I’ve heard of some pretty weird home remedies for skin and body care in my time. I remember my grandmother once told me she used to put mayonnaise on her hair once a week when she was young. Yikes! Some of the things I suggest using for your skin care routine might seem just as strange, but hear me out: they’re super affordable and can make a huge difference in your skin care regimen!
If you paint your nails, adding a couple of drops of lemon juice to a sink full of water and soak your nails to help repair them from frequent polishing. Citrus oils like orange and grapefruit are also energizing–add them to a restorative bath or make yourself a quick exfoliating skin scrub by adding them
I’ve been using raw tomato as an acne aid for years. Reserve the ends of a sliced tomato and rub over your breakout zone. Tomatoes’ acidity is enough to help with acne but isn’t strong enough to dry out or hurt your skin. I’ll take this over peroxidey acne treatments any day.
I always keep a jar of this around the house because its uses are truly endless! I use it in cooking, especially for baking projects as well as for my skin. Rub some on your lips for a quick lip balm, on your dry spots for a deep moisturizer, or even on your hair for a weekly hair treatment.
Apple Cider Vinegar
I’ve done this a time or two myself, but I have to say it isn’t something I regularly practice: the ACV hair wash. Dilute about a capful of ACV in a bowl of water and pour it over your hair, massaging it in. Allow it to sit for several minutes, then rinse it out. This will help remove any buildup from shampoo or other haircare products.
Another weird haircare treatment that I’ve used for years. Take a very ripe banana, mash it up with a fork in a bowl. Rub the pulp into your hair, massaging all the way down to your scalp. Oddly enough, this will help moisturize your hair and like the ACV it restores it after weeks of blowdrying and product buildup.
I’ve already talked about drinking tea for your skin, but how about using your leftover tea bags for your epidermis too? Green tea bags on your eyes will help remove puffiness and redness, especially after err… uh… a night on the town. (In that case, you should probably be drinking a good bit of the tea too.) You can also toss used tea bags in the tub for a quick, scented soak.
So, no mayonnaise, but there is some coconut oil. The oil and all of the other home helpers for healthy skin are so affordable, and are probably products you already have in your kitchen some where. Their pure, natural qualities are hard to find in a bottle. Sometimes going straight to the source is as good as it gets.
Any strange home helpers you have in your skin care arsenal?