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DIY Beauty Remedies

COSMETICS IS JUST ONE

INDUSTRY reaping the benefits of the “green” craze. the use of natural ingredi- ents in beauty products is healthy, earth- conscious and it’s all the rage right now. Why not take it one step further and cre- ate an all-natural beauty treatment your- self? everything from shampoos to scrubs can be crafted with the ingredients conve- niently available in your kitchen. Go on. treat yourself, the environment, and your pocketbook!

NAILS

You want: Long, strong nails

you’ll need: clear nail polish 1 teaspoon fresh garlic ever hear the phrase beauty is pain? at

venus, we prefer beauty is stinky. at least that’s the case with this truly effective, albeit odorous remedy. chop garlic into small pieces and add to a bottle of clear nail polish. let polish sit at least one day. apply one coat. We suggest applying a col- ored polish on top, followed by a clear top coat — to help mask the smell!

HAIR

You want: Glossy, clean locks

brunettes need: 1 pot of fresh coffee/espresso brew one pot of coffee, or preferably

espresso. let it cool completely. after shampooing as usual (or au naturel with baking soda and water), rinse hair with the entire pot of coffee. if the scent doesn’t wake you up, look in the mirror. the spar- kling shine and luster of your revitalized locks should do the trick!

blondes, redheads (or bru- nettes) need: 1 part apple cider vine- gar

4 parts water this goes along

with that ‘beauty can be stinky’ credo. but, don’t fret, just rinse well. after shampooing, rinse hair with diluted vin- egar. say hello to shine, shine, shine.

BODY

You want: Touchable, smooth skin

you’ll need: 2 1/2 cups sugar 1/2 cup sweet almond oil or olive oil 4 teaspoons lemon juice 4 tablespoon honey 4 drops essential oil (optional) you don't need an expensive product to

exfoliate away rough patches of skin. simply mix all ingredients, add a few drops of your favorite scented oil and you’ll have an inexpensive and effective scrub.

FACE

You want: Invisible pores

you’ll need:

1 teaspoon tomato juice 3 drops lime juice tomatoes are great for clear, controlled

complexions. take the tomato juice and add a couple of drops of lime juice. apply on face and remove after 15 minutes. if it stings, you may have used too much lime juice.

You want: No more blackheads

you’ll need:

3 tablespoons baking soda 1-2 tablespoons water

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combine baking soda and water until it

makes a paste. rub the solution onto prob- lem areas for 5 minutes and rinse with warm water. skin may be red for a couple of hours following the treatment. this method can make skin dry, so do not apply more than twice a week. if you have sensi- tive skin, the oatmeal recipe may be the way to go.

You want: A face as soft as a baby’s bottom

you’ll need: 1/4 cup of fine-ground oatmeal 1/2 cup of water or rose water 2 teaspoons honey Oatmeal has long been known to have

anti-inflammatory qualities. use this rem- edy to give new life to dry or irritated skin and to keep blackheads at bay. mix all of the ingredients and spread onto face. leave on up to 10 minutes and rinse with tepid water. next, try to refrain from too much fawning over your oh-so-soft skin.

You want: A toned, smooth com- plexion

you’ll need: 1 large carrot, cooked and mashed 1 avocado, mashed 1/2 cup heavy cream 1 egg, beaten

3 tablespoons honey the vitamin e and beta-carotene in this mask are perfect for all-around complexion care. plus, what a wonderful way to use those avocados spoiling in the fridge! combine all of the ingredients and mix until smooth. spread evenly over your face and neck and leave on for 10 to 15 min- utes. rinse with cool water.

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