DIY budget beauty hacks

Treat your tresses

During the colder months, I find myself not doing enough to maintain moisture on my locks, yet an easy solution is coconut oil, my ultimate favorite being Biona Organic Raw Virgin Coconut Oil. The big part of the recent popularity is that it’s natural, which is what makes it so appealing. Whilst I previously associated coconut oil as a cooking ingredient, it works wonders as a hair treatment. The appealing aroma is enough to sway anyone. As a hair treatment, this cure-all beauty product can be used for deep conditioning. Coconut oil is rich in lauric acid and has a high affinity for hair protein and so helps to reduce protein loss in damaged hair. The oil of the coconut penetrates hair more deeply and faster than other conditioners. To use coconut oil as a leave-in treatment to repair split ends, moisturize your scalp, and add a healthy glow to your tresses; follow these simple steps: 1. Scoop a small amount of coconut oil into the palm of your hand 2. Use your fingers to gently massage the oil into your hair, working it though with a wide toothed hair comb, concentrating on the ends 3. Wash thoroughly with your regular shampoo

Hydrate

One of the best DIY beauty hack is to drink 2l of water daily. Whilst we’ve all heard that drinking water is good for our skin, here’s why you really need to be drinking all of that H2O: Keeping the body properly hydrated encourages oxygen to flow freely throughout the body and is the best way to flush out unwanted toxins is to hydrate yourself. This allows you to be more alert and focused, which is something that would definitely help you throughout the uni day! Apart from the obvious health benefits, water also hydrates the body, skin and hair. Often, when you consume sugar-rich foods, skin can become dehydrated. When your skin is dehydrated, your pores are unable to stretch and release naturally secreted oils. Drinking lots of water can therefore prevent dehydration and improves the appearance of skin, giving you a healthy glow.

Highlight

Always wondered how to achieve natural sun infused hair? Lemons are natural toners, making them a go-to for brightening hair. Plus, they’re extremely cheap for a main ingredient. It’s important to note that lemon is heat activated, so use this method when you know you’ll be spending a day outside. The heat of the sun opens hair cuticles and the lemon juice lifts colour, which allows the sun to bleach your strands. Too wreak the benefits, add natural lemon juice to a spray bottle along with a teaspoon of oil (to keep your hair from drying out) and then enjoy the outdoors knowing you’ll be sporting lighter locks as a result!

Cool it with cucumber

One of the most famous beauty beliefs is that cucumbers are a natural way of reducing under eye puffiness. Because cucumbers are 90% water, it is known to be a cooling agent, and so by applying two slices of freshly cut cucumber onto the eye area, you can help reduce the appearance of under eye circles. Temporary puffiness around the eyes is often caused by a buildup of lymphatic fluid, and so the cooling effects of evaporation therefore help keep puffiness at bay. For best results, apply the cucumber slices for four to five minutes so the cucumber cooling properties can do their bit.

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