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40 Inexpensive Beauty Remedies That Are Easy to Find

10. Coconut Oil and Lemon Juice for Dandruff Dandruff is a condition that occurs when the skin on the scalp flakes off. It’s also referred to… Simi - May 22, 2017

10. Coconut Oil and Lemon Juice for Dandruff

Dandruff is a condition that occurs when the skin on the scalp flakes off. It’s also referred to as Pityriasis simplex capillitii, or scurf, and it is caused by a fungus known as Malassezia. Often, dandruff is experienced frequently by people with seborrheic dermatitis, a common skin condition that can affect the scalp, face, upper chest and back and causes the skin to appear red and flaky. Dandruff can also be caused by things like improper hygiene, yeast sensitivity, certain pre-existing skin conditions like psoriasis or eczema, lack of nutrition and even stress. Treatment for dandruff is relatively simple, and will usually involve an over-the-counter anti-fungal shampoo. These shampoos usually contain ingredients like salicylic acid, tea-tree oil, ketoconazole, selenium sulfide and zinc pyrithione, but if you’re looking for a more natural treatment, coconut oil and lemon juice can be just as effective.

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Coconut oil is an extremely effective dandruff treatment because it contains natural anti-fungal properties that are able to kill the dandruff-causing fungus. Lemon juice is equally effective because it contains antimicrobial properties and citric acid which helps to bring dandruff under control. To use, simply mix two tablespoons of coconut oil with one teaspoon of lemon juice and massage it through your hair, rubbing it into the scalp. Leave it on to soak for at least one hour then rinse it out with cold water, followed by a mild shampoo. You can also add a squeeze of grapefruit juice for even better results. Beauty products don’t have to break your bank. By doing proper research and exploring different avenues, you can open up a whole new range of cheap, effective remedies.

11. Mint leaves for dark circles under eyes

We usually think the dark circles under our eyes are due to lack of sleep. While this can be true, other factors, such as age, pollution, improper diet and genetics are also culprits. The skin under the eyes is much thinner than that on the rest of your body.  Those dark blue circles are the result of light being reflected off the blood vessels sitting under the skin. As you get older, the skin becomes even thinner, and this is why many older people, more of than not, have dark circles under their eyes. Younger people also suffer from dark circles, especially if they’ve spent all night out on the town. When your body is tired, it produces more cortisol to give you the energy to stay awake. This increases blood volume which causes blood vessels to engorge (hence the dark circles).

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The good news is that mint leaves can be used for dark circles. The menthol in the mint improves circulation, and it is a natural astringent which means it constricts the blood vessels under the eyes, making them less apparent. Mint is antiseptic, antibacterial and antimicrobial so it kills the toxins that help to damage the skin under the eyes. The vitamin C in the mint helps to promote collagen production which makes the skin firmer. Its soothing properties also help to relax the eyes. To use the mint, puree mint leaves in a blender to make a paste. Apply the paste under the eyes and leave on for 10-20 minutes. Wipe it off with a damp cloth and pat the area dry. Apply on a daily basis to benefit. You may add a tablespoon or two of olive oil to the mint paste for further nourishment.

12. Apple Cider Vinegar for shiny hair

Many clarifying formulas leave your hair feeling dry and frizzy. They take away the product buildup but affect the health of your hair. Many of them contain sulfates and other unnatural products that damage your hair over time. Apple cider vinegar rinses have the same results, and yet they do not strip your hair of its natural oils. It may sound strange because you would think that vinegar would be drying. On the contrary, it gently dissolves product buildup and leaves your hair feeling smooth and shiny. The citric acid in the apple cider vinegar destroys all the gunk and buildup and at the same time polishes each hair strand into a bouncy, hydrated state.

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To make it all you need to do is mix one part of apple cider vinegar with three parts water and use it after shampoo. The best way to do it is to pour the ACV into a plastic cup before getting into the shower and then adding the water when you’re ready to rinse. Tilt your head back and pour the mixture over your scalp. Remember to keep your eyes and mouth closed just in case. Massage it into your scalp and then rinse thoroughly and condition as you normally would. You may not like the smell, and your shower will smell of apple cider vinegar. Your hair will also smell a little until it dries, but you won’t care because when it’s dry, you will see how awesome it looks. This rinse is safe for pretty much every type of hair – curly, frizzy, straight and even if its color-treated. As apple cider vinegar is acidic, you need to limit yourself to doing an ACV rinse once a week.

13. Extra Virgin Olive Oil for removing eye makeup

Most of us love wearing makeup but taking it off isn’t fun. You may have treated yourself to expensive eye makeup removers, only to find that you were allergic to them or didn’t do the job properly. Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) is all you need to remove stubborn eye makeup at the end of the day. You won’t have to scrub furiously to get rid of your makeup which is enough to give you more wrinkles. It does not burn or sting your eyes because it’s all natural. Some people suffer from sensitive eyes that seem to water frequently. Using EVOO to remove makeup instead of commercial ones that may contain thickeners, emulsifiers, etc. can be the answer for them instead of having to avoid wearing any makeup at all.

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It is wise to pour the olive oil into a small container – you don’t want to take that big bottle out every time and risk spilling it everywhere. A container with a tiny hole at the top and a lid works well. Put a little on a cotton pad or Q-tip and massage over the eye area. In a few seconds, all the makeup is broken up, and it wipes right off, leaving your lashes conditioned and hydrated. EVOO serves as a great moisturizer, so you don’t need to rinse it off. When you apply it, try not to get it in your eyes as some people say they have blurry vision after using it. Surprisingly, it is not greasy, so most people have absolutely no problems when using it and find it moisturizing, rather than greasy. It does not contain emulsifiers like commercial removers so it may not be as effective when removing some kinds of waterproof makeup.

14. Brown sugar and spice for skin exfoliation

With so many expensive exfoliators in stores, you may think that keeping your skin healthy is an expensive exercise. Fortunately, brown sugar offers you an easy, cheap way to exfoliate your skin. It helps to slough away those dead skin cells, leaving your body with a glow. It is gentler than a salt scrub as the particles are smaller and it doesn’t strip away the oils in the skin. Brown sugar contains glycolic acid and this acid keeps your skin healthy and fights bacteria.  Your skin looks fresher and younger after using a brown sugar scrub because it supports cell turnover by breaking down the ‘glue’ that bonds the cells.  It also helps sun-damaged and aging skin. It is a natural humectant which means that it absorbs moisture from the environment and hydrates your skin.

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Make a brown sugar and spice rub by mixing half a cup of brown sugar with two tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil, two teaspoons of instant oats and half a teaspoon of ground cinnamon and freshly grated nutmeg. The cinnamon brings blood flow to the surface, and the nutmeg has anti-inflammatory properties. Place the ingredients in a small bowl. Apply to the skin in circular motions and then shower and rinse off. Use a brown sugar scrub once a week to keep your skin in great shape. It is simple, cheap and works for all skin types. Once you have exfoliated your skin, remember to wear a sunscreen when going outside to avoid damaging the newly tender skin. In the winter, using a sugar scrub will help to exfoliate that top layer of skin and make sure that moisturizers penetrate deeper and hydrate for longer. 

15. Aloe Vera for hair loss

We all shed hair, but some of us shed more than others and lose hair at an alarming rate. Aloe Vera can help to heal the scalp and bring the pH balance back to normal. While there’s no scientific evidence that it will cure baldness, it definitely soothes the scalp and provides the best possible environment for the growth of healthy hair. Aloe Vera contains certain enzymes which repair and heal damaged cells. It improves the health of the hair follicles, so it indirectly promotes healthy hair growth. It also has anti-inflammatory as well as antiviral and antifungal properties so it can soothe an aggravated, itchy scalp. Its high quantity of proteins, vitamins, and minerals nourish the follicles and the moisture content conditions the hair, locking in nutrients.

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Make a mixture of five tbls of Aloe Vera gel, three tbls of coconut oil and two tbls of honey. Apply the mixture to your hair and make sure you massage it in well right down to the roots. Cover your hair with a shower cap and wait for 25 minutes. Wash your hair with cool water and shampoo and then condition as normal. Use this mixture once a week. The coconut oil and the honey in the mixture add to the moisturizing effect and help to seal the moisture into the shafts of the hair. You need to have patience if you want to see the results from using Aloe Vera for hair growth. Hair doesn’t grow overnight, and you can’t expect your hair to suddenly stop falling out. However, if you persist with this treatment, you will definitely see an improvement in the health of your hair. Aloe Vera is pretty much one of the best things you can do for it.

Castor Oil for thicker eyelashes

16. Castor Oil for longer, thicker eyelashes

Your eyelashes do not have a very long life and fall out after a few weeks. If you want to make them look longer and thicker, a natural solution is to use castor oil. Castor oil is a vegetable oil that comes from the bean of the castor tree. Castor oil can prevent them from breaking because the hair follicles absorb it and it penetrates deep into the internal structure and has a hydrating effect. You have to apply the oil consistently and for some time if you want to see results. Castor oil contains proteins, vitamin E, and minerals. It is rich in triglycerides and has a wide range of health benefits. It penetrates deeply into the skin, impacting the health of the eyelids and the growth of the lashes. It’s best to test it before use on your eyelashes to see if you develop any irritation.

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You need to remove all makeup from your eyes before using the castor oil. Then dip a mascara brush or a Q-tip into the oil. Apply to your eyelashes, just as you would apply mascara. Leave it on overnight. In the morning, gently remove the oil from your lashes with a mild makeup remover and cotton ball. Keep in mind that you should only use cold pressed castor oil because it’s pure and natural. You should never dip your mascara brush directly into the bottle, or you risk contamination. If you get some of the oil into your eyes, you need to splash them with water straight away as it may cause irritation. You can’t apply your makeup if you still have castor oil on your lashes because it will not set in.

17. Almond oil for brittle nails

Nails consist of hardened protein called keratin. Using nail polish can cause them to become discolored or brittle, and they can start to break more easily. Exposure to chemical-based harsh soaps and nail hardeners and nail polish removers can also damage nails, and they begin to chip and turn yellow. The worst thing to do is to try and hide any damage by applying more nail polish. Almond oil is a natural product you can use to restore their health. Almond oil contains essential antioxidants and nutrients such as vitamins A,B, and E. The vitamins help to keep the nails healthy and hydrated, protecting them against damage and stimulating new growth. Massaging the nails with almond oil coats them with a protective layer that naturally moisturizes them and stops them from cracking and breaking.

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Add a tablespoon of almond oil to a bowl with a little lemon juice and mix well. Massage the mixture directly onto your hands or soak nails in the bowl for 2 minutes. You could also take a cotton ball, soak it in the mixture and apply just like a nail polish remover. Alternatively, you can simply decant some of the oil into your hands and then gently rub it into the nails and cuticles to stimulate absorption. When you have been applying your almond oil for about two weeks, you should notice a visible change in the health of your nails. They should be smoother and shinier. Their elasticity should have improved too, so they are less likely to split or crack. To maintain this appearance, you can apply your almond oil once or twice a week. Almond oil also keeps your skin soft so your hands will benefit too.

18. Milk and Turmeric for dark elbows

Elbows are used extensively in normal daily activities, and we tend to forget about them and not care for them in the same way we do the rest of our body. The skin around the elbows is tougher and usually darker. The area is devoid of oil glands, so elbows become dry more quickly than other areas. Dead skin cells accumulate and can make them look rough and unsightly. You may even stop wearing short-sleeved shirts because you are so aware of your ugly elbows. There’s no reason to live with this problem as simple home remedies can be used to remove the rough layers and improve the skin. To help cleanse and even out the skin tone, one home remedy is to apply milk, honey, and turmeric. It can work wonders on the rough, dark, patchy skin. The milk is a natural bleaching agent because it contains lactic acid. Turmeric has antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory qualities. It is believed to be good for a variety of skin conditions. The honey helps to moisturize, heal and hydrate the skin.

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Make a paste with raw milk, turmeric powder, and a little honey. Blend until the mixture is smooth. Apply the mixture in circular motions on the elbows and leave on for about 20 minutes. Wash off thoroughly with warm water. Make sure you take time to care for your elbows on a regular basis, washing them when you shower and applying moisturizer afterward. If you apply the milk, turmeric and honey paste for about a month on a regular basis, you should start to see smoother skin with a more even skin tone.

19. Tea Tree for acne

Tea tree oil is known for its antibacterial properties. It stands to reason, therefore, that it is an effective treatment for an acne outbreak. It goes to work immediately, attacking the bacteria that cause acne. This treats the existing outbreak and also prevents further outbreaks. Clogged pores cause pimples or blackheads. Our pores become blocked by our exposure to particles in the air our skin is exposed to.

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Tea tree oil cleanses and unblocks clogged pores. Clogged pores are a breeding ground for acne-causing bacteria. That’s why it’s essential to keep them clean. To apply tea tree oil, follow this procedure. Place a couple of drops of tea tree essential oil on a wad of cotton wool. Dilute it with a few drops of a carrier oil such as coconut oil. Dab the solution onto the spots where you have acne or clogged pores.

20. The organic cocoa powder as a natural bronzer

Have you ever looked at your skin and thought it could do with a little bit more of a bronze tint? But what to do, since you don’t have a bronzer in your makeup drawer. Fear not, because help is at hand in your grocery cupboard! Yes, that’s right, your pantry holds the perfect bronzer to finish off your look. Take a walk to the kitchen and look for some organic cocoa powder, some cinnamon, and powdered sugar. If you don’t have powdered sugar, some baby powder will work just as well.

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Now you need to find the right combination of these three ingredients to complement your skin and create the bronze tone you’re looking for. It might take a bit of experimentation, but once you’ve figured it out, it’ll become a makeup staple. And, best of all, you’re going to smell fabulous!

21. Aloe Vera Gel for a moisturized face

Aloe vera has healing and soothing properties that are great for skin that needs a little tender loving care (TLC). It is an effective moisturizer because its compounds keep the skin supple and retain the skin’s moisture. You can buy Aloe vera gel from a health store. But you can also make your own. It’s a lot easier than you think. Grow your own Aloe vera. It’s a hardy plant that doesn’t require intensive care. Harvest some of the leaves. If you peel back the skin, you can squeeze the gel out yourself.

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You need about one tablespoon of Aloe vera gel. Combine it with three tablespoons of water. Filtered water is best. Make sure you mix the two ingredients well. Massage it into your facial skin. If you do this every day, you’ll soon see your skin looking more moisturized and glowing with health.

22. Gelatin for a clear complexion

Gelatin combined with activated charcoal makes an effective mask that can clear your complexion and leave it looking bright and beautiful. You can buy powdered gelatin from your local store. Buy activated charcoal capsules from a health store. Gelatin works well is because it comes from the skin and bones of animals. This makes it extremely rich in protein.

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You’ll need a pestle to crush the activated charcoal into a fine powder. If you don’t have a pestle, put the activated charcoal into a plastic bag and apply your rolling pin to it! Mix one tablespoon of gelatin with some warm water until it dissolves. Add it to a bowl containing the activated charcoal. Stir the mixture. It forms a gel-like substance. Put it on your face and leave it for about 30 minutes. The mask will set, and then you can peel it off.

23. Baking soda and Vinegar for soft heels

Let’s face it, we subject our feet to a lot of punishment. We spend plenty of time letting our feet carry our full weight, doing lots of walking and standing. And sometimes we put them into less than comfortable shoes! Is it any wonder the skin on our heels becomes tough and often cracks? Expensive foot creams sometimes don’t what the promise.

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If you want soft heels, try this beauty hack. You’ll need warm water, baking soda, and vinegar. Start with two cups of warm water in a bowl. Add two tablespoons of baking powder and one table of vinegar to the warm water. Mix the ingredients together. A cream-like substance will form. Before you apply the mixture to your heels, make sure you’ve given them a thorough wash. Use the mixture on your heels twice a day for optimal results and great looking heels.

24. Baking Soda as red spot remover

If you catch too many rays, you’ll have red patches of sunburn on your face and body. Not only are they not that attractive, but they can also be painful too. Instead of using fancy after-sun creams and sprays, try this simple beauty hack. Making your mixture depends on how bad your sunburn is and how many areas of your face and body are affected. You need water and baking soda.

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 Mix them together until they form a paste. Apply the paste to the affected areas. Allow the skin to soak it up for 20 minutes. Then gently wash it away. Use the mixture twice a day for the maximum effect to get rid of those red patches as soon as possible. Why baking soda, you may ask. Baking powder is a natural anti-inflammatory. This helps to heal the skin that was damaged by over-exposure to the sun.

25. Potatoes for bright armpits

Dark patches around your armpits form easily. But luckily, the solution is quite simple. Take a stroll to the kitchen and get yourself three or four large potatoes. That’s right! The good old potato can come to your rescue. Put your potatoes into a blender with a little water. Blend the potatoes to release the juices they contain. One of the substances you’re going to get from doing this is called catecholase. This compound lightens the skin in the armpit because it acts as a mild bleach.

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Apply this mixture to the dark areas around your armpits. Keep it on for 20 minutes. Afterward, rinse your armpits with warm water. Do this daily, and your armpits will be lighter and free of embarrassing dark spots or discoloration. As a bonus, remember that potatoes have antioxidant properties. These will help with wrinkles and stretch marks in the armpit area.

26. Coconut oil and Honey for strong nails

Brittle or weak nails that break all the time can ruin the look of your hands. Instead of expensive supplements, try this simple hack to make your nails stronger and healthier. You’re going to need some coconut oil, honey, and lavender oil. Put one tablespoon each of honey and coconut oil into a bowl. Add a few drops of lavender essential oil. Put this mixture in a container that seals tightly.

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Use a nailbrush to apply the mixture to the surface of your nails. Allow it to soak in. Follow this regimen daily, and you’ll soon see an improvement in the health of your nails. Coconut oil is effective in the treatment of brittle or weak nails because it contains nutrients that stimulate nail growth. It’s also an antifungal agent. The honey complements the glossy effect that the coconut oil makes.

27. Ginger and Cosmetic clay for a healthy body

If you feel your skin needs some soothing and smoothing and you’ve got some cellulite you’d like to reduce, try this hack. You’ll need ginger and cosmetic clay. Ginger is readily available in your grocery store. Cosmetic clay might involve a trip to your local beauty store. It’s best to buy freshly dried ginger. You’ll need to grind it into a fine powder. If you can’t access a mortar and pestle, think outside the box to find a way to crush that ginger!

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You need two tablespoons of ground ginger. Mix this with five tablespoons of cosmetic clay. Add ten tablespoons of water and stir until all the ingredient combine. Apply the mixture to affected areas such as your tummy, waistline, upper arms, and hips. Wrap the areas you covered with clear polythene. Wait for ten minutes. Then take off the polythene and wash the mixture off.

28. Coffee grounds to remove circle under eyes

Dark circles under your eyes are an indication of not enough sleep or stress. They are hard to conceal when applying your makeup. The best way to not have this problem is to get enough shuteye. But if you have dark circles under your eyes, you can use coffee grounds to remove them. You’ll need some coconut oil as well.

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Coffee, as you know, is full of caffeine. Caffeine is a substance that has anti-inflammatory properties, and it soothes the skin. Coconut oil is known for its anti-aging properties. They reduce the appearance of wrinkles. They also go to work on the discoloration around the eyes that dark circles create. Combine 3 tablespoons of coffee grounds with three tablespoons of coconut oil. Apply the mixture on the affected area. Rinse it off after a while. You’ll need to do this a few times a week to see the benefits.

29. Castor oil, Aloe Vera for thick eyebrows and eyelashes

If you want longer eyelashes and thicker eyebrows, then this is the beauty hack for you. Your shopping list is comprised of castor oil, Aloe vera gel, and Vitamin E oil. You can make your own Aloe vera gel by squeezing it from the plant’s leaves. Vitamin E oil is sold at pharmacies.

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The best way to apply this hack is using a mascara bottle. If you have an empty mascara bottle, wash it well and keep it for this beauty hack. Put one tablespoon of Aloe vera gel and one tablespoon of castor oil into the bottle and shake the mixture well. Add a few drops of Vitamin E oil. Let the solution stand for a day before using it. Using the mascara brush, apply the solution to your eyelashes and eyebrows in the evening for a month. It’s important that you do it every night.

30. Cooking salt for clean hair

You may feel that your shampoo is not cleaning your hair as well as it should. You can augment it with some cooking salt. Get cooking salt at your local grocery store. Add two or three tablespoons of cooking salt to your shampoo. Shake it well to make sure the salt mixes with the shampoo. Apply the shampoo to your hair as you normally would. Keep it in your hair for five minutes before rinsing as usual. You can do this each time you wash your hair.

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Cooking salt has long been used as a preservative. In ancient times, it was regarded as more precious than gold! The reason it preserves food so well is that it has antibacterial properties. Any germs on your scalp don’t stand a chance against some cooking salt. It also cleans the roots of your hair.

31. Vaseline (Petroleum Jelly) for firm breasts

Time waits for no man (or woman). Your breasts lose their firmness as gravity sets in. But all is not lost. There is a way you can add a little firmness to your breasts without a visit to the plastic surgeon. This beauty hack is so simple, it might seem too good to be true. But it’s inexpensive and easy, which makes it worth trying. What is it? Plain old Vaseline.

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Apply pure Vaseline to the areas around your breasts and gently massage it into the skin around and on the breast. The best time to do this is at night before you go to bed. In time, you’ll see your breasts regain some of their former firmness. The reasons Vaseline will work to firm your breasts are simple. First, it helps the skin to retain its elasticity. Second, it is an excellent moisturizer.

32. Ice

Frozen water to keep beverages cold may not sound like much of a beauty hack. But it’s good for your skin. Applying it to the skin stimulates the circulation. This tightens the skin. Ice can shrink a pimple so that it’s easier to conceal. It’s also good for puffy skin around the eyes as it reduces the swelling. You can also apply ice to an area you’re about to tweeze. It reduces the discomfort and allows you to get on with it.

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A warm shower or bath opens the pores of your skin. This is good for them, but you don’t want them to remain open for too long. That’s how germs and dirt get in. Rub an ice cube over your face as soon as you get out of the shower or bath, and it helps to quicken the process of closing the pores.

33. Sea Salt and Rose Water Lip Scrub

Luscious lips are essential to finish off your look. The lips are an important focal point of the face. Lips often become chapped and dull if you don’t look after them. If you want to give your lips a boost, try this sea salt and rose water lip scrub. You make it by putting a pinch of sea salt together with a few drops of glycerin. Add a little rose water and mix the ingredients well. Apply this mixture to your lips and rub it gently to activate its exfoliating properties. Don’t rub too hard, as this can hurt your lips.

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Rinse the mixture off with warm water. Your lips should look smoother, pinker, and plumper. If you also want to brighten the color of your lips, you can add a couple of drops of lemon juice to the mixture. This will be a refreshing and rejuvenating part of your routine. It’s great for morning time and night time!

34. Avocado Hair Mask

Gorgeous, sleek-looking hair doesn’t need to be a reality only after a trip to the salon. Our hair becomes dry if we stick only to regular shampoo and conditioner. Split ends are inevitable. Many of us also have to live with a bit of frizz too. There are plenty of beauty hacks you can use to make your hair glossy and healthy-looking. One of them is an avocado mask. You can make your own avocado mask using your regular conditioner. Use one avocado to make this mask. Mash the avocado and mix it with your conditioner.

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Apply this mixture to your hair and leave it on for 30-45 minutes. Then wash it out by rinsing your hair as you normally would. When you dry your hair, you’ll feel the difference immediately. Your hair will be sleeker and softer. You’re going to be runway-ready thanks to the humble avocado.

35. Apple Cider Vinegar and Coconut Oil Mouthwash

It’s important to regularly use mouthwash to disinfect your mouth and keep it clean and healthy. Bacteria lurk in the mouth, causing infections and cavities. These result in a sometimes unpleasant trip to the dentist. Instead of expensive store-bought mouthwashes, try this simple DIY mouthwash. It is effective and inexpensive too.

Take a tablespoon of coconut oil and put it into your mouth. Rinse it around your mouth, making sure it reaches all the areas of the mouth. Don’t swallow it! After a few minutes, spit the coconut oil out. The coconut oil draws the bacteria in the mouth out. Next, take a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and mix it with water. Put it in your mouth and swish it around as you would with a normal mouthwash. Apple cider vinegar has strong antibacterial properties, so it’s good for your mouth.

36. Beets Lipstick

If you want to experiment with a natural lipstick, try this beauty hack. If you want to enhance the natural color of your lips, try beets. They create a natural look that will make you the envy of your friends. There are also a million other uses for beets. many nutrients in few calories, reduces blood pressure, improves athletic performance, fights inflammation and improves digestive health as well as many more benefits.

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Beets? Yes, beets. Here’s how you use beets to make a lipstick. Cut up some raw or roasted beets and rub them over your lips. It gives the lips a lovely, long-lasting tint. There’s an art to getting this right. If you miss the lip and hit the chin, you won’t achieve the desired effect! Don’t cut big pieces of beet as they may be difficult to use when applying them to your lips. Rather have a couple of pieces that are smaller, than one big piece. Cut them in a shape similar to that of a tube of lipstick.

37. Mango and Shea Butter Lotion

A good body butter is essential to keep the skin supple and moisturized. It’s an absolute must for those who have very dry skin. There are many variants that you can buy in stores. They can, however, be very expensive. Using this beauty hack, you can make your own body butter.

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You’ll need to buy a few body butter variants to make this effective mixture. You need shea butter, mango butter, and cocoa butter. You’ll need a bit of coconut oil and almond oil as well. Combine all these ingredients to make a body butter that moisturizes your skin and keeps it hydrated. You can also add a couple of drops of your favorite essential oil to add to the aroma of your body butter. That way, you get to choose the fragrance that you like. Some favorites are rose and lavender, both of which are soothing.

38. Grapefruit and Sea Salt Body Scrub

A body scrub is an exfoliant that will polish the skin. It does this by removing all the dead skin cells and dirt particles the skin picks up from the air. An exfoliant should gently remove these cells. It’s important to be gentle on your skin when you’re using a body scrub. If you’re too rough, you can damage your skin cells. If your skin is properly exfoliated, it will look fresh and bright.

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You can make your own body scrub with grapefruit and sea salt. Sea salt is coarse which makes it a good exfoliant. Combine it with grapefruit juice and a carrier oil. The best choices are olive oil or macadamia oil. Either of these oils will work as they are very good for the skin and its complexion. Applied correctly, this exfoliant is perfect for all areas of the body, especially the legs and arms.

39. Apple Cider Vinegar Toner

A good toner is essential for the health of your facial skin. It tightens the skin and prevents the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. If you take a look at the range of toners you can buy, it seems endless. Each boasts special ingredients and make promises about the results they’ll deliver. But did you know that you can make your own toner with apple cider vinegar? It manages and corrects the pH balance of the skin. And it’s also effective when you’re having a breakout of pimples.

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The downside? The smell. Apple cider vinegar has a powerful smell. It may take some getting used to. What makes apple cider vinegar a better option than store-bought toners is the fact that it doesn’t contain any chemicals. This makes it a healthier option for your skin. If you can get over the smell, that is!

40. Coconut and Almond Oil Conditioner

A good conditioner is necessary to maintain the health of your hair. It reduces frizz, split ends, and dryness. There are any number of conditioners on the market for you to choose from. But many of them contain chemicals that may do your hair more harm than good.

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Here’s a beauty hack for you to try. Make your own conditioner mask to give your hair a moisturizing boost. You’ll need some coconut oil, almond oil, jojoba oil, and Vitamin E oil. These should be available at your local store or pharmacy. Use the coconut oil as a base and add in the other oils. This conditioning mask can be used a couple of times a week. Apply it to your hair and leave it for one hour before rinsing it out. It’s the perfect mask to use before you spend time in the sun or go swimming.

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