Facial, Skin and Hair Remedies for Men and Women!
It’s been a while since I last wrote an article concerning face care remedies and it’s because I’ve been testing the waters of the newest and latest remedies this past year and I’ve found some pretty good combinations. I’ve also tested quite a few new remedies as well. You don’t always have to rush out and spend lots of money on facial or skin care products. Why not use what you have at home, or stick to the natural approach? These home remedies will be sure to help improve your hair and skin. However, please remember that each person is different and has a unique body. What’s good for your neightbor may not always be good for your skin! So use caution when trying these remedies. Make sure that you do not have an allegies to things such as nuts or oils.
1.) Facial Astringent: Apple Cider mixed with carbonated water:
Apple cider vinegar mixed with carbonated water makes an excellent astringent for the face. Go to your local grocery store and purchase some apple cider vinegar (any brand) and any brand of carbonated water. I sometimes personally prefer Piere water, being that it’s infused with only mineral salts and carbonation (CO2). Plus, the cool thing is that it’s approved and certified by the department of health and national academy of medicine.
What is Apple Cider Vinegar? Apple cider vinegar is made from pulverized apples that have fermented. The fermenting process produces yeast and alchols and the results are vinegar. Vinegar is mostly acetic acid.
You can also try the flavored Piere water that contains essential oils from fruit. That will add a nice scent to your astringent. Please also remember to refrigerate your mixture if you have used the flavored water with essential oils to keep it preserved.
However, one thing to keep in mind is that it all does the same job and one will not ‘out-do’ the other. If you’re on a budget and the Piere water is too expensive for your taste, then don’t despair! You can select the grocery store brands scented carbonated water that has scents and mild flavors such as your local grocery store generic brands such as Safeway’s Foods brands and many of the typical grocery stores have their own store brands of waters and such! You can also purchase carbonated water store brands from stores such as Ralphs, Food 4 Less, Von’s, Albertsons, Safeway, and Trader Joes. These stores usually have their own brands, as they do with other grocery items, helping you to budget your money.
To mix your apple cider vinegar and carbonated water astringent, here is what you do:
1.) Go to your local craft store such as Micheal’s or Joanne’s and check out the glass aisle for a cute cork-screw or tightly closing lid jar. The tall or round jars usually cost between 1.99-4.9. Make sure to grab at least 3 or 4 bottles to keep around for home mixing remedies.
2.) Go out to your local grocery store and purchase your preferred brand of carbonated waters and your apple cider vinegar.
3.) Time to mix this stuff! Now, take you want an even mixture of half and half. Depending on how sensitive your skin is, you can decide how much vinegar to mix. For example, you may want to use a cup of carbonated water and 1/3 cups of vinegar.
4.) If you know that your skin is pretty tough, then you can do half and half, such as ½ cup of carbonated water and ½ cup of vinegar.
5.) You can also add some oils such as almond and or rose oils to the mixture and let it stand in open sunlight for about 2 days and then make sure to keep chilled. Keeping your astringent chilled keeps it fresh and the coldness is always good for tightening pores.
6.) Use cotton balls or a tiny square of a washable wash cloth that you can use over and then toss into the laundry to get cleaned. However, make certain that you wash the towel separately in order to prevent the oils from absorbing into other clothing items.
Hair Care: Make Your Own Conditioner and Hot Oil Treatments:
2.) Extra Virgin Olive Oil Hair Treatment
Is your hair dry and a bit crispy, body-less, and lifeless from dying, curling, blow-drying and chemically processing? If so, don’t worry, you won’t have to cut your hair just yet. So relax! Here are some hair remedies that will help you salvage your dignity!
Items you will need:
1.) Extra Virgin Olive Oil – small cork-screw bottles.
2.) Clear cork screw bottles
3.) Your favorite shampoo of choice – try Matrix, Biolage, Infusium, or any brand that helps restore damaged and dyed hair.
4.) Clear plastic disposable shower or hair cap that you can toss in the garbage when you’re finished.
5.) Your hair…
6.) Before you begin, don’t forget to put the oil in the bottles, because you surely would not want to tote the entire bottle of olive oil into your shower with you…
However, if you’re 100% certain that you’re the only person who’s going to be using the olive oil then tote the bottle if you must. I would
Shampoo your hair as you always do, rinse with warm to hot water. Make sure that you have rinsed all of the soap from your scalp. If you do not rinse the soap from your scalp well, it will prevent the oil from fully absorbing into your scalp, interfering with conditioning.
Once you have made certain that you’ve rinsed your hair and scalp good, you can begin to condition with olive oil. Take your cute little bottle and begin to condition. The residual heat from rinsing your hair in the warm water will act as a catalyst for heating the oil. So make sure that your hair is pre-warmed.
Saturate your hair with the olive oil and please be sure not to drop any in the shower because it can be a slippery and dangerous mess. Make sure that all oil is absorbed by your scalp. When your hair is saturated, place clear plastic shower cap on your head.
Let oil stand in hair for at least 25-45 minutes if you have all day to pamper yourself. Actually, you can experiment with the time if you’d like. To rush the process, you can use the heat of a blow-dryer or a regular portable hair dryer that you can get from Sally’s Beauty Supply Stores. From time-to-time, remove hair cap and check your hair to see the difference, this can help you determine whether or not you will need a longer time period or not.
When you feel that the oil has been in your hair long enough, rinse it with warm water once again for about 20 minutes. If you’d like, you can leave some of the olive oil in your hair, by partially rinsing it out. Once you’re finished rinsing your hair, let it dry naturally.
Do not blow dry your hair because you will start the process of drying your hair out and stripping it of the nutrients that the olive oil has just restored.
Some will argue that rinsing your hair with hot luke-warm to hot water will dry the hair out, but that’s not the case, being that you just had a 25-45 minute hot oil treatment on your hair. The oil protects your hair from being dried out!
I’d recommend not using any type of heating devices such as curling irons or blow dryers for at least two to three weeks. If you do need to style your hair, use Conair steam rollers and a setting lotion, which will help your hair curl easier.
I’d recommend trying this on a weekend, where you can just stay in and walk around in your pajamas all day and just lounge.
You will notice improvements nearly immediately.
If you’re worried about the olive oil being too oily or leaving residue in your hair, don’t worry, you can choose to use less oil next time or rinse once more.
Extra virgin olive oil is amazing.
If you go on a regular basis to get your hair done, don’t be afraid to ask your stylist to do the hot oil treatment. If she is pressed for time and runs a tight schedule, have her add you in when she knows that she will have time to devote herself to you.
3.) Peanut Butter Face, Hair and Feet Pomade:
Peanut butter is yummy and useful for many things. However, it can be a messy taks if you’re not careful. Be sure to use lots of precaution while cleaning. However, do not use if you have an allergy to fruit or nuts of any kind.
You can use creamy peanut butter for hair pomade if your hair is dry and brittle. You can also use peanut butter for skin and feet. Peanut butter has natural oils that are great for dry body issues that plague the hair, and skin.
Items you will need:
1.) Peanut butter
3.) Rose, or Almond Oil for scent or even olive oil again!
4.) Seat Salt
6.) Warm Water
7.) Plastic Thongs or slippers for feet
1.) Peanut Butter amp; Hair Care: Make sure to purchase any brand of peanut butter for hair pomade. Put in hair after washing and then place a cap onto your hair. Let peanut butter stay in hair for about 20 minutes or more. Then make sure to rinse out.
2.) Peanut Butter amp; Skin: Use peanut butter for facials. You can take it and mix it with olive oil, oatmeal and sea salt. The sea salt and oatmeal will exfoliate your skin and the oils will act as a natural conditioner. This also works for skin rashes caused by poison oak and ivy, mosquito and spider bites.
3.) Peanut Butter amp; Dry and Rough Feet: Soak your feet in a large pedicure wash basin and mixed with the apple cider vinegar and oil astringent.
Once you have finished soaking your feet, empty the basin and use as a base to mix the ingredients. Take a generous amount of peanut butter, raw honey, sea salt, rose or almond oil and oatmeal. Mix these items together and then apply to feet. Massage the paste into feet and keep feet in basin to avoid a mess. Once you have massaged feet for as long as you feel is suitable, take the warm water or have someone bring you warm water in a large container. Rinse your feet off in the water basin and pour water down the toilet or in your backyard. Do not pour water down the drain because the peanut butter and oatmeal may cause plumbing issues.
Next, take some of the almond, rose or even olive oil and massage into feet while wet and place warm footie (socks) onto feet. Do this at least once a week to improve the appearance of your feet.
NOTE: It may be wise to do this foot treatment in your bathroom, where you have access to instant water in order to rinse your feet off.
Scented Body Oils Made From Olive Oil
You can also use olive oil as a body oil to rid your body of dry skin. Yes, not only can you use olive oil as conditiner for your hair, you can also use olive oil as a body oil. It’s a good as vasoline, actually, it’s better than vasoline because it doesn’t contain any of the icky chemicals that vasoline contains. Yes, if you can dip freshly baked breads into oil votive and eat it, then you can use it on your body as well. Olive oil is one of nature’s best kept secrets. It’s drfinately considered to to be a miracle!
Again, get one of those cute little bottles that you purchased as extras, pour a generous amount of olive oil into your bottle and then add your fragrance of choice such as rose, jasmine, gardenia or even natural vanilla extract. I would strongly recommend going to Bath amp; Body Works again for a very large selection of yummy, and even scentastic body oils! Yes, the word “scentastic” would definitely be fitting for this store because they stock nearly any scent that you can think of and their pumpkin spice scents and candles are also amazing and fitting for the holidays! Check them out or, better yet, hustle into the nearest bath and body works to test out some scents for yourself. Make sure that you select pure oils, without any alcohols. You can also try the Body Shop too for scents that are out of this world!
Another company I have to amazing smelling NATURAL products are Grahams Natural! Their new body wash smells so nice and fresh, perfect if you have sensitive skin to some of the other companies! I would highly recommend them for their rosacea cream!
1.) Olive oil of course!
2.) The cute little corkscrew bottle.
3.) A strainer so that you will not spill oil all over the place, causing an icky spill.
4.) You choice of scents from Bath amp; Body Works (www.bathandbodyworks.com) or The Body Shop (www.thebodyshop.com).
How to Mix:
1.) Take your bottle of olive oil and measure at least 1 1/2 cups and pour in.
2.) Take the yummy scents that you have just purchased from either store.
3.) Since these oils are very strong and one drop can truly last you a while, take at least 5 drops at a time and shake the mixture.
4.) Be sure to do this over and over again, testing the potency of the oils mixed together. You can control and moderate just how much fragrance you want in your oil. Don’t be afraid to mix these oils either. For example, you can take jasmine oil and gardenia to make a stunning scent or why not pumpkin and gardenia with olive oil. if you’re searching for a spicey, why not use patchouli mixed with jasmine or sandlewood mixted with a pumpkin spice if your making secent for a guy? Get creative! If you go to far and mix something that’s not appealing, you can always add other scents and start over by adding much more olive and almond oil to even the scent out.
If you have a problem with stinky feet, you may have a foot fungus. I would recommend going to your doctor right away to fix this, where they can diagnose your problem and then prescribe some type of topical ointment or the type that you may have to ingest such as penicillin based anti-biotic.
If you cannot get to the doctor right away, here are some quick remedies that you can try right away.
Items you will need:
1.) Wash basin
2.) Baking Soda: Arm amp; Hammer Baking Soda
4.) Mineral Water or tap water
5.) Rose amp; Almond Oil
6.) Anti-fungal foot spray for afterwards
To start the process of deodorizing your stinky feet problem, take the wash basin and fill with warm water. Add 2-3 tablespoons of vinegar and baking soda in equal parts. Soak feet for 30 minutes or more. Occasionally remove feet from water and see if the smell has improved, if not, place in water longer and add more vinegar and basking soda to the water. Be sure to add some rose and or almond oil as well. When you have finished soaking your feet, let them dry and spray on some anti-fungal foot spray or apply creams such as Tanactin that you can get at your local drug store or pharmacy.
Try this treatment until you can seek the advice of a doctor. Your doctor may prescribe some type of anti-biotic and it may be a good idea not to try the remedy until your doctor has diagnosed your foot fungus and its source.