Let’s face it, buying name brand products at the drug store can get expensive! Top that with the possibility that the products won’t work. There has to be a more surefire way we can still get beautiful on a budget.
I am here to tell you, you can. People neglect the items already in their houses. From getting longer and stronger eyelashes to toner skin to voluminous hair, here are five household items you can use to get healthy, glowing hair, skin and nails.
Want more ways to get gorgeous skin with natural products? (Read: 10 Ways to Beautify Your Skin With Natural Remedies)
Natural Beauty Products for Pageant Ready Skin
1. Coconut Oil
This is the holy grail of beauty. You can probably find more uses for coconut oil to use externally than recipes to cook with it! It comes in a solid state and melts when heated up. This oil is beneficial for its antibacterial and antifungal properties. (Read: Can Coconut Oil Solve Your Beauty Ailments? We think so!)
Skin: You can use it externally by using it as a makeup remover, makeup brush cleaner, under eye cream, frizz tamer and even as a shaving cream.
Hair: For big hair, you can do an overnight coconut deep conditioning treatment. Apply it at night and wrap your hair with a scarf or towel to avoid overnight leakage. Rinse it out in the morning. Try this roughly 4-5 times a month. This can also be used as a leave-in conditioner.
Body: The Medium-Chained Saturated Fatty Acids help our bodies use coconut oil for energy instead of storing it as fat. It helps control weight around the abdominal muscles and eases digestion. Switch out your vegetable oil with this when you are cooking for the added benefits. Or, consider drinking coconut water to hydrate your skin. (Can’t get enough of your coconut oil? Here are 4 more ways to use coconut oil for weight loss)
2. Apple Cider Vinegar
One of my personal favorites, apple cider vinegar (ACV) is rich in vitamins, enzymes, mineral salts and amino acids. Like coconut oil, ACV is an antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antifungal liquid. Look for the raw and unfiltered version to achieve maximum results. You may want to dilute it to drink or apply it externally, as the smell is strong but disappears and it dries.
Skin: You can apply ACV to your face as a toner. Mix one part water with two parts ACV onto a cotton ball. Either apply it all over or just on problem areas. This is especially helpful for people with oily skin. Do this 4-5 times a week for best results.
Hair: Hair looking a little dull? ACV will make your hair soft and shiny and can help remove buildup from styling products and shampoo. Using ACV will restore your hair to its natural pH level. Dilute it with water and apply it to your hair with a spray bottle after shampooing. Rinse out after 10-15 minutes.
Body: Drinking ACV works wonders for your fitness regime and will help heal your body from the inside out. It lowers blood sugar, insulin, blood pressure, cholesterol and can help burn that extra belly fat. Aim for 2-3 tablespoons in the morning mixed with water. Drink this daily and often for the real benefits.
3. Petroleum Jelly
Besides helping with chapped lips, you can apply petroleum jelly on other parts of your body to help with some problem areas. (Read: Do Lip Plumpers Really Work?)
Skin: Apply the jelly, on dry heels and feet then sleep with socks on overnight for a softer feel. This works for hands too if you sleep with cotton gloves on. Using it on your body before the swimsuit competition can add that extra glow needed on stage to show off your hard working body.
Hair: Applying it on your eyelashes overnight to helps them grow long and fuller. Using it on your eyebrows can help keep them from unruly during the day. Rubbing a little bit on the ends of your hair will hide split ends until your next haircut.
Only use petroleum jelly externally.
4. Baking Soda
Not just for cookies, baking soda can help with weight loss and whitening. However, if you are craving pie, try this recipe for a low calorie, crustless pumpkin pie to for those cheat days.
Skin: Three parts baking soda mixed with one part oatmeal is great for a body scrub. It exfoliates and removes the dead skin cells from all over. To keep your cuticles looking clean, soaking your hands with warm water and baking soda before your manicure will help create that all-around polished finished look. Scrub your nails with a nail brush to help get rid of the extra skin around the nail bed.
Hair: Adding baking soda to your shampoo will help remove product build-up and other residues in your hair.
Body: To calm a restless stomach, heartburn, gas or acid reflux, drinking baking soda may ease the problem. It balances out pH levels and reduces inflammation. Do not be surprised if you feel more energized afterward. Baking soda gets rid of the lactic acid build up. For a good mixture, try this recipe: four cups of water, a teaspoon of baking soda, a teaspoon of sea salt, two tablespoons of raw honey and lemon juice.
Brushing your teeth with baking soda works is a great whitener. Brush with it a few times a week leading up to your pageant and then brush with a normal toothpaste afterward. You can also find great toothpaste with baking soda and peroxide in it. (Read: 5 Steps To A Naturally Brighter Pageant Smile)
5. Green Tea
Green tea is one of the best and most popular teas. Drinking it often will help clean your body out internally and the bag itself can still be put to good use afterward, so do not toss it out just yet!
Skin: Open the tea bag, mix the contents with honey and lemon juice, and apply the mixture to your face. The mixture works to improve skin complexion and clear out your pores. Use this mask twice a week. You can apply it to problem areas on your face to reduce redness and treat acne, as well. It also fights against signs of aging.
Hair: The high amount of antioxidants and the catechins in green tea have properties that work to prevent hair loss caused by DHT (Dihydrotestosterone). Dandruff and other scalp problems may be fixed as well with this treatment. Rinse your hair with tea after your shampoo and leave on for 10-15 minutes, 2-3 times a week.
Body: Simply drinking green tea daily will also promote strong, beautiful hair along with tons of health benefits. Green tea is full of catechins, which are antioxidants that fight and prevent damage in your blood cells. Tea, in general, is good for you because it comes from the Camellia sinensis plant, a Chinese plant. The leaves are steamed and dried and not fermented, so you are drinking a raw, unprocessed, unfermented plant.
We broke down the different variations of teas so you can figure our which one is best for you. If the taste is too strong, add more water, or take the tea bag out. Adding honey helps to sweeten the taste, too.
Do not waste time in the beauty aisle for what you can find at home. Using these products will eliminate the harsh chemicals and additives found in items made in factories. All these items are best used in their natural, organic state.
What are some of your favorite at-home remedies? Comment below!