What’s a beauty-crazed gal to do when winter prevails and gets the best of us? You know the drill: dehydrated skin, chapped lips, staticky hair, and dry cuticles all caused by the harsh winter air. Our first instinct might be to head to Sephora for some much-needed retail therapy to stock up on all the necessities to treat our skin care issues. But in the weeks following the chaos of the holidays, we can all agree that our wallets can use a bit of a break.
So what’s a broke girl to do? The truth is, beauty products are all around us – spotting them just requires a bit of a different perspective. But, with a DIY-mindset, you can turn the grocery store into a beauty emporium that’s bursting with 100% natural items that work wonders for your skin and hair, too. Read on to learn what you should add to your grocery list ASAP.
Still looking tired from the holidays? Then chamomile tea is just what the doctor ordered. This tea’s powerful antioxidants help soothe redness, reduce puffiness and calm inflammation. Simply boil water, let the tea bags steep for up to five minutes, squeeze out excess liquid and place the bags over your eyes and cover with a warm cloth and let the tea bags get to work.
If you’re looking for a multipurpose ingredient, honey is a beauty elixir essential. Mix it with equal parts olive oil to condition dry hair or with equal parts oatmeal for a deep cleaning facial cleanser. Got sugar? Mix in a pinch of brown sugar to exfoliate dry lips, or you can simply rub it on your skin for an extra moisturizing, antioxidant-rich face mask.
Plain,preservative-free yogurt contains lactic acid that gently dissolves dead skin cells, unclogs pores, and evens skin tone, making it the perfect ingredient for a simple face mask. Simply apply a thin layer to your face and neck and leave on for 15-20 minutes; rinse off with warm water and voila! Instantly glowing skin.
Dry, winter air is the nastiest enemy when it comes to your hair. It leads to split ends, frizz and just overall drab hair. Grab a few extra avocados when you are in the produce section and mix an avocado with two tablespoons of coconut oil and apply the mixture to your hair and scalp. Make sure to focus on the tips of your hair as this it typically the most damaged part of your locks. Leave the mixture on for 30 minutes and wash it out with shampoo and conditioner. The mixture with seep deep into the hair shaft, repairing it from the inside. #bless.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar makes an ideal natural toner and works by removing dirt and balancing the skin’s pH to prevent breakouts and reduce unruly blemishes. Mix it with water — more for dry skin and less for oily — and swipe over your face with a cotton ball after you wash for a radiant, glowing complexion.
If you have yet to give into the power of coconut oil, it’s about to become your new secret weapon. Not only can it be used as a makeup remover and an eye de-puffer, it can also repair damaged hair, and smooth frizz and flyaways, all while adding major shine.
Oatmeal fixes nearly everything. It’s calming and anti-inflammatory and is perfect for exfoliating. Puree ¾ a cup of oatmeal, one egg, ¼ cup mineral water, and ¼ cup of raw honey in a blender and apply to your face and leave for five minutes, and then rinse. The mixture strips away dry skin while moisturizing, tightening, and smoothing, leaving you with majorly rejuvenated skin.