7. Apple Cider Vinegar
For years, apple cider vinegar has been used for various household and cooking purposes. However, this natural ingredient helps with all sorts of beauty problems, from acne to sun damage and hair loss to brittle nails.
It has antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that keep skin pores free from bacteria, oil and other dust particles. This is helpful in reducing the risk of acne, pimples and other skin blemishes. It even helps restore and balance your skin’s pH, which is essential to healthy skin.
Apple cider vinegar also promotes soft and shiny hair due to its clarifying properties. It prevents buildup of harmful products on your hair and scalp and helps restore the natural pH level of the scalp.
Thanks to the nutritional profile (magnesium, potassium, calcium and iron) of apple cider vinegar, it also promotes nail health and can prevent and treat nail fungus.
To boost your health and beauty from within, mix 1 teaspoon of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and drink it 2 or 3 times a day. For specific beauty treatments, try the following home remedies.
- Hair: To make a hair rinse, mix ¼ cup of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar with 2 cups water. After shampooing, pour this solution onto your hair. Massage it into your scalp and leave it on 5 minutes before rinsing it out with cool water. Do this once a week.
- Skin: Mix equal amounts of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar and cool water. Use it to wash oily face on a regular basis.
- Nails: Mix equal amounts of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar and water in a small bowl. Soak your nails in this solution for 5 to 10 minutes, once daily for a few weeks to fight nail fungus.
Oatmeal is one of the most inexpensive superfoods that have specific benefits that your nails, hair and skin will appreciate. It is rich in protein, biotin and other B vitamins that are beneficial for skin and hair.
A 2007 study published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology reports that the high concentration of starches and beta-glucan is responsible for the protective and water-holding functions of oats.
Colloidal oatmeal can be used as a cleanser, moisturizer, buffer, as well as a soothing and protective anti-inflammatory agent. Another study published in the same journal in 2012 reports that colloidal oatmeal can be used in the treatment of atopic dermatitis.
For those having oily and smelly hair, finely powdered oatmeal can be used as dry shampoo.
This popular breakfast item is even effective at preventing hangnails. The protein in it prevents water loss to help keep the skin moisturized.
So, do not forget to have a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast, and try these natural beauty treatments, too!
- Hair: To make dry shampoo at home, grind 1 cup of oatmeal into a fine powder. Add ½ cup of baking soda to it and mix well. Store it in an old talcum powder bottle. Whenever you have oily hair, simply sprinkle a little of the dry shampoo into your greasy hair and then brush your hair thoroughly.
- Skin: Pour 1 cup of colloidal oatmeal into your bathtub filled with warm water. Add a few drops of any essential oil of your choice. Soak in it for 15 to 20 minutes. Finally, rinse with lukewarm water. Enjoy this relaxing bath 1 or 2 times a week to enjoy healthy and soft skin.
- Nails: Prepare a hand massage with 2 tablespoons of ground oatmeal, ½ teaspoon each of honey and olive oil, and a little water. Use it to massage your hands, giving special attention to the areas around your nails. Wait 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse it off with warm water. Follow this remedy once a week.