Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Home-Made Beauty Tricks

Avocado is packed full of natural oils and nutrients. To get the full goodness from an avocado you'd have to grind down the pip, as this holds a lot of nutrients, however these quick and easy beauty recipes will brighten skin and add a glamourous sheen to hair, especially coloured locks.

Face Mask:
2x avocados (just squish the fruit down with a fork)
2 Tbspn natural yoghurt
*Leave on for 15 minutes and add cold cucumber to the eyes for added Oooohh....Aaaahhhh!

Hair Mask:
2/3x avacados
1 tbsp clear honey
Leave on for 20 minutes.


It is well known that cucumber is lush as an eye cool down, but there really is a science behind it! Cucumbers are full of atioxidants that react when chilled to sink into skin faster. Being mostly made of water, it is completely natural and light on delicate skin round the eye area, unlike tea bags, which press on the skin and can cause dark circles.

Tomato Puree

It is well known that tomato ketchup can help counteract the green tint that chlorine can give bleached hair. However, ketchup is full of preservatives, E numbers, sugars and dyes, so a better option is to opt for an organic tube of tomato puree, as it is all tomato and no rubbish to dry your ends out!

Olive Oil

Olive oil is the DON of natural beauty. Olives are so full of goodies it can be used for numerous beauty problems.
It is excellent on eczema and bby's cradle cap, reduces the look of cellulite if massaged into skin twice a day, and add some table salt and it makes a perfect scrub for hands, feet or the face! Asian women swear that it increases hair growth, so put it on lack-lustre locks or to thin eyebrows to aid growth and send nutrients to the hair follicles.

Rosemary...rosemary...rosemary....potatoes and lamb roast dinner...mmmm....
Right, so, rosemary is often associated with food, and less associated with beauty, such as lavender and rose. However, rosemary has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and healing properties, and most of us have it in our yards, even if we don't realise or use it. It is a natural remedy for speeding up healing of wounds and fungal infections, and acts as a muscle relaxant; great after a hard days work. The purest form isrosemary oil you can purchase, but here's how to make the most of the sprigs from your garden.

Either cut off 4 or 5 sprigs and simply add to your bath, or, if you'd prefer not to have twigs floating around your bath try this:

Boil the kettle and pour into a tuperware. Cut off 6 or 7 sprigs and pull the leaves off into the water, leave for 10 minutes to infuse. Strain with a sieve and add this water to your bath.

Any other remedies and treatments you know about? Drop me a message! 

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