4 Holistic, DIY Beauty Remedies to Try at Home

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Recent years have seen a significant move towards holistic medicine and natural treatments. According to Global Industry Analysts, the herbal and organic remedies industry is expected to exceed USD 105 billion by 2017, with women making up the largest group of consumers. This trend extends to beauty and body care too, with more and more women heading to their kitchens to whip up everything from soothing face masks to nourishing hair packs. Read on for the best natural solutions to four of your most troublesome beauty dilemmas.

1. Acne
For a chemical-free solution, try this spot-eliminating routine. In the morning, wet your face and massage in half a small teaspoon of raw honey. Rinse with lukewarm water. To tone, spray a mixture of pure water with apple cider vinegar. The vinegar gently exfoliates while balancing the skin’s pH level. Finally, mix a few drops of pure jojoba oil with a small amount of aloe vera gel and apply to skin as you would do a regular moisturizer. These two products when used together will heal and soothe acne-prone and damaged skin.

2. Damaged Hair
Oils are one of the best ways to replenish extremely dry or chemically treated hair. Mix four tablespoons of coconut oil with one tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil, apply the mixture to your hair, and leave it on for at least two hours. This oil mask will seal in moisture and prevent strand breakage.

3. Dull Skin
Regularly exfoliating your face is key to keeping your complexion bright and smooth. Mix two tablespoons of fresh cream with half a cup of caster sugar, two tablespoons of ground almonds, and a few drops of almond oil. Apply the mixture to dry skin, buffing in a circular motion. Rinse with lukewarm water.

4. Cracked Cuticles
Soft cuticles instantly make hands look tidy and manicured. Mix a teaspoon of raw honey with a teaspoon of olive oil, then rub into the cuticles and nail bed every night before you sleep for the ideal nourishing and moisturizing boost.

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