Natural Beauty Remedies

With the availability of various types of commercial beauty products, the natural remedies for skin and hair care obtained from nature have been ignored and sidelined. Sadly, most of the time it is too late to repair the damage by the time we realize the amount of damage that has been done by these products. So, it will be a wise move to get back to good old natural home remedies to preserve our beauty, instead expensive commercial chemical-based products. Try these remedies for healthy, glowing, and blemish-free skin, beautiful hair, and gorgeous, healthy fingernails and toenails.

Natural Remedies
Natural remedies require the use of easily available ingredients, either by themselves or as a combination of a few ingredients. Some of these ingredients might already be available in your kitchen, otherwise they are quite inexpensive and can be purchased from general stores.

Skin Care

Dry Skin
Use a mixture of avocado oil and primrose oil for dry skin. Pour this mixture into a container and shake well. Apply it generously to your skin before a bath, and leave it on for around 15 minutes before washing it off.

Oily Skin
For blemished oily skin, warm 1 tablespoon of honey and massage in circular motions on damp skin for around 10 minutes. Allow it to air dry, wash off with warm water, and pat dry.

Exfoliation
Exfoliation is very necessary for skin care. Mix ½ cup of olive oil, ¼ cup of shelled walnuts, ½ cup of oatmeal, and 1 tablespoon of honey in a food processor, and store in a container. Use a generous amount of this mixture to exfoliate the skin before a bath and massage well. Leave it on for around 10 minutes, and then wash off with cool water.

Face Pack
Make a facial mask by mashing ½ a ripe banana, mix it with a little milk, and apply it to your face. Let it stay for around 15 to 20 minutes, wash off with warm water, and pat dry with a towel. Follow it up with a moisturizer, and use this facial mask at least once a week for soft, supple skin.

Anti-acne Face Mask
Separate the egg whites from two eggs. Whip the egg whites in a blender until fluffy. Apply this to the problem area, leave it on for 20 minutes, and then wash off with warm water and pat dry. This is a good natural acne cure.

Anti-wrinkle Face Mask
Mash 2 unripe papayas, mix this with 1 teaspoon of olive oil and some milk. Apply this to your face, and let it air dry for around 30 minutes. Wash the mask off with warm water, and pat dry.

Cleanser
Mix 1 cup of yogurt, some tomato juice, and aloe vera juice. Apply it on your face and neck, and leave it on for a few minutes. Wash off with warm water, and pat dry.

Astringent
Mix 6 parts lemon balm, 4 parts rose balm, 1 part lemon peel, 1 part rosemary balm, 1 part lavender essential oil, and 1 part vinegar, and store it in a bottled container. Use this mixture over the face as an astringent whenever required. Make sure you shake the bottle well before use.

Toner
Mix ¼ cup of tomato juice, ¼ cup of cucumber juice, ¼ cup of carrot juice, ½ cup of chamomile tea, ½ cup of spearmint tea, and ½ cup of lemon juice in a glass jar, and blend well. Refrigerate this mixture and use when required. Using a toner is essential for facial skin care.

Blemish Corrector
Mash 5 to 6 ripe strawberries, and mix with a little yogurt and a few drops of lemon. Apply this mixture to damp skin, and massage gently. Leave it on for a while, rinse off with warm water, and pat dry.

Dry Chapped Lips
Apply a paste made by mixing equal amounts of milk cream and glycerin to the lips, leave it overnight, and rinse off the next morning. This is one of the most effective home remedies.

Eye Care

Anti-puffiness
To eliminate the puffiness from the eyes, peel a potato, and wash and dry it well. Then, grate the potato, fill this in a clean cloth, and make a poultice out of it. Place this on your eyelids as an eye pack for around 15 minutes.

Under Eye Dark Circles
Make a paste by mixing 1 teaspoon of tomato juice, a pinch of turmeric powder, a pinch of gram flour, and a few drops of lemon. Apply this on the dark circles daily. Allow it to dry, and wash off carefully with cool water.

Hair Care

Oil for Hair Loss
Make a mixture by boiling 1 cup mustard oil with 4 tablespoons of henna leaves. Filter this mixture and store in a container. Use this prior to washing your hair by applying a generous amount to the hair and scalp, and let it stay for an hour or so. Rinse off with shampoo. This is a very effective hair loss remedy.

Shampoo for Hair Loss
Mix 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of gram raw powder, and 5 tablespoons of yogurt. Apply it to your hair, and rinse off after letting it stay for a few minutes.

Dandruff
Mix beetroot juice with an equal amount of vinegar. Apply it to the scalp, and leave on for half an hour. Rinse with cool water using a good shampoo.

Anti-dandruff Shampoo
Mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda with warm water, apply it to the scalp, massage well, and rinse off.

Dry Hair
Apply a generous amount of mayonnaise from the root to the ends of the hair, and let it stay for 30 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water. You can also whisk an egg and add it to 2 tablespoons each of coconut oil and sesame oil. Apply this to your hair, and let it stay for a few minutes before rinsing off with lukewarm water.

Thin Dull Hair
To add volume to thin dull hair, use beer as a conditioner after shampooing. Leave it on for 5 minutes and rinse.

Frizzy Hair
Make a hair mask by mixing 1 part olive oil, 1 part egg, and 1 part mayonnaise. Apply this to the hair, and let it stay for half an hour by wrapping the hair in a towel. Rinse with cool water, and shampoo and condition as usual.

Oily Hair and Scalp
Mix 1 tablespoon of lemon juice with 1 teaspoon of aloe vera gel, and massage it well into the scalp and hair. Let it stay for 20 minutes, and then rinse off with a gentle shampoo.

Split Ends
Mix 1 teaspoon each of olive oil, mustard oil, and castor oil. Apply it from the roots to the tips and massage well. Leave it on for half an hour, and rinse off with lukewarm water.

Hand and Leg Care

Dry and Dark Elbows and Knees
Make a scrub by mixing the juice of ½ an orange, ¼ cup of granulated sugar, and ¼ cup of olive oil. Exfoliate and massage damp elbows and knees with this scrub before bathing, and rinse off with warm water.

Brittle Nails
Apply vegetable oil and massage it well on the nails for a few minutes. Do not rinse off.

Stained Nails
Rub lemon juice on stained nails, and massage well. Do not rinse off, and repeat this on a daily basis to get rid of the stains.

Dry Hands and Legs
Apply a generous amount of olive oil to your hands and legs before bathing, and massage well. Leave it on for 30 minutes, and rinse off with a mild soap or body wash.

Stinky Feet
Prepare a foot soak by mixing equal amounts of lemon oil, lavender essential oil, and rosemary oil in a tub of warm water. Soak your feet in this for around 30 minutes, rinse off with clean water, and pat dry.

Cracked Heels
Soak your feet in lemon juice and warm water, scrub with a generous amount of granulated salt, and then apply a mixture of mashed ripe bananas and vegetable oil to the cracked heels. Leave it on for a few minutes, and rinse off with warm water.

Try these remedies and achieve fresh and younger looking skin.

Natural Beauty Pageant Rules

Beauty pageants are usually associated with glitz, glamor, and everything out of this world. However, natural beauty pageants are those that focus on natural beauty and a well-rounded personality. Usually held for younger girls and teens, these beauty pageants make an attempt to bring out girls’ communication skills, their passion for a cause, and their natural selves. Some argue that such pageants are better for younger girls as it teaches them to be comfortable with their ‘real’ selves rather than putting up a show of someone they may not truly be. Moreover, their level of confidence increases, and they focus on developing their personality more than their beauty. In keeping with these thoughts, certain basic rules have been set for them. These have been discussed here.

Basic Rules of Natural Beauty Pageants

The reason the stress is on the word ‘basic’ is because some of the rules may change based on the pageant organizers. However, there are certain ground rules that are followed during most such beauty pageants. Let’s take a look at these rules.

➝ Photographs that are sent to the pageant for shortlisting should not be clicked with make up on. Moreover, touching up these photographs is not allowed. However, some pageants may specify the kind of photographs they are looking for, i.e. black and white or color photographs.

➝ As the name of the pageant suggests, the focus here is on natural beauty. As such, girls below a certain age (8-12 yrs) are not allowed to apply any make up. Older girls may use very little (say lip gloss and mascara) for the pageant. No fake teeth, spray tans, or fake hair may be used.

➝ In fact, even the dresses girls wear have to be simple and not glitzy or very fashionable. However, children are encouraged to pick clothing that speaks of their personal style. They are also encouraged to mix and match simple clothing to bring out their true personality.

➝ Most natural beauty pageants allow for the use of accessories such as sunglasses, hats, and scarves. Again, these may have been used by the child to represent her unique dressing style.

➝ The judgment is carried out in terms of the natural beauty of the contestant. As such, features such as the smile that reaches the eyes are focused upon. Forced smiles are a big no-no. Also, the poise and personality of the child are parameters for judgment.

➝ These pageants do not encourage parents to coach their children (above 4-6 years of age) beforehand because their aim is to allow children to be their natural, real selves. They do not expect coached or pre-decided responses to their questions. In short, parents’ involvement in the pageant should be limited to the basic procedures that are need to be completed to register for the pageant.

➝ If anything, children should be taught how to develop their communication skills, and should be aware of their wants and desires before going for a natural beauty pageant. Every child need not want to save the environment or the like. Let children develop their own vision; just ensure that as a parent, you have made them aware of this vision.

In these pageants, it is children who are confident, who have a good personality, and who have the ability to showcase their personality, who make it through. As mentioned earlier, these pageants are real confidence boosters, in that they allow children to work on being true to themselves, on embracing their natural beauty, and accepting it with grace. It also makes them less competitive for the wrong reasons. Most parents are known to pressurize their children into performing well enough to be the best. However, this pressure is lesser in a natural beauty pageant. As such, it is definitely a better choice, even if your child dreams of being Miss America some day. At the end of the day, it all boils down to a wonderful combination of beauty and brains, not just beauty!