Inside and Out

Your beauty routine doesn’t have to break the bank. There is always a new lotion or potion on the market promising to take ten years off our faces and make us look ten pounds thinner by the break of dawn. If only there was such a miracle cure. Here are three natural products that have stood the test of time. They are beneficial both on the inside and out, you can use them on your skin, your hair or in the kitchen at mealtimes.

Olive Oil

Olive oil has been used as a beauty treatment since the days of Cleopatra. It contains powerful antioxidants to help fight off free radicals.

For the hair: It is a rich emollient that can help to condition dry hair and add shine. For a hot oil treatment, heat 1/2 cup of olive oil gently in a pan, massage the oil onto your hair and scalp, leave on for 30 minutes and rinse out. 

For the skin: Olive oil also makes a great makeup remover, dip a cotton ball or pad in olive oil and use it to wipe off your makeup, it will also moisturise your skin as you sleep and you will wake up the next morning with a healthy glow.

For Lunch or Dinner: You can use olive oil to saute vegetables or drizzle over potatoes before roasting.

Coconut Oil

This great multipurpose oil is chock-full of vitamins and essential fatty acids. 

For the hair: To hydrate dry hair, rub two tablespoons of coconut oil onto dry or damp hair. Leave on overnight and rinse out in the morning. 

For the skin: Coconut oil is great as an all over body moisturiser. It can be used on its own or mixed with your favourite body lotion, your skin will be gleaming and you’ll smell as sweet as a pina colada. 

For Breakfast: Add a teaspoon of extra virgin coconut oil to your coffee or hot chocolate. It will make your beverage extra creamy, whilst speeding up your metabolism at the same time. 

Apple Cider Vinegar

Raw apple cider vinegar with the mother (unrefined, unpasteurized and unfiltered) has an abundance of nutrients.

For the hair: To clarify your hair and remove product build up add 1-2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to a cup of (preferably) filtered water. After shampooing, saturate your hair with the mixture, leave on for five minutes and rinse out. Your hair will be squeaky clean with great shine.

For the skin: To remove excess oils on your face and balance the ph of your skin, an apple cider vinegar mix can be used as a toner. Add 1-2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to a cup of filtered water, after washing your face, use a cotton pad to lightly rub the toner on your face and neck. For sensitive skin do a patch test first to see how your skin responds. 

For Lunch or Dinner: Make a tasty salad dressing by combining apple cider vinegar with olive oil, a dash of salt and pepper or seasonings of your choice. 

There are three great uses for three great products to help you get more bang for your buck. Take care of yourself on the inside and out and put that money to good use. Pick up a new Dark Secrets lipstick here  Beauty that can’t be duplicated.

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