Being a student, for me at least, means having to sacrifice somethings. Among things that I've had to forgo has unfortunately been beauty products. I can do without chocolate or a trip to the cinema but the one thing I can not do without is beauty products. Over the past two years, I have been on the hunt for homemade beauty products.
I've had some success in with my homemade beauty products project, which I am quiet proud of. One of the things I love most about making the following things at home is I know what's going into what I put on my body. It's all natural ingredients which means your body is going to love you for it! Different products that I've bought in the supermarket or chemist have a tendency to make my skin break out, become overly dry, overly oily etc. I can't really win with any product that has a lot of chemicals in it. Things I make at home, well, my sin actually feels a lot better, I have less breakouts, and my skin doesn't over or underproduce oils. Plus, everything needed for these homemade products are pretty cheep and easily found in any supermarket! So, without further ado, I give you the homemade products that I have discovered over the past two years!
- Honey and apple cider vinegar mixed with water improves your energy, strengthens your immune system, helps to clear up skin conditions and removes toxins from your body (dilute one tablespoon of honey and one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in one cup of warm water and drink it first thing in the morning.)
- Olive oil treats split ends, reduces static, controls dandruff, smooths the hair cuticle, and improve the overall health of your hair and scalp (warm one tablespoon of olive oil and apply to hair. Leave it in for thirty minutes or overnight before rinsing.)
- Avocados prevents hair loss and promotes hair growth (mash one avocado with one tablespoon of olive oil and apply to hair. Leave it in for thirty minutes before rinsing.)
- Lemon is a natural hair lightener (squeeze lemon juice into a spray bottle and dilute it with a bit of water. Spray it liberally on your hair and sit in the sun for a while. *The change is gradual so you’ll have to do it a couple of times.)
- Coffee naturally darkens hair (pour black coffee into a spray bottle and spray it liberally on your hair. Leave it in for thirty minutes before rinsing. *The change is gradual so you’ll have to do it a couple of times.)
- Vaseline on eyelashes makes them softer, stronger, and longer (coat your lashline and eyelashes with vaseline before going to bed.)
- Lemon is a natural skin lightener. It does wonders with acne scars!
- Sugar is good for exfoliating skin.
- Brushing with baking soda helps to whiten teeth.
- Aloe vera gel helps relieve sunburns, mosquito bites, and just burns in general.
- Finally, oats, olive oil, and warm water makes for an excellent facial scrub. Not only do the oats exfoliate skin but the olive oil with soften skin.