10 Natural Swap Outs For Your Beauty Regimen

4. Sugar (Sugaring)

Use: Hair removal

If waxing is just too much of a pain, sugaring may be a perfect alternative. The gentler process uses just sugar, water and lemon juice, but still removes hair from the root. For a tutorial, check out this step-by-step guide from 7 Beauty Tips.

READ: Managing Unwanted Facial Hair

5. Apple Cider Vinegar

Use: Toner

Apple cider vinegar is a natural astringent because it restores the skin’s natural acidity level that protects it from bacteria. Using one part apple cider vinegar and two or three parts water, dab it onto your skin after cleansing.

6. Olive oil

Use: Makeup remover

Using oils, like olive oil, to remove makeup is simple. Massage it onto your face and then wipe it away.

7. Brown Sugar

Use: Body scrub

Brown sugar’s grainy texture turns it into an excellent exfoliant and creating your own also gives you the opportunity to add in the vitamins, minerals and oils that you enjoy. For a start, try Wellness Mama’s Vanilla Brown Sugar Scrub recipe using brown sugar, almond oil, vitamin E oil and vanilla extract.

READ: 30 Unusual (But Great!) Uses For Lemons

8. Lemon

Use: Skin and nail brightener

Lemon is a powerful but natural beauty product, especially for your skin. Cut a lemon and rub it on your elbows, knees, or wherever you have discoloration. This method also works for stained nails.

9. Honey

Use: Acne treatment

Use raw honey as a mask that helps clear up acne. Because honey has antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties, it gets rid of bacteria on your skin and heals blemishes. It also reduces the appearance of scars from past blemishes. Just apply it to your face and wash off after about 15 minutes.

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10. Ginger

Use: Hypopigmented Scars

Hypopigmented scars are those that have less pigment, or melanin, than your normal skin color. Ginger can stimulate the melanocytes — the skin cells that produce melanin — and help with discoloration. To use it as a treatment, lay thin slices of fresh ginger on the scars, holding them in place with adhesive bandages, for hours or until the ginger seems to dry up.


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