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Eight Beauty Tips that Verge on Genius

by Laurence-Emmanuelle Bédard Published on March 26, 2015

Organic cosmetics, natural cosmetics, and grandma's recipes: no need to spend a fortune on beauty products to look your best! Here are some simple beauty tips to care for your face, body, and hair. Simple, organic, and cheap, we love them!

There are several benefits to making your cosmetic products at home. First of all, it's economical because it only requires one or two products that you already have in your kitchen cupboards. It is much more affordable than the small jars that the pharmacy carries. Plus, you know exactly what you are spreading on your skin. Many cosmetics are packed with products harmful to your skin and to your health. Economic, ecological, and organic: those are some pretty attractive beauty habits.

Honey Mask

Known since antiquity for its moisturizing and healing properties, honey is very good for the skin. Very rich in minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants, its natural antibiotics fight against allergies, bacteria, and infections. In addition, it effectively combats acne problems. Paired with ground cinnamon, this is one of the best ways to naturally remove pimples!

  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

This recipe cleans the skin deeply, removes pimples, tightens pores, removes acne scars, and gives a radiant, perfectly uniform complexion! A high-quality, homemade mask you absolutely must try!

Olive Oil Makeup Remover

Removing makeup is a daily ritual that you will not give up. This gentle facial makeup remover allows you to remove makeup, even waterproof mascara, very effectively. It is made from environmentally friendly green products instead of synthetic, polluting products – a product to care for the skin and for the environment, everyday.

Brown Sugar Scrub

There are several recipes for making a sugar scrub. The most effective is to mix:

  • six tablespoons brown sugar
  • six tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Spread the mixture on the face or the body by gently massaging the skin and then rinse with warm water. Olive oil gives the skin a wonderful complexion, in addition to making it smooth and silky. Its detoxifying and rejuvenating virtues are attractive benefits.

Cocoa Bronzer

No need to rush to Sephora to buy a bronzer; here's how to make one at home with a few ingredients in your kitchen... Cocoa powder will fit the bill perfectly! For the best results, you can add:

  • cinnamon powder
  • potato starch
  • a few drops of lavender essential oil

The quantities will vary depending on your skin tone. Since you're the designer, you can experiment until you find the perfect shade to make your pretty face prettier.

Hair Mask with Coconut Oil

Using coconut oil is a good way to make your hair soft, luminous, and healthy. Throw out your hair conditioners and creams, you no longer need them! A jar of unrefined coconut oil is a perfect multifunctional moisturizer. Even better: add castor oil to the base of the hair. This product, available in pharmacies or in any health food store, makes your hair grow faster. The results are impressive.

Baking Soda Shampoo

Manufacturers look for products that smell good and that foam a lot, so that we don't feel that we are using especially aggressive products. Baking soda will rid you of all residual shampoo and conditioner, and your hair will have a natural glow after just a few treatments.

First, mix:

  • 1 part baking soda
  • 3 parts water

You can double or triple the recipe depending on the length of your hair. Apply mixture on your hair, leave it for 2-3 minutes, then rinse. Use baking soda instead of your usual shampoo and your hair will be forever grateful.

Conditioner with Vinega

The pH of the hair is slightly acidic, very close to that of a conditioner made with apple cider vinegar. On the other hand, many hair products we commonly use – like the majority of shampoos, bleaches, dyes, and permanents – are strongly alkaline. Rinsing the hair with apple cider vinegar helps to return your hair to its natural pH, by removing the buildup (excess alkalinity) that comes from the use of these products.

Chamomile Highlights

Add dried chamomile flowers or two or three herbal tea bags to a cup of boiling water. Let cool and then pour the liquid over your hair. Allow it to dry in the sun, normally about thirty minutes. Wash your hair, which should already be a little lighter. Repeat this treatment once a week, on your entire head or just to achieve some highlights, and you'll be surprised to see just how light the effect will be.

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