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With numerous beauty products, with so many complex chemical ingredients, it’s no surprise that women in the West suffer from many more hair and skin disorders than girls in developing countries who do not lather themselves in toxic cocktails. But beauty products are so fun, no? I certainly think so. But when I began getting chemically sensitive skin, I needed to look into other choices. And thus began my research into organic, homemade remedies.

Dry Skin and Hair Tips

      • Drink fresh apple juice. It helps detox and cleanse your skin from the inside out, helping to recover its natural moisture.
      • The following essential oils are beneficial for your hair and skin: geranium, neroli, sandalwood, patchouli, chamomile, rose. Remember to dilute essential oils in a carrier oil or base cream. You can even just add them into a simple moisturiser such as VegeSorb (a vegetable-oil based variant of sorbolene). Or add 5 drops into a sink of warm water, dip into a face cloth, wring it out and put over face. Inhale the aroma! This is not only great for your skin, but for your mind also.
      • Although it’s tempting to exfoliate any flaky patches, be GENTLE. Try this natural, gentle exfoliant once or twice a week: a spoonful of honey blended with some rolled oats or oatmeal. . .massage softly over moistened face. If you would like a lighter wash, then add some full-cream cows or goats milk until you get a feel you prefer.
      • Eat oily fish (eg, sardines, salmon, mackerel) and flaxseed or olive oils.
      • Honey is really great for skin that is dry, or sensitive skinskin with imperfections… it is moisturizing, anti-inflammatory, ant-bacterial and will help clear up any diseases. Use runny honey, preferably organic. Rub in circular motions over the skin and leave on for 10-15 minutes. Can also be rubbed into scalp and hair to help itching/dandruff/dry scalp. Honey washes off easily with warm water.
      • You are able to fill a small muslin bag with a oatmeal or rolled oats, wet thoroughly and then either: 1) massage gently over face and body for moisturizing, gentle, exfoliating cleansing or 2) hang beneath the warm water flowing into your sink or tub before washing in water. This is a really gentle, moisturizing manner of cleansing.
      • Fresh Awokado: if you do not mind looking like a yummy swamp monster for some time, mash some new avocado up and smother your dry pieces with it. It’s super richly moisturizing. Good for your skin and hair. You could even eat any pieces that fall into your mouth…
      • Warm some sesame oil on the stove until it’s a wonderful temperature for applying in your skin, then massage it into your scalp and hair. Next, wrap a hot towel around your head and relax for as long as possible without washing the oil out. You might have to shampoo twice to find the oiliness out. But it is going to leave your hair shiny and your scalp comfy.
      • Bathe your nails in a bowl of olive oil if they’re dry. Then lather on a hand lotion or oil.
      • Cold Cream functions as a great face/body moisturizer, baby barrier cream, makeup remover, after-sun cream etc etc.. It’s a terrific idea to make your own cold cream. It’s easy and cheap to create yourself and you may be certain of what goes in, and also tailor any odor or fine-tuning essential oils into your skin and tastes.
      • Use chamomile and basil to your facial steams.
      • Try not to wash your hair too often if it’s dry. Condition your hair with eggs, oils (macadamia, olive, avocado, citrus and coconut are great ), honey, herbal rinses (combine a dash of cider vinegar with some water and chilled herbal tea eg. chamomile).
      • Massage a dollop of mayonnaise into your dry skin. Leave for 15 minutes and then wash off. This is a quick skin-nourisher.
      • Before you step into your bath, add 10ml of olive or sunflower oil into the water. This can make you skin divinely soft. Be careful stepping outside! it can be slipper.
      • Melting together 50g coconut oil, 50g cocoa butter, 30ml almond oil and 15 drops of neroli oil will work wonders as a dry-ends lotion for your hair. It will function as a barrier against drying and splitting.
      • 5ml of cider vinegar and 6 drops of chamomile oil into 3L of water will work to restore the hair’s pH and odor it. Use as the final rinse after conditioning.

Pimples, Acne and Oily Hair and Skin Tips:

      • Honey! I love honey! Massage in circular motions over affected areas to assist clear-up spots, redness, dryness, infections, inflammation and redness.
      • To help clear up redness associated with pimples, combine 15ml oatmeal with 60ml warm water. Add 2 drops of chamomile oil, and apply as a face-pack. add more oatmeal if the mixture is too runny. Leave for 15 minutes, then rinse off.
      • I find that dipping a cloth or make-up remover pad in organic, un-pasteurised, un-homogenised goats milk and then swiping over face can help clear up breakouts and sensitivity.
      • Lawenda oil applied neat onto affected areas once a day before the breakout clears up (or the skin becomes irritated). Drzewo herbaciane oil is also great applied neat, but is far more likely to cause irritation.
      • Put a handful of Salad Burnett in a bowl large enough to lean over, and pay in hot water. Put your face about 20cm in the water and cover head with a towel. Steam for 10 minutes if you have oily skin, less if you’re sensitive. Stop if you feel uneasy.
      • Cut a clove of garlic in half, and rub onto pimples/ stalks etc.. It helps clear any pustules very, very quickly. You can apply it around 3 times a day.
      • Neat witch hazel on a cotton ball patted onto jagged areas will help clear the region. Or you may use witch hazel all over your face as a great, natural toner for sensitive, pimple-prone oily skin.
      • Diluting 1 teaspoon of cider vinegar in 3L of warm water, used as your final wash, can help ward-off greasy hair, enabling you to go longer in between washes.
      • Try to discover a shampoo that does not contain Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS), since it can break down the lipid barrier in your scalp, encouraging your scalp to create more oil, or get eczema and itchy. Same for your face wash. SLS is usually found in foaming products.
      • Aloe-vera… that is fantastic, especially if you have sensitive skin that’s also troubled by acne or spots. I have very sensitive skin, and whenever I get a bad breakout, I use lavender oil into the region and then dab on Aloe Vera over my face to prevent any drying or irritation. Additionally, it helps accelerate the healing procedure.
      • Apply lemon juice directly to acne or pimples regularly. . .dilute it if it irritates your skin or if your skin is sensitive (note: use sunscreen of you do so )
      • Grated cucumber, applied daily to the affected area for 15-20 minutes can decrease the recurrence of blackheads and pimples.
      • Soaking a cotton fabric in warm water as hot as you can manage, and then draping it across your face/chest/back till it warms to warm, then rubbing it on the skin in gentle circles and help dislodge blackheads and pimples. Repeat a few times in a session, once per day. Don’t be too harsh with the rubbing. If you’ve got sensitive skin, do not do the rubbing. . .just hold a cloth soaked with warm-hot water on the affected regions.
      • Mix a few kaolin or green clay with 3 drops of lavender/geranium/tea-tree/chamomile/lemon oil and add water until you get a paste. If you would like, you can add a spoonful of honey. Apply to face and leave for 15 minutes. If the mask starts drying and cracking, spritz with water or rosewater spray.