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Homemade beauty treatments do not have to be complicated or time-consuming. Try these easy natural beauty treatments that use simple ingredients and take only a few minutes to prepare.

A Hydrating Cucumber Mask

This cucumber face and body mask is an easy, affordable and hydrating treatment for your skin especially after a day out in the sun. Use half to a whole cucumber, ideally taken straight from the fridge. Mash the cucumber in a food processor or a blender. Apply the mash on your face and your body and leave for at least ten minutes. Cucumber is mildly astringent, hydrating and suitable for all skin types.

A Moisturizing Treatment for Dry Lips

Dry chapped lips are a common issue, especially in the winter months. An easy, natural home remedy for dry lips is a mix of honey and coconut oil. Honey is antibacterial, and coconut oil moisturizes and nourishes the lips. Mix half a teaspoon of coconut oil and half a teaspoon of honey and apply on the lips before going to bed at night. Leave to absorb overnight.

Homemade Herbal Hair Rinses

Herbal hair rinses give your hair natural shine and color. Use nettle leaves or hibiscus flowers for all hair types, fresh rosemary for dark hair and chamomile flowers for blond hair. Make your hair rinse just like you would make a pot of herb tea.

Place a handful of fresh herbs in a pot or a bowl, pour boiling water over the herbs and leave your infusion to cool down. Once the mix is cool filter it to remove the herbs. Use the herbal infusion as the last rinsing water after washing and conditioning your hair. Pour the infusion over your scalp and comb it through your hair. Rinse with water after a few minutes or leave the herbal infusion in your hair until the next hair wash.

A Quick Remedy for Puffy Eyes

Tea bags are an old remedy against puffiness around the eyes, and they really work. Make a cup of tea using two tea bags, save the bags and put them in the fridge until they are cool. Use black tea, green tea or chamomile herb tea. Chamomile is especially suitable for irritated eyes. Lie down, place the cool tea bags over closed eyelids and leave the bags on your eyelids for 5 to 10 minutes. This easy trick refreshes tired eyes and removes puffiness.

These treatments are made with natural ingredients, but even natural ingredients can cause allergic reactions. If your skin is very sensitive try each product on a small patch of skin first.

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Healthy Hair: 4 Haircare Ingredients You Should Avoid

Beautiful hair starts with healthy haircare, but many commercial haircare products contain harsh ingredients that can damage your hair. Knowing which elements you should avoid will help you to make better decisions when buying your hair products. Here are four haircare ingredients you should avoid.

SLS AND SLES

Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) are detergents and surfactants commonly used in industrial cleaners, engine degreasers and other powerful cleaning products. SLS and SLES are also used as the base for many commercial shampoos, as they are cheap to produce, effective in removing grease, and contain foaming agents that create a rich lather.

Both SLS and SLES can irritate the scalp and cause skin reactions, including itching, flaking skin, redness, and soreness. SLS and SLES can also cause dry hair, and frequent use can lead to hair loss. Some researchers even claim that regular use of products containing SLS and SLES can contribute to the development of cancer.

PEG

Polyethylene glycol (PEG) is another ingredient commonly used in industrial cleaning products. PEG is also used in many shampoos, as it dissolves grease, oil, and dirt on hair and the scalp. However, this harsh chemical can make hair more brittle and prone to breakage.

PEG can also irritate the skin and cause it to become more sensitive to other chemicals. Irritation is likely if you have damaged or broken skin. There are many different types of PEG, each with a separate number (e.g., PEG-2), some of which are more irritating to skin than others.

PG

Propylene glycol (PG) is an irritant found in many different haircare products, including hair dye, shampoo, conditioner, hair gel, and products designed to make hair look shiny and smooth.

Regular use of products containing PG can break down the proteins needed for healthy hair, damaging its structure. PG can also irritate the scalp and aggravate existing skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.

ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL

Isopropyl alcohol, also known as isopropanol or rubbing alcohol, is used in antifreeze as well as in a wide range of haircare products, including hairsprays, volumizers, hair gels, conditioners, and many other styling products. Isopropyl alcohol strips hair of moisture, leaving it more prone to breakage, and can even be toxic when inhaled. Inhalation of isopropyl alcohol can cause headaches, dizziness, nausea, and even depression in some people.

Sulfates, polyethylene glycol, propylene glycol, and isopropyl alcohol are common ingredients in haircare products, but they can dry out your hair, damage the hair follicle, and cause skin irritations. Look for alternatives to these harmful ingredients when buying haircare products, especially if you have sensitive skin, eczema, psoriasis or other skin problems.


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