It’s not cheap and easy to find the time to do beauty treatments, which is why many of us end up with common problems like damaged hair and dry skin
Beauty treatments don't have to be super complicated, crazy expensive, or take up too much of your time. There are many simple DIY recipes out there that you can easily whip up at home to give your face, skin, and hair the care it needs without breaking the bank.
1. Use coconut oil to strengthen, moisturise, and nourish your hair
Coconut oil is one of the best ways to naturally treat your hair. It's a plant-based oil and rich in lauric acid, which allows it to penetrate deep into the hair shaft, letting it nourish your hair more effectively from the inside out.
How to use: Massage 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil from the roots to the ends of your hair. Let sit for 5 minutes before you proceed to wash and condition your hair as usual. If you have really dry hair, you can leave the coconut oil on overnight and wash it out the next morning.
2. Get extra smooth and shiny hair by washing it with green tea
As an anti-inflammatory ingredient loaded with antioxidants, green tea is a popular beauty ingredient that's often used on the skin and face, but not many are aware that it works wonders for the hair too. It's known to stimulate hair growth and treat the scalp, leaving your hair healthy, smooth, and shiny.
How to use: Steep 2 green tea bags in 3 cups of hot water. Let it cool, then use as a final rinse after your usual hair washing routine.
Bonus: Other types of tea can help your hair too. Enhance hair colour and give dry hair a natural shine by doing the same final rinse with black tea for dark hair or chamomile tea for bleached blonde hair.
3. Looking to add some life back into your damaged hair and promote hair growth? Try an almond milk and coconut oil hair mask.
Almonds are a great source of essential elements of hair structure, such as protein and vitamin E. It also contains fatty acids that make it suitable for deep conditioning and promoting softness. This simple hair mask recipe combines it with coconut oil to create the ultimate treatment for damaged hair.
How to use:
Blend together 4 egg whites, 5 tablespoons of almond milk, and 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. Apply the mixture onto clean, damp hair. Cover with a shower cap and let set for 45 minutes before shampooing it out, followed with conditioner.
4. Make an all-natural berry lip stain that not only moisturises but also gives your lips a gorgeous tint
Our lips tend to dry out and crack depending on our health and the weather. It’s also important to be aware of the ingredients in our lip products as we tend to lick or bite them off, especially during meal times. You won't have to worry with this all-natural lip tint that gives you a beautiful hint of colour while also moisturising your lips, keeping them soft and supple.
How to use:
Thoroughly mash 3 blackberries with a single raspberry. Add the juice from 3 pomegranate seeds by individually squeezing them over the bowl with your thumb and index finger. Pour 1/2 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil and stir everything together.
Drain the liquid from the mixture into a small jar. It keeps for about a week if stored in the fridge. Apply to your lips with a lip brush or Q-tip to avoid staining your fingers.
5. Combine honey and oatmeal to create a great 2-in-1 product that can be used to exfoliate or hydrate your face
Oatmeal is an ingredient that is able to naturally soothe and rehydrate dry skin by helping it retain moisture. It also makes for a great exfoliator. Meanwhile, honey is one of the best ingredients for your face - it's extremely soothing and moisturising, adds a glow to your complexion, is full of antioxidants, and is naturally antibacterial which makes it perfect for acne treatment and prevention.
How to use:
Mix 2 tablespoons of oats with a tablespoon of honey and a bit of water. Warm up the mixture before rubbing it onto your skin. Wash it off right away if you want to use it to exfoliate, or leave it on for 15-20 minutes to use it as a soothing, hydrating face mask.
6. Fight dark spots and brighten up your complexion with a face mask made from green tea and raspberries
This DIY face mask is perfect for achieving that healthy, glowy skin that we all want. No matter what your skin problems are, be it dark spots and wrinkles, or whether you're just looking to brighten and tighten your skin, this recipe delivers amazing results with only two ingredients.
How to use:
Steep an organic green tea bag in hot water for 1 minute. Remove the tea bag from the water and allow it to cool to room temperature before cutting it open. Combine the contents of the tea bag with about 6-8 mashed raspberries. Apply liberally to clean, damp skin for 5-10 minutes, then rinse off with warm water.
7. Pamper your hands and nails with this rejuvenating soak
You don't have to go to an expensive spa to treat yourself to some pampering. This soak is the perfect solution to liven up dry, tired hands and repair dull, yellow nails. The lemon bleaches stained nails, while the cucumber soothes dry hands.
How to use:
Slice one lemon and half a cucumber into a bowl of cool water. Soak your hands for 10 minutes. If you'd like, you can proceed to give yourself a simple manicure afterwards by pushing your cuticles back with an orange stick and painting your nails.