Every country and culture has an age-old beauty secret that is passed through the generations from woman to woman. You’ve probably even seen some of them in your own family. All of these ingredients are used in store bought products – and they’re just a kitchen away. Try some of these natural, chemical-free global beauty tips and share them!
1. For persistent acne gently scrub the skin on your face or other problem area of your body with sea salt and a few drops of neem oil (which is available at South Asian grocers). The salt is an antiseptic and the neem oil acts as an anti-fungal. Rinse off and wash face with your regular cleanser.
2. Oily skin can be banished with a homemade lemon toner. Combine lemon juice, distilled water and witch hazel in a clean bottle. Distilled water and witch hazel is available at drug stores. This chemical-free toner will stay fresh in the fridge for up to a week. Shake well before each use apply with a cotton pad. The lemon juice exfoliates the skin and evens out uneven skin tone while witch hazel is an herbal antibacterial cleanser.
3. Need a pedicure? To soften feet and hands, use corn meal. Cleanse with soap and then scrub your feet or hands with cornmeal to make then surprisingly soft and clean. Try cornmeal on dry elbows and knees too!
4. After brewing a cup of java, save the coffee grounds. They make an excellent face and body exfoliator. Use fresh, warm coffee grounds and massage in a circular motion on your skin. Sea Salt combined with olive oil or almond oil also makes an invigorating body scrub. Try adding vanilla or aromatherapy oils to make your spa scrubs.
5. Looking for a mask to cleanse, exfoliate and boost circulation? A yogurt mask will do just that. Yogurt contains lactic acid, which dissolves dead skin cells. Add oatmeal or chickpea powder for oilier skin.
6. Coconut oil strengthens and thickens hair. For full, shiny try a hot oil massage once a week. Massage into hair and leave on for a few hours or overnight before shampooing as usual. The oil helps to seal the hair cuticle and gets ride of split ends. For a flaky scalp or dandruff, massage olive oil into your scalp to soothe and nourish.
7. A milk bath might sound luxurious, but it’s a good way to pamper your skin and keep it healthy. For dry skin, add a half cup each of milk powder, honey and olive oil into your bath water. The lactic acid in the milk powder exfoliate, the honey is a natural antiseptic and all the ingredients nourish and heal the skin.
8. Honey is also the perfect face mask for all types of skin. It has natural antibacterial and cleansing qualities for acne-prone skin and it hydrates, heals and balances dry skin. If you feel a burning sensation, rinse off immediately; some people are allergic to honey.
9. Banish dark circles and puffy eyes with potatoes! Grate half a fresh, raw potato with a cheese grater. Use cheese cloth or other soft, fine cloth to make two small compresses of potato flakes. Lie back, relax and place the potato packs on your eyes for 15 to 20 minutes. The vitamin K in the potato juice seeps out and helps get rid of dark circles and puffy skin.
10. A beauty secret from the tropics are papaya masks. Mash up a small piece of papaya and massage it into the skin. Then relax for a few minutes before washing it off. The papaya contains natural enzymes that are very effective at exfoliation as well as numerous nutrients to give you a glowing complexion.
11. Soothe minor eczema and dry skin flare-ups by applying olive oil directly to the irritated area. Rub the olive oil into the skin and leave on to nourish and heal the skin and create a barrier so skin won’t dry out.
12. Minor sunburns and other small burns can be treated with a cold compress of black or green tea. Brew a cup of tea and let cool completely by placing the pot in cold water or an ice bowl. Soak a small clean towel in the cold tea and apply it to the area. The tea contains phytonutrients which reduces inflamed blood vessels and helps to heal the burn faster.