These beauty tips is for you if you are determined to take care of yourself and want to make the most of your natural good looks. When you’re quite frankly bewildered, or even completely bogged down by the claims and promised of the cosmetics world, it pays to get back to basics.
Remember that every beauty problem has a practical, natural solution. Every woman who believes that a little effort and knowledge can make her more attractive and confident, whatever her good and bad points, will find this tips infinitely more valuable than an unlimited supply of make-up and skin care products. It can be the key to new horizons, to new ways of seeing yourself, as well as to a new look and a new lifestyle.
Hair, skin, eyes, teeth and nails can all reflect the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, while home-made cosmetics will enhance your good looks.
Every part of the body can reflect the bonus of using natural ingredients both as part of the diet and in a beauty routine. No woman can be truly beautiful unless she adopts a healthy approach to eating as a way of life. The ideal daily diet should provide an adequate intake of all the essential nutrients for optimum health and vitality. It should b e high in proteins, vitamins, minerals and essential oils and controlled in calories. And you will find that the foods that do you good inside are often the same ones that do you good outside as well. Just as a diet planned for beauty can work miracles, so can topical application (that is, application to the body’s surface) of many of the ingredients. More and more cosmetic manufacturers are becoming aware of this, and are including the best of basics – things like fruit and vegetables, herbs and honey – in their formulate. Skin care and make-up items are meant to enhance our natural good looks, and not cover them up. Very often it’s the simplest preparation which is the secret of gloriously healthy skin or hair or nails.
One sure way of looking after your appearance and deriving a lot of satisfaction from doing so, is to make some of your own beauty preparations from the fresh and wholesome foods in your kitchen and garden – the hedgerow too. It’s fun and it certainly saves money, as all the ingredients are usually to hand. Even if you are limited for space, herbs are easily grown in a window box. And remember that an overripe piece of fruit can be used up in an instant face mask.
For those with sensitive skin, home-made products are often much gentler than the over-the-counter variety. If you are allergic to any of the commercial ingredients, then using natural substances makes sense. But remember it is possible, though rare, to be allergic to certain natural foods, whether eaten or applied externally. If you do find that your skin reacts to any natural ingredient, stop using it. The cosmetic recipes in this article are given in quantities which will stay fresh for a reasonable length of time, but please note that they will not keep indefinitely.
Larder and kitchen cupboard basics offer a simple solution to many beauty problems and are extremely useful in emergencies.
Five ml (1 teaspoon) of APPLE CIDER VINEGAR diluted in glass of water to be drunk at mealtime helps reduce tooth plaque.
BICARBONATE OF SODA serves as an emergency tooth cleanser; as a cure for lip blisters – powder the blister with it every few hours; and softens water for washing the face.
BRAN makes a good soap substitute. Moisten hands, dip into the bran and rub thoroughly all over palms and the backs too. The bran cleans and softens at the same time. Rinse away and feel the smoothness. BRAN and OATMEAL make excellent dry shampoos. Use about 115ml (1/2 cupful) of either or a mixture of both, and sprinkle through the hair; gently massage hair and scalp for two to three minutes. Brush out.
GRANULATED SUGAR makes a marvellous, slightly abrasive cleanser for dirt-ingrained hands. Take 5ml (1 teaspoon) of sugar and put it into the palm of your hand, mix it with a few drops of oil (vegetable oil) and massage your fingers with the solution.
MINERAL WATER is an ideal skin freshener. Decant some into a natural spray container and use to tone your complexion after cleansing, to set make-up, or simply to refresh you, in hot season.
OLIVE OIL softens and nourishes the skin. Heat 15ml (3 tablespoon) carefully, making sure it does not get too hot. Pour into a bowl wide enough to take both hands; then you can use every precious drop, massing for five minutes or so. Then tissue off any excess and, ideally, refrain from washing hands for an hour or two.
The peel of ORANGES and LEMONS rubbed over the skin of the body makes it soft and velvety. GRAPEFRUIT halves, from which the pulp has been removed, can be added to the bath-water for a skin-bleaching and refreshing bath.
Five ml (1 teaspoon) of POWDERED SKIMMED MILK mixed with a beaten egg white makes a toning and whitening face mask. Spread evenly on face and leave for 10 minutes. Rinse the face with cold water.
A handful of SEA SALT, added to the bath water, invigorates and refreshes. Alternatively, make a paste using 230ml (1 cupful) of sea salt and warm water and apply all over for a tingling body massage. Stand in the bath or shower to wash off the salt mixture.
VINEGAR makes an excellent mouthwash: use equal parts vinegar and water. When applied as an after-shampoo rinse, it ensures soap-free glossy hair; this is particularly effective for a brunette. Add 230ml (1 cupful) of vinegar to the bath to make it tonic and refreshing; or simply use as a footbath.