Natural and Cheap Beauty Tips

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The beauty industry will tell you anything to have you buy their product, and we all are fooled by the beautiful packaging. I admit I’m a sucker for the anticipation of opening a beauty product that promises beauty beyond imagination. Well, as we have all discovered, few of these products deliver on that promise. Here are a few ideas that I have actually tried, and really do work! They are cheap ideas, using what most people have in their cupboard, and they are non-toxic.

Hair. There are so many products out there promising to make your hair smooth and shiny. Most of these are very expensive, and are full of strange ingredients that we cannot pronounce. Well, here’s the secret that I’ve discovered and that really works. Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Massage about 1/4 cup of it into your hair and scalp in the evening. Cover with a shower cap, and go to bed. For those of us who are married, I usually don’t do it when my husband’s home, since I smell a little olivey that night!  In the morning, shampoo with a natural shampoo. All done. Do this about once a week, and your hair will stay smooth and shiny. I’ve tried other oils, and have found the olive oil to be the best.

Face. Microdermabrasion is the face repair trend, and we can pay a bundle to have it done professionally. The cheaper way to go is a product that exfolliates the skin on the face. However, these products can still be around 5o dollars, and some brands contain aluminum. I use baking soda. I make a paste with water and baking soda, or with my facial cleanser and baking soda, and exfolliate my face with it. The fine texture of the baking soda is not too harsh for the sensitive facial skin, and of course baking soda is safe. Rinse your face, moisturize, and your skin will be so smooth and glowing.

Body. This one is similar to the face. Please do not hand out lots of money for expensive body scrubs and sugar scrubs! You can make your own. Use your own natural body wash, no chemicals please, and add either salt or sugar. Using a good Celtic sea salt will add vital minerals to the scrub, making it even better. When you shower, just scrub your body, or use as a pre-shave scrub. Just exfolliate your legs, ladies, before you shave, and your shave will be closer, and last longer.

Get your olive oil, baking soda, sugar and salt out, and give these ideas a try. Like I said, I use them all and they work. Save yourself some money and know exactly what ingredients are in your beauty products.

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