Friday, February 8

Hair and Skin Care Remedies You'll Find In Your Kitchen

Coconut-butter - hardened coconut oil - 100% fat.
Coconut-butter - hardened coconut oil - 100% fat. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
You may not know this, but the apple cider vinegar you mix in your salad or the coconut oil you use for deep frying are also effective treatments and remedies for many hair and skin care problems. For example, prepare a solution of 50% apple cider vinegar and 50% water and rub some of it on a dry and flaky scalp. It's also a good treatment for dandruff. Other possible uses for apple cider vinegar and coconut oil are described below.

Hair Conditioner

Combine 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Separate the whites from 3 eggs and mix the clear albumen with the oil-and-vinegar concoction. Rub this mixture into your hair from its roots to the ends. Cover your hair with a shower cap for 30 minutes before rinsing thoroughly.

Pour a bit of coconut oil into your palm and rub it into itchy scalp. The oil moisturizes the dryness in the scalp as well as stimulates hair growth. For deep conditioning of the hair and scalp, rub a thick coat of coconut oil on the skin and hair follicles. Leave it on for several hours under a shower cap. It will rehydrate dry strands and damaged hair.

Hair Styling

Rub a bit of coconut oil between your palms to heat it. Then, apply on frizzy hair to help straighten the wayward strands. Alternatively, coat your fingers with oil and run it through your natural ringlets to untangle them.

Facial Toner

Mix 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with 2 cups of water. Soak a cotton ball in the concoction and apply daily on skin. It will deeply clean the pores and tighten them.

Face and Body Moisturizer

Coconut oil is rich in Vitamin E, which naturally moisturizes one's dry flaky skin. Apply a coat of this oil on one's face and body after bath to lock in moisture all day.

Body Scrub and Elbow Softener

Create an exfoliating body scrub with equal parts of sugar and coconut oil. Apart from exfoliation, it also provides moisture for the skin. Rub on elbows and leave on for five minutes before using a loofah or body brush to exfoliate the skin.

A Relaxing Soak in the Bath

Pour a cup of apple cider vinegar into your heated bathwater before coming in for a soak in the tub. It will make your skin feel soft and smooth to the touch.

To Soothe Skin and Lips

Soak a little of apple cider vinegar in a cotton ball and gently dab on a mosquito bite or sunburn. You may also use white vinegar as substitute. It will relieve the swelling. For fungal diseases, such as psoriasis or eczema, apply coconut oil on the area to relieve itchiness. The oil is also good for preventing chapped lips.

Relief for Cold Sores, Bruises, and Shaving Burns

Dabbing a small amount of white vinegar or apple cider vinegar on cold sores will help them heal faster. Apply this treatment three times a day. It also reduces swelling and eases the pain.

Treat bruises by soaking a piece of cotton gauze in white or apple cider vinegar. Don't wash it off immediately. Leave it on the injured area for around sixty minutes.

Before shaving, apply a coat of coconut oil on the target area to soften the hair roots and moisturize the skin. It also works as a natural lubricant for body and skin care needs.

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