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While fall is technically right around the corner, the sweat under my armpits says otherwise. It’s still hot and sunny in many parts of the country right now, and when you spend much of the day outside working, sweaty armpits are just a fact of life. Smelly armpits, though? Deodorant will take care of that, and yes, you can make it yourself.

More and more people are turning to natural deodorant alternatives rather than the store-bought kind, which often contains antiperspirant. That’s because aluminum, the active ingredient in antiperspirant, has been linked to cancer and Alzheimer’s in certain studies. Though there’s no definitive proof on the matter, many folks would rather play it safe than sorry. Also, there’s something to be said for allowing your body to sweat normally, rather than clogging your sweat glands with antiperspirant.

But if you choose to use natural deodorant, you’ll run into another issue: Do any of them actually work?! Compared to commercial deodorant and antiperspirant, many natural deodorants are a lot milder. The good news is that, once you wean yourself off of antiperspirants, you’ll likely experience a natural reduction in sweat and odor as your body adjusts.

That’s where DIY deodorant comes in. DIY deodorant is an excellent way to naturally control body odor without clogging your sweat glands. The great thing about making your own deodorant is that you can tweak the recipe to suit your own unique needs. Everyone’s body chemistry is different, so what effectively counteracts someone else’s natural funk may not work to squash yours. With DIY, you can be sure to figure out something that actually works – and it’s not as intimidating as you might think.

For deodorant, you’ll want to use ingredients that are anti-fungal and anti-microbial, as well as ingredients that absorb sweat and odor. Baking soda and cornstarch are two common ingredients, as are essential oils like tea tree oil or lavender oil. If you have sensitive skin, you can reduce the amount of baking soda.

And with that, here’s a basic deodorant recipe to get you started!

Ingredients:

3 Tablespoons baking soda – you can adjust to 2 tablespoons if it’s too much, but then you should increase the arrowroot by one tablespoon
5 tablespoons arrowroot powder – you can substitute this with cornstarch if necessary
6 tablespoons shea butter
30-60 drops essential oil (tea tree or lavender)
1 empty deodorant container or 4 oz jar

First, mix the baking soda and arrowroot/cornstarch in a deep bowl. The whip in the shea butter until it resembles crumbly dough. Add the essential oil next. Whip using a hand mixer until smooth. Transfer to a jar. Apply to underarms as needed.

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Tips for Common Beauty Problems: Skin, Hair, and Nails

If you have dry skin, brittle nails, damaged hair, or one of a dozen other conditions, then you need special beauty care methods to cope with them. These tips on beauty care remedies for common beauty problems can improve your skin, hair, and nails, helping your natural beauty to shine through.

Problem Hair Care

Damaged, dry hair is one of the most common beauty problems out there. The things that women often do to their hair in the name of beautiful are often the very things that damage and destroy their hair’s beauty. Coloring, ironing, bleaching, and curling all damage the hair, but most women will not give them up.

To deal with damaged hair, you have to be very careful with your choice of conditioner. Find one with quinoa protein or keratin. They will repair damaged and split strands of hair, and make your whole head of hair stronger. Be sure to apply your conditioner the right way. The ends of your hairs have taken the most damage, and are the most vulnerable to further damage. The hair close to your scalp, however, is newly grown and strong. Using conditioner there is unnecessary, and it just weighs your hair down, making it greasy and flat. Scrubbing your hair there more than you need to just starts the damage early. Instead, apply the conditioner at about ear level and work it down from there.

Blow-dryers cause more hair damage than almost anything else. Try to blow dry your hair no more than is absolutely necessary. When you do use it, keep the dryer always in motion, so that the heat doesn’t build up too much, damaging your hair. Never hold the dryer closer than six inches.

Nourish your hair by working coconut oil into your hair twice every week. This will make it stronger and healthier.

Problem Skin Care

If you suffer from acne and oily skin, then you should wash your face two to three times per day with lukewarm, not hot, water. Use an oil-based cleanser on your face in the morning to pull the oil out of your pores. Use an oil-free moisturizer. Never use harsh soap. Only use water-based makeup.

On the other hand, if you have dry skin, then you must use a mild cleanser each morning. After the cleanser, massage moisturizer into your face. The massage is as important as the moisturizer. It will stimulate your circulation and improve the texture of your skin. Never take hot showers, because they will dry out your skin even more. Avoid harsh cleansing products. Use a nourishing cream each night before you go to bed.

If you have patches of oily skin and patches of dry skin, you need something that will help both problems without aggravating either one. Clean your face once in the morning and once in the evening to get rid of the oil, but not more often, or your dry patches will get worse. Use the mildest cleansers. Use oil-free moisturizers on your dry patches. You should also be careful to use only oil-free sunscreen.

Problem Nail Care

In general, if your nails are constantly splitting and chipping, then the culprit is your diet. Proper nail care requires a balanced, healthy diet. Eat plenty of protein and foods with vitamins B, D, and E. Eating a small handful of almonds every day will do wonders for your nails.

If you have problem nails, wear gloves when you wash the dishes to protect them from the cleaning chemicals. Try not to use nail polish unless you absolutely have to, as it softens your nails. Never use nail files to remove stubborn nail polish or other stains. This will damage your nails even worse than nail polish remover. Instead, try soaking your nails in a bowl of lemon juice and water. Soak your nails in olive oil every day for 15 minutes if you have brittle nails. This will make them strong and healthy looking.

Even if you suffer from problems with your hair, skin, and nails, you can still look beautiful without very much effort. Just following a few simple, short daily routines will let you manage just about any problem.


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