Wet or damp towels are a breeding ground for mold and bacteria. That musty smell on your face cloth is a great indication you’re harvesting something gross. Dry your clean face (and body) with fresh towels to limit breakouts and possible infection. One option is keeping a box of disposable towels on hand. These can be used a few times before finding their way to the trash. If you’re not crazy about the extra waste, buy a pack of white washcloths. Being white helps you make sure you’ve removed dirt and make-up. And because they can be laundered over and over, they’re eco-friendly.
How counterintuitive is this!?! I’ve used whitening strips in the past, but they’re really expensive and make my teeth sensitive. While they seemed to work, I could never quite get the base of my bottom teeth as white as the top. I’m a “dark liquids” drinker, if you know what I mean, and am not about to quit. So as crazy as putting black powder in my mouth sounded, I was willing to try. And guess what? It worked! I couldn’t find activated charcoal powder at my local health food store, so I bought capsules instead. I carefully pulled the capsules apart and dumped the contents into a small dish. Within two brushings, the base.
Have you ever noticed how clear your skin gets at the beach? A combination of relaxation, sun and salt water seem to make skin glow and blemishes disappear. While we can’t bottle the sun, and relaxation is sometimes hard to attain, we can bring the sea mist with us wherever we go. Simply mix 1 tsp of high-quality sea salt with 4 tablespoon of filtered water in a mist sprayer. After every wash, or when you need a boost, spritz your face (close your eyes and tuck your lips). The salt contains minerals vital to healthy skin. If you don’t have access to sea salt, Epsom salt can be substituted.
Follow your baking soda “shampoo” with an apple cider vinegar rinse. Yes, it smells yucky, but that’s easily remedied by a couple drops of peppermint oil. It’s amazing how the vinegar smell disappears. Mix 1 part ACV to 3 parts water plus a few drops of essential oil. Shake and pour the mixture on your hair, starting at the roots. Allow to sit for a few minutes, then rinse. ACV plays many rolls, including smoothing hair, balancing the pH and removing product build-up (hairspray!). I have pictures to prove the latter, but they’re pretty gross.
Many shampoos can be harsh on your hair, over stripping them and making them susceptible to further damage. My daughter inherited her daddy’s hair … fine and oily. Poor thing. She needs to wash it almost every day, but it only exacerbates the problem. Solution: water and baking soda! Simply mix a proportion of 2 parts baking soda to 3 parts water in a squeeze bottle. Shake and pour the mixture on your hair, starting at the roots. Allow to sit for a few minutes, then rinse. The baking soda absorbs oil, and over time, tricks the hair follicles into producing less oil, meaning your hair stays clean longer.