I've added a few natural products to my skin and hair arsenal....
Apple cider vinegar, bentonite clay, and coconut oil! Keep reading to see how they're used for my skin and hair.
Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay $4.89, Vitamin Shoppe (usually around $8 at most health food stores)
I've been using this mask once a week for almost a year now, and I love it! In fact, I love it more than my beloved Queen Helene Mint Julep mask, which I now use as a spot treatment. Made of 100% bentonite clay, it's great for my acne prone skin. I mix a little of my Bragg's apple cider vinegar with it (for dry skin, mix with water) and apply. You can feel your skin pulsating- sorta like a mini massage. When I rinse off, my face is a little red for a few minutes (that's normal), but my pores are tightened and my skin is left glowing. I've heard that you can use this clay for a hair mask as well, but I haven't gotten around to trying it yet.
Bragg's Organic Apple Cider Vinegar $5.99, Vitamin Shoppe (from $5- $10 at most health food and grocery stores)
I know you're wondering what's the difference between raw, organic apple cider vinegar and plain ol' regular apple cider vinegar. Raw ACV is vinegar in its natural form. It doesn't go through the pasteurization process as non-organic ACV, so it has a cloudy appearance that is called "the mother". The "mother" is where all the vitamins and minerals associated with ACV are found. Using raw, organic ACV is a personal preference of mine, so I guess it doesn't matter whether it's organic or not when using it for your skin or hair. If there is, feel free to chime in!
Apple cider vinegar is now a staple in my hair and skin care routines. For my hair, I use one part ACV and one part water as an after shampoo rinse to clarify (I do this once a month). Some people use it in place of shampoo to clarify their hair. It also helps with pH balance.
Since I have acne prone skin, I use apple cider vinegar as a toner as well (ACV kills acne causing bacteria). I mix one part ACV and one part distilled water (add more water if your skin is sensitive), and apply it to my face with a cotton ball. It keeps those breakouts at bay.
Spectrum organic unrefined virgin coconut oil $11.99, Vitamin Shoppe
I go through about two jars a month of coconut oil. This stuff is awesome! I cook with it, mix it into my green smoothies and oatmeal, moisturize my skin, use it as a pre-shampoo treatment and add it to my deep conditioner. So many great uses for it!
As stated, I use coconut oil to moisturize my skin and for my hair. After I shower, I scoop out a bit and slather it onto my body. It absorbs well into the skin and doesn't feel greasy. As for my hair, I use the oil as a pre-shampoo treatment and I add it to my deep conditioner. Makes my hair so soft and moisturized. Some people use it for a facial moisturizer as well, but I'm not going to try it on my face. My skin is already oily enough and I'm afraid that added oil will break me out. No thanks.
Do you use any of these products? What are some natural products that you've incorporated into your skin and hair care regimens?