Have you ever heard anyone order a Butylparaben cocktail? Or a piece of Polyethylene glycol pie?What about a Triethanolaminesalad? Or a Sodium Lauryl Sulfate Smoothie? Our guess is most definitely not, and ew. You go it, these ingredients don’t fit anywhere near plates, cocktail glasses or our mouths, but we slather our faces with them everyday. Yes, you do. We all do. They are the scary chemicals most commonly found in beauty products, and they’re not fun. Especially when you’ve just spent top dollars on a blush that is stocked full of talc, a.k.a. toluene, a.k.apretty bad stuff.
Trust us, the real DIY beauty deal is already in your kitchen, it will save you tons of cash and can be munched on if you’re ever stuck on a deserted island or more likely in a subway car or taxi cab. Besides, lemon, cinnamon, nutmeg, honey and turmeric sounds way nicer than 1,4-dioxane, doesn’t it?
These 5 Natural Beauty Cures will heal you and your wallet:
The Cure: Lemons and Water
The Trick:Lemon Acne Spot Cure
The Tools: Small Container, Q-Tip, Refrigerator
- Squeeze 1 full lemon into a measuring cup (remove seeds)
- Add 1 tablespoon of water
- Mix thoroughly
- Pour into small container
A.M pre make-up or P.M pre bedtime, dip the Q-Tip into the solution and gently graze over spot, blemish or pimple. Don’t layer any other make-up or cream on top. Let the lemons do their thing.
The Deal:Lemon juice contains citric acid, which is anti-bacterial, and a natural anti-oxidant. Lemons can help to remove toxins from the body, reduce redness in skin and brighten the complexion.
The Cost: .99$ a lemon, the water is free
FYI on the DIY: Keep it in the refrigerator for best results. It might tingle or burn a little when you first apply it, don’t worry. It’s normal.
The Cure: Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Sugar, Cocoa
The Trick:Pure Glowing Blush
The Tools:A small shallow container with twist top, a spice grinder (if you have one, if not then use pre-ground spices).
- 1 part Cinnamon (1/4 cup)
- 1 part nutmeg (1/4 cup)
- 1 tablespoon of Cocoa powder
- A dash of brown sugar (not too much!)
Mix all the powders together in a measuring cup. Pour into the container. Shake before each usage.
The Deal:You will love, love, love the result of this DIY blush bronzer. It will give you Oscar worthy glamour skin and the soft natural scent of the spices blended together will last all day. Cinnamon, nutmeg and cocoa are power spices. Known as brain boosters, the soft scent of this triad can help relieve stress and fatigue. When applied to the skin cinnamon and nutmeg can fight inflammation. Warning: You may crave cookies, baked goods and sugary cakes more than usual.
The Cost:All of these spices can be bought at a bulk store, which is way cheaper than prepackaged goods. Under $5.00
FYI on the DIY: It’s best to use a BIG blush brush to blend on your skin. A smaller brush will leave you with David Bowie 80’s blush streaks, which nobody wants. This is a powerful little potion, very little goes a long way. Tap a small amount into the container cover and blend in before applying to your face.
The Cure: Grape seed oil
The Trick: Pure Grape Seed Oil Moisturizer
The Tools: A very small bottle, cotton balls or cosmetic pads
- Pure Grape Seed Oil
Pour the pure grape seed oil into the small container. A.M or P.M apply the oil to a clean cotton ball or cosmetic pad. Gentle dab over face to moisturize. You can dab around the eye are but do not apply directly to eyes.
The Deal:Say ‘oil’ to anyone with acne prone skin and watch them sink slowly into a pathetic ball. Acne prone skin people know – oil is our mortal enemy. We spend hours trying to fight it, abolish it, or wipe it clean from our faces. Now, we are telling you to slather up. Believe us: Grape seed oil is a little sneak. It’s the opposite of greasy. It’s astringent! Grape Seed Oil is anti-inflammatory and contains linoleic acid, and antioxidants that promote overall skin heath. It will be absorbed immediately into your skin and will tightenpores for an undeniable soft, smooth complexion.
The Cost:Under $15 for a 1L bottle which will last you about 10 years
FYI on the DIY: Don’t be scared to use this oil on your face. Wait a minute before applying any other make-up.
The Cure: Turmeric, Honey, Milk
The Trick: Brightening Treatment for Under-eye Circles
The Tools: A glass bowl, a desert spoon, a facecloth
- Turmeric powder (1/4 cup)
- Pure Honey (1/8 cup)
- Milk or soy milk (1 tablespoon)
Mix all three ingredients together in the glass bowl slowly until the consistency reaches a thick paste. Add more Turmeric powder if it gets too liquidly. This mask should be spreadable not drippy. Use the back of the metal spoon to glide and spread the mask under the eye area and onto the cheekbones. Use the face cloth to clean up any drip. Let it sit on the skin until it gets slightly hard, about 15 minutes.
The Deal:Turmeric is one of the healthiest foods you can eat, and it’s been around forever. It’s been used as medicine, as fabric dye and as a topical healer. Turmeric is fantastic for promoting skin health and can even help cure eczema and other skin irritations.
The Cost:Turmeric, honey and milk (soy milk) should be well under $10.
FYI on the DIY: We love Turmeric for being one of the healthiest foods on the planet, but even lovable Turmeric has a dark side. This powerful powder is a frequent stainer – it will clutch to your clothes and never let go so be weary of what you wear when Turmeric is near.
The Cure: Rosemary, Lemon, Sea salt, Grape Seed Oil, Olive Oil
The Trick: Spring Fresh Purifying Salt Scrub (body)
The Tools: A mason jar with lid
- Grape seed oil (1 ½ cup)
- Olive Oil (1 ½ cup)
- 2 sprigs of fresh Rosemary
- 4 lemons halved
- Lemon Juice (1cup)
- 3 dashes of essential oil – Lemon or Rosemary
- Sea salt to fill the jar
Drop the lemons and rosemary into the jar. Add the lemon juice and oils. Fill the jar with sea salt, and shake. Add essential oil. Enjoy.
The Deal: It’s time to get lathered up in natural luxury. The Rosemary and Lemon in this Spring Fresh Purifying Sea Salt Scrub will beat your winter blues in seconds and will give you the energy boost you’ll need to climb out of winter. Rosemary is an excellent treatment for any type of inflammation, or swelling. Teamed with lemon, the duo is stocked full of purifying qualities that will cleanse skin, leaving it soothed and calm. The Sea Salt will exfoliate dead winter skin, and improve circulation.
The Cost: Our Spring Fresh Purifying Salt Scrub may be the most expensive to make, but it is definitely a luxury to invest in as all the ingredients are multi-tasking gems that can be used in many other cures…and salads.
FYI on the DIY: Water will kill this beautiful summer baby, so store it at room temperature and use a small wooden spoon to scoop out a portion before bath time. It also may leave your bathtub in need of a rinse post lather sessh, but it’s oh, so totally worth it.