Do-it-yourself beauty products don’t lack for discussion, whether in real life or online. Countless sites and blogs as well as conventionally published books and magazines focusing exclusively on this particular topic attest to its allure and longevity. Nevertheless, relying on DIY products to get your beauty fix instead of their mass-produced, chemical-laden counterparts leads to a loss of convenience that the latter excels in.
Ordering ingredients online, tailoring recipes based on need and skin/hair types is a lot more trouble than they’re worth if you’re not 100% focused on the task at hand. If you don’t have time to constantly refine or improve upon your beauty regimen formulas, you can either order organic, premade substitutes online or pare down your ingredients in favor of easy-to-make, vastly simplified recipes.
With basic ingredients like baking soda, salt, vinegar, and lemons, you need not skim through a long list of ingredients and directions—a couple minutes of preparation are all that’s required before applying the finished product to your skin or hair.
Lemons effectively exfoliate skin in addition to bleaching hair. As an astringent, it helps ward off acne while providing antibacterial relief to your skin and hair. Salts—sea salt and Epsom to be specific—also work as exfoliating agents. Its detoxifying effects also include anti-inflammatory properties, getting rid of puffiness and soothing irritated skin. Surface wounds can also be treated with this particular ingredient, although it doesn’t have anesthetic properties so applying it to a minor cut may sting a bit.
Vinegar may not have a pleasing scent, but its various benefits more than make up for it. Plus, the smell goes away after the area where it’s been applied finally dries. It’s a natural skin pH balancer, softens skin and likewise exhibits antibacterial and antifungal properties. As with lemon, blemishes and dark spot in some areas of your skin can be treated with vinegar.
If you’re looking for a less pungent alternative to vinegar, baking soda might just do the trick. Primarily antifungal and antiseptic, baking soda pretty much features all the given properties of the aforementioned household ingredients listed above.