There is nothing more attractive than being happy and healthy. Almost all of these natural beauty hacks can be done with the items you already have around the house. And if you are missing any of these items, you can spend less than $10 per product online or at the grocery store. There is no reason why you can’t have natural beauty on a budget!
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20. Avocado Hair Mask
An avocado hair mask works like a deep-conditioner. It will help to make your hair smooth and shiny for up to a week. Use the meat of ripe avocado and mix it together with just a dash of olive oil. This can be done with a fork, but if you have a food processor, that will help get it into a really fine consistency.
Slather it all over your hair, but avoid the roots, because it may look overly greasy later. Let it sit for 20 minutes before washing it out in the shower.
19. Vitamin E Oil
There are several different benefits to using vitamin E oil. Some people even drink it in their tea, or take it in capsule form. It is also amazing for your hair and skin, as well. Use it on your hands, hair, and nails if you are feeling dry. It is also amazing if you are trying to give yourself a face massage.
Probably the best thing about vitamin E oil is that is helps to heal your wounds. I you have recently gotten a pimple or scar, using the oil in the days during the healing process will help minimize scarring. It also helps with itchy skin, eczema, and psoriasis.
18. Green Tea Facial Toner
Facial toner helps to tighten and freshen your skin after you have used a good cleanser. Instead of buying a toner for $10 or more, you can make it at home with an empty spray bottle and some green tea. It is important to use loose leaf green tea instead of the tea bags. This is the only way you can get the nutritional benefits.
17. Cucumbers Under Your Eyes
At this point, cucumbers under your eyes is a total cliche that shows up in tons of movies. But sometimes, cliches are completely true. Cucumbers actually do help to moisturize and soften your skin to help with anti-aging. The skin around your eyes is very sensitive, and will benefit from cucumber.
If you don’t want to waste food by using whole slices, one great way to use cucumbers is to peel one, and leave the green peels off to the side. Then, after you have cleansed your face, place the cumber peels white-side down on your skin, and lay down for about 10-20 minutes while the veggies to their magic. Once you take the peels off, your face will feel soft, moisturized, and dewy.
16. Green Juice
The average American diet is seriously lacking in nutrients. This can negatively affect your health, but it also makes a huge difference in the quality of skin, and how old you look. Try to incorporate green juice into your routine, if at all possible. Remember to choose dark leafy greens like kale and spinach, and add on low-sugar fruits. If you want to learn more about the benefits of drinking green juice and how amazing it can be for your health, you should consider watching the documentary Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead.
15. Drinking Water
Your skin needs water in order to look plump and young. If your body is feeling dry, so will your skin, and more creases and wrinkles are likely to appear. If you drink alcohol, it is also likely that you are dehydrated, and you may not realize it. Remember to drink at least 8 glasses of water per day. Once you start incorporating more water into your routine, you will be amazed at how much healthier you feel. Last and certainly not least, drinking more water usually helps you lose weight. It will reduce bloating, fill you up, and help flush you out.
14. Avoid Over-Washing Your Hair
A lot of people wash their hair every single day. And in the summer time, we can’t help but want to take two showers a day, too. However, by over-washing, it will dry out your scalp, and make your hair look dry and brittle. This also trains your scalp to produce more oil, if it expects to lose its oil every day. Most recommend washing your hair every-other-day. Consider investing in a shower cap so that you can give your body a good cleanse, but keep your hair dry in-between wash days.
13. Getting 8 Hours of Sleep
There is a phrase “beauty sleep” for a reason. The human body heals when you are asleep, and so does your skin. You have probably noticed that after a night with little-to-no sleep, there will be dark circles under your eyes. Most of the time, we brush this off as a temporary problem that we can make up for the next day. But if you are consistently losing sleep on a regular basis, that will make you look a lot older and exhausted. Try to make sleep a priority, and your body will thank you.
12. DIY Facial Massage
Plenty of people aspire to go to a salon to get an expensive facial massage. Yes, you do need to know what you are doing in order to drain your lymph nodes and properly get the results you are looking for. But the beauty of the Internet is that everyone is available for you online. You can give yourself a facial massage every single day if you wanted to. Just grab some of that vitamin E oil and watch Olga Toja’s YouTube videos on DIY facial massage. She has several different videos on various types of face massage, so be sure to check out her main channel page, too.
11. Avoid Smoking and Alcohol
Drinking alcohol causes your face to bloat, and it also dehydrates your body. Nearly everyone looks less attractive the morning after drinking. Same goes with smoking, which is arguably much worse for your skin and aging process. We know it’s hard to quit either of these things, but even reducing the amount you smoke or drink can significantly improve your appearance.
10. Laugh More
As corny as it sounds, laughing will make you more attractive. By laughing more, you will feel happy, and happy people are sexy. Have you ever noticed someone who looks like the world is on their shoulders? They are not always the most approachable or attractive person. Who cares if your eyes will form laugh lines? It’s totally worth it.
9. Wear Sunscreen
Getting a sun burn can cause sun damage to your skin, and it may ultimately lead to cancer. You may have also noticed “sun worshipers” who eventually have thick, wrinkly skin. It’s not exactly an attractive look. If you love getting a tan in the summer, consider getting a spray tan instead.
8. Bentonite Clay
Bentonite powder truly is life-changing. I personally use Indian Healing Clay, and it has helped to heal rashes, dandruff, and generally helped to tone and clear my skin. This is also great as a deodorant. It detoxifies your armpits to take away any of the harmful ingredients you may have in your daily deodorant, like aluminum.
7. Jojoba Oil
There are several different kinds of oil that can help your skin and hair. We already mentioned Vitamin E, but this year’s trend has been all about Jojoba Oil. If your hair is feeling dry, you can take just a couple drops and it will help to moisturize and give shine to your locks.
6. Activated Charcoal
You have probably seen tons of beauty brands coming out with activated charcoal products to fix everything from clearing your face to whitening your teeth. It is far cheaper to just buy a bag of loose activated charcoal and create DIY products in your own home.
5. Sugar Lip and Body Scrub
It is important to exfoliate your body, because it takes away your dry, dead skin. It also helps to prevent ingrown hairs. It’s easy to make your own scrub. Just mix brown sugar with coconut oil for a gentle lip scrub. If you want to make a bit more abrasive or add some flavor, you can grate some orange peel into the mix as well.
4. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is the cure-all for some any DIY beauty hacks. You can use it for home made toothpaste, conditioner, face masks, lotion, and so much more. It can also use it a lot in cooking. If you buy a container of coconut oil, it will NOT go to waste.
3. Coffee Ground Exfoliator
When you make coffee in the morning, you probably throw away your coffee grinds, but they could actually be re-used! Coffee has caffeine, and some say that it can reinvigorate your skin. Some recommend using it as an exfoliant scrub on your legs to help reduce the appearance of cellulite.
2. Sweat Out Your Body’s Toxins
As gross as it sounds, sweating will bring the toxins out of your skin and body. If you have access to a sauna at your local gym, you should seriously consider using it on a regular basis. Just remember to shower, and abide by the rules of your facility to make sure everything is clean. Also remember not to stay in too long, because you could become dizzy.
1. Baking Soda Teeth Whitening
People spend a fortune buying whitening strips, toothpaste, and mouth wash. You can easily whiten them with good old baking soda. Sprinkle some of the baking soda onto your hand, and then wet your tooth brush. Dab the wet brush into the pile of baking soda on your hand, and then brush your teeth.
Shannon Quinn is the editor-in-chief of InspiringHome.org