Don’t get us wrong—we love expensive creams and elixirs as much as the next girl. But when the mood strikes, it’s super fun to whip something up and treat yourself to an all-natural beauty boost at home. Today we’re sharing six easy do-it-yourself remedies for shinier hair, clearer skin, whiter teeth, and more.
1. Make A Honey-Banana Hair Mask
Chock full of potassium and vitamins A, C, and E, bananas pack a host of hair-boosting nutrients, and honey offers potent antioxidants that feed follicles and encourage hair growth. Peel a banana and mash it into a paste along with 2 tablespoons of raw honey. Massage the paste into the hair and scalp, cover with a plastic shower cap (or bag), and wrap up in a hot towel. Wait 15 minutes, then rinse for soft, shiny locks.
2. Refresh Your Puffy Eyes With Potatoes
With astringent properties that reduce water retention, raw potato helps eliminate the unattractive puff that often comes with tired eyes. Plus, potatoes contain catalase, an enzyme that helps lighten under-eye circles. Lying down, place one slice of washed raw potato on each eye for 10 minutes, and rinse gently with warm water.
3. Soften Your Hands With Coconut Oil
An amazing source of healthy fatty acids and proteins, extra-virgin coconut oil makes for an ultra-nourishing all-natural hand cream. For best results, slather it onto your hands, massage it into your skin, and top with plastic gloves for 10 to 15 minutes.
4. Whiten Your Teeth With Baking Soda
Dust a bit of baking soda atop your toothpaste to flight the effects of coffee, red wine, or other enamel-staining elements. Because it’s mildly abrasive, baking soda makes a perfect polisher—just be sure to rinse carefully after brushing.
5. Exfoliate With Olive Oil & Sea Salt
A good scrub is GREAT for reinvigorating your skin. Mix two parts olive oil and one part sea salt to create an all-natural full-body scrub at a fraction of the price of store-bought products. Apply it before a shower or bath. Emerge with glowing skin.
6. Beat Blemishes With Toothpaste
Toothpaste draws impurities out of the skin, so applying a little to trouble spots can help keep your complexion clear. Dab a little on a blackhead or blemish, then rinse with warm water after 20 minutes. Or, apply before bed and rinse off in the morning.
For more details on these and other all-natural beauty remedies, read our comprehensive guide.