Using natural products in the bathroom is an amazing way to practice self love and be kind to the earth. Going natural is great news for your outsides and your insides because you’ll be avoiding a tonne of harmful ingredients found in many bath and beauty products. And in case you need another reason to go natural, these products are a great budget option so they’ll be kind to your wallet too.
Here are a few of my favourite natural beauty ingredients and how you can use them in your beauty routine:
Make a cleanser by adding water to ground oats to make a paste. Massage in circular motions over your face then rinse with lukewarm water. Or you can lick it off because you just made face porridge girlfriend! You will be amazed how soft your skin feels afterwards.
Coconut oil is such a winner in the kitchen and the bathroom (not to mention the bedroom!) . I use it as an all over body moisturiser as soon as I hope out of the shower, as lip balm, make up remover and I put it on cuts and sunburn. My favourite way to use it is as a hair mask – simply apply a couple of tablespoons to dry hair, comb through and leave for at least 30 minutes then shampoo and condition as normal. I often pop the oil into my hair before a yoga class or workout. The first time I did this mask I was totally blown away by how thick and healthy it made my hair and I’ve haven’t forked out for a hair treatment since. Remember to look for cold-pressed extra virgin organic coconut oil, whatever room you’re using you coco oil in.
Did you know that you can apply Vitamin E capsules topically? Simply pop open a vitamin capsule and apply to your face overnight by itself or mixed with your usual moisturiser. Vitamin E is great for healthy skin and fights wrinkles harder than Batman fights crime.
Apple Cider Vinegar.
ACV is another kitchen staple that is very much at home in your beauty cabinet. You can use it as a toner after cleansing by applying it to a cotton pad and wiping over your face then rinsing with cool water before applying moisturiser. Use a cup of it to pre-rinse your hair before washing to get rid of built up residues from products, swimming or overenthusiastic eating (or is that just me?), or you can add a cup to your bath to help with detoxification and smooth skin.
Medium ground coffee beans can be used to make a scrub that improves circulation and aids detoxification. Simply add enough of your favourite oil (I love coconut, almond or jojoba oil) to the ground coffee to make a paste and scrub in circular motions over your face and body. You’ll be left smelling like a goddess (or at least a cute barista) with skin softer than the underbelly of a Chinese Crested.
It sounds scary and chemical-y but it’s actually just water with an added oxygen atom. I use it as a bacteria and blackhead fighting toner after cleansing by putting some on a cotton wool ball and wiping it over my face. Note: It has a very gradual bleaching effect so keep it away from your eyebrows! If you’re a blondie, pop it into a spray bottle and spritz over clean, damp hair to gradually lighten your hair. You can even dip your toothbrush into the stuff for a gentle teeth whitener and to keep your bristles free of bacteria and mould. It’s very important to use the 3% Hydrogen Peroxide solution for any cosmetic use, and you will find it at most supermarkets.
Do you love getting natural with your bath and beauty products? Have you spotted something you’d like to try? Let me know in the comments below!
Lots of love,