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Hit the kitchen for organic beauty alternatives
ByBrittany SingletonWednesday , 17 September 2014
All Natural Beauty Products

Forget whipping them up into a tasty omelette, these little gems can do wonders for hair and skin! Rich in proteins that are similar to those found in our hair, eggs can be effectively used in conditioning and strengthening masks. Rich in Vitamin A, which is known to be great for moisturising the skin, egg whites also contain the enzyme lysozyme that destroys the cell walls of bacteria and eliminates infections. Want to try it for yourself? Gently mix an egg with olive oil and work through your hair, gently massaging it into the strands. Wash out with cool to warm water and shampoo lightly to remove any oily residue. 

Not just delicious, avocados are also known for their myriad health and beauty benefits. Naturally loaded with essential nutrients, they have traditionally been used for treating health and skincare problems. These little green wonders contain 25 vital nutrients including Vitamins A, B, C, E and K. Minerals such as Copper, Potassium, Iron, Magnesium, and Phosphorus are also found in the fruit. The best way to make the most out of your avocado? Transform it into a face or hair mask. A simple face mask can be created by gently mixing an avocado together with egg whites and just a small dash of lemon juice. Alternately, as a nourishing mask for hair, mix avocado and egg yolk and massage into strands for a moisturising and shine-enhancing treat. 

Honey is one of the most well-known natural ingredients used in skin-nourishing cosmetics. For centuries, it has been used either alone or added with other ingredients to make creams, cleansers and tonics to keep the skin soft and in fabulous condition. When warmed and smoothed over skin, honey attracts dirt away from pores combined with its natural antiseptic properties makes it an ideal cleansing agent. Especially effective in natural solutions for sensitive skin, honey can be used by simply applying to face until dry (for excellent moisturising properties) or mixed with a little olive oil and applied to hair as a conditioner. 

You might be avoiding sugar in your diet, but it can do wonders for the skin when used as a natural exfoliant. A key ingredient used in pricey organic and natural exfoliants, you can utilise sugar at home to make your very own luxurious scrubs with endless opportunities for variation adding your favourite moisturising ingredients to act as a base. Love soothing avodado oil? Mix it through with fine sugar grains to act as a body scrub. Can’t get enough of honey? Mix it with smooth sugar grains to create your very own soothing face exfoliant! The key is to look for finely milled, smooth grains. This higher grain of sugar will create a soothing scrub to create a smooth result, without scratching or damaging your skin. Stick to a ratio of 75% sugar and 25% oil for the best results. 

Lemons are natural cleansers and toners, making them the go-to for everything from brightening your hair to banishing oily skin. The citrus fruit is most popularly known as a natural hair lightener. Looking for a few natural-looking highlights for summer? Squeeze a little lemon juice over locks before a walk in the sunshine - after 30-60 minutes, the juice in combination with the sun should leave you with naturally highlighted locks. Lemons, which are full of Vitamin C, also have various skin benefits and the juice mixed with honey is known to be an effective treatment against eczema, acne and black heads.

Baking soda
Baking soda is the perfect stand-in for many personal care products. To keep it simple, baking soda works as a neuturaliser between acid and alkaline and the inexpensive product is amazing for tonnes of DIY beauty and hair treatments. Suffering from dried and cracked cuticles? Baking soda is surprisingly effective at reviving nails and cuticles that have suffered through gel manis. Create a paste of baking soda and warm water, rub onto cuticles to soften the skin, rinse off and voila! Baby soft, salon-worthy hands.

Olive oil
Olive oil is rich in squalane, a natural emollient that is great for nails, lips, hair and skin. In addition, it is packed with Vitamins A + E and polyphenols that make it popular in many pre-packaged beauty products. It may sound strange, but mix olive oil with white vinegar and apply before a warm bath to soothe and heal tingly sunburnt skin. The ultimate multi-tasker, olive oil can be used as a makeup remover that won’t irritate sensitive skin. Dab a high grade, well filtered olive oil oil under eyes, cheeks and forehead, rub lightly and and wipe with a damp muslin cloth, sweeping away both make-up and any oily residue. Rinse with warm water, then cold water to stimulate blood circulation and close pores. 

While it may not seem like an obvious choice for a beauty product, Tumeric is believed to have amazing healing properties. The everyday spice is high in antioxidants that slow cell damage and is widely used as a skin exfoliant that can improve skin texture. Known to help with skin inflammatory conditions such as eczema, it is also said to diminish wrinkles. To get the best use of turmeric, make a face mask by mixing turmeric with honey and milk.

The flesh of a cucumber is made up mostly of water, but also contains Vitamin C and caffeic acid, both of which help soothe skin irritations and reduce swelling. The acids in a cucumber can also prevent water retention, which is why cool cucumber slices can helpful for soothing swollen, tired eyes. A great treat to the skin, a common use of cucumber pulp and juice is to improve complexion and rejuvenate the skin. Mix cucumber juice and pulp with a few drops of lemon juice and apply as a facial mask to revitalise the complexion and add a glow to your skin.

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