7. April 2017
No matter how many cleansers, shampoos, masks or moisturisers you buy, sometimes the best product for the job isn’t being sold by a big conglomerate beauty brand.
Just like everyone out there, I’ve had struggles with my hair, acne and even my overall health and when I started to notice that those big money products weren’t doing the trick, I turned to affordable alternatives that you also probably have lying around at home.
Everyone wants silky smooth hair, just like in the shampoo commercials; so here’s a mask to get you on your way to mastering the art of sexy hair flipping, thanks to COCONUT OIL.
This hair mask is simple and effective. All you need is cold pressed coconut oil. Smother your hair in the oil and let it sit for as long as you like (you can sleep in it overnight).
Once you’ve had enough of masking, wash it out with shampoo (at least twice) to get rid of any grease.
FACT: Coconut Oil treats split ends and hair breakage, while contributing to hair length and it even slows down hair loss.
You might not have this guy lying around your medicine cupboard, but this cheap little ointment will work wonders on your acne spots and scarring. (Big ups to my friend Srle who told me about it)
PANTHENOL (might remind you of Pantene Pro-V… and you’re correct) is an alcohol that turns into vitamin B5 and it can be picked up at the pharmacy as an ointment or even a cream. It’s a frequent ingredient in moisturizer and shampoos because its helps improve wound healing.
For spot or acne scarring treatment, just dab a bit of panthenol on your spot to stop it from being scabby and flakey, all while speeding up the wound healing process.
TIP: You can even use it on your nails and it helps minimize frizzing of the hair.
Now I have a particular big issue with my hormonal skin and that’s why I’m sharing another acne clearing trick. All it is is honey and cinnamon.
Believe me, I was so sceptical of this mask when I first researched it, but I can vouch for its effectiveness.
The concoction is a simple 2:1 ratio – 2 tablespoons of honey and one tablespoon of cinnamon. Or you can make a smaller batch by minimzing the quantities, just stick to the ratio.
Dab this onto your spots or even do a full face mask and let sit for 15 minutes… but please be careful not to overdo it with the cinnamon or you might be left with a tingling red face (which goes away in an hour or so).
FACT: Honey has anti-inflammatory qualities which help prevent swelling and redness, while cinnamon has antiseptic and antibacterial properties. Combined they help declog pores and bring oxygen and blood to the skin surface.
Ginger! It’s no secret that ginger is a great plant to keep in the kitchen; not only is it great for stir-frying, its great for your health.
A shot of ginger in the morning can work wonders for your longterm health, especially in the winter months. Chuck a thumb sized piece in the blender with some water, and a bit of lemon if you fancy, and bottoms up!
FACT: Ginger supports healthy digestion and immunity. Also it boasts anti-nausea, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant compounds.