It’s really interesting to me that so many beauty products out there contain incredibly long lists of potentially harmful synthetic ingredients, when in reality, you can often achieve the same goal with just one ingredient.
One simple, naturally-occurring ingredient that you may just happen to have in your kitchen right this very moment. Whenever I use totally natural ingredients as beauty products in this way, it always makes me feel so good. I feel good knowing the origin of the product and what it’s made of. I feel good knowing that instead of sacrificing my own long-term health for short-term beauty, I’m actually nourishing my body in more ways than one. It’s kind of like a “Ha! Take that!” to the not-so-natural products I’ve used many many times in my past (that I hope to never use again).
There are tons and tons of one-ingredient beauty products out there. Here are 5 that I love!
Lemons are one of the best ingredients out there because they’re common, they’re inexpensive, and they have SO many uses. One age-old lemon use is to highlight your hair! Just mix with water, spray onto your locks, go out into the sun and wait for nature to do its thing. You can also rub lemon juice onto your scalp to reduce dandruff, and dab onto blemishes to dry them out. Just keep in mind that lemon can be very drying, so make sure not to overdo any of these things, and be sure to moisturize your hair and skin if you notice excess dryness.
2. Wheat germ oil
Extracted from wheat grain kernels, this oil is filled with vitamin E, vitamin B, magnesium, potassium, and lots of other essential nutrients, making it a great choice for nourishing skin and hair. Applied to the skin, wheat germ oil can help treat and prevent psoriasis, and eczema, while moisturizing general dryness at the same time. You can also apply it to hair ends to lock in moisture, as well as to your nails to strengthen them and repair damaged cuticles.
Papaya has a naturally creamy consistency, making it the perfect natural hair mask. It’s thought to remove dirt and oil, as well as chemical build-up, while simultaneously nourishing the hair with an abundance of vitamins and minerals like vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, and magnesium. Mash up or blend about 1/4 of a papaya, distribute throughout hair, and tie on top of your head for about 15-25 minutes. Then, wash and condition your hair as usual. This can also be used as a face mask to moisturize skin, brighten the complexion, and even out overall skin tone.
Avocados are another fruit with a creamy texture, containing fatty acids that help soften skin and lock in moisture. Use them in the same way as you’d use a papaya — mash or blend, apply to face/neck or hair, leave on for about 15-25 minutes, and rinse. Voila! Instant moisture.
Strawberries are great as a natural teeth whitener — they contain an astringent to clear away stains, as well as vitamin C to help remove plaque. Just mash up a strawberry with a fork, apply to your teeth, let sit for about 5 minutes, then rinse. You could also just rub some strawberry onto your teeth the next time you eat one! Just be careful not to overexpose your teeth to them, as this could possibly break down tooth enamel over time. (Psst, here are 3 more ways to use strawberries for beauty and 3 more ways to naturally whiten teeth!)
What’s your favorite one-ingredient beauty product? Please share!!
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