Six Folk Remedies that Really Work
Natural Beauty Treatments
By Anna K.
December 27, 2011
Remember how Windex is toted as a cure all in My Big Fat Greek Wedding? Here are some true folk remedies to try before your big day:
The individual ingredients of mayo (eggs, lemon, vinegar, and oil) are all great for hair. Eggs and oil both add shine. Lemon juice is a natural styling agent and some girls swear by apple vinegar rinses. The only thing about mayonnaise is the smell. You can cut the smell of mayonnaise with vanilla or another of your favorite scents. Just work in a quarter cup of mayo into your skin, let it penetrate your hair for ten to fifteen minutes, and then rinse and shampoo with cool water.
Egg whites beaten can be applied to the face to tighten pore. Every time my mom baked with eggs, she would dab the egg whites straight from the shell to her T-zone.
Egg yolks can be massaged into the scalp, just remember to take a cool shower or your head will be full of scrambled eggs.
These delicious slices will help you de-puff your eyes. Although cucumbers have all sorts of wonderful botanicals to help your skin, if you're in a fresh or other of veggies, something cool from the fridge or freezer will work too. The coldness restricts blood vessels which reduces swelling and puffiness.
4. Olive Oil
Extra virgin olive oil is not only great for your heart, but it also works wonders for your hair and skin. The Ancient Greeks, among other peoples, have oiled their skin for thousands of years. Mix a quarter cup of olive oil with a teaspoon of brown sugar -- the ancients used sand-- and dab onto dry or flaky areas to exfoliate the dry skin.
5. Beauty Rest
In our fast-paced modern world, it's hard to fit in time for eight hours of r-and-r. Not only will you look and feel rested, but you may also lose weight. If you're like me, you often eat more to stay awake, but if you're feeling lethargic, you'll also be less active and burn fewer calories.
Avocados make an awesome skin mask. Mash one ripe avocado and mix it with a little bit of lemon juice. Apply this mask to your face and neck for a nutritious feast for your skin. It will feel firmer and smoother.
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