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The best way to ensure that your beauty products are truly all natural is to make them yourself. Doing so guarantees that you’ll be able to pronounce all of the ingredients and will also give your neglected nuts and oils renewed purpose.
Kitchen as spa is much more than the mayonnaise conditioner your mother once used to boost her dry tresses. There are now recipes for almost any beauty problem.
Dry, chapped hands
1 ounce ground almonds
1 teaspoon clear honey
2 teaspoons walnut or sunflower oil
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1. Mix all ingredients together into a thick paste.
2. Rub a heaping teaspoon all over the hands for two to three minutes and rinse off.
From food consultant Rosamond Richardson, author of Natural Superwoman
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 avocado, crushed
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
1. Mix all ingredients together.
2. Apply mixture to dry hair, applying only to the hair shaft and avoiding the scalp. Leave on for 20 minutes, then massage through to the scalp and leave on for 5 more minutes.
3. Rinse completely in very warm water for at least 2 minutes.
4. Shampoo hair twice with a deep-cleansing shampoo. Any excess mixture can be stored in a glass jar in the refrigerator for up to one week.
From Robert Hallowell, celebrity hairstylist
Dry skin (face)
1 large peach or nectarine, skinned
3 teaspoons honey
A pinch of lecithin powder or 2 tablespoons yogurt
Mash the peach and honey together, add a little lecithin powder or 2 tablespoons yogurt until you have a workable paste. Pat evenly over your face and neck and around the eyes. Lie back and relax for about 10 minutes. Rinse off with warm water, pat dry, then tone and moisturize as you normally would.
From the California Tree Fruit Agreement
[via Good Houskeeping]