Simple Beauty

by Debbie Dang

Morning Mooooo Monday!

This weekend I decided to be extra vain and indulged myself in the world of beauty remedies made in the comfort of my own kitchen. Being a product junkie, I’ve learned that more $$$ doesn’t always mean better results, so without further ado, I’d like to share with you guys some of my own frugal tips!

bakingsodaBaking Soda as a Clarifying Shampoo

Everybody knows that a good clarifying shampoo is a must. If your hair looks flat, limp, greasy, or just unimpressive in general, it might do a bit of good to wash your hair with baking soda. It essentially gets rid of all the gunk that accumulates on the hair shaft from the products we use.

Mix: 1 TBSP baking soda with 1 cup of warm water.
Directions: Slowly pour rinse over hair and massage in. Leave in for 5 minutes. Wash out, and condition.

Tip: Some people might find baking soda to be too drying, but with normal hair, I can vouch that it works fabulously to add great shine, and volume. I wouldn’t recommend using this on colour-treated hair as it can strip the colour, and I sure as hell do not recommend dumping the baking soda straight onto your head. Start with the ratios above and adjust accordingly.


Lemon Juice

The secret to glowing skin. Seriously. Lemon/lime juice is fantastic when used as a skin treatment, especially for acne prone skin and hyper-pigmentation. The acids in lemon juice brighten dull skin and exfoliate, while the potent dose of vitamin C helps speed healing. What a friggin’ combo. I use it as a mask and go full strength. Lemon wedge meets face, or you can just dilute it with water and use as a toner instead.

Tip: Wear sunscreen! Lemon juice will make your skin sensitive to sunlight (sunspots, freckles, melasma, NOOO) so don’t be a chintz and skip out on the SPF.


Coconut Oil + Pink Himalayan Salt Scrub

Attention those with dry, flaky, itchy skin – suffer no more because our cure is here. Pink salt smooths out skin, and unrefined, organic coconut oil is an incredibly effective moisturizer. There’s really nothing much else to say about this combo except that it actually alleviates certain skin conditions.

Mix: 1 part oil to 2 parts salt.

Tip: Be careful if you plan to use this in the tub. It’s an oil scrub so don’t be a douche and leave a greasy film for the next person to break their hip in.

Btw, the coconut oil you use in this scrub is also the same one you can eat. It’s also the same one that can remove your eye makeup, condition your hair, and even make your lashes grow. This sh!t is some kind of witchcraft, aint it?  What are some of your homemade beauty secrets?

Happy Monday!
Love, Doobs