15 Things to Include in Your Beauty Routine

Swap commercial beauty products for everyday kitchen staples and natural DIY concoctions to help get your glow on!
by Melanie Santiago   |  Aug 12, 2017
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  1. Coconut Oil

This multi-purpose oil has a long list of health benefits but its hydrating properties are what dry, flaky skin will love! Not to mention, it doubles as a great hair mask.

  1. Aloe Vera Gel

Another hydrating ingredient that Koreans have incorporated into their skin care is aloe vera gel that is lightweight and suitable for all skin types, making it a good base for other mask combinations.

  1. Tea Bag Steam Facial

Steam facials open up pores in preparation for a mask or pore strip, give your skin a spa like treatment by adding an aromatic tea bag in hot water so you can soak in the relaxing scent.

  1. Honey

This sweet treat is high on antibacterial properties which are great for treating acne prone skin, cleaning pores, diminishing scars among many other benefits. 

  1. Sugar

Alternatively, sugar is one of the main exfoliating ingredients that you can use in face and body scrubs, it's cheap and a staple. Try incorporating this in a pampering session once a week.

  1. Color Correctors

Not something you can find in the kitchen but a peach colored lippie that you may already have can counteract dark eye bags and blue veins, other colors also help discoloration and redness. Do this before piling on layers of concealer.

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  1. Petroleum Jelly

Good ol' petroleum jelly is one of those purse essentials you need. It's an all-around balm you can use on cuticles, lips, and dry parts of your body, with a long list of other uses attached to its name.

  1. Rose Water

Steep rose petals for a facial mist or toner to soothe skin, try placing it in the fridge prior to application so you get a cool refreshing spritz.

  1. Rice Water

This simple concoction will help brighten skin over time which targets any discoloration. It's best used as a toner for its antioxidant properties.

  1. Lip Scrub

Chapped lips also need some TLC, slough off dead skin with a natural lip scrub that you can whip up in less than 5 minutes. This step works great before you apply those matte lippies for smooth application.

  1. Essential Oils

A little of these essential oils can go a long way and even a small amount can be very potent. Check out what certain oils can do for your skin.

  1. Face Yoga

This new craze of facial exercises may look silly, but it does help tighten skin and smooth and prevent wrinkles, and there's nothing silly about that!

  1. Brush Cleanse

Unwashed brushes and sponges can harbor a lot of bacteria that can lead to breakouts. Allot one day per week in deep cleaning your tools. Here's a nifty DIY to get those bristles clean!

  1. Turmeric

Is part of the ginger family that has high anti-inflammatory properties, which is why a lot of people drink it. And its long list of benefits is what makes it a good ingredient in face masks as well.

  1. Apple Cider Vinegar

Another ingredient used in drinks and food for its amazing benefits, you can also use it as a toner to help lighten scars and dark spots, overall it helps balance the skin’s ph level and leave your face feeling supple.

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Melanie Santiago
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Frustrated painter and writer, Melanie also takes time to drop by candymag.com and share the stories she comes across.
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