Monday, 23 March 2009

Turn Wholesome Fruits and Veggies into Natural Beauty Products

By Marilyn Etzel

Who said that beauty couldn't be easy and inexpensive? The traditional trend is that the more expensive it is the better it must be. Nonsense. Create your own beauty at home.

Cosmetic companies don't always play fair. They say that their products are natural but that may not be the whole truth. The ingredient label lists some natural compounds but in the final formula, fillers and preservatives can far outnumber the amount of natural components. This can lead to skin irritations.

Here are a few facts. Cosmetic products begin in the lab as chemical formulas. This is the same way that medicines begin. The use of natural ingredients for medicines and cosmetics goes back centuries to ancient civilizations. Today, cosmetic companies believe they are going one better when they add artificial ingredients to achieve the same result. Unnatural additions can bother your skin when applied.

There's nothing wrong with starting over without preservatives. Natural beauty recipes use vegetables, herbs, fruits, and flowers as their base. Whatever you buy, try to stick with ones that have not been treated with weed killers or insect sprays. These chemicals could make their way into your beauty regimen.

1. Lemons - They are useful for more than a cool drink on a hot summer day. Lemon juice functions as an astringent and a skin lightener. Wash a lemon and use one half to rub over your face to pull out impurities and excess oils. Lemon smelling hair spray can be created using lemon juice that has been reduced in a saucepan and reconstituted with water.

2. Roses - This flower is a symbol of romance and natural beauty. Rose petals in the bath help to soften and fragrance your skin. Check petals for any small insects before tossing them in your water. Rose water skin treatments are made of coconut milk and steeped rose petals.

3. Strawberries - We all hate how strawberry seeds get in our teeth and bridgework. But, those seeds are good for more than being a nuisance. Use those small seeds as an exfoliant for your body and face. Combine strawberries with coarse salt crystals and some olive oil to create an exfoliating scrub.

4. Bananas - Who knew they were good for more than making bread? The main vitamin in bananas is potassium. It works in the body to balance our water composition. On the face, it can do the same thing. Crush a banana and combine in a blender with egg white and plain yogurt to create a facial mask to remove excess oil and impurities.

5. Honey - Bees can appreciate this treatment. Natural honey contains antibacterial properties that are good for your skin. Create a facial mask by using raw honey and cooked oatmeal or honey and vinegar. Vinegar is also an astringent that works for oily skin. The oatmeal provides nourishment for dry skin.

Get back to nature by putting together your own beauty treatments from plants and other ingredients that are not harmful to the body and contain no fillers or preservatives. You might have to mix up your favorite moisturizer or beauty mask once every two weeks or so but that's a small price to pay for natural beauty.

About the Author:

Looking for more natural beauty tips? Marilyn Etzel, President of ME Naturally, LLC is dedicated to providing you with the tips you need to bring out your natural beauty at her Beauty Talk website.


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