9 Homemade Substitutes for Beauty Products You Use Daily

I am sure that most of us have an extremely busy schedule everyday. Given this scenario, we often tend to ignore our beauty problems or rely on market-bought products as a quick fix. The ugly truth is that these products may contain a lot of chemicals that can have damaging side-effects on your skin, hair and overall health. We’ve got some help for you. Here are 9 natural substitutes for your common beauty products that can be easily made at home. You may have not known but some simple kitchen ingredients can work wonders.

9 Homemade Substitutes for Beauty Products You Use Daily

1. Natural Dry Shampoo for Oily Hair

Do you feel the need to wash your hair every other day? Or do you have an oily scalp? Here’s what you can do instead of using shampoo too often.

Ingredients:

2 and a 1/2 tablespoons of cornstarch (preferably organic)
3-4 drops of essential oil (lavender or rose)

Procedure:

Mix both ingredients and lightly dust it on your scalp. Wait for 5 minutes and remove the excess powder with a brush. Cornstarch will soak in almost all the oil and dirt leaving your hair feeling clean and fresh.

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2. Natural Blackhead Remover

Baking powder is great to exfoliate and loosen up dead skin and remove blackheads, and dirt lurking underneath the surface.

Ingredients:  

1 tablespoon baking soda
Water (preferably mineral)

Procedure:

Mix the two ingredients to obtain a slightly wet paste-like consistency. Apply it on your nose and let it dry completely. Leave it on for 10-15 minutes and then rinse.

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3. Natural Face Pack for Glowing Skin

This is one of my grandmother’s secrets for bright and glowing skin

. Gram flour is great for improving uneven skin tone and milk has a very soothing effect on the skin.

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons gram flour (besan)
1 tablespoon milk (raw)

Procedure:

Mix all ingredients to make a paste and apply the mixture evenly on your face. Let it sit for 10 minutes and then rinse your face with lukewarm water.

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4. Natural Teeth Whitener

Baking soda is a humble kitchen ingredient that can be used to solve many beauty problems. It is great to remove any kind of stains from your teeth.

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon baking soda
1/2 tablespoon lime juice

Procedure:

Mix the ingredients to form a paste and apply the mixture on your teeth. Let it rest for 1-2 minutes and rinse it off. You should do this daily to get cleaner, whiter teeth.

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5. Natural Skin Toner

A toner is required to clean the skin. A good toner is one that hydrates, clears and energizes your skin and there’s nothing like fresh aloe vera gel to do all these three things. Cut open the leaf and scoop all the gel out. Massage the gel on your face and neck and let it dry for 15 minutes. Rinse your face with lukewarm water and pat it dry.

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6. Natural Makeup Remover

You don’t need anything else to remove makeup other than a dab of coconut oil. Coconut oil is also an excellent moisturizer and doesn’t make your skin dry like some store-bought make-up removers can. Massage it gently on your face and leave it on for 10 minutes before rinsing.

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7. Natural Perfume

Who doesn’t want to feel fresh and fragrant in this hot weather? Here’s a way to make your very own natural mist.

Ingredients:

8-10 drops of essential oil (rose, lavender etc)
4-5 tablespoons of filtered water
1 tablespoon glycerin

Procedure:

Mix all ingredients well, and put it in an empty spray bottle. Use it whenever you step out for long-lasting fragrance.

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8. Natural Eye Lash and Eye Brow Enhancer

Fake eye lashes can give a fuller look and even a mascara can help define your lashes but when you can do it naturally then why rely on these products? Apply castor oil on your lashes and brows regularly. Castor oil facilitates hair growth and can make your eye lashes and brows look fuller.

castor oil

9. Natural Wax for Facial Hair

Bleaching is a harsh way to hide facial hair. Instead, we suggest you make this quick and natural wax at home to get rid of facial hair.

Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups of powdered sugar
1/2 cup of lemon juice (without the seeds)
2 cups of water

Procedure:

Mix all the ingredients together and heat the mixture for 8-10 minutes till it becomes golden-brown in colour. Turn off the heat and let the mixture cool down. It will become sticky like wax. Store in the fridge and apple some whenever needed. Spread the mixture with your fingertips on your face and pull gently against the direction of hair growth.

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Now that you’ve found the perfect substitutes for the most common beauty products used, give your skin some natural treatment.

Glow, shine and go all natural with organic beauty products

Most of the Indians are striving to live a healthier lifestyle by consuming nutrient-rich food, exercising regularly or by using organic products for their good skin and health. Just the way our body needs good amount of vitamins to feel and look fit, the same way our skin needs to be feed with vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids and fatty acids to look young and fresh. We all need to restore our skin’s natural PH balance for an ideal looking skin.

The concept of organic beauty products started from Edwardian Era, where the Edwardian ladies were pressurised to look beautiful and wanted keep wrinkles at bay. Just like the women today, even Edwardian ladies used to go for natural remedies for their skin such as concoctions and creams with Cocoa Butter, Almond Oil, Witch Hazel and Lanolin. The organic products somewhere washed off when big brands came up with beauty and skin care products with chemicals in it which was harassing the skin and also giving wrinkles to women at a very young age.

Guardian 20 spoke to Dr Blossom Kochhar, Chairperson, Blossom Kochhar Group of Companies and she said, “Everyone is shifting more to natural and organic products because the consumer is becoming more aware of the bad effects of chemicals on themselves and the environment.”

Indian women are known for make-up and using skin care products unlike western women. Organic products are now emerging in India at a large scale and many of the brands and Indian women are shifting from chemical based products to organic or natural products. The main reason being of the shift is that chemical based beauty products have a bad effect on the skin. When these chemical products are applied on the skin, they go through the bloodstream and the cells of the skin, which reacts and give rashes or pimples to the skin. A dermatologist and even beauty and skin care industry have always suggested going natural and organic for a better skin life. Hence, the industry also opted for going for herbal and organic products which will be light on the skin and also organic products are so natural that it goes with every skin type.

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Ragini Mehra, Founder, Beauty Source talks about the uprising of organic products in the Indian market. “The trend is not surprising; in fact, the demand for natural and organic beauty products in India is growing by the day, as much as internationally. In a market like India where herbal and ayurvedic hair and skin care has a legacy of usage, awareness and benefits of organic ingredients is quite high. The steady growth that the organic beauty products market is witnessing in recent years comes from the increasing consumer concerns regarding personal health and hygiene. Organic products renew the texture and health of your skin and hair without the use of any toxic chemicals, so no dangerous substances,” she said.

In the recent years, the organic industry has also dominated over chemical based skin care products, which is also a very major reason why the brands with chemical skin care products also shifted to organic beauty products. Now we have, organic creams, organic lip care products, organic haircolour, all because we all want to go mild on our skin and hair. Also, we Indians are so influenced by organic or herbal products that we want our food or festival colours also to be absolutely natural.

Guardian 20 spoke to Vishal Bhandari, Founder, SoulTree spoke about why organic products are better for the skin. “Whatever we apply on our bodies goes in our bodies and into our bloodstream. It’s a bit scary to think of all of the unlisted highly toxic skin care ingredients out there, but this is why you must choose something real and from nature. Quite simply, if something has been made using organic, natural produce you are guaranteed that it has the environment and sustainable practice at heart,” he said.

Indian beauty and skin care market is urging to use these natural products because now consumers are getting aware of the ingredients and natural method of making these products. As of now, organic beauty products are not popular in the Indian market. One of the main reasons is that organic products are on the expensive side and there are very few Indians who would prefer to spend thousands on beauty and skin care products. One of the main reasons of it being expensive is that its ingredients are organically farmed which include ingredients like Sodium chloride which is just sea salt, citric acid which is a compound found in lemons and other citrus fruits.

“Whatever we apply on our bodies goes in our bodies and into our bloodstream. It’s a bit scary to think of all of the unlisted highly toxic skin care ingredients out there, but this is why you must choose something real and from nature.”

Vishal Bhandari further said, “I think customers are becoming increasingly aware of the ingredients used in the products. Once they are assured of safe ingredients and ethical practices, and that they are getting the absolute best quality products for the most reasonable price, organic products will be even more popular.”

Dr Naresh Arora, Founder, Chase Aromatherapy Cosmetics reflects on about how organic products are very natural. “A number of cosmetics and skincare products available in India have been claimed to be organic in nature. However merely been natural does not categories their products as organic. Being a new concept, it requires minimum ten years of harvesting and producing the crop without the use of fertilisers and pesticides with the water quality & soil having no residual presence of chemical, heavy chemical & degrading bacteria. The organic crops have been tried and being produced at small pilot plant basic on mass scale basis, organic products with due standards, have not been possible to produce or claim,” he said.

Indian women do need natural or herbal products for their skin especially because of the tropical climate that the country goes through and also because of the many pollutants in the air.

Guardian 20 spoke to Shiv Singh Mann, Founder, Desert Splendour about why do Indian women need of organic products and she said, “Natural healing properties that you get from natural and organic products are the perfect gifts for yourself and your loved ones. Natural products repair and hydrate your skin cells. The quality organic products are the natural alternative to harsh chemical products that are prevalent in the market and a must have for anyone looking for soft & glowing skin and hair. The customers today are increasingly getting to know the goodness of going down the green path, and so, the demand for organic and natural products are rising by the day.”

This Website Is Selling All Its Beauty Products For $3

If you love to whip out your Urban Decay Naked Palette and Glossier Boy Brow on the subway for strangers to gawk at, this beauty brand is not for you. But if you couldn’t give a shit about what your products look like — as long as they work and stay within your budget — we’ve got some good news. Enter: Brandless.

Brandless is a website that exclusively sells its own manufactured products in all categories for $3 — no more, no less. The private label sells everything from food to home goods, but there’s also a solid beauty section we can’t ignore.
On the site you can find facial lotion, lip balm, hand cream, body lotion, hand soap, cotton rounds, and cotton balls all for the same low, low price of $3. Sure, the variety is lacking, but rumor has it the website is only getting started, so the range is only going to get more expansive. Even better, most of the products — including food — are organic, gluten free, GMO-free, and rid of every harsh chemical in the book (see ya sulfates and phthalates).
Sounds too good to be true, right? We don’t disagree. The cheap price comes with some suspicion. Since it’s a private label, online-only brand it’s able to forego what the brand calls a BrandTax. Brandless explains this as “the hidden costs you pay for a national brand. We’ve been trained to believe these costs increase quality, but they rarely do.” And while the answer is a bit vague and raises even more questions (how can safe, simple products be made at such an absurdly low price?) we’re eager to find out more.
We’ve reached out to the brand for more information and will update this story as soon as we find out more. And we’ll be testing the products in the coming weeks to give you our unfiltered opinion on them.

10 Best Beauty Products to Get You Glowing This Summer!

Got all the summer beauty products that will keep you looking all dewy and delicious?

As soon as the summer months arrive, you best believe that the celebs already know about the best in beauty that’s going to keep up with their summer plans! The summer’s relaxed less-is-more approach has us highlighting, keeping lips neutral, and eyes smoky but not too dark for when the sun does go down.

But if you want to take a break from your usual makeup routine, make this summer all about a dewy, glowy complexion. No matter what summer look you prefer, we’ve gathered the best Amazon products to get your summer glow on and sizzling for a last-minute cruise to the French Riviera (aka your bff’s backyard barbecue if you don’t want to sound extra) or a fancy weekend in the Hamptons. We got you.

Prime Day 2017_L&S NARS Blush, Orgasm 0.16 oz. Prime Day 2017_L&S NARS BLush Orgasm 0.16oz.

Sure, you might already have a nice base of color from the first of many sun-filled days on the beach, but a little extra pop of color on your cheeks will have you looking sunkissed and hard to resist. We’re big fans of the NARS Blush in Orgasm for its scandalous name and the fact that it looks amazing on all skin tones. Truly.

 

And what’s a summer season without a neutral lip? Forget all the bright colors for a second and exude a sultry, pouty Kylie-like lip with the Kardashian’s very own Kylie Cosmetics Koko K Lip Kit in a pale, pinky nude shade. It comes complete with lip pencil and matte liquid lipstick for a pout that’s sure to stick around until you want it to.

Prime Day 2017_L&S Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick - Bronze Shimmer, .4 oz

Give us all the shimmer and glimmer! If you want a highlight done right, consult the cosmetic expert herself: Bobbi Brown. The Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Bronze Shimmer gives you an instant glow when you sweep your brush across five shimmery shades of varying bronzy hues.

Prime Day 2017_L&S Marc jacobs Highliner Gel Crayon

When your eyes are ready to take center stage, line them with a rich, shimmery brown color for a nice departure from a sooty black pencil. We like Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Crayon in Cocoa that works like a gel pot of liner in the form of a pencil — genius!

Loreal Voluminous Mascara_Amazon Prime

No look is complete without mascara, even if you’re going awe-naturale. Give the tried-and-true L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Original Mascara in Blackest Black a shot this summer to keep your lashes looking long and strong with up to 5X more volume.

Prime Day 2017_L&S Supergoop! Antioxidant-Infused Sunscreen Mist with Vitamin C SPF 30

As much as we love the sun, exposing ourselves to harmful UV rays is no bueno, ever. Mist on an even layer of Supergoop! Antioxidant-Infused Sunscreen Mist with Vitamin C SPF 30 for an added dose of sun protection and vitamin C action!

Prime Day 2017_L&S Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer

Even though we like to keep the heavier bases for the fall and winter months, we could always use a little coverage. Reach for the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20, it’s oil-free, sheer, and still adds a hint of dewiness for a natural finish.

Prime Day 2017_L&SLip Balm La Lune Naturals

One can never have enough lip balm! Especially when you’ve thrown most of them into your beach bag only to discover a gloopy, melted mess sans cap. Do yourself a favor and buy a 4-pack of La Lune Naturals USDA Certified Organic Lip Balm in yummy flavors including Vanilla Bean, Raspberry, Asian Pear, and Peppermint.

Prime Day 2017_L&S Viva Naturals Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, 54 Ounce

There’s nothing better (or cheaper!) than slathering our skin in coconut oil! Viva Naturals Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil rejuvenates our skin and hair — and even comes in handy when we need to add a healthy dose of saturated fats to our smoothies.

Prime Day 2017_L&S Alaffia - EveryDay Shea - Pure Fair Trade Shea Butter, Tangerine Citrus, 11 Ounces

Another topical savior is the Alaffia Everyday Shea Pure Fair Trade Shea Butter in Tangerine Citrus. The natural scent eases our minds and its protective ingredients keep our skin soft and smooth.