I’m so excited that summer is officially here, but along with that comes the daunting task of switching up my beauty routine. As soon as I get one regimen down, here comes another season and more products to buy.
For the past year, I’ve become fully committed to finding more natural and healthier ways of eating and taking care of myself. And so, this summer I plan on using more homemade remedies.
Here are some of my tried and true beauty fixes that you can grab straight from your kitchen. When you think about all the money it costs for some of those manufactured products, these DIY ideas are definitely worth the try.
Lemon Juice for Oily Skin
The secret to keeping your face shine-free this summer is a freshly squeezed lemon! Not only is lemon juice a great astringent, but it also helps to brighten skin and reduce discoloration. Just one teaspoon of lemon juice and one-half teaspoon of distilled water will help to improve your skin tone and decrease oiliness.
Baking Soda for Razor Bumps
If you’re one of the many women with body hair, chances are you’ll need to shave more often during shorts and bikini season. Of course, shaving too often can result in unsightly razor bumps. Mix one cup water and one teaspoon baking soda to treat razor bumps. Use a cotton ball to apply the solution and allow it to dry for 5 minutes. Rinse with cool water and reapply two to three times a day until the area clears up.
Honey and Cinnamon for Blackheads
Blackheads are basically a result of oily skin and clogged pores. One of the best ways to remove blackheads is with a honey and cinnamon mask. Add three tablespoons of raw honey to one teaspoon of organic cinnamon powder. Apply a thin layer of this mask all over your face and leave for 30 minutes to 1 hour. You should be able to feel the mask tightening your skin and drawing out the blackheads. Wash thoroughly with a mild face.
Olive Oil for Dry, Cracked Heels
One harsh effect of winter is dry skin and our feet usually suffers the most. Even with regular pedicures, it can be pretty hard to keep those heels moisturized. One amazing remedy for dry, cracked feet is olive oil. Just apply a layer of olive oil to your feet once a day and, especially, after a trip to the nail salon.
Carbonated Water for Frizzy Hair
No one understands frizz more than us curly hair girls! Even if you use a relaxer, chances are you will experience some frizzing when it gets hot and humid. Using carbonated or sparkling water can help to reduce frizz. Because of its low PH level, the carbonated water flattens the hair cuticles and also leaves softer and shinier. Simply shampoo your hair and rinse with non-flavored carbonated water.