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Must Try DIY Beauty Treatments

I am always a fan of trying homemade beauty treatments. I feel like anything that is made with all natural, chemical-free ingredients is worth a try. The thing is, although most of the time these do-it-yourself products smell and feel (and sometimes taste!) amazing, I am left wondering if they actually work. I’ve never actually used the home remedies for a long enough time to see if they worked in the long run. Since making your own beauty products are cheaper than the fancy stuff in the stores, it is important to find out which treatments are worth making yourself. Here are four DIY products that are worth implementing into your normal beauty routine.

The Aztec Healing Mask is a great way to fade the look of acne scarring. For this mask you can buy the clay powder online or health food grocery stores like Whole Foods. Making the facial is easy, just combine 1 tablespoon clay powder with 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar. The instructions state to not use any metal while preparing the mask, so make sure you use a ceramic or wood when mixing the ingredients. Users of the treatment claim their skin feels tighter and that their pores are reduced. 

Greek yogurt has recently been found to be a successful zit zapper due to its anti-inflammatory and bacteria-fighting benefits. It can be used as a mask or as a spot treatment. Those who used the yogurt over night on blemishes found that redness and inflammation went down almost entirely in a single use. After three days of nightly use the zits had almost completely disappeared. 

I started hearing about oil pulling a couple years ago when people began claiming how it completely changed their teeth and gum health. To oil pull correctly, it is important to use an organic grade coconut, sesame or sunflower oil. Measure out about a teaspoon or so and swish in your mouth for 20 minutes. Although this does feel like a long time, this is the length of time needed to pull the toxins from your mouth. To pass the time more quickly, try pulling while you are getting ready for work in the morning or watching your favorite television show at night. Those who oil pull nightly reported whiter teeth, increased gum health and even an improvement in hair and nail quality.

I had no idea what dry body brushing was until I recently read an article online about treating cellulite. After further research I learned it is also a way to improve lymphatic stimulation, a way to detox your body of old toxins, dead cells and other infectious material. Some people also find it also acts as a great exfoliant. To dry brush your body you can use a specialty skin brush, but a normal body wash brush also works. Brush your skin in strokes that go towards your heart, starting with your legs and arms. Shower once you have brushed your entire body. 

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