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.