I’m a little lazy when it comes to beauty. Most of the times, I don’t bother taking care of my appearance. I watch all those morning routines, night-time routines, all the summer routines and winter routines on YouTube but…I don’t really even have one routine!
So here are some of my nature-based beauty “hacks” that I tried despite my lazy-girl ways.
But you should probably do some of these one or two times a week, if you find that it suits your skin.
(Also, remember to do a patch test before applying something new on your face. Don’t risk the overall health of your skin for anything.)
Get ready for some Flax Seed Magic
Take a tablespoon or two of ground flax seed (lazy girl tried the flax seeds whole, effects were great; I guess the power of the flax only comes out when the outer shell is broken down). Mix it in with just enough water to make a thick paste, and apply a thin layer on your face.
I usually keep it for 10-15 minutes and then wash it off.
Pro tip – you can add in other ingredients to the mask based on your skin’s requirements. If you’ve got skin on the drier side, feel free to substitute water for olive oil, honey or yoghurt. If you’ve got acne-prone skin, you can add in a couple of drops of tea tree oil, a teaspoon or two of turmeric or a teaspoon of honey.
Baking Soda, yes!
Make a paste of a few teaspoons of baking soda with a near equal amount of water. The number of teaspoons varies according to your usage (I like to put it all over my face so I make more, whereas other people like to just use it around the nose, on the blackheads and whiteheads).
Lightly wash your face with some water and then go ahead and slather this stuff on.
I usually let it sit for half of a minute or so and then wash it off.
Baking soda is an insane exfoliator so make sure you only use this mask after a patch test. People with sensitive skin – avoid putting just basking soda on your face. Instead, you could probably try the next one.
Baking soda + some amazing additives
Whether you’ve got sesitive skin and don’t want to put just baking soda on your skin or you want something hydrating and gentle, try this one on for size.
Mix baking soda with water as I mentioned before, and this time, add a teaspoon of honey and turmeric – this is wonderful if you have acne-prone skin.
Or instead, add a few teaspoons of lemon juice and coconut oil to the baking soda-water mix. This is a hydrating + lightening mask – use this if you have acne-scars.
If you would just like some extra moisturising (since baking soda can be harsh on the skin), just add some olive oil.
Turmeric + cream
This one is crazy.
The first time I did this I got asked where I got such an amazing facial from.
Me, the lazy girl? (who was, is and probably always will be a supreme penny pincher, when it comes to beauty treatments and products!)
Get yourself enough cream to cover your face with in a thin layer.
Now, it gets a bit tricky here – add a pinch of turmeric. Turmeric works with the cream to not only hydrate the skin, but to fight acne-causing bacteria and provide a natural glow.
Make sure there’s a lot more cream than there is turmeric, because otherwise, you’re going to look like a Simpson.
If, on the other hand, after you try this mask you see that you aren’t really getting that glowy look, you can try the mask again the next day with a wee bit more turmeric. It’s a bit of a trial and error thing.
I let the mix stay on my face until it’s all dried up, so maybe around 15-20 minutes. You can then wash it off with water, or if it’s a bit too hard, you can use a soft, clean washcloth dipped in warm water.
This is a super hydrating mask, so if you have oily or combination skin, I would be careful with this. I have combination skin which turns flaky during the dry winter-time, so I only save this mask for then.
I can not emphasise this enough. Water for the inside, water for the outside, water everywhere.
How many glasses of water do you have in a day? Most of us don’t think twice about the amount of water we know we should be drinking.
But then we want to get every single product out there that promises us glowy skin. Why?
Water cleanses you from inside out! Do not underestimate the power of drinking water.
Also (and this is coming from a lazy girl), how many of us hit the sack too tired to wash our faces after a tiring day? I know I have, and I also know I shouldn’t have.
No matter how tired you are, you simply must wash your face twice a day.
Also, Bonus Point –
get a great night’s sleep and change your sheets and pillowcases really often. It’s a hygiene thing – all the bacteria on your face stays in contact with your sheets and pillowcases, and you don’t want that stuff constantly reinfesting your beautiful, glowy face.
I hope you liked these tips which have worked really well for me. Then again, everyone’s skin is different, so let me know what worked for you and what didn’t. Do you have any easy skin hacks you want to share with the tribe? Let me know in the comments!