8 Simple and Affordable Natural Beauty Tips
I am turning 32 this year, and throughout the years I have spent a lot of time and money trying to figure out a minimalist beauty routine that works the best for me.
While I have a handful of my favorites that I think are worth investing in, I learned that looking our best does not always have to be expensive nor complicated.
In fact, some of the most trustworthy items that completely transform my skin are simple and natural ingredients that I can always find in my home.
Today, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite simple and natural beauty tips.
1. Green tea cold press
Green tea is so nourishing for our bodies, but I also love using it as a cold press for my eyes. It is incredibly soothing and it helps a lot when my eyes are puffy or swollen in the mornings.
So steep two tea bags to make yourself a cup of tea. Take out the bags, let them cool down before you squeeze out all the excess liquid from the bags. I like to put them in the freezer for about 15 minutes or so to use as a cold press, but you can also use it as a warm compress as well.
Then place the tea bags directly onto your eyelids and just relax for the next 15-20 minutes, gently massaging or pressing down.
Make sure that you grab tea bags that are bleach free so you do not irritate the sensitive skin around your eyes.
2. Oatmeal exfoliator
I noticed that often oatmeal is a key ingredient for skin care products that relieve irritation because it has vitamin E and anti-inflammatory properties.
I grind one tablespoon of oatmeal very finely with my coffee grinder and add some water to make it into a soft, milky paste. The more water, the more gentle it is going to be.
After I wash my face, I apply it in a circular motion all over down to my neck and just let it sit there for about five minutes before washing it off.
3. Apple cider vinegar toner
Apple cider vinegar is a staple in my pantry, and one of my favorite ways to use it is to use it as a toner for my skin.
To make your own toner, all you need is apple cider vinegar with the mother and liquid of your choice. I use one part ACV and eight parts green tea to dilute it.
At first I would even add a little bit more liquid, because ACV is so powerful it can be drying and irritating if you dilute it incorrectly. I spray the mixture onto my cotton pad and let my skin soak it up.
4. Sun protecting foods
Two of the most valuable skincare habits I have adopted is to apply SPF multiple times throughout the day and to protect my skin through what I consume. Diet plays an important role in protecting our skin from external environments.
For example, foods that are rich in antioxidants like blueberries, spinach, carrots, and sweet potatoes, can fight off free radicals that damage skin from sun exposure.
5. Coconut and lavender hair mask
There are so many hair oils and masks on the market, but there are ways to nourish our scalp that are much cheaper and just as effective.
One of my favorites is coconut oil with drops of lavender essential oil. Instead of coconut oil, you can use argan oil or pumpkin seed oil.
I massage this mixture into my scalp. I like to comb out my hair to get any tangles out first and apply it in small sections to make sure that I get an even coat. You can leave it on for at least 15 minutes before washing it off.
Sometimes I leave the shampoo on a little bit longer and rinse it out multiple times to get rid of any oil residue. I try to do this mask every month or so, and it always leaves my hair feeling so soft and moisturized.
6. Coffee scrub
Coffee works great as a body exfoliator due to its high antioxidant count and beneficial anti-inflammatory properties, but it also simply smells divine.
Mix half cup of ground coffee and half a cup of brown sugar well, then add a half cup of coconut oil. I keep the jar in my shower and to make sure that water does not get into it, I leave a little spoon to scoop it out whenever I apply it.
7. Heatless sock curls
After I take a shower, I blow dry my hair, leaving it a little bit damp. I part my hair down the middle and place a sock at the top of my head. I grab a little piece of hair and wrap it around the sock away from my face. Then I keep grabbing more pieces from the back, eventually making my way down the sock.
I know it looks a little silly, but the results are incredible. This is one of my favorite simple beauty tips. I actually like it better than braiding my hair because the curls look more natural and flawless, as if I curled my hair with a curling iron.
8. Honey turmeric yogurt face mask
One of my favorite masks requires one tablespoon of yogurt, one tablespoon of turmeric, and two tablespoons of honey. I apply this mixture with my fingers, leave it on for about 15 minutes and wash it off with warm water.
Turmeric has anti-inflammatory and anti-aging benefits, honey is antibacterial and super moisturizing, and the yogurt has lactic acid, which helps to exfoliate. Just remember that the pigment from the turmeric stains easily, so make sure to rinse it off right away!
Natural beauty tips
I hope you have enjoyed my all natural beauty tips. Let me know in the comments if you try any of those at home, and also share your own minimalist beauty tricks.
And remember: no matter what we apply to the surface of our skin, true beauty radiates from within.