Just like with food, you always want to read the label. Look for minimal ingredients and make sure you can pronounce each ingredient. Most beauty and hygiene products contain chemicals, fragrances and other harmful toxins that end up stored in your fat tissue, burden your liver and cause a host of health problems. For example, parabens mimic estrogen in your body, which disrupt hormones and increase body fat. Other preservatives can contribute to skin problems, allergies, asthma, reproductive issues and even cancer.
The good news is, there are solutions for staying healthy, looking good and feeling your best without breaking your budget or spending all day coming up with crazy concoctions. These super simple, DIY, non-toxic natural beauty recipes are made with 5 ingredients or less. They’re not only safe to put on your body, they’re safe to ingest as well. Although eating a jar of vanilla coconut coffee scrub is not recommended, it’s ok if you get a lick of it while showering!
15 Simple Solutions
1. Fruity Facial Exfoliant
Cut 1 lemon in half and dip the cut-side in 1 tablespoon of fine sea salt (or baking soda). Gently press the lemon against your face, using small circular motions for a couple minutes and leave on for 10 minutes before rinsing. Do this twice weekly for best results. The exfoliation from the sea salt and enzymes from fruit are excellent for smoothing complexion and preparing the skin for hydration.
2. Sinus Clearing Facial Steam
Steam your face by adding 4 cups hot water, 2 chamomile tea bags, 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar and a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil to a large bowl. Place a towel over your head to lock in the steam and hover over the bowl for 10 minutes. Perform weekly to cleanse pores and support your skin’s pH balance.
3. Cinnamon Apple Facial Toner
Refresh your skin with a homemade toner. Combine: 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar, 1/2 cup water (or chamomile tea), 2 cinnamon sticks, 1/4 teaspoon sea salt and a few drops of lavender/rose essential oils.
4. Hydrating Honey Mask
This is a delicious way to deeply hydrate your skin, especially if it’s dry, dehydrated or sunburned. Apply 3 teaspoons of raw honey evenly to your entire face and neck. Leave on for 20 minutes before rinsing.
5. Egg-White Wrinkle Reducer
This egg white firming mask tones your skin and shrinks your pores. Separate the yolks from the whites in two cups. First, apply the whites to your face and leave on for 20 minutes. Next, rinse off the whites and apply the yolks for a moisturizer. Leave on for 20 minutes before rinsing.
6. Say Sayonara to Dry Skin
Use this yummy vanilla coconut coffee body scrub in the shower a few times per week for radiantly glowing skin. Combine: 1/2 cup organic sugar, 1/4 cup fine ground organic coffee, 1/4 cup coconut oil and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. This is especially helpful for cellulite reduction.
7. Improve Skin Elasticity
Before showering, use a dry skin brush to gently brush your entire body, using motions that brush toward your heart. This removes dead skin cells, leading to improved circulation, detoxification and exfoliation.
8. Soothe Sun Damaged Skin
Combine 1 cup aloe vera juice with 20 drops lavender essential oil and 10 drops of rosemary essential oil. Spritz onto sun damaged skin as needed. Keep refrigerated and use within four months.
9. Treat Your Feet
Soak your feet in warm water (enough to cover your feet) mixed with 1/2 cup epsom salt or baking soda and 1/2 a cup sea salt and essential oils (such as lavender and eucalyptus). Use a pumice to remove calluses. Apply coconut oil and cover your tootsies with socks to lock in moisture.
10. Lighten Your Locks
Blondes and brunettes can use lemon juice or chamomile tea as a spritzer before showering to lighten luscious locks. Use rooibos tea for red hair and chai tea for black hair for extra shine.
11. De-Tangle Your Hair
De-tangle unruly hair by adding 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup aloe vera juice to a spray bottle and spritz on your hair after showering.
12. Brighten Your Smile
Brighten your smile by adding 1 mashed strawberry or 1/4 teaspoon activated charcoal to your toothbrush and brush as usual. Rinse well, brush with toothpaste and smile.
13. Natural Make-up
Combine cacao powder with cinnamon for a blush. Use mica minerals for a shimmery eyeshadow. Combine warm honey with coconut oil and peppermint essential oil for mint frosting lip gloss.
14. Homemade Perfume
Dab some essential oils (lavender, rose, etc.) or vanilla extract on your wrists for a lovely fragrance. Warning: the vanilla in combination with the cacao and cinnamon blush might make you crave cookies!
15. Non-toxic Toothpaste
Fluoride-free toothpaste: combine 1/2 a teaspoon of baking soda with 1/2 a teaspoon of sea salt, a drop of peppermint/cinnamon/fennel essential oil and a few drops of water.