Beauty Tricks That Really Work

Beer, for your hair? Really?!?!
Today, the most fabulous beauty fixes come from the most surprising places. What’s also wonderful is that  spa treatments are taking their instructions from good old-fashioned home remedies. The best part: there’s science to back up the ingredients’ effectiveness. 
Here are some of my favorites:
  • Oatmeal: Soothing and anti-inflammatory, oatmeal contains beta glucan, a soluble fiber that creates a thin, moisture-retaining film on the surface of the skin. 
  • Avocado Oil: abundant fatty acids help balance skin’s moisture levels, and the antioxidant vitamins A, C, and E protect skin from further damage. 
  • Oranges: The fruit acid loosens dead skin cells. Cut in half and sprinkle with some brown sugar and you’ve got yourself an amazing scrub.
  • Milk: the lactic acid in milk serves as a gentle skin exfoliant, while its natural fat content acts as a body moisturizer. Add a gallon of whole milk to a tubful of warm water and soak. It’s a great alternative to sugar and salt scrubs, which may be too abrasive for people who suffer from eczema, psoriasis, or sensitive skin.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar: makes skin inhospitable to blemish-causing bacteria. Take a hand-full of parsley and soak in 1/2 cup of hot water. Once cooled, strain and add a splash of vinegar and dabe on freshly washed faced. Store in fridge to preserve.
  • Beer: Yeast and hops help to swell the hair shaft and plump the cuticle, adding volume. 
  • Sour Cream: This thick dairy product makes a moisturizing mask and gentle exfoliant, since its lactic acid (an alpha-hydroxy acid) helps speed cell turnover, brightening dull complexions. Natural fats restore skin’s moisture.

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