5 Natural Beauty Hacks You Need To Know
With nasty toxins hiding in the ingredients lists of most store bought beauty products, it’s hard to know which are safe and which aren’t. The good news is it’s surprisingly easy to make many of your own and it’s much more cost effective than forking out the big bucks for brands with empty promises. Once you learn these hacks, you’ll never look back.
Green tea for tired eyes
The days of cucumber eyes are gone – now we’re all about green tea. Infuse two green tea bags then wait to cool by popping in the fridge. Once cold, place tea bags under your eyes for 5 minutes to reduce puffiness. The caffeine in the green tea will reduce blood flow to the area and help lessen the appearance of dark circles.
Charcoal for whiter teeth
Activated charcoal is a natural product that binds to toxins and therefore removes them. It has long been used for food poisoning as it is highly absorbent and toxins adhere to the surface of the charcoal. When used as a teeth whitener, it pulls toxins from the mouth and removes stains. When washed away teeth feel clean, smooth and look noticeably whiter. Simply dip a damp toothbrush in charcoal and brush like normal. Warning: your mouth will go completely black but rest assured it is easily washed away!
Coffee grounds for dry hands
There’s no need to throw away your used coffee grounds – rub them on your skin for a natural exfoliator that feels divine. You don’t need to buy an expensive coffee scrub, just take a handful of used grounds after making your coffee straight to the sink to scrub your hands. The natural oils from the coffee will mean you don’t even have to moisturise afterwards for the softest skin.
Don't worry if you don't make your own coffee at home, you can always try your luck at your local coffee shop! If you're a Brisbane local, Black Rabbit Coffee gives away bags of ground coffee for free. Bonus - it's also great for your garden!
Honey for glowing skin
Don’t have the time or money to go and get a facial? Honey is a natural miracle for the skin and chances are you already have it at home. Use a raw honey where possible and massage it into your skin, then leave for 10 minutes before rinsing off. While you might be expecting it to leave a sticky residue, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how clean and soft your skin feels after, without the stickiness! Honey is naturally anti-bacterial and hydrating, making it perfect for the face.
Try your local farmer's market for organic raw honey. We LOVE the honey from Honey Bee Healthy, where Maree is the owner, operator, beekeeper, distributer and marketer of this family run small business, based on the Sunshine Coast. Shop their bio active Jellybush honey here.
Arrowroot powder for greasy hair
Store bought dry shampoo products can dry out your scalp and cause irritation. This natural solution is simple and cheap, and will help you go more days between shampoos. For blonde hair apply arrowroot powder with a clean makeup brush directly to the scalp. For brunettes, mix some cacao with arrowroot and then apply.
There you have it - our 5 natural beauty hacks you need to know! Which ones are you going to try?