1. Olive oil
I know it sounds crazy, but olive oil has helped my T-zone oily skin tremendously. I read about it maybe a year or so ago and thought, “Why not?” So I bought a liter of the cheapest I could find and used a few drops on my face each night after washing off my make-up. Within just a couple days, my skin was clearer and the oily/dry parts less so.
In dry season, I use a couple drops in the morning as well, rubbing it in my hands first and then onto my face. Works as a great body moisturizer too.
Henna on hands and feet will be another post, but for now… henna for hair! I use it to add some auburn to my dark brown natural color. The first few days are pretty bright, but it calms down in about three days and I love the long-lasting color.
LeCrecia did a great post on the how-tos of henna hair color here in Senegal, if you’re interested in giving it a whirl.
I mix my henna powder with apple cider vinegar (CityDia) which leaves your hair so soft and shiny. Every time I do, I think, “Why don’t I do this more often?”
3. Baking soda
I recently ran out of apricot face scrub. (Ahem, ‘ran out’ may mean a certain toddler squeezed a bunch into his bath water.) I was trying to find a substitute and tried the oatmeal scrubs I found online. Two thumbs down. Maybe it was just me – or my oatmeal – but it was just gross mush on my face.
So I decided to try baking soda. The kind in the little box from the buutik is really coarse, so I used some from Casino that’s finer, like Arm & Hammer in the US. Wash my face, leave it wet, sprinkle some baking soda into my hands and scrub gently, then rinse.
The results were even better than my apricot scrub! Cross that off my list of things to buy in America…
What about you? Any beauty secrets to share? Let us know!