Thursday, January 15, 2009

All Natural Beauty Remedies

Here are some all natural beauty remedies I picked up from Martha Stewart & tried awhile back to placate my curiosity. Be warned, some of it may sound a little crazy but hey, I can attest to the fact that these remedies actually work (on me at least) & the majority of the ingredients used can be found in the kitchen! Easy-peasy.

Beer Hair Volumizer
Yeast and hops help to swell the hair shaft and plump the cuticle, adding volume. The acidity of the beer helps remove built-up product residue. In the shower, after you've shampooed, pour a bottle of beer over your hair, Philip B. advises. Rinse briefly with fresh water (the idea is to avoid the Eau de Barfly effect while retaining the beer's body-boosting benefits). A rich beer with a high yeast content works best. (I think it's safe to say Muslims can stay away from this all together)

Egg Hair Mask
Eggs' high protein content helps improve hair's resilience and luster. Whisk together 1 egg, 2 tablespoons coconut oil or olive oil (I used Grapeseed oil instead as it doesn't smell at all), and 2 tablespoons sesame oil (I changed this to honey as I didn't have any sesame oil & it worked great too although I realise honey has nothing to do with sesame oil! It's called improvisation). Apply the mixture to dry hair and wrap a hot, moist towel around your head. Relax for five to 10 minutes. Without wetting hair first, work in a handful of shampoo, and then rinse and condition your hair.

Milk Bath
The lactic acid in milk serves as a gentle skin exfoliant, while its natural fat content acts as a body moisturizer. Add a gallon of whole milk to a tubful of warm water and soak. It's a great alternative to sugar and salt scrubs, which may be too abrasive for people who suffer from eczema, psoriasis, or sensitive skin. If you prefer a fragranced bath, add 10 to 20 drops of an essential oil such as lavender.

Orange Scrub
The fruit acid loosens dead skin cells. Cut a fresh orange in half and squeeze the juice of one half into a bowl. Add 1/4 cup granulated sugar and 1/4 cup olive oil and then blend into a moisture-rich scrub. Next, rub the exposed side of the other half of the orange over knees, elbows, heels, and any other dry spots. Last, rub in the sugar mixture to slough off dead skin. Rinse with warm water and pat skin dry.

Oatmeal Face Wash
Soothing and anti-inflammatory, oatmeal contains beta glucan, a soluble fiber that creates a thin, moisture-retaining film on the surface of the skin. Place a handful of whole oats in a clean washcloth and use a rubber band to secure it. Next, immerse it in a sinkful of warm water and squeeze the bag four or five times. Once the water is cloudy, splash it on your face and then air-dry. (If you must towel dry, pat as gently as possible.)

Pick up more Crazy Beatuy Tricks That Really Work at Martha Stewart.


naziehah said...

hey thanks for this entry!

I'll give it a try then. The oatmeal ones sounds easy enough, and I had plenty that i konon-kononye nak makan..ehehe.

Murni said...

i'm happy to share naziehah dear. i'm just happy to hear someone else is game enough to try! hahaha. anyways, good luck & let me know if it works for you too ;)