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Do you remember your mom’s beauty advice growing up? In honour of Mother’s Day month, we compiled a list of our moms’ DIY beauty routines, and chose the top 7 that still stand today—with modern updates, of course. Enjoy!
7. Cucumber Slices for Puffy Eyes
We've all done it at some point, maybe at a sleepover as a kid or the morning after a late night. Cucumbers contain antioxidants, which may help in reducing irritated eyes, but it's the cool temperature that helps reduce swelling. If you want a faster solution, chill the cucumber slices in the freezer for 2 minutes and leave on for 5 minutes (flipping midway).
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6. Honey Face Mask
The simple honey face mask has been a sticky staple for a long time. Raw honey contains B and C vitamins, zinc and antibacterial properties, which can help with skin repair. If you want to increase moisture, then add an equal amount of coconut oil to the honey, leave on for 10 minutes and wash off.
5. Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse
Apple cider vinegar has been recommended as a natural way to strip the buildup of products from your hair. The risk with using apple cider vinegar, is its acidity, which can also strip your hair of healthy oils. The traditional rinse is 1 part apple cider vinegar to 2 parts water, however I recommend following it up with jojoba oil or sweet almond oil (as a hair rinse) to reduce dry out.
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4. Olive Oil Nail Soak
This simple tip requires you to sit back and soak each hand in a bowl of olive oil for 5 minutes to hydrate and strengthen your nails. To increase the chance of hydration, give yourself a hand massage afterwards to increase circulation to the nail beds and cuticles, and help lock in moisture.
3. Corn Starch as a Dry Shampoo
Sprinkling corn starch in your hair is an old trick to hide the oil of unwashed hair. To update this quick fix, buy organic corn starch, put some in a jar, add a couple drops of your favourite essential oil (I recommend something light, like lavender, sweet orange or rose), then sprinkle on a small amount as needed.
2. Orange Halves on Elbows and Knees
Cutting an orange in half and using it to rub off the dead skin on elbows and knees has been passed on from our grandmas’ generation. If you really want exfoliating properties from the orange, then dry out the peels (instead of wasting an orange). Crush the peels into a powder, mix with water to form a paste that serves as your homemade exfoliator.
1. Aloe Vera Cream for Skin Repair
Remember mom getting out the aloe cream after the first beach day of the summer? She was right about the gel having soothing and protective qualities, however, the best practice is to break a leaf off an aloe vera plant and use the sticky gel inside.*
*Not recommended over deep wounds, infections or moderate/severely burned skin.
Do you have any natural DIY beauty and health tips from your mom? Let us know in the comments, we'd love to hear them!