Everyday we use products on and around our bodies that are supposed to help us stay fresh as the flowers. Unfortunately many of these products contain harmful, synthetic chemicals. The best products we can use in our beauty routines can come from our own backyards! I’ve gathered six plant recommendations for you to naturally enhance your daily treatments.
Who doesn’t love a good rose water? English Roses, Provence Roses or French Roses work best. Many products such as toner, bath spirits, perfumes and face mists are rose-infused to lock in moisture, calm skin and give a fresh floral scent. Check out three ways to make rose water and how to use it.
Aka “the plant queen of soothe”, Aloe Vera is famous for its ability to calm irritation and burns. It helps with elevating hydration levels and aids in plumping. Although many people use it for skin issues, most people don’t realize it’s also useful for hair care. Here is a recipe for an Aloe Vera Hair Mask.
POPSUGAR released a video about how to use Aloe, so watch below for ideas.
This sweet fruit is a perfect spa-day snack and can be incorporated right into the products you use. Strawberries are rich in vitamin A and vitamin E, which can make your skin glow! Try this brightening face mask.
DIY Teeth Whitener – only two ingredients. Strawberries are also a natural teeth whitener because they contain malic acid.
- one strawberry
- half teaspoon of baking soda
- Mash and mix until a smooth paste.
- Brush over teeth and leave on for five minutes.
- Wash away and repeat once per week.
PSA: Remember to use SPF when going outside, but especially after using any product with fruit juices. They can make skin more sensitive to UV rays. Also, don’t overuse this teeth treatment. If used in excess, then the frequent exposure to the acids and sugars will wear away your enamel. TL;DR – be careful with this intense and magical fruit.
Although you need to grow it in your home or a warm greenhouse if you live in Canada, turmeric is a great plant for DIY beauty. It’s known for its use in curry dishes as it adds a spicy heat. It has great anti-inflammatory and healing properties. It’s a common ingredient for acne-solving masks. Be sure to avoid your eyes when applying any turmeric products.
This ingredient creates a magical potion. It’s known to firm and improve the appearance of skin. If you want your face to look flawless, this is a key to success. Witch Hazel is a natural astringent which helps fade scars, reduce redness and quickens healing. As someone who gets acne even in her mid-twenties, this has drastically helped me speedily diminish any blemishes that arise. Learn how to make the astringent here.
When you picture a stereotypical spa-day in your head, you most likely think of someone with cucumber slices over their eyes. It’s another great snack option when you’re doing some beauty self-care, and it is fantastic for promoting hydration. It contains antioxidants. You can use sliced cucumber to help banish dark eye circles by simply placing one cut circle over each eye for 10-15 minutes a couple times per week. Try this ultra-refreshing cucumber mint scrub!
Do you have a favourite beauty recipe or other recommendations? Drop your favourites in the comments!