While much focus is given to the foods we eat, we might not pay as much attention to the products we put in and on our bodies.
Below, you’ll find a compilation of five one-ingredient beauty hacks designed to make your routine simpler and help you take better care of your body.
1. Avocado vs. Dry Face
You know that avocados are full of healthy fats and oils that enrich your body, right? These same oils can tackle the dry, sun-damaged skin on your face. Grab a ripe avocado and scoop out the insides – save them to eat later. The peel that’s left has just the right amount of avocado juice for you to rub on your face, and that’s all you need; pick it up, and rub it directly onto your skin. Leave it sit for 15 minutes before rinsing it away with warm water and patting dry. Voila. The end result is smoother skin without chemical-loaded lotion.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar vs. Dull Hair
Between salon visits, your hair might start looking a bit under the weather. A quick wash with apple cider vinegar can restore sheen that you might otherwise boost with unnatural hair care products. Be sure to do this only occasionally, however, as the acidity of apple cider vinegar could cause damage if it’s overdone.
3. Strawberries vs. Teeth Stains
Who knew those sweet, tiny berries packed such a huge punch? Strawberries contain a natural astringent and plaque-removing Vitamin C that, together, are surprisingly effective at removing stains. All you have to do is mash up a single berry and put it on your teeth for five minutes. Rinse and smile wide with your newly glistening chompers.
4. Lemons vs. One-Dimensional Hair Color
It’s hard to imagine coloring your hair without foils, brushes, bleach and a long stay in your stylist’s pump-up chair; it’s also hard to imagine that the products used in this process incorporate only one all-natural ingredient.
Lemon juice can be your saving grace if you’re looking to cut down on the unnatural products that you use. Simply spritz it onto your locks, sit in the sun and let the citrus juice work its magic. Since lemon can also dry out your hair, though, be sure to moisturize your locks with unrefined coconut oil after they lighten.
5. Papaya vs. Damaged, Brittle Hair
Have you ever eaten a papaya? If so, you know that this fruit has an interesting consistency that makes it the perfect base for an all-natural hair mask. Simply slather one-fourth of a mashed or blended papaya over your tired, dry locks, and let it sit for anywhere from 15 to 25 minutes. As it sits, the papaya enriches your hair with a wealth of vitamins and minerals; it also whisks away dirt, oil and chemical build-up from other non-natural products and free radicals in the air at-large.
The extensive ingredient lists on the backs on many beauty products make it difficult to believe the above techniques could work. Try one – or all – of them out, and see for yourself!