You’ve probably heard about the beauty recipes you can make yourself, the very old products that continue in the secret of bathrooms to perform miracles? If a good friend has not already done so, we will share with you some beauty secrets that will have the merit of not ruining you, while being ecological and efficient.
The first beauty treatment you can offer your body is a healthy diet. Indeed, to clean one’s body from the inside and nourish it healthily, it can also be seen on the skin, hair, nails… Beta-carotene in carrots, apricots, spinach, tomatoes or broccoli is a great help to the skin. It is a healing accelerator, which helps the skin to protect itself from external aggressions like the sun and naturally gives good looks. So eat lots of fruits and vegetables, drink green tea and herbal teas, rich in anti-oxidant.
By putting in your salads a food oil of very good quality (oil of rapeseed, olive, walnuts, grape seeds…), you will help hydrate your skin from the inside and preserve it from aging as surely as by spreading it with moisturizer. For these benefits to be real, it is necessary to consume oils obtained by cold pressure, which preserves the content of essential fatty acids and vitamin E.
Clay is one of the essentials that must always be at hand. One can make a cure of clay by consuming it, to clean the body from the inside, but we will mainly tell you about its external use, in the form of poultices and masks.
You will find green clay in a health store or in a pharmacy, either in the form of a powder that needs to be mixed with water or ready to use in a pot or tube. The main characteristics of clay are to fight infection, reduce inflammation and accelerate the healing process. These properties make it possible to use it to treat, but also to improve the beauty of the skin. You will, therefore, use it as a mask to fight against all the small defects of the skin: pimples, black spots, scars…
If you have oily skin, green clay will suit you perfectly. On the other hand, dry skin will prefer white clay or red clay. In order for the clay mask to be beneficial to your skin, you should spread the clay in a thick layer and remove it before it is dry. The thicker the clay layer, the longer you can leave the clay on your skin. In order that the clay does not dry out too quickly, it is possible to cover it. This is what is done in therapeutic use: the part to be treated is covered with clay and then wrapped in food film. It is difficult to do the same on the face, on the other hand in the case where one wants a very targeted action (for example on a button), it is still quite possible to leave the clay in a thick layer under a protective dressing in order to prolong the duration of action.
The baking soda is also the ally of your teeth. Once a week, dip your toothbrush in hot water and then pour some baking soda and brush your teeth as usual. You can also put the baking soda on top of your usual toothpaste. The baking soda eliminates the tartar, which restores their initial whiteness to the teeth tinted by coffee, tea, tobacco, etc… You will find baking soda in the salt section of your supermarket, for a low price.
Each skin type is matched by an ideal natural soap. The purpose of soap is to clean the skin, which in turn causes a loss of the skin’s natural hydration by removing the sebum. Therefore, soap should not be expected to act as a moisturizer. But some soaps respect, more than others, the natural hydration of our skin.
Dry skin will, therefore, have a better comfort with very soft soap, while on the contrary a purifying soap will be well adapted to mixed or oily skin. So, if you have dry, even very dry skin, adopt a soap called “Surface”. This type of soap is enriched with vegetable oils that compensate for the hydrolipidic loss of washing. On the other hand, oily or mixed skin will be cured by Aleppo soap. Based on olive oil and bayberry oil, Aleppo soap is ideal for shaving and cleaning problem skin because it is known for its antiseptic and disinfecting action. Marseille soap (the real one) is also an ally for normal and mixed skin because its composition is very balanced (olive oil, soda, copra oil, and palm oil). Optimal use of these products depends on your appreciation of your skin’s needs because the same soap can be good for several skin types but with a different frequency of use.
The range of vegetable oils in specialized stores (dietary, organic, pharmacies, hygiene department of your supermarket…) is rather extensive. Sweet almond oil, evening primrose, carrots, rose, etc… are offered in small bottles without you necessarily knowing how to use them. These oils have a common property, that of improving the comfort of your skin. The first use you will make of it will be to add a few drops to your moisturizer when your skin has undergone discomfort (sun exposure, cold…). You can also use it in small doses for areas of your face that require more softness: wrinkles of the forehead, eye contour, neck, and cleavage.
Some oils really have a specific action that deserves all our attention. For example, Muscat Rose Oil contains polyunsaturated fatty acids in large proportions as well as vitamin A acid, retinol. All this makes this oil the champion of cell regeneration and healing. You will use it to fight against wrinkles, stretch marks, scars left by chickenpox, acne, as well as brown stains related to aging. Other oils have similar properties: borage oil, evening primrose, argan oil, jojoba oil… However, it is imperative to monitor their origin and preferably to buy certified organic oils to avoid unpleasant surprises.
Finally, here is a tip for those who have a small budget and care to take care of their skin: food oils, especially when they are of excellent quality and organic, can also be applied on the skin, with a much lower cost than the oils intended for cosmetic use.
The bicarbonate of soda
The baking soda can be used in many ways but we will see two particularly interesting uses. Diluted in warm water, the baking soda will make your pretty feet with soft skin and healthy nails. In fact, it decreases the unsightly calluses and its antifungal action prevents the arrival of fungi that damage the nails.
After a bath of baking soda feet, the dead skin will be much easier to remove, either by scrub or by the action of a pumice stone. Don’t forget to moisturize your feet to complete this beauty treatment.