Say hello to your new fave beauty allrounder.
Say hello to your new fave beauty allrounder.
Rather than waiting months or even years for another inch on your hair, did you know that there are a few natural ways to speed up the process?
Some of these items are probably already in your pantry, and require minimum effort to achieve long, healthy hair.
Apple cider vinegar
Regularly cleanse your hair with equal parts of cold water and apple cider vinegar after coming out of the shower. Apple cider vinegar acts as a natural cleanser, and will help those suffering from dandruff, or simply just an irritable scalp.
The smell is also really pleasant, and won’t leave your hair looking sticky or stiff.
Cut down on heat
This one might seem a little obvious, but cut down on the amount of heat and styling products you apply on your hair. Not only do they cause large amounts of irreversible damage, but they also damage your hair follicle.
If your hair is quite thick and takes a few hours to dry naturally, wrap it in a towel and go to sleep. It should be dry by the next morning, and won’t soak your sheets overnight.
‘No poo’ method
Don’t worry, this is not as bad as it sounds! The ‘no poo’ method is just another name for a natural cleanse which minimises the amount of shampoo you apply to your hair. Rather than using all these chemicals such as sulphate which break down the hair follicle, rinse your scalp with baking soda, and condition it with apple cider vinegar.
To receive the complete benefits of rosemary on your hair, it is important to rinse at least once a week. Use one cup of rosemary and bring it to a simmer, this could take anywhere between 15-30 minutes depending on the temperature.Once the rosemary has liquified, strain it, and allow it to cool down to room temperature.
Apply onto damp hair, and focus on any problem areas applying from root to tip. Don’t rinse it out.
There is no denying that scalp massages are relaxing, but did you know they actually make your hair grow faster? Regular massages help to stimulate hair growth and blood circulation to the scalp.
Use a light coconut oil on your fingers, then start the top of your head with a zig-zag motion to awaken the hair follicles.
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If there’s one product we should all have in our cupboard, it has to be apple cider vinegar. Not only is it great for cooking, but it has been proven to assist in beauty, hygiene and skincare routines as a natural agent. Ditch the nasty chemicals in favour of some apple cider vinegar – your body will thank you for it!
Blood sugar levels
Apple cider vinegar has been proven to lower blood sugar levels, especially for those suffering from type 2 diabetes. Vinegar improves insulin sensitivity, reduces blood sugar and lowers blood glucose levels.
Enjoy 1-2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar after every meal to aid digestion and kickstart your metabolism.
Apple cider vinegar contains chlorogenic acid which protects LDL cholesterol from becoming oxidised. This slows down heart disease and reduces blood pressure at the same time. Pretty impressive!
Kick-start your metabolism by indulging in 1-2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar after every meal. It’s ideal if you’re feeling bloated or sluggish.
Feeling a little under the weather? Apple cider vinegar can help kill pathogens including some types of bacteria which can make us feel seriously ill.
Banish bad breath by combining 1/2 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in 1 cup of water. Gargle every 10 seconds, spit, then repeat the process. You will be left with fresh breath.
Use apple cider vinegar as an all-natural toner to combat fine lines and wrinkles. It’s also safe to use over scars and pimples!
After washing your hair in the shower, rinse with apple cider vinegar to remove excess build-up of dandruff and dry skin.
Gargling with apple cider vinegar will help to remove stains and kill bacteria sitting in your mouth – eek!
Combine one part apple cider vinegar to three parts water, and apply this solution over your face and body as an acne treatment. Rinse, then apply a nourishing moisturiser over the top.
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Looking for an at-home remedy which can be used to cure almost any type of skin and hair condition?
Apple cider vinegar has been used for years to control common skin conditions, and is also cheap and cheerful! We show you just a few different ways this do-it-all product can create a tremendous difference in your life.
Use one part apple cider vinegar and two parts water to create a gentle toner for sensitive skin. Apply with a cotton pad over selected areas of the face to minimise pores, and reduce the amount of acne-related breakouts.
Combine apple cider and warm water onto freshly washed hair for an instant treatment. Not only does it help to remove the build-up of dandruff, but will make hair look shiny and sleek.
To reduce redness on sunburnt skin, add one cup of apple cider vinegar into a lukewarm bath. The concentrated formula helps to reduce the look and appearance of sunburn without unsettling the skin.
Mix one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar into a warm tea with ginger to control an upset stomach. It has healing properties which helps to control indigestion and acid reflux.
Add a few drops of apple cider vinegar into your bath for a cheap and effective detox. Not only is the smell amazing, but it will help to soothe tired muscles.
Combine 1/2 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar into 1 cup of water and gargle. This should eliminate any source of bad breath – especially if you’ve just had garlic!
Any nasty yeast infections can be cured with a simple bath. Soak in a lukewarm bath filled with 2 cups of apple cider vinegar to decrease any irritation.
Gargle with equal parts of apple cider vinegar and water to relieve a dry, itchy throat. Use it multiple times a day, and remember to drink lots of liquids!
Gargle with one cup of apple cider vinegar after brushing your teeth. The concentrated formula helps to remove any stains which your toothbrush can’t reach.
Combine apple cider vinegar and water to use a a facial cleanser for acne prone skin. It has antibacterial properties which help to cleanse pores, and create a clear face.
Those are just our top 10 ways to use apple cider vinegar! What are some of yours?
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Do you suffer from painful and embarrassing acne on your back? Not only is back-acne extremely common, it’s also easy to get rid of if you have the right products. Try a few of our skin care tips to eliminate the painful acne on your back, and leave your skin looking soft and blemish-free. This way, the only Acne your skin will love are the clothes that come in a pink paper bag!
Use a mild exfoliating scrub to remove any build-up or dead skin cells off the surface of your skin. Sometimes it can prove awfully tricky to reach your back, so use a loofah to target those hard to reach areas with ease!
Rinse with lukewarm water, then moisturise with a rich formula to keep the area calm and hydrated.
Appelles Loofah, $6.95
Tea tree oil
You may have heard that tea tree oil has healing and anti-bacterial properties which are perfect for damaged or dry skin. Mix a little into your next shower gel, and carefully create a lather on both your back and upper arms.
Let the mixture sink into your skin for a few minutes, and rinse with tepid water. To avoid tearing the acne or blemishes on your back, pat the skin dry with a towel.
Draw yourself a bath, and mix one cup of apple cider vinegar into the lukewarm water. This will fight against any bacterial that is living on the surface of your skin, and will soothe any inflamed blemishes on your back.
Where possible, avoid purchasing hair and body gels which are very strong smelling. Fragrance is the number one product which causes irritable skin, and will only make exposed blemishes and acne feel like they’re on fire. Use mild, and sulphate-free products (and avoid clogging your pores with fake tan!)
Make your own coffee scrub to expel the skin of any clogged pores, and shed excess bacteria as well. Apply the scrub in circular motions over your back, let it sit for at least 20 minutes before washing off with lukewarm water and a cotton wash-cloth.
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