7 Homemade Hipster Treatments For Your Face, Body & Hair
Feel rejuvenated from top-to-toe with these cool, simple recipes
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1 egg + lemon juice (optional)
They may be small, but eggs are big on benefits — the whites cleanse, exfoliate and tighten pores while the yolks moisturise and soothe. You can use the white and yolk individually, but if you’re lazy like us, it’s okay to mix the whole egg up in a bowl before applying it on your face. Let it dry (it’ll feel like you’ve just done Botox) then wipe it off with a warm, wet towel. The only con is the smell, so if you have a particularly sensitive gag reflex, just add a dash of lemon juice to neutralize the pong.
Say goodbye to harsh chemical scrubs and try this homemade blend instead. Oatmeal has long been beloved as an effective yet gentle exfoliant that nourishes the skin, while absorbing and removing dirt and impurities. With the addition of milk, olive oil and honey, skin will be left soft and glowy. Just stir everything together, leaving it in a bowl for 5 to 10 minutes for the oatmeal to soften. Then, massage the scrub onto your face for 1 or 2 minutes before rinsing it off.
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Honey sugar lip scrub
1 tsp honey + 4 tsp sugar
Get irresistibly soft, kissable lips with this super easy and very cheap concoction. It really is as simple as it sounds: Just mix up any kind of honey with brown or white sugar in a 1:4 ratio, then gently rub it into your lips. Let the mixture sit for a minute before wiping it off with a damp cloth. Delicious, but try and resist the urge to lick it off (you’ll be eating your dead skin cells too, eww).
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Coffee grounds body scrub
1 cup used coffee grounds + ½ cup sugar + 1 cup coconut oil
Got a beach vacay coming up but too self-conscious about your cellulite to be excited? Keep calm and try this scrub. The caffeine in coffee has been proven to reduce the appearance of cellulite when applied topically, while coconut oil provides intense hydration. Massage the scrub on your problem areas or all over your body every day before showering for best results.
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Olive oil hair mask
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil + 1 tbsp honey
For shampoo commercial-worthy tresses, use this hair mask once a month. Olive oil naturally conditions hair and can promote hair growth, leaving you with smooth, thick locks. Put the olive oil and honey mixture in the microwave for 40 seconds to heat it up, then let it cool before combing it through hair with a wide-tooth comb. Leave it on for an hour, then shampoo and condition as per normal. You’ll never want to use over-the-counter hair masks again.
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1 cup sugar + 2 tbsp lemon juce + 2 tbsp water + cotton or linen strips
Long before waxing parlours and hair removal creams, there was sugar-lemon wax. Heat up your sugar, water and lemon in a pot while stirring constantly for 5 to 8 minutes until the mixture becomes syrupy and turns dark auburn or brown. Let it cool completely, then apply it evenly onto your legs, arms and underarms (we’d skip the bikini line though) in the opposite direction of hair growth. Place the fabric strips on top, then rip them off in the opposite direction. Your skin will be left as smooth, soft and hairless as a baby’s bottom.
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Potato eye mask
2 pieces of potato
We’re not kidding, a few slices of potato are literally all you need for this — the beauty of this mask is in its simplicity and efficiency. Take two pieces and place them on each eye for 15 to 20 minutes. Potatoes have astringent properties that reduce water retention and therefore help to fix puffy eyes. They can lighten dark eye circles too!
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