Monday, November 18, 2013

Top 5 DIY Beauty Treatments


      I’m not a doctor nor am I a dermatologist but I’ve learned a lot from going to beauty school as well as just researching things on my own. So I’m going to start off by recommending you do your own research instead of just taking my word for everything on this list. These are all things I do at home and have found work best for me. Not everyone has the money to run to the spa all of the time so it’s nice to find ways to save money and it’s also nice just to have a pamper night. My pamper night is on Sunday. I dedicate the last couple hours of my Sunday to me and only me. It gets me ready for the week ahead and helps me say goodbye to the week past.  I hope you enjoy my DIY beauty tips and find a couple that help with any beauty dilemmas you may be having.

Apple Cider Vinegar for Dandruff
It’s said that the acidity from ACV changes the PH balance of your scalp there for it cures and prevents dandruff. As well as dry itchy scalp. Most people recommend you mix equal amounts of ACV and water then apply to your hair and scalp twice a week for worst-case scenario. I have found that this regimen really works quite well. However, I use less water and more ACV depending on if I really need it. I’ve found that being pregnant has caused my scalp to be extremely dry.

Almond Oil for Dry Brittle Nails
Last Winter I was having some issues with my nails. They were so dry they would just snap off. I am a BIG advocate of natural oils. I found that Almond oil is rich in vitamins that nourish and moisturize. There fore it’s good for the nails and hands. Once a week I remove my nail polish, file my nails and rub the oil on my nails paying close attention to my cuticles. Extra Virgin Olive oil is great for this too.

Brown Sugar Lip Scrub
This is a really common home remedy to moisturize, exfoliate and soften your lips. You only need 3 ingredients for the most amazing lip scrub EVER. Brown Sugar, Coconut Oil and Organic honey. Mix these 3 things together until it’s to the consistency of your liking. You want to gently rub the mixture over your lips. Once you’re done make sure you apply a moisturizing lip balm. You only need very little. I personally make this in a small container with a lid so that way I can save it for next time.

Grape Seed Oil
I have suffered with oily skin for quite some time now. I have spent money on primers and special soaps only to find that they didn’t have any long-term benefits. The soaps only cleansed my skin while the primers only work for about 8 hours. So in my search of a way to get rid of my embarrassing oily skin I came across the benefits of Grape Seed oil. It contains astringent properties that tighten and tone the skin there for it closes pores preventing oily skin. My main thought was “how is an oil going to get rid of oil?” but I’ve been using it for the past 2 weeks and started seeing results after only a few days. I apply a small amount to my face a few nights a week after washing it before bed.

Mayo Hair Mask
When it comes to the pursuit of beautiful easy to manage hair I’d like to think that I have tried just about every thing I’ve come across. If it sounds crazy (but not damaging) I want to try it. One of the stranger things I’ve heard of and actually really like is the Mayonnaise hair mask. Mix full fat Mayo, a large egg and Extra Virgin Olive oil in a bowl then apply to your hair and let it sit. I like to wear a shower cap while I have the mask on my hair.  Not only will this mask give your hair a nice shine but also it adds moisture and protein.

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