Friday, June 28, 2013

Natural Beauty

A few days ago I mentioned that I had picked up a few beauty related items at the health food store. If you've read any of my makeup related posts you know I like to fake it up-I'm no Earth girl when it comes to cosmetics. But that doesn't mean I don't like to experiment with natural products. I just look at them like anything else-if it works, I'll use it. And if people on YouTube are talking about it, I'll definitely give it a go.

Recently I've been hearing a lot about coconut oil. Oils in general are huge right now, have ya heard? I think it started with Moroccan Oil. It's literally the best thing that's ever happened to me, and I have 5 kids. Just kidding, I don't have kids. But I think it would still be a pretty tight race. Moraccan Oil is amazing, but it's used for hair, and I wanted to open my heart and home to a more multi purpose oil. In comes coconut oil. Expert internet sources (Wikipedia) have told me that it can be used as a moisturizer for both skin and hair. It can also be used as a shaving cream, eye makeup remover, acne treatment and tons of other things. I just read that it can be used as a sexual lubricant, but I'm just going to go right ahead and say we're not doing that one. Thanks though.

I have been using it for more.....external puposes in the past week, and I'm actually really impressed. I've used it in my hair like I'd use Moroccan Oil-a little goes a long way, so proceed with caution. I've used it to shave my legs-totally effective, though I think the oil clogs the razor up a bit. What I've mostly been using it for is a night time facial moisturizer. I was so nervous to try it like that- I have kind of oily skin and the thought of applying MORE oil to it scared me. But I took the risk, and I'm happy with the results. It completely absorbs into my skin and hasn't broken me out at all. My skin feels really nice and soft in the morning. I don't know if it's necessarily better than any other night cream I've used, but it definitely does the job. What I like most about it is the smell. I'd say it tastes amazing too, because it does. But that really opens us up to referring back to the personal lubicant thing, and I don't want this blog to get too racy for my mom to read.

The other thing I bought was Tea Tree Oil, which I've used in the past. This is a totally different kind of oil. Rather than being a moisturizer, this oil works to dry blemishes (I know, I don't get it either). It has other uses but that's pretty much all I have ever done with it. It's a decent spot treatment for the zits that were supposed to stop coming a decade ago. Those little fuckers.

While we're on the topic of natural beauty I thought I'd share a quick hair mask that I like to make. While I've never been too much of a hippy about makeup, I have always liked to experiment with making my own hair and face masks. Just ask my family about the time I almost killed my Grandma when she slipped in the shower after I used olive oil as conditioner and didn't clean up after myself. Oh, don't feel too bad, she's a hearty old gal.

1 Ripe Avocado, Mashed
1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
1 Tbsp Honey

Mix all three ingredients together and apply to dry hair, from root to ends. You can just tie it back or put a plastic shower cap on. I don't actually think the cap makes a big difference, but having an extra step makes you feel like it's working better. Leave this in for 20-30 minutes. Wash as usual. And make sure you clean up after yourself (for Grandma's sake).

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