7 Homemade Beauty Treatments That Actually Work

By Jennifer Holder on 19 May 2015 1 comment

If you're a woman, it's very likely you've at some point put mayonnaise in your hair or egg white on your face in at-home beauty treatments. (If you're a man, you might be gasping in horror at the thought.) Mostly, we do it to save money, but it's also because we trust our friends and family who tell us all the homemade beauty treatments actually work.

The following at-home treatments are widely reputed to be effective. But keep in mind that everyone's skin is different, so test the different ingredients below (such as honey, apple cider vinegar, and coconut oil) separately to see how your skin reacts.

1. Avocado and Oatmeal Face Mask

Avocados are one of the best ingredients for any beauty treatment recipe because they are rich in vitamin E, fiber, B vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. They make your skin glow, especially if you also make them a regular part of your diet. When you pair an avocado with oatmeal, you get a great mask that reduces redness and moisturizes dry skin at the same time. Combine ½ an avocado, ¼ cup of uncooked oatmeal, and two tablespoons of raw, organic honey. Blend, and leave on your face for 10–15 minutes. If you want, add one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar as a toner.

2. The Many Uses of Coconut Oil

Coconut oil can be used for virtually anything. Although it's not a common household item, I would recommend it become one. Coconut oil can be used for pulling out toxins to create healthy teeth and gums. Oil pulling is done by swishing it around in your mouth for five minutes and then spitting it out. I have tried this before and haven't had a lot of luck, but my roommate does it on a regular basis and swears by it. You can also swallow a small amount of coconut oil and it will keep your skin healthy. Also use it topically on skin as an amazing moisturizer or in your hair as a mask. It will also soften cuticles if you're giving yourself an at home mani or pedi. Just wipe on and let sit.

3. Facial Steam

Some facials include steam, which opens up the pores to help rid your skin of build-up from creams and makeup, as well as draws out any irritants that cause acne. To do this at home, use a basin, bucket, or other glass container — I use a large Pyrex dish. Fill it with boiling water and hold your face close with a towel over your head. Be careful not to spill or move it as it will burn. Add a drop of tea tree oil as a natural disinfectant and anti-inflammatory and some mint leaves to soothe and clean your skin. Hold for five to 10 minutes, but do not exceed 10 minutes.

Afterward, use a mask of honey to draw out toxins. Do not scrub. Then, use toner (lemon juice or apple cider vinegar work great!), moisturize your face, and drink plenty of water.

4. Sunburn Remedies

Summer is coming up fast, which means it's time to always keep sunscreen on you. Even if you don't burn, sunscreen can prevent skin cancer. But if you do forget to continually reapply (as I always seem to), there are some homemade remedies that really work. Avoid soap as it could dry out your skin. Use a compress dipped in witch hazel or cold water to reduce inflammation. Take vitamin E and aspirin to reduce swelling. To treat your skin, use freshly brewed tea after it's been cooled, blended cucumbers, or cool (not cold) milk on a soft cloth. All of these will draw out the redness of the skin.

5. Tea Eye Treatments

Just like tea bags can be used for sunburns, they can also be used to reduce puffiness and redness. Caffeine can reduce swelling and herbal teas soothe inflammation. Steep two bags of tea in hot water for three to five minutes, then enjoy the tea while the bags cool down. Once warm, not hot, put the bags over each eye and cover with a soft cloth.

6. Olive Oil Hair Treatments

You've probably noticed a trend. Almost every homemade remedy has oil in it. That's because so many oils actually work! One of the most common household items is olive oil, and it can be used to create soft and shiny locks. You can use it as a deep conditioner, serum or for your scalp, or you can add it to your shampoo for regular use. Keep in mind that taking a hot shower can actually strip your hair of essential nutrients, so if you don't see a change when you add the olive oil, this could be the reason. Olive oil can also be used for an at-home body treatment.

7. Coconut Lip Scrub

Have I mentioned how wonderful coconut oil is yet? If your lips are still dry from the winter, try mixing two tablespoons of coconut oil, two tablespoons of coconut sugar, and one teaspoon of honey for an invigorating lip scrub. Don't have coconut sugar? No problem. You can replace it with regular sugar. This scrub will strip away dead skin and keep your lips soft. Add your favorite essential oil to the mixture for added benefits!

What are some homemade beauty treatments you can't live without?

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FrugalCat

Coconut oil is also a great hair conditioner, eye or face makeup remover, nosebleed remedy, body lotion, lip gloss and lubricant (don't use with a latex condom).