Most of us women, no matter what our age, would spend hundreds of dollars, maybe thousands of dollars a year, on beauty products if we could. I would love to do this – but who has that kind of money to spend? I mean, I am certainly not against trying new products… and often buy my fair share of them when I can, but sometimes the simplest, most effective products may be right in our own pantry or bathroom vanity. And really, most of the time, these are a lot less expensive and better for us!
Need a hair mask? Use Coconut oil. Massage Coconut oil into your hair and scalp, wrap with a towel and keep on for at least half an hour, but you may also sleep with it in. Wash hair normally and your hair will love you for it! So silky and soft!
What about a good hair conditioner? I have a few ideas for you. Use one-to-one ratio Apple Cider Vinegar to water… pour on hair after washing normally. Hair smells incredible and is so soft afterwards. Or try rinsing hair with beer, it helps restore moisture to your hair.
Need a wonderful facial cream for at night? Again, use Coconut oil. I have recently been using Coconut oil overnight and in the morning; wow is my skin moist! I can already feel and see a difference.
Show your feet some love, please! When my feet are sore and beginning to get ingrown toenails…. I soak my feet in Bragg’s apple cider vinegar for about 30 minutes (1/2 apple cider vinegar and ½ water). Dry your feet when done.
Another foot soak – mix ½ apple cider vinegar with ½ Listerine! Listerine’s antiseptic properties will kill fungus, bacteria and germs. Soak for 15 – 20 minutes. Dry your feet when done.
After bathing or showering, I put Vaseline on my feet with socks and sleep that way. Helps with those thick heel calluses (especially those of us that live in warmer climates and wear flip flops year round)!
If you love everything “natural” – here is a simple homemade Vaseline recipe from my niece, Beth, and it is healthier than petroleum jelly, if you know what I mean:
- 1/8 cup beeswax (can be bought at any craft store)
- ½ cup Coconut oil
Melt on low, pour into containers. Beth suggests using a small pot that is not important as beeswax can be tough to get out.
Put your favorite lipstick on! Boy – what a difference a little lipstick can make. Whenever I go out, and I don’t have any lipstick, the first thing I hear from family or friends is, “Clare, are you not feeling well?” “Are you okay, Clare?”
Wear a smile! It lights up your whole face and shows your inward beauty, too! Smile and you will begin to feel more beautiful!
Would you like to share with us your simple and most effective beauty hacks? We would love to hear some of yours!
Until next time –