coffee grounds or finely ground oatmeal; massage your body with one of those while in the shower, it will help get rid of dead cells and make your skin softer, smoother and more glowing.
12. Natural loose powder
Well, it’s been a while since I’ve started using rice flower as my setting powder and so far, I love the results! For long lasting, beautiful, matte finish, simply dust rice powder over your foundation, using a powder puff or a powder brush. It does exactly the same thing as your usual setting powder (it sets your makeup) and it’s all natural! Only, make sure that you aren’t allergic to it!