Post # 1
What are your obscure beauty secrets. Ones that you discovered all on your own that work miracles. Here are mine best 2: (i don’t THINK that these are that common)
1. Witch Hazel. For everything. It is perfection as a daily toner and great to have for cuts and scrapes because it cleans and disinfects but doesn’t have the same sting that rubbing alcohol does. It’s also great to use on children for this same reason.
2. Body lotion as eye makeup remover. Lubriderm is The. Best. And so much easier on the skin than most makeup removers. I learned this one when I did theater and we wore piles of makeup.
3. Handmade all natural scrubs cure any skin care woe. I get eczema and these sugar scrubs I found from an etsy seller work better than any topical prescription cream.
Post # 2
freshflowers: These are great tips! Do you mind providing a little more info on the Etsy sugar scrub? I’d love to try it.
My obsure beauty secrets are: I drink a ton of water. When someone comments that I look young for my age and asks my secret I point to my bottle of water.
I use tea tree oil on blemishes, works great overnight.
I take B-vitamins, red clover and evening primrose oil to keep my skin, hair and nails nice. I can really tell when I skip a day of my usual vitamin/herbal regimen.
Post # 3
For me, it’s what I don’t do that matters: I never dye or heat style my hair and I don’t wear make-up (I do use a moisturizer with SPF though).
Post # 4
Every Sunday, I mix coconut oil and olive oil and use the mix as a hair mask. It works wonders for my super dry hair!
I never kept up with this like I should have, but taking a spoon-full of grapeseed oil daily is supposed to help get rid of fine lines and wrinkles.
I like this post. I used to have tons of “natural” beauty/health secrets that I have somehow lost over the years. I hope all of other bees keep the secrets coming!
Post # 5
I use jojoba oil on my legs after I shave. Gives em a nice sheen in summer and don’t get that gross slimy feeling that I get from lotion if I go outside and start sweating.
I also love witch hazel as a toner, also it’s not really a secret but cleansing my face with oil is one of my new favorite things.
Post # 6
freshflowers: Olive or coconut oil as makeup remover.
Pure shea butter mixed with a little jojoba oil as an night time eye cream. Very cost effective and all of the ingredients are pure and organic. Nothing questionable or things you can’t pronounce like drugstore brands.
Post # 7
freshflowers: I also use baking soda about twice a week as a facial exfoliant. It’s not as harsh and gritty as sugar and it has natural anti-bacterial properties. I just keep a little container in the shower and use it as needed. Love it!
Post # 8
My inner hippy loves this thread already. So, I don’t shampoo. I’m one of those weird “no poo” people. I have curly/wavy hair, and I did some research on how to wash it to make the curls healthier/hair less greasy. So I use water and baking soda to wash my hair and a vinegar/water concotion to condition it. I’ve been doing this sicne January. I have to say my hair is the softest and curliest it has ever been. I can go several days without needing to clean it with baking soda and water because it is not greasy at all. I usually condition it every few days with the vinegar water when I rise off after working out. It is MAGIC. Weird, but magic.
Post # 9
I have virgin (non dyed non chemical treated) hair. It’s dark brown, but I had some fading on the ends. It’s long, so those ends have seen a few summers. At my hairdressers recommendation, I picked up a dark chocolate brown tinted conditioner. It’s awesome! My natural colour is quite pretty on it’s own, but this stuff bumps it up a notch! It is really potent colour-wise. It looks really rich but you would never guess that I had added any colour. And it is really effective conditioner.
It’s not insanely expensive at $21/bottle. There is only one company that I can find who makes it. There aren’t any comparable products that I’ve seen. Chi Tone and Shine Conditioner. I find it at most local salons.
Post # 10
MrsNebraska: I’ve just started this about 3 weeks ago. I used to have tonwash with shampoo every day BC it got greasy so fast! Now I can go 3-4 days before it gets even slightly gross. I love it!
I do oil pulling daily. Swishing organic coconut oil in mouth for 20 min a day. My wisdom teeth hurt less, my gums are way less sensitive and my teeth are so much whiter.
I also use coconut oil as a makeup remover then use grape seed oil as facial moisturizer at night. I also rub myself down with the grapeseed oil after showers. I do have to run around in my birthday suit for a while so it can dry, but the mister isnt complaining! Then I follow with castor oil on my eyebrows and eyelashes.
Does anyone have a good natural body wash remedy? I hate soap, it all makes me a itchy.
Post # 11
- Wedding: October 2013 - Dalhousie Castle
mdcmod: What’s your recipe? I would love to try that as I have super dry hair too.
Post # 12
Sunfire: the etsy seller is called “Naki Nagi”
the best one is by far the milk and honey sugar scrub.
Post # 13
Josheen: Have you tried almond oil as body wash? I use the one from L’Occitane and I love it, it makes the whole bathroom smell like a bakery 🙂
Oh, my own little beauty secret. I don’t use a special facial or body scrub. I have brushes, a soft bristle brush for my face and a little scratchy glove for my body and just use my regular washing things with them one or twice a week. It’s more of a “hands on” approach but it works better for me than soaps or gels with little particles in them, I never feel like I’m actually exfoliating anything with those.
Post # 14
Commenting mostly to follow :-).
Instead of using soap, I cleanse my face using the oil method. Wet skin with warm water, massage in lots of jojoba/avocado oil and steam the oil away using a clean white cloth soaked in very warm water. Removes all of my face and eye makeup and leaves my skin clean, plump and moisturized.
I also avoid dairy whenever possible. I used to have pretty persistent cystic acne, and the oil cleansing + no dairy diet are the only things that worked for me.
Oh one more! Matcha tea. I use it as a face mask once a week (mixed with honey) and I drink a glass of it every day. It has about 13x the amount of antioxidants as pomegranates.
Post # 15
Sunscreen, every single day, no matter what, year round. Even if I’m not planning on leaving the house. I may be pale, but I’m also in my 30s and wrinkle free, people tell me I have “baby skin”. I also never ever wear makeup on my skin (foundation/powder). And once a week I use a Clarisonic brush on my face for 60 seconds.
Regularly sweating hard during intense cardio workouts also helps to keep a healthy glow.