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Back to basics – Do it yourself with these beauty secrets and pick-me-ups that you can source from pure Mother Nature, or in this case, in your local grocery store. Tried and tested, these recipes are packed with rich ingredients that guarantee flawless skin without emptying wallet.
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Avocado oil's abundant fatty acids help balance skin's moisture levels, and the antioxidant vitamins A, C, and E protect skin from further damage. Combine half an avocado with raw honey, oats (or quinoa flakes) coconut oil and lemon juice for a mask that will leave your skin glowing and supple.
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Soothing and anti-inflammatory, oatmeal contains beta glucan, a soluble fiber that creates a thin, moisture-retaining film on the surface of the skin. Place a handful of whole oats in a clean Ziploc bag and use a rubber band to secure it. Immerse it in a sink full of warm water and squeeze the bag four or five times. Once the water is cloudy, splash it on your face and then air-dry.
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Rose water is nature’s best astringent. It decreases damage to skin’s elastin fibers and helps reduce or delay wrinkle formation. Pour generously in ice cube container and freeze. Once frozen, take one cube and wipe till melted all over face and neck. Not only will the rose water help tighten your skin, but the cold temperature will help raise the blood to the surface of your skin for better circulation and a natural blush effect. Do not over-use this recipe however; once or twice a week is all it takes.
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Fruit acid loosens dead skin cells. Cut a fresh lime and lemon in half and squeeze the juice of one half into a bowl. Add a quarter cup granulated brown sugar and a quarter cup olive oil and then blend into a moisture-rich scrub. Rub in the sugar mixture to slough off dead skin. Rinse with warm water and pat skin dry.
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Sour cream provides for a thick dairy moisturizing mask and gentle exfoliant, since its lactic acid (an alpha-hydroxy acid) helps speed cell turnover, brightening dull complexions. Add some ground raw almonds for an extra boost of exfoliation. Their natural fats also restore skin's moisture.
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Eggs' high protein content helps improve hair's resilience and luster. Whisk together 1 egg, 2 tablespoons coconut oil (rich in moisturizing fats), and 2 tablespoons sesame oil. Apply the mixture to dry hair and wrap a hot, moist towel around your head. Relax for 5 to 10 minutes. Without wetting hair first, work in a handful of shampoo, then rinse and condition your hair.
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Aragon oil is nature’s best kept secret. If you’re not travelling to Morocco anytime soon, you can get it in its purest form in the Organic food store or Dubai’s Global Village. The “liquid gold” can become your go-to beauty elixir from head-to-toe. It’s chockfull of essential fatty acids, anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals that promote your overall health by moisturizing, softening as well as protecting your face and hair from sun damage – without harmful toxins or additives.
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Honey's ability to absorb and retain moisture make it an ideal ingredient in a lot of cosmetics as it helps keep skin hydrated and fresh and prevents drying. Honey's natural antioxidant and anti-microbial properties help to protect the skin from the damage of the sun's rays, supports the skin's ability to rejuvenate and refresh depleted skin, leaving it feeling silky soft. Puree 1 cucumber in a blender, drain and collect the juice. Add 2 teaspoons of honey into the juice and mix. Pour the mixture into a bottle. Apply on the face and neck area with a cotton pad in the morning and at night. Air dry it and rinse clean. Store the bottle covered in the refrigerator for up to a week.
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Rich in oil, walnuts make for extra-gentle sloughing. Blend a quarter cup shelled walnuts, half a cup olive oil, and a tablespoon of honey in a food processor set on a slow speed, creating a fine-particle scrub. Standing in the shower or over a sink, work the mixture thoroughly over your skin for a couple of minutes. Rinse with warm water.
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Veering slightly away from your grocery store and going into your nearest garden center, if you get your hands on a small Aloe Vera plant you’ll have nature’s fountain of youth at your disposal. It is helpful in treating puffyness of the eyes, dry and chapped lips, brittle nails, burnt skin and has the remarkable ability to reach down the seven layers of the skin to hydrate and heal it. Apply Aloe Vera gel mixed with Aragon oil on your face at night to ward off wrinkles, premature aging and promote cellular regeneration.