DIY beauty products

Every woman should know how to make DIY beauty products from the ingredients lying around in her kitchen.…
DIY beauty products
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Every woman should know how to make DIY beauty products from the ingredients lying around in her kitchen. Not only are DIY recipes cost efficient, but they’re also more natural and—generally speaking—they don’t have any extraneous ingredients or added chemicals. What’s more, if you ever run out of your store bought beauty product, you’ll know exactly how to make ends meet with a few select pickings from your kitchen.

Body scrub

Mix equal parts olive oil and sugar for a DIY scrub—the sugar serves as a stimulating exfoliant, and the oil will add moisturizing qualities to the scrub. Play around with your favorite oils and switch out regular sugar for brown sugar to switch things up.

Basic shampoo

If you ever run out of shampoo, you don’t need to leave home with greasy hair. Just add one tablespoon of baking soda to a cup of water, and you’ve got a concoction that will make your hair feel squeaky clean.

Hair mask

Dry hair can be battled with an oil treatment. Simply pick your favorite oil and apply to your scalp and hair. Let it sit for at least twenty minutes and then shampoo. If you’re looking for a more intensive treatment, then whip a ripe avocado with some extra virgin olive oil for a deep moisturizing hair mask. Let the mask sit in your hair until the avocado dries up, and then rinse with shampoo.

Face mask

Add water to powdered milk to create a paste-like consistency. Apply this homemade beauty product to your face, and rinse off once the paste has dried. Milk contains lactic acid, which hydrates your skin, and alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), which serves as a gentle exfoliant.

Lip stain

If you don’t have your favorite lip color within reach, then look for strawberry or cherry flavored Jell-O. These flavors can give a natural bitten hue to your lips. Just wet your lips and apply the Jell-O crystals on top, as if applying lip gloss. Make sure to buff away the excess crystals.

Yellow nails

Have yellow nails? No need to fret. Soaking your nails in ginger ale for 10 minutes two to three times a week will naturally lighten your nails, since ginger ales contain soluble salts. But if you need a quick fix, or don’t want to commit to soaking your digits in ginger ale, then soak your nails in equal parts water and fresh lemon juice. Allow the mixture to dry and repeat twice.