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Back to the basics of beauty

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Wellness, Beauty

Once upon a time, people used ingredients from plants, flowers, herbs, trees and even critters to make oils and lotions to help clean, soothe or enhance a part of their body. 

According to Forbes, what started with hunter-gatherers 5,000 years ago is a worldwide business worth more than $532 billion annually. 

There are rows and rows of beauty products in most stores. There are stores that sell only beauty products. Still, some people prefer to gather or plant or buy natural materials and mix them.


Who are these natural beauties?

  • Some simply refuse to shell out hard-earned dollars on costly beauty products 

  • Some are opposed to animal testing, ingredients and manufacturing processes that may not be good for the environment

  • Some are concerned about the effect(s) of chemicals in beauty products on their bodies

  • Others simply like to mix and make things, for example, choosing their scent


DIY favorites

Here are some favorite ingredients:


A mashed avocado mixed with a bit of water makes an excellent mask. Avocadoes contain antioxidants and are high in amino acids, which are great for reducing the signs of aging.

Organic yogurt and oatmeal

Organic yogurt contains lactic acid, which moisturizes and exfoliates the skin. Oatmeal is full of beta-glucans, which smooth and tighten the skin when applied as a facial mask. Mix and smooth them over the face, rinsing with warm water after 5 minutes. The skin beneath will be soft, refreshed and glowing.


Though mainly used in curry, this spice is great for killing bacteria that cause acne and reducing excess oils produced in the skin. A simple paste made of turmeric and water is an excellent spot treatment for blemishes.


Bananas are natural moisturizers that can be mashed and used alone or mixed with sour cream and honey to make a soothing facial mask. Treat dry hair with a mix of banana and avocado. Apply it to damp hair and leave it on for 30 minutes.

Coconut milk and coconut oil

Coconut milk is very effective in hydrating dry, dull hair. Mix half a cup with one medium-sized crushed avocado and massage evenly through dry hair. Leave it in for 20-30 minutes before washing it out. Many people use coconut oil for dental hygiene. 

For those looking for natural and healthy products to add to beauty treatments, your pantry may never look the same again.


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