ATTENTION WOMEN EVERYWHERE! Thinking about cleaning out the pantry and fridge, but terrified of seeing perfectly great products fall into their compost-y grave? Chances are you might be thinking of turfing some gems that can be turned into a home remedy to benefit your beautiful selves. As someone who has been working in the cosmetics / beauty industry for 9 years by no means am I going to muddle my own lipstick out of berries, that’s silly , and my mantra is your only as good as your last lipstick. Home remedies however, are a great way to improve the quality of our hair & skin by utilizing simple ingredients to target specific needs. I’m here to share with you some easy peazy recipes that will enhance your features , and reduce our carbon footprints.
First things first, as cliche as it sounds, we are all different. Just because it works on your best friend, does not mean it will work for you, so take time in selecting your ingredients.1) SKIN: this is our largest organ, skin is complex and personal. We all do have one thing in common with our skin, and that is that we want it conditioned, hydrated and soft to he touch. A lot of people are spending $25 dollars for some coffee grounds in a bag that you get to use 5 times and then its gone faster than a small cup of joe. Coffee scrubs are a fantastic way to combat dry skin, brighten skin, reduce pigmentation ( darkness of veins ect) and reduce celulite.
All you need is:
10 minutes of time
1 cup coffee grounds (I prefer unused, but you can use brewed)
3/4 cup of melted coconut oil
1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice
2 table spoons of brown sugar
patience to clean a shower afterwards.
Using your coffee grounds unused make for a more aggressive exfoliate, I’m dry like the desert so I really appreciate it. Where as using them previously brewed makes it a little more soft. Your essential oils should be chosen not only by preferred scent, but what your skin needs; lavender for sensitive skin, rosemary oil is great for damaged / scarred skin ect . Essential oils are also beneficial to our internal organs when utilized externally. Happy on the inside, happy on the outside. PS: your shower will become a slip and slide, so I advise everyone to not try to improve their tree pose in the shower while using a coffee scrub, and it drains just fine 🙂 Coffee scrub keeps for about 6-8 days in the fridge or a cool dark place like under the bathroom sink.BATH SOAKS: Sometimes a lady just needs a date with a bath. If you have an old flower arrangement hanging out around the house this would be a great time to “nip it in the bud” . Bath soaks not only stimulate the well being of our minds through aroma-therapy, but be-rid of old scaly skin cells and replenish what lies beneath.All you need is:
hot water to fill the bath tub
1/2 of honey ( if you do not use honey, consider using chamomile tea )
2-3 large rose heads
1/2 a liter of milk ( you absolutely can use coconut or almond milk to avoid compromising any kind of allergies or dietary preference)Run the hot water, place milk and honey into the bath first to let it melt into the water. Honey contains natural healing properties and milk will condition and nourish the skin. Add rose petals into the bath right prior to submerging yourself into your blissful bath, and forget about everything on your agenda for 25-30 minutes. Add bath salts to assist with any aches or pains. Soon enough the only ache and pain you’ll be experiencing is regret as to not doing a bath soak sooner.2) HAIR:
I’ve always envy’ed those women who have time to get a trim every 4-6 weeks. As a gal on the go, I admit my agenda doesn’t allow it to happen as frequently as I should ( my stylist gives me the side eye every time I see her ). While waiting for your milk bath to fill, poke your head into the fridge and see what you have to benefit those locks. There’s so many remedies for hair, but I’ll address two common needs and the easy solutions to improve each, for everything in between : Pinterest.
Dry scalp / hair , All you need is :
1 half an avocado mashed
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup of tea ( blondes should use chamomile to brighten their blonde, brunettes should use black teas to enrich shine and color)Mix together, wrap up in a shower cap, let sit for 25-30, and shampoo out. Make sure to REALLY shampoo, like, pretend it was the last shampoo you’ll ever do. It’s not only important to remove all the product but to really stimulate the scalp.
Oily / fine hair, all you need is:
2 cups apple cider vinegar
2 table spoons of lemon juice
3/4 cup water
spray bottle .This remedy isn’t the most pleasant to the nose, but don’t pass it up because of the smell! After you mist the hair until damp, let sit for 15 minutes. Rinse with your shampoo (Note: if you have oily hair , try avoiding silicone anything , products that are too protein rich, and also products with added oils . Products that are more astringent, things that contain pepper mint or citrus’s are awesome)Each one of these remedies you can find on the internet. These remedies are ones that my friends have used, praised and shared, and then I’ve taken and manipulated them to whats best for me. That’s the great thing about home remedies, you can can really cater them to yourself. Through my knowledge of skin however, it allows me to know whats actually beneficial vs. what just sounds cool so I’m going to use it. Home remedies perform best when you are actually using what your body is needing. As we live in the age of smart phones, there is no excuse as to why we can’t google the benefits to our essential oil choices, or what to avoid as ingredients to improve our luscious locks. I’m a firm believer that every woman is beautiful, and beauty comes in a variety of shapes, sizes , textures, colors, heights and styles. Every woman deserves to feel like a goddess – it can all start at home .Nicole Malko-A.K.A-My makeup artist and friend.
” Name is Nicole Malko age 27, I’ve been working for a leading cosmetic brand for 9 years. With alot of hours put into interacting with women and men, I’ve discovered that we are all too quick to judge ourselves and our features. Since being involved with many avenues of make up and building a loyal clientelle base I’ve become very passionate about making people feel beautiful. We have it hard enough as it is! . I do what I do to not transform someone, but maybe to adjust the way they see themselves. ALSO! I preech the gospel of food + beauty being totally married. Diet + home remedies are my jam! The only way to get these at home solutions are to share them, enjoy 🙂 ”