Beauty - A Gift from Nature
The cosmetic industry would have us believe there are no simple and inexpensive natural beauty tips and tricks, which is simply not true. In fact, nature flourishes with delectable beauty indulgences! Of course, we are not all going to discontinue our everyday beauty routines or stop using the many convenient beauty products available, but it never hurts to use nature’s kinder and gentler replacements from time to time. Try some of these homemade beauty recipes made from all natural ingredients for a refreshing change of pace.
Apples - The apple is soothing on the skin and is full of tartaric and malic acids that gently exfoliate. Add a cup of natural apple juice to your bath to cleanse and soften skin or use as a hair rinse to control dandruff. Apple juice also makes a breath sweetening mouth rinse.
Avocados - Blend avocados, carrots and rich cream to help rebuild skin collagen, improve skin tone and texture and fade age spots.
1 avocado, mashed
1 carrot, cooked and mashed
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 egg, beaten
3 tablespoons honey
Combine all ingredients until smooth. Spread gently over face and neck for ten minutes. Rinse with cool water and gently pat dry.
Bananas - The banana is rich in protein and natural fats and can be used on all skin types because it is so mild. For an easy facial treatment, massage a mashed banana over your skin. Leave on for fifteen minutes, rinse with warm water and follow up with a moisturizer. Mashed banana also makes a wonderful hair conditioner, when mixed with a teaspoon or two of honey.
Honey - Raw honey is naturally anti-bacterial and provides a quick way to soften skin. Once a week, spread a tablespoon of raw honey over face and neck. Leave on for five minutes, then rinse with warm water and gently pat dry.
Lemons - Lemons contains large amounts of citric acid that acts as an anti-bacterial and astringent agent and is mildly bleaching over an extended period. For a great PH balancing mask, whip up a papaya with one teaspoon honey and lemon juice in blender. Apply to face and neck. Rinse after twenty minutes.
Papayas - Papayas contain natural enzymes that can be used for deep cleansing of the body. Mix together a mashed papaya with several teaspoons of aloe vera gel and massage into your body. Leave on for no more than five minutes and rinse thoroughly. Do not use on face and avoid other sensitive areas.
Strawberries - The strawberry is a yummy smelling fruit that is ever so mildly bleaching and has a slight brightening effect on the skin, with extended use. Mix a half cup of fresh strawberries with a tablespoon of sour cream for a weekly facial mask.
Strawberries also contain a natural fruit acid, which aids in exfoliation. Mix together ten strawberries, two tablespoons olive oil and one teaspoon of coarse salt. Massage into hands and feet, rinse and pat dry.