Don’t panic, it’s organic—at least, that’s what all the beauty addicts are saying. We’re not complaining though. Mother Nature’s best offer beauty benefits no artificial product can compete with and you don’t even have to spend big bucks to reap the results! In fact, these six natural beauty solutions are probably just sitting in your own kitchen.
Anyone who’s used coconut oil can vouch for its reputation as a miracle product. This beauty multi-tasker can be used in 101 ways, but it’s especially nourishing for skin and hair.
AS A MAKEUP REMOVER: Massage a peso-sized dollop of oil onto your face, wipe off with cotton, then wash with cleanser as usual. The oil dissolves even waterproof makeup and moisturizes skin to boot!
AS A HAIR MASK: For a conditioning overnight hair mask, coat your strands with coconut oil before bed and rinse in the morning. Repeat every few days for healthier, shinier tresses in no time.
This natural sweetener is a potent skincare solution loaded with antioxidants and moisturizing compounds. In fact, Cleopatra even used it in her legendary milk baths to pamper and soften her complexion!
AS A SPOT TREATMENT: Simply dab raw honey onto affected areas. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes, then rinse. The honey’s anti-fungal properties will kill any pimple-causing bacteria and soothe redness.
AS A SUNBURN TREATMENT: Honey is similar to aloe vera in that it contains powerful anti-inflammatories. Apply raw honey on sunburned skin to instantly calm irritation and promote healing.
Baking soda is probably the cheapest, most low-maintenance way to achieve smoother skin! While we wouldn’t recommend it for your face, its cleansing properties will definitely benefit your less sensitive body parts.
AS AN UNDERARM WHITENER: Stir 1 part baking soda with 1 part water. Rub the mix onto your underarms and leave for 10 minutes before rinsing. Repeat daily to exfoliate and lighten discoloration.
AS A FOOT SOAK: For an soothing foot spa, mix a few tablespoons of baking soda into a tub of water and a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Soak your feet in the mixture for around 15-20 minutes.
LIMES / LEMONS
Citrus fruits aren’t just for detox water. They contain vitamins and minerals that bleach and brighten the appearance of skin. Since lemons are quite pricey, use limes (or calamansi) as a cheaper local alternative!
AS A SCAR TREATMENT: To lighten dark spots, apply diluted lemon juice as a toner and rinse with cold water after a minute. For rougher body parts, cut half a lemon and rub directly.
AS A HAIR BLEACHER: Create DIY highlights on your next beach trip. Apply a lemon juice-conditioner mix to your strands and expose it to the sun for a few hours. Repeat for a lighter color with every wash!
Whether you’re sipping it from a cup or applying it to your eyebags, green tea is proven to be a versatile beauty staple. It’s an excellent source of anti-oxidants that can soothe puffiness and revive dull skin.
AS AN ANTI-AGING FACIAL: For more youthful skin, open a 1-2 bags of green tea and mix the leaves with a spoonful of brown sugar. Apply it in gentle rubbing motions and leave for 15 minutes before rinsing.
AS AN UNDEREYE TREATMENT: Celebrity MUA Lisa Eldridge swears by this treatment. Freeze brewed green tea into an ice tray and, next time you wake up with eyebags, just pop out a cube and gently dab!
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
Apple cider vinegar is a natural astringent. Is high anti-bacterial acids contain transformative beauty benefits, such as deep-cleansing and soothing skin irritations.
AS A CLARIFYING HAIR RINSE: To effectively remove product buildup, massage 1-2 cups of ACV onto your scalp in the shower. Let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing off, then apply conditioner as usual.
AS A BRUSH CLEANER: Wash out gunk and kill bad bacteria by washing your brushes in a mixture of ACV, a cup of warm water, and a few slices of lemon. Then, rinse before laying them out to dry.
Art by Erika Gue