Some of our favourite green beauty ingredients are also the the simplest ones. We love that more and more people are embracing green beauty and finding natural alternatives to chemical filled products. So we’ve put together a list of our best multitasking ingredients that are easy to incorporate into your beauty routine.
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is one of our favourite green beauty multitaskers, both for it’s health and beauty benefits. Yes, it smells like vinegar, but the scent doesn’t last while the results do. Amongst its beauty uses, ACV can be used diluted as a balancing facial toner as well a clarifying hair and scalp rinse.
For a facial toner and cleanser, use a mixture of 1 part ACV to 4 parts filtered water. Apply to the face with a cotton ball and wipe clean before moisturizing. Test on a small area of skin first then you can increase the amount of ACV if you want a stronger mixture.
For hair, start with a mixture of 1 part ACV to 3 parts water. After shampooing, apply the mixture then rinse out. You can use this treatment weekly or monthly, depending on your hair type. Since the ACV is very acidic, please test a small patch and don’t overuse the rinse. You can adjust the proportion of vinegar to water to suit your hair type.
USE As a skin and hair treatment.
LOOK FOR Organic, unpasteurized, unfiltered for the most benefits.
Tip Keep in a small spray bottle for easy use.
That little box of baking soda hiding in your cupboard has a multitude of uses, from getting your teeth super clean to softening your skin in the bath.
To remove surface stains from teeth, dip a wet toothbrush into a tiny amount of baking soda and brush away. Rinse well. As baking soda is abrasive, be careful not to use this treatment too often.
For a soothing and detoxifying bath, dissolve a few tablespoons of baking soda into the bathwater. Add a couple of drops of rosemary or peppermint essential oil for the ultimate treat.
USE As an exfoliant, tooth whitener, deodorizer, bath soak, hair rinse.
LOOK FOR Plain old baking soda from the grocery store.
TIP Keep in a spice shaker to keep mess at a minimum.
If you haven’t converted to coconut oil yet, you’re missing out on an amazing, affordable green beauty multitasker. Virgin coconut oil smells delicious, is full of nutrients and is readily available in most supermarkets. We love it as a simple makeup remover, just use a small amount to melt off makeup, wipe off and cleanse as normal. You can use coconut oil to moisturize from head to toe. Try it as a hair mask, a quick cuticle treatment or a delicious smelling massage oil. One of our favourite uses is as a shaving oil in a pinch. Just melt onto damp skin and get a smooth, moisturizing shave.
USE Moisturizer, hair conditioner, makeup remover…the list goes on.
LOOK FOR Organic, virgin, unrefined. Extra virgin is just marketing hype!
TIP Coconut oil melts at warmer temperatures. Keep it in the fridge if you want a hard consistency.
Rhassoul clay has been used for over 1000 years as a beauty treatment – part of the original green beauty routine! It is a fine powdered clay that can be mixed with water to form a simple paste. Use the mixture as a mask for your face and body that will leave your skin feeling super soft and clean. For extra benefits, massage onto your skin as your rinse off to exfoliate dry, dead skin. If you want to get creative, add rose water, aloe vera or a drop or two of olive oil to the mixture. You can use the same clay mixture to shampoo your hair, just massage into the hair and scalp and rinse well.
USE As a hair cleanser, body and face mask and gentle exfoliant.
LOOK FOR Natural rhassoul clay. Also known as ghassoul or Moroccan lava clay.
TIP Since rhassoul has a gritty texture, take extra care to rinse from hair.
*Originally published on fablenaturals.com