Today there’s a lotion and potion for pretty much every beauty eventually but go back a couple of generations this simply wasn’t the case. Our grandmothers and great-grandmothers had limited cash and fewer products, but they managed to look glowing and fresh faced all the same.
We have dipped into the archives and have some excellent beauty tips that have been passed down from generation to generation.
Almonds are packed with omega-3 fatty acids and protein, which can help repair skin and treat dry areas. Grind six large almonds, spread the paste on your face, leave on for 20 minutes then rinse off with warm water.
Avocados are packed full of goodness and make a soothing face mask. Scoop the flesh out of one soft fruit, mash, apply and leave on for 15 minutes before washing off with warm water.
Apply a couple of tablespoons of local or organic honey to your face and leave on for five to 10 minutes to moisturise and soothe skin and help kill blemish-causing bacteria.
Forget your GHDs, if you want gorgeous curls cut fabric into strips and roll your hair up in them. Sleep in the rags overnight and you’ll have beautiful waves when you wake in the morning.
Olive oil is great for cooking but also has a number of beauty uses. Packed full of antioxidants, it is great for protecting your skin against pollution and ageing so use it to nourish your face, body, hand and cuticles.
To strengthen your hair, massage olive oil into the scalp. Cover with a hot towel and leave for a couple of hours or wrap in shower a cap and leave overnight. Eggs are a natural hair conditioner so beat three together, massage into the hair, leave in for 20 minutes then rinse in tepid water, if it is hot it will cook the eggs.
Dark circles can be eased using a mixture of tomato and lemon juice or slices of raw potato. Interestingly, raw potato on the skin can help draw out impurities and unblock pores.
If it’s puffy eyes that are causing problems, place slices of cucumber over your lids then lie back and relax for ten minutes until they are transformed. Cucumber is like a magic wand thanks to the cooling, soothing hydrogen that softens skin.
For chapped lips mix coconut and almond oil in equal measure. Apply a coat and leave overnight, every night for two weeks and just watch the results.
Mix two tablespoons of honey into bath water for a conditioning, relaxing treatment.
It’s been said over and over and over again but drinking water is the oldest trick in the beauty book when it comes to healthy skin. Pop slices of cucumber and lemon it into a jug of water with ice and it tastes amazing and refreshing.
You may also find that splashing cold water on your face helps tone up and freshen the skin.
We certainly aren’t saying give up your favourite products, but from time to time go back to nature and see what’s on offer, you might like it.