Your At Home Beauty Par­lour

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The hum­ble av­o­cado. The break­fast spread of choice in the West and a de­li­cious dessert in In­done­sia. And also the DIY face and hair treat­ment of beauty fa­nat­ics ev­ery­where. High in nat­u­ral oils, av­o­ca­dos make for an ideal beauty treat­ment for dry hair and skin. The recipe couldn’t be eas­ier – if you can re­sist eat­ing it!

This recipe from health blog­ger Nutri­tion Stripped takes ad­van­tage of the vi­ta­min E, healthy fats and an­tiox­i­dants found in av­o­ca­dos, while the oat­meal acts as a gen­tle ex­fo­liant.

• ½ av­o­cado

• ¼ cup un­cooked oat­meal

• 1 ta­ble­spoon ap­ple cider vine­gar

• 2 ta­ble­spoons honey

• 1 tea­spoon lemon juice

Mash to­gether the in­gre­di­ents in a small bowl and ap­ply di­rectly to your face, let­ting it sit for about 20 min­utes.

Rinse with warm wa­ter and mois­turise as nor­mal.

Still have an av­o­cado left over? Mix it in a bowl with two ta­ble­spoons of honey and two ta­ble­spoons of olive oil. Com­bined this makes a chem­i­cal-free deep con­di­tion­ing hair mask, ac­cord­ing to well­ness blog­ger Whole fully. The key to suc­cess here is keep­ing the mask on for up to an hour and ap­ply­ing heat, whether that is sit­ting out­side in the sun with a good book, or a blast of a hairdryer.

Who hasn’t bought a kilo­gram of ba­nanas in an ef­fort to snack healthily only to watch them slowly turn brown over the next week? There are bet­ter uses for them than the bin. Ba­nana-based hair masks are ex­cep­tion­ally easy to make and will help dry and frizzy hair. Sim­ply mix one to two ba­nanas with 60 millil­itres of co­conut milk or one ta­ble­spoon of olive oil. Both of these com­bi­na­tions can be lath­ered into the hair and left to sit for up to an hour. A thor­ough rinse with cold wa­ter will leave even the most brit­tle and life­less of hair recharged.

The health ben­e­fits of ba­nanas are so strong that even sim­ply mash­ing a ba­nana and ap­ply­ing it alone to your face can make a marked dif­fer­ence. Packed with vi­ta­mins and potas­sium, these nu­tri­ents will help brighten the skin and mois­turise.

Cu­cum­bers are a clas­sic home rem­edy. While slices of cu­cum­bers to re­vive tired and dark eyes is well known, us­ing the hy­drat­ing veg­etable as a toner is less so. Sim­ply grate a third of a cu­cum­ber into a small bowl, dip a cot­ton pad into the cu­cum­ber and wipe over the face. Al­low the liq­uid to dry and work its hy­drat­ing magic. Cu­cum­bers can also be blended to­gether with toma­toes and ap­plied di­rectly to the face. Leave the mix­ture on for around five min­utes be­fore rins­ing with warm wa­ter. The ef­fects of the nat­u­ral in­gre­di­ents should be near in­stant.

The cof­fee drinkers among us have been throw­ing into the trash one of the world’s best ex­fo­liants – cof­fee grinds. For every three ta­ble­spoons of grinds, mix two ta­ble­spoons of oil (ei­ther olive or co­conut) and one ta­ble­spoon of sugar. This mix­ture can last for up to two months if stored in a sealed con­tainer. Use this all over the body as a cheap and ef­fec­tive ex­fo­liant. Fol­low up with mois­turiser.

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