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Friday, February 17, 2017

If you’re obsessed with natural solutions such as aloe vera juice and green tea, we’re sure you will be tempted to try these green beauty solutions, says Pearl Mathias

We’re always looking for the next big thing to get us the perfect hair, skin and nails. But, get off the internet and put your daily beauty kits aside, because we’ve got some completely natural ingredients for you to try out, most of which are at arm’s reach. Well, they’re in your kitchen. They’re not only easy to use, they’re also extremely handy when you’re tackling the most basic beauty issues, which most of us are regularly plagued with. What’s more, they’re all green solutions, so they’re good for the environment too! Read on to find out how these simple natural ingredients can help ease almost all of your beauty woes.

Olive oil
Olive oil has been used as a pre-shampoo hair treatment since the days of the ancient Egyptians. Warm the oil before applying it generously to the ends of your hair and on your scalp. Leave it in for 15 to 20 minutes before following it up with a shampoo cleanse. Another great use for olive oil is to protect your skin while shaving. If you’ve run out of shaving cream, slather on some olive oil before running that blade over your legs. The natural lubricant helps keep razor burns and bumps at bay.

Green apple
Regularly eating green apples helps to control and fight acne. Apples contain copper, which is needed for your body to produce melanin, the pigment that colours your skin and protects you from the damage caused by exposure to ultraviolet rays. Since they’re also loaded with antioxidants, they help keep your skin elastic and delay ageing.

If excessive exposure to the sun is causing an uneven tan, simply add lime juice to a mixture of gram flour and curd, apply it to your face and wash it off once it’s dry. This face pack helps you to get rid of a bad tan, leaving your skin glowing. If you suffer from dandruff, mix lime juice with coconut oil or almond oil and rinse your hair with it. Vitamin C, which is abundant in limes, helps you to tackle hair thinning and hair loss.

Known for its anti-inflammatory properties, mint juice can help soothe mosquito bites and skin irritation. If you’re looking for a solution for feet woes, boil mint leaves in water and soak your feet in the solution. This will help soothe cracked heels and remove odour, leaving your heels soft. Want to naturally cure a recurring headache? Apply crushed mint leaves to your forehead to help relieve the ache and leave you feeling fresh.

The culprit of bad breath isn’t just your mouth; it goes all the way down to your stomach. Drinking avocado juice helps cleanse your mouth as well as your intestine, removing the microbes that cause bad breath. You can also massage avocado oil into your nails and cuticles to keep them strong and healthy. Do this every evening and you’ll see a visible difference in a few days.

Green grapes
The vitamin C content in grapes works like a charm on your skin, keeping it healthy and rejuvenated. Applying grape seed oil on your skin rejuvenates skin cells and helps with collagen production, which your cells need for growth. Apply green grape juice to your skin and let it dry before washing it off in order to lighten your skin. Since grape seed oil is light and non-greasy, it’s widely used in aromatherapy to help you unwind and relax, leaving no residue behind.

Aloe vera
Known for its wondrous health benefits, aloe vera can be used as a natural makeup remover, to avoid commercial removers, which contain chemicals that may harm your skin. Simply put some pure aloe gel on a cotton swab and wipe off your makeup, then rinse with water. Applying a mixture of aloe vera gel and rose water on your stretch marks and massaging it in a gentle circular motion will help minimise their visibility and get rid of them completely as well.

Green tea
Did you know that this popular beverage can also work as a toner for your skin? After a freshly brewed cup of green tea has cooled down, add a few drops of the essential oil of your choice to it and spray it on your face or dab some on with a cotton ball. It draws out impurities, leaving your skin hydrated with a healthy glow. Use green tea bags placed in the freezer to relieve puffy eyes and get rid of dark circles. This shrinks the blood vessels under your eyes and also helps tighten sagging skin, giving you a fresher look.

Worried about under-eye bags? The wonderful cucumber helps reduce the appearance of stubborn dark circles around your eyes. You can rub the slices on your dark circles or lie back and let their cooling properties work their magic. If you’re fed up of blemishes and dark spots, use cucumber juice and let it dry, washing it off with cool water. Mixing a portion of cucumber juice with coconut water also helps lighten your skin, helping blemishes fade from your face.

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