I have recently started simplifying my beauty products. Although I still use and LOVE my Shea Moisture and Just Natural Skin Care products, I want to try dwindling down to the bare minimum where I can. I love trying new products out to see if they work for me (of course, this is all after I give the ingredients list my own seal of approval).
I’m still exploring, so along the way I find even more stuff to add to my growing list.
These products are basic, no frills and fairly inexpensive and the great part is most of them can be used for more than one thing!
This list was updated 2/6/2016.
1. Argan oil
Face moisturizer – Argan oil can be a little expensive, but because a little goes a long way I only need to use one small pump of oil on my face, so it lasts for a while. It’s not too oily and it absorbs on my face very fast.
There are many different benefits of argan oil, including using it as a leave in conditioner for your hair.
2. Aloe vera juice
For hair detangler and hair moisturizer – I pour the aloe vera juice in a spray bottle and store in the refrigerator between uses. I spray the juice on my hair to detangle and/or to rewet it to braid and let dry overnight.
3. Apple cider vinegar
For toning and brightening the skin, as well as pimples – the smell takes some getting used to, but apple cider vinegar works very well for me as a toner. I use this when I’m not using the lemon juice right after I cleanse my face. I tend to use it straight, however some people dilute it with water. To dilute it use double the amount of water as the vinegar.
Some people also use apple cider vinegar as a hair rinse. Instead of using shampoo, you would rinse with apple cider vinegar. It cleanses just as well and it is also said to promote hair growth. I haven’t used it yet this way, but my mother (a licensed cosmetologist) has and she loved how soft her hair felt afterwards.
4. Avocado oil
For hair and skin moisturizer – I love using this oil! It nourishes my dry scalp and feels good on my legs after a shave. It also keeps my heels from being dry in both warm and cold weather.
5. Lemon juice
Facial toner, treating pimples, brightening skin and fading scars – Lemon juice can be your friend and it can also be your enemy when it comes to your skin. Use it the right way and it can help brighten skin, fade scars, and treat pimples. Use it incorrectly and it can very well cause pimples.
The right way: because it can be harsh (my skin tends to be on the oily side), I recommend starting out using it every 2-3 days, then gradually go to every other day. I cleanse my face first, then use lemon juice as the toner.
The incorrect way: Using it every day as this may be too irritating for your skin. If you’re going to use it on an everyday basis, then just use it directly on a pimple, not your entire face.
Lemon juice can also be used to lighten hair, but I haven’t tried that yet.
6. Raw, organic honey
For face cleansing – This is another recent edition so I don’t know if I’m going to continue with the regimen or not, but so far so good. I use raw, organic honey. I wet my face first, then scoop out a small amount of honey from the jar and spread thin & evenly. I repeat until my entire face is covered. I then leave on for about 20 minutes and rinse with warm water. I do notice a softer feel to my skin, but I probably have to stick with this for a while before seeing a huge difference.
You can also use honey as a hair conditioner and to lighten your hair, if you so please. I haven’t used it as such though.
Using manuka honey on both hair and skin seems even better, but it’s more expensive.
8. Unrefined, organic coconut oil (in solid form in a jar)
For hair styling and shaving – I don’t like the smell of the coconut oil (I know, sounds weird), but I have a mixture of Jamaican black castor oil & coconut oil for my hair.
I also use coconut oil to shave.
A word of advice, if you’re going to use only coconut oil in your hair – use a little. Using too much will result in visible product build up in the form of flakes (not cute). My husband uses coconut oil (in liquid form) as his body moisturizer a lot…it helps with dry skin.
Other things to use coconut oil for includes teeth brushing, teeth whitening, lip balm, hair conditioner, makeup remover, and face moisturizer (to help heal acne & minimize wrinkles).
9. Unrefined, organic, raw shea butter
For hair styling – I love shea butter, specifically from Out of Africa. I use it, along with water and a brush, to slick my hair back and for braiding when its wet.
What products do you use? Would love to explore more!