Monday,27 May, 2019
Current issue | Issue 1369, (16-22 November 2017)
Monday,27 May, 2019
Issue 1369, (16-22 November 2017)

Ahram Weekly

Beauty, chemicals free

Let’s talk about better living! Our interactive family corner aims to expand our lifestyle horizons with practical little pearls of wisdom from the editor and input from our readers

Beauty, chemicals free
Beauty, chemicals free

Are you eating organically, recycling regularly, and using eco-friendly sprays to clean your home? Then you’re more than ready to take the plunge into natural beauty. 

Once you start replacing all or most of your beauty care products with natural versions, it can be hard to stop. Besides, making your own beauty products can be fun, healthy and economical. You can mix up DIY beauty products in your own kitchen, and they’re super cheap.

There are plenty of choices that do as much good for your body as the Earth. Listed below are some 100-per cent natural ingredients recipes you can use as a special treat, a night spa, or incorporated into your regular beauty and skin care routine to help you look and feel beautiful.

Eye serum: 

This is both nourishing and moisturising.

All you need are two teaspoons of jojoba oil, two teaspoons of avocado oil, two teaspoons of apricot kernel oil, two drops of carrot seed essential oil and a dropper bottle or a small container for storage. Pour the oil directly into the dropper bottle, close it and shake well to combine. Apply a few drops to fingertips and gently massage into the area around the eyes. 


Brown sugar-vanilla scrub:

This is great for exfoliating and revitalising tired hands.

You will need a cup of brown sugar, half a cup of sunflower, sweet almond, avocado or light olive oil, and one teaspoon of vanilla extract. Mix the sugar and oil together. Make sure the scrub is thick, but not too runny. If it’s too thin, add more sugar; if too thick, add more oil. Add the vanilla and stir to combine, and then pack it in a clean jar. Place two teaspoons of the scrub in the palm of your hand and gently massage using the fingertips. Rub all over the front and back of the hands. You can do the same with a bigger amount for the whole body.


Hair mask: 

This moisturises and nourishes dry hair.

You will need ten drops of lavender essential oil and half a cup of coconut oil. This makes enough for up to four uses, depending on hair length. In a small bowl mix the coconut oil and lavender essential oil together. Apply the mixture to dry hair and allow to sit for 15 minutes. Wash out with warm water and a gentle shampoo. You can also try using a vinegar hair rinse in case you have trouble getting the excess oil out of your hair.

Hair rinse: 

This is a perfect follow-up after a hair mask.

You will need apple cider vinegar, fresh rosemary or rosemary essential oil, a Mason jar and non-metallic lid. You can substitute rosemary for other herbs of your choice. Place enough rosemary in the jar to make it full. Pour the apple cider vinegar over the rosemary so it is completely covered. Place the lid on the jar and leave the rosemary to sit for about three weeks.

Pour the mixture into a spray bottle or squeeze bottle and keep it in the shower. Spray hair all over and allow to sit for a few minutes before rinsing out. Keep away from the eyes.


Lemon and egg white mask: 

This mask tightens and tones the skin of the face.

You will need the juice of half a lemon, one egg white, and an electric beater. Beat the ingredients for three minutes or until firm peaks form. Apply the mixture to the face and let it sit for 30 minutes.


Facial toner: 

This is great for oily or acne prone skin.

All you need is three-quarters of a cup of steeped green tea and a quarter of a cup of apple cider vinegar. In a bowl, soak a green tea bag in hot water and bring the tea to room temperature, discarding the tea bag. Add the apple cider vinegar. Apply with a cotton ball or spritz with a spray bottle. The green tea is anti-inflammatory and will help with redness and acne, while the apple cider vinegar will bring the pH level of your skin back to a normal level. You can store the mixture in the refrigerator for no longer than 10 days.




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