Health Food. Natural ingredients for beautiful skin and hair
ALMOND OIL (SWEET ALMOND OIL): As a moisturizing ingredient for your skin and hair, almond oil also helps your skin retain its own natural moisture. You can find almond oil in the beauty/body aisle of your local health food store.
ALOE: Aloe heals wounds and soothes sun exposure. It’s also a great gentle moisturizer for your skin. Aloe vera is the name of the plant that we get the soothing aloe vera gel from. You can find aloe vera at any drugstore or in the body aisle of your local grocery store.
APPLE: Apples contain natural fruit acids, which help exfoliate the skin and slough off dead skin cells. Apples can be found at your local grocery store or farmers’ market.
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR: This is a multipurpose skincare and hair care natural remedy, with clarifying properties, acne-fighting vitamin A, and natural astringent qualities. You can find apple cider vinegar at your local grocery store.
AVOCADO: Avocados are naturally hydrating when added to beauty recipes for both the skin and hair. You can find avocados at your local grocery store or farmers’ market.
AVOCADO OIL: This oil improves the texture of your hair and is moisturizing to your tresses. Avocado oil, much like a mashed-up avocado, has hydrating benefits when applied to your skin. You can find avocado oil in the beauty/body aisle at your local health food store.
BAKING SODA: This cleansing agent is useful in removing product buildup in hair and can even be used as a dry shampoo. Baking soda is also a makeup remover to reveal your natural pretty skin. Baking soda can be found at your local grocery store or drugstore.
BEESWAX: Beeswax is known to lock in moisture and protect your skin from damaging environmental factors by creating a barrier between your skin and the outer environment. It’s a great moisturizer for both your skin and lips. Beeswax can also be used as a hair beauty recipe to keep your baby hairs, or “fly-aways,” in place. You can find beeswax at your local drugstore or in the beauty/body aisle of your local grocery store.
CALENDULA FLOWERS: The calendula flower is associated with skin health. It has antifungal and antimicrobial properties and is an excellent skin purifier. Calendula comes in powder form, or you can extract the oil from the flower’s petals with a mortar and pestle. It can be found at your local health food market.
CARROT: Carrots are rich in vitamin A, known for its healing effect on acne. Carrots can be found at your local grocery store or farmers’ market.
CAYENNE PEPPER: The strong anti-inflammatory properties make this a surefire way to get the fiery lines out of the whites of your eyes and eliminate bloodshot peepers. This ingredient must be heavily diluted with water. Cayenne pepper is found in the spice section of your local grocery store.
CHAMOMILE TEA: This calming drink is known to condition and soften your hair in addition to brightening it. The skin benefits include healing properties for acne and rosacea, as well as exfoliating benefits. It’s a great anti-inflammatory ingredient for under-eye puffiness. When applied to hair, it has a natural blonding effect. You can find chamomile tea at your local grocery store.
CHAMPAGNE: Want your blonde hair to become blonder? This blonding agent enhances your natural highlights. Champagne is sold at your local grocery store or wine shop, and you can purchase it for use in beauty recipes if you are of drinking age.
CHLOROPHYLL (LIQUID): Chlorophyll, like vitamin E, is wound healing, but it’s also a natural deodorizer. It’s found in parsley, which freshens breath. Liquid chlorophyll can be found at your local drugstore or in the body aisle of your local health food store.
CLAY (BENTONITE CLAY, GREEN TEA CLAY, SEA CLAY, FRENCH GREEN CLAY): These detoxifying clays are clarifying agents incorporated into beauty recipes to draw out toxins and reveal a clear complexion. Clays come in either wet mixed form or dry powder form, ready to be mixed with the appropriate ingredients for a mask. You can find these clays in the beauty/body aisle at your local health food store.
COCOA BUTTER: You can apply this to your skin as an ultimate moisturizer. It creates a barrier between your skin and the environment, locking in moisture. Pregnant women commonly apply cocoa butter to their growing bellies to prevent stretch marks. When applied to your hair, it strengthens the strands, preventing breakage. You can find cocoa butter in the beauty/body aisle of your local grocery store or health food market.
COCONUT OIL: Coconut oil is found in a solid form, which then melts with your body temperature. It’s highly moisturizing and helps improve under-eye wrinkles. Coconut oil applied to hair is also hydrating. You can find coconut oil at your local grocery store.
COFFEE GROUNDS (CAFFEINATED): Coffee grounds support healthy circulation and when added to body scrubs can help reduce the appearance of cellulite. Brunettes can keep their color-treated tresses a rich brown shade by mixing coffee grounds with almond oil as a color-supportive beauty recipe for radiant dark hair. Raven-haired beauties can enhance their hair color by brewing coffee, allowing it to cool completely, and using as a rinse before shampooing. Ground coffee can be found at your local grocery store.
CORNSTARCH: A natural ingredient derived from corn, cornstarch assists in the binding of other ingredients. It also prevents skin irritation by providing a protective layer between your skin and the environment. Cornstarch is sold in the baking aisle of your local grocery store.
CUCUMBER: This healing vegetable is widely known to help soothe under-eye puffiness. It’s rich in vitamin C, a valuable antioxidant for skin health. The silica in cucumber is helpful for hair growth. You can find cucumbers at your local grocery store or farmers’ market.
EGG WHITE: With pore tightening and toning qualities for the skin and shining benefits for your hair, egg whites are an essential part of your natural skincare regime. You can find eggs, the source of this ingredient, at any grocery store.
EGG YOLK: Consisting mostly of fat and water, egg yolks are water binding, leaving your skin hydrated and supple. Egg yolks are also hydrating when used as a natural ingredient in hair recipes. You can find eggs, the source of this ingredient, at any grocery store.
ESSENTIAL OILS: All essential oils are hydrating for your hair and moisturizing for your skin. Moreover, various types of essential oils have other benefits specific to skin and hair alike. Essential oils can be found at general health food stores or in the beauty/body care aisle of your local grocery store.
Almond essential oil is extremely moisturizing and an excellent source of calcium and vitamin E, which contributes to skin rejuvenation. It’s hydrating for your skin, lips, and hair.
Chamomile essential oil is calming and has a pleasant aroma, but it also can help with acne because it removes toxins from your skin. You can certainly add it to a conditioning treatment around your hairline to take in the soothing fragrance.
Eucalyptus essential oil is hydrating for your hair and helps control dandruff. Eucalyptus oil has anti-inflammatory properties for your skin; even very small amounts are cleansing. When used as a fragrance in ingredients, it’s refreshing and invigorating.
Grapefruit essential oil has a refreshing aroma and is deep cleansing.
Lavender essential oil has a calming aroma and enhances your skin’s complexion through its antifungal and antiseptic properties, which are healing to acne. It also improves under-eye darkness.
Lemon essential oil has a fresh scent and is antibacterial. It’s excellent when used in beauty recipes caring for your feet.
Orange essential oil has a lovely fragrance and is uplifting to the mind. It’s antiseptic and has a pleasant flavor should you lick your lips while using a lip balm beauty recipe with orange essential oil in it.
Rose essential oil has astringent and antiseptic properties. It can strengthen your hair and tone your skin.
GINGER JUICE: The juice of ginger is high in antioxidants and gives your skin radiance by minimizing free-radical damage and inflammation. Ginger juice is perfect for brightening skincare beauty recipes. Ginger, the source of this ingredient, can be found at your local grocery store or farmers’ market.
GRAM FLOUR: Gram flour is a whitening skin agent and if used periodically as a mask, gives you a bright, radiant complexion. It can be found in the baking aisle of your local grocery store.
GRAPE SEED OIL: Rich in antioxidants and essential fatty oils (including linoleic acid, oleic acid, and palmitoleic acid, all of which are vital to skin health), grape seed oil naturally fights free-radical damage. It’s a natural anti-aging ingredient for skin care. You can find grapeseed oil in the beauty/body aisle at your local grocery store or health food market.
GREEN TEA: High in antioxidants, green tea fights inflammation and can de-puff your swollen eyes. You can apply the steeped tea bags directly to your eyes. Green tea can be found at your local grocery store.
HONEY (NATURAL HONEY, RAW WHITE HONEY, EUCALYPTUS HONEY): Honey is nature’s moisturizer with incredible skincare benefits for keeping your skin hydrated. It’s antibacterial so it keeps your pores clear from oil and dirt that cause breakouts. It’s also a great path to shiny, healthy hair because it packs in the moisture. Honey can be found at your local grocery store or farmers’ market. Raw white honey and eucalyptus honey are rarer and are likely to be found at your local health food market.
JOJOBA BEADS (COLORED VARIETY): Jojoba beads are relatively small beads that are used for gentle exfoliation. They are made from jojoba wax and can be found in the body aisle at your general health food store. You can add them to your bathtub for a soft scrub before you shave your legs.
JOJOBA OIL: Jojoba oil has high levels of minerals and fatty acids that are important for keeping your skin youthful and radiant. It’s hydrating and seals in moisture. Jojoba oil is antimicrobial, therefore cleansing to your pores. You can find jojoba oil at any general health food store or in the beauty/body aisle at the grocery store.
KELP (POWDERED): Kelp is seaweed, which is wonderful for radiant skin and hair. It restores moisture in the skin and revitalizes and firms. Kelp adds shine to your hair. The powder form exfoliates the skin, removing impurities from your skin’s pores. You can find kelp powder at you local health food store, at Asian markets, or online.
LAVENDER HERB POWDER: Lavender is a flower; the herb powder is the dried flower of the lavender. All of the same skin benefits of being anti-inflammatory and functioning as a circulatory stimulant are also present in this dry, powdered form of the flower. It can be mixed with hair conditioner to add a lovely fragrance and soften your strands. You can find lavender herb powder from various online sources where aromatherapy products are sold and in the beauty/body aisle of specialty health food stores.
LEMON JUICE: Lemon juice is antibacterial and a natural astringent with toning properties. Lemons can also bring out blonde highlights naturally when squeezed directly onto light-colored hair before spending time in the sunshine. Lemons, the source of this ingredient, are found at your local grocery store or farmers’ market.
LIME JUICE: Lime juice is potent in vitamin C, which is known to brighten your complexion. Limes, the source of this ingredient, are found at your local grocery store or farmers’ market.
LIQUID MOISTURIZING SOAP: This is the liquid form of a bar of soap, which has antibacterial properties ideal for cleansing in a beauty recipe for your feet. It’s a gentle way to cleanse your skin as well. It’s too drying as a shampoo, though. You can find liquid moisturizing soap at any drugstore or local grocery store.
MESDEMET: Mesdemet is made from a mixture of copper and galena, also known as lead ore. The women of ancient Egypt used mesdemet to dramatically line their eyes, as Cleopatra made famous.
MILK: Milk is an exceptional source of alpha hydroxy acids, which are naturally exfoliating for your skin. Milk also has protein in it, which is great for strengthening your hair. For clear skin and strong hair, apply milk topically. Milk is found at your local grocery store.
MILK POWDER: We have learned that milk has exfoliating properties, but it also helps to even out skin tone and acts as a skin-brightening agent. Milk in the form of powder is no different than the liquid form, other than that one is wet and one is dry. Milk powder, also called powdered milk, is more convenient to store among your other beauty ingredients, but it still must be refrigerated. You can find powdered milk at your local grocery store.
MINT (LEAVES, OIL): The high levels of antioxidants and flavonoids in mint leaves fight inflammation and reduce that puffy look under your eyes. To seal split ends, apply a teaspoon of mint oil to the ends of your hair, as you would a serum. Mint leaves are an important ingredient for natural beauty and can be found in the fresh herbs section at your local grocery store or farmers’ market. Mint oil can be found in the beauty/body aisle of your local health food store.
OATMEAL (UNCOOKED): The texture of oatmeal lends itself for inclusion in gentle exfoliating scrubs. Oatmeal has skin-soothing benefits and is nourishing for your hair. You can find oatmeal at your local grocery store.
OLIVE OIL (EXTRA-VIRGIN OLIVE OIL): Improving a dry scalp is one way that olive oil supports a great head of hair. It’s also hydrating for your strands and your skin. You can replace drying soap with moisturizing olive oil for a silky, hydrating shave. Olive oil of any kind can be found at your local grocery store in the salad dressing/condiments aisle.
PAPAYA: The abundance of alpha hydroxy acids in papaya is naturally exfoliating and helps remove dead skin cells to reveal a brightened, glowing complexion. Papayas can be found at your local grocery store or farmers’ market.
PEACH: Peaches are rich in vitamin C, which is important for the body’s collagen production. Collagen keeps our skin soft and youthful. Peaches can be found at your grocery store or farmers’ market in season. If they are not in season, you can find a bag of frozen peaches in the freezer aisle of the grocery store.
PETROLEUM JELLY: Effective as a moisturizer, petroleum jelly is soothing and hydrating even to very delicate skin. You can also apply it to remove your eye makeup and hydrate your under-eye area at the same time. You can find petroleum jelly at any drugstore or grocery store.
POTATOES: Sliced potatoes are a great puffy eye remedy. They are rich in vitamin B, which is known to reduce inflammation and puffiness. You can find potatoes at your local grocery store or farmers’ market.
PURIFIED WATER: Purified water is preferred over regular tap water to ward of bacteria and other impurities.
ROLLED OATS (PLAIN): Rolled oats have a gritty texture that is desirable when your skin is in need of a natural exfoliant that won’t be too harsh. It has moisturizing benefits for your skin as well. You can find rolled oats at your local grocery store.
ROSE: A rose is a thing of beauty. Roses smell divine and offer skin and hair care benefits in abundance. You can add the petals of the actual flower to your bath, or you can extract the oils from the petals with a mortar and pestle to add as a fragranced detangler to damp, washed hair. You can find roses at your local flower shop or from an online source that delivers flowers. If you live in an urban area, there might be a flower district where you could buy them in bulk at a discounted price.
ROSEWATER: Rosewater cleanses the skin with its clarifying properties. It removes dirt, oil, and other impurities from within the skin’s pores. It’s also a natural toner. If you saturate a cotton ball with some rosewater after you have cleansed your face, it will tone and balance your skin. You can add rosewater to your shampoo for a beautiful fragrance and for its moisturizing properties. You can find rosewater in the beauty/body aisle of your local health food store.
SANDALWOOD POWDER: Sandalwood powder is a natural way to improve the appearance of scars. It also serves to soften your skin in the process of healing your scars. You can find sandalwood powder at your local health food markets, at incense stores, or online.
SEA SALT: Sea salt is an excellent natural exfoliant for your skin. You can grind coarse sea salt with a mortar and pestle or purchase it as sea salt in the baking aisle from your local grocery store.
SHEA BUTTER: Packed with vitamins A and E, shea butter is moisturizing and penetrates your skin deeply to restore collagen and elasticity. You can use shea butter in any number of moisturizing beauty recipes as a base, and you can apply it directly to the ends of your hair for conditioned locks. Shea butter can be found in the beauty/body aisle at your local health food market.
SILICA: Silica aids in hair growth and is found in cucumbers. Cucumbers, the source of this ingredient, are found at your local market or farmers’ market.
SOUR CREAM: Sour cream has a high value of lactic acid, which functions as a gentle exfoliant on your skin, removing dead skin cells without the granular texture or rubbing. It reveals a clearer complexion. Putting sour cream on your damp hair seals the cuticle, preventing split ends.
SUGAR (WHITE OR BROWN): Sugar is a grainy substance that is excellent as a natural exfoliant. It’s great for body scrubs and facial exfoliating treatments. Brown sugar can remove excess oils and impurities from your scalp when mixed with equal parts olive oil for a mild scrub to reveal clean, radiant hair. Sugar can be found in the baking section at your local grocery store.
TANNIN: Tannin is a bitter plant compound with astringent properties. It is found in witch hazel. Witch hazel, the source of this ingredient, can be found at any drugstore.
TURMERIC POWDER: This special powder is antiaging, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial. It’s used in beauty recipes to even out skin tone. Turmeric powder can help reduce skin rashes as well. It can be found in the spice section of your local grocery store.
VITAMIN C CAPSULES: Vitamin C aids collagen synthesis, maintaining the skin’s elasticity and improving overall texture. You can find vitamin C capsules at your local health food market.
VITAMIN E OIL: This is intensely moisture retaining and hydrating when applied as part of a hair-conditioning beauty recipe or as part of your natural skincare routine for drier skin. Vitamin E oil can be found in the beauty/body aisle of your local health food store.
WITCH HAZEL: Witch hazel is a wonderfully effective astringent with toning properties. It’s also moisturizing and helps skin maintain its natural moisture and elasticity. Witch hazel can be found at any drugstore.
YOGURT (PLAIN): Packed with minerals such as zinc, calcium, and B vitamins, yogurt helps reduce pore size and improve skin texture. As a hair treatment, yogurt is softening. You can find yogurt at your local grocery store.
ALPHA HYDROXY ACIDS: Alpha hydroxy acids occur naturally in fruit, milk, and yogurt (among other foods) and are used in beauty recipes for the naturally exfoliating effect they have on the surface layer of the skin.
ANTIMICROBIAL: This substance destroys and reduces the growth of disease-causing microorganisms.
ANTIOXIDANTS: These substances inhibit the process of aging by fighting free-radical damage, also known as oxidation.
AROMATHERAPY: This includes the use of any fragranced essential oils, scented candles, or fragrances natural to certain ingredients that are added to beauty recipes to induce the desired state of mind or mood such as relaxation, calm, or invigoration.
BETA HYDROXY ACIDS: Beta hydroxy acids accelerate skin cell turnover and help clear pores. They occur naturally in some fruits such as strawberries and in milk.
BLACKHEADS: A blackhead is known as an open comedone (see following) because the sebaceous glands (oil-producing glands) are clogged with dirt and dead skin cells, giving the black appearance of the head at the opening of the hair follicle.
COMEDONE: This is another term for a blemish or a pimple (see “Blackhead” and “Whitehead”).
DÉCOLLETAGE: This is the lower part of a woman’s neck and upper part of her breasts not covered by a low-cut dress.
DE-PUFF: This term is used to describe a reduction in the puffy appearance of the under-eye area.
DETOXIFY: This means to clarify your skin’s pores and eliminate toxins through the skin.
EMULSIFY: To emulsify is to blend an emulsion, or mixture until all ingredients are entirely mixed.
EXFOLIATE: This means the removal of oil, dirt, and dead skin cells from the surface of the skin either via ingredients alone or via a gentle scrubbing motion of the beauty recipes on the skin.
HOMEOPATHY: This term refers to a natural remedy system for treating skin or health issues. Certain ingredients found in these beauty recipes, such as calendula, are also known to be part of homeopathic healing treatments. It’s a natural, holistic approach to wellness.
HYPERPIGMENTATION: This refers to the darkened discoloration of certain areas of your skin, commonly occurring as a result of sun damage. For this reason, hyperpigmentation is also referred to as sun spots.
INFUSE: This term is generally used when talking about steeping tea in natural beauty recipes. It’s the slow mergence of a liquid into another liquid.
LATHER: This means to create a frothy, sudsy substance by mixing an ingredient or ingredients with water.
PURÉE: This means to vigorously blend beauty ingredients until they become liquid.
RESIDUE: Residue refers to a buildup of dirt, oil, or product on the scalp, hair, or surface of your skin.
SERUM: This is a liquid-like, silky-textured substance created using natural beauty ingredients for either skincare or hair care.
VASOCONSTRICTION: This is the process of blood vessels constricting, which often results in reducing inflammation or puffiness.
WHITEHEAD: A whitehead is a pimple, or closed comedone, defined as sebaceous glands clogged with oil and dead skin cells in the opening of a hair follicle.
NATURAL BEAUTY APPLICATORS AND NECESSITIES
- The following is a list of applicators you will need for some of the beauty recipes in the chapter to follow:
- Foundation brush or paint brush with synthetic hairs/fibers
- Natural loofa sponge or sea sponge
- Cotton balls or cotton pads
- Cotton swabs
- Tongue depressors
- Mixing bowls, small and medium (microwave safe)
- Airtight glass storage containers, various small sizes
- Misters or empty bottles
- Washcloth (for face)
- Shower cap (plastic)
- Hair clip, large enough to hold all of your hair
- Medium-sized pot for boiling, kitchen item
- Strainer, kitchen item
- Blender, kitchen item