THE ROOT OF BEAUTY by Kirsten Alexander

We're all for natural beauty ' but that doesn't mean you can't get a little additional help from Mother Nature; here we showcase top to toe green beauty; essential green products and tips you'll thank us for
DID YOU KNOW? In Ancient Rome, urine was often included as an ingredient in facial masks used by women. It was also commonly used by both men and women to whiten teeth. Avocado Hair Treatment Avocado is one of the top beauty secrets around the globe. This magical fruit does wonders for your face and hair. For a fabulous hair treatment follow this simple recipe: Grab an avocado, a banana, and a tablespoon of olive oil. Mash them all together in a bowl until the lumps are gone to make a paste. Rub the conditioning paste into the roots of your hair. Work it down from the roots to the tips. Read your favourite magazine for half an hour; then get in the shower and shampoo, condition and rinse as usual. The results will dazzle you! Camellia Oil for Stretch Marks We're all about loving our bodies; stretch marks, wrinkles and all. But there's no shame in softening some of those pesky body lines. Here's a way you can tackle stretch marks and it's never too early to start. Rub camellia oil onto affected areas every morning and evening. Over time, this reduces the appearance of stretch marks as well as other types of skin discoloration, like sun damage. Coconut Oil Conditioner Who doesn't lust for super soft, hydrated hair? This is yet another beauty area for coconut oil to shine. Use melted coconut oil as a deep conditioning hair and scalp treatment. Massage the oil into your scalp and work it through your hair to the tips. Leave it on for a couple of hours and wash it out using your favourite shampoo. Your hair will feel baby-soft and silky to the touch. Green Tea Youth Enhancer Green tea has anti-aging and antioxidant benefits that can help delay signs of skin aging, such as sagging skin, sun damage, age spots, fine lines and wrinkles. The polyphenols in green tea help neutralize harmful free radicals, which can cause significant damage to the skin and accelerate the aging process. Try this simple recipe for a glowing complexion: Mix 3 tablespoons of plain yogurt, 1 tablespoon of ground green tea leaves and a little turmeric powder. Apply this mix to your face and neck. Allow it to sit for 20 minutes before rinsing off with lukewarm water. Use this face mask once or twice a week for best results. Honey Lemon Face Mask Place 4 or 5 drops of raw honey on an open lemon wedge. Rub the lemon on your face for a minute, keeping focus on any trouble areas. Leave the mixture on for 5 minutes and then rinse with cold water. This is a lovely refreshing face treatment to shrink pores and revitalise your skin. Keep in mind that citrus can make your skin photosensitive, so it's best to do this before bed rather than before going outside. Oatmeal for Sunburn If you've ever looked up the nutritional facts on the back of a box of oatmeal, you probably noticed it contains an abundance of minerals and vitamins that your body needs. That nutrition is great for your skin too. You can use oats to ease the pain of sunburn and speed up healing. Next time you've spent a little too much time in the sun, tie up some oats in gauze and then position it over the tap of your bathtub. Turn on the tap and fill the tub, allowing the water to filter through the bag with the oats. Oats have amazing anti-inflammatory healing properties; so soak in the bath for around 30 minutes and you'll get fast relief from your sunburn. Potato Eye Relief It's common to get dark circles around your eyes when you are fatigued. The good news is you can get rid of them by cutting thin potato slices and putting them on top of your eyes for ten minutes. This gentle eye treatment will lighten the skin around your eyes. You'll find this trick works particularly well if you do it routinely. It's a perfect foil for early morning meetings ' you'll look awake and alert, whether you feel it or not. Rice Water Facial Rinse Rice is packed full of antioxidants that can nourish your skin and fight harmful free radicals that lead to aging. Buy any rice you like and soak it in water for 20 minutes. Strain out the rice, and use a washcloth to mop the water onto your face. Do this once a week and you should notice a difference. Sea-salt Body Scrub Your body scrub shouldn't cost you an arm and a leg. A simple mix of a 2:1 ratio of olive oil and sea salt make a quick and effective body scrub. This helps get rid of dead skin cells creating softer, more glowing skin. Tea Tree Oil Dandruff Fix This is one of those tricks where a little bit goes a long way, so it's well worth the investment. Add a couple of tea tree oil drops to your shampoo and you will be amazed at the difference. The tea tree oil will prevent scalp itching and flaking. You can also find tea tree oil shampoos for sale that already have this brilliant ingredient included. Zap Blemishes No matter your age or excellent condition of your skin, pesky pimples can come out of nowhere. With two ingredients homeopaths have used for centuries, anti-inflammatory arnica and antibacterial tea tree oil, you can zap those blemishes away. The mix helps the immune system to kill the bacteria and consequently reduce the inflammation. Gently apply the oil to trouble areas with a cotton swab before going to bed. Rinse off the oil mix in the morning. Take Care The best beauty result comes from taking care of yourself every day; because you're worth it. Sometimes your beauty needs a little help to shine. The best all natural beauty tips and secrets are not quick fixes; they work best when you're getting good sleep, stress management, proper nutrition, and physical exercise. 10 MUST-HAVE INGREDIENTS FOR HOMEMADE BEAUTY PRODUCTS: 1. Olive Oil 2. Coconut Oil 3. Apple Cider Vinegar 4. Raw Honey 5. Baking Soda 6. Which Hazel 7. Shea Butter 8. Tea Tree Oil 9. Aloe Vera 10. Eggs

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