Salon products will cost you an arm and a leg. And let’s face it, spa days are an expensive luxury that few of us can indulge in very often.
But you can look like you’ve spent all day and a bundle on pampering yourself, thanks to these 10 cent kitchen cures for healthy hair, skin, and nails!
1. Dry, brittle hair
The fix: A ripe avocado. Avocado locks in moisture, making your hair healthier and less brittle. Plus, the “alphabet vitamins” you find in avocado protect hair and keep it shiny.
Combine one ripe, mashed avocado with one tablespoon of olive oil and one tablespoon of plain yogurt. Apply to clean, damp hair, and let sit for an hour. Rinse with lukewarm water. Reapply once a week.
2. Thinning hair
The fix: Green tea. An encouraging animal study reported on in the Journal of the National Medical Association indicates that green tea may help prevent hair loss.
Take three to four cups of cooled, freshly brewed green tea, and pour it over your hair. Let the tea sit for 10 minutes. Wash with a mild shampoo. Repeat one to two times a week.
3. Heat and styling damage
The fix: Coconut oil. According to the Journal of Cosmetic Science, coconut oil penetrates and protects hair from heat and color damage, while strengthening and promoting growth, as well.
Work coconut oil into your scalp and hair before bed. Shampoo as usual in the morning. Repeat two to three times a week.
4. Wrinkled, saggy skin
The fix: Green tea. Green tea to the rescue again! Only this time, you’ll be using the leaves instead of the liquid. The Medical College of Georgia reports that green tea helps with skin rejuvenation.
Combine two teabags worth of dry green tea leaves with one teaspoon of honey and a squeeze of lemon. Apply the mix to your clean neck and face and let it sit for 10 minutes, then rinse. Repeat one to two times a week.
5. Age spots
The fix: Lemon. A recent study published in the Indian Dermatology Online Journal has found that the vitamin C in lemons can help reduce age spots, and skin discoloration.
Spread half a lemon with a thin layer of honey. Gently rub over your skin wherever there’s an age spot. Let the light layer of juice and honey sit for five to 10 minutes before rinsing. Repeat once or twice a week.
6. Dry, itchy patches
The fix: Oatmeal. Several studies, including one in the Journal of Drugs and Dermatology, confirm that oatmeal is soothing and healing when used on rashes, or dry, itchy skin.
Add one cup of colloidal oatmeal to a warm bath. Soak for 15-20 minutes, then rinse. Do once or twice a week for best results.
The fix: Honey. The Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology has confirmed that honey is a natural humectant, which means it attracts and locks in moisture – the key to healthy, hangnail-free nails.
Massage raw honey into your nails and cuticles. Leave for several hours before washing your hands. Repeat as needed.
8. Nail fungus
The fix: Apple cider vinegar. The mild acidity levels, along with the essential nutrients in ACV kill the bacteria that cause fungus AND nourish nails to restore them to health.
Combine equal parts ACV and water in a bowl. Soak nails for 10 minutes. Repeat daily for best results.
9.Thin, peeling nails
The fix: Tomatoes. The biotin in this common vegetable helps make nails strong, thick and healthy.
Combine one half of a cup of pure tomato juice with two tablespoons olive oil. Soak nails for 10-15 minutes. Do once or twice a week for best results.
With these 10 cent kitchen cures for hair, skin, and nails, you never have to spend a lot of money, you’ll just look like you did!