You don’t need to spend a lot of cash on self-care and beauty products. We’ve rounded up some easy DIY body-beautifying treatments can be done while you shower for wash-and-go wow in minutes.
Smooth cellulite with a salt + coconut oil polish.
Nutrients in Epsom salts help flush out the excess fluids that make cellulite more prominent, says aesthetician Bella Schneider, founder of her eponymous beauty line. Mixing salts with coconut oil (its lauric acid plumps skin to diminish dimples) boosts the “slimming” benefits.
Try it: Combine 1/2 cup of Epsom salts and 1/2 cup of coconut oil. Massage a handful of the mix onto cellulite. Let sit for 1 minute before rinsing.
Banish bacne with a tea tree + castile body wash.
Tea tree oil’s anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties ward off acne-causing irritation and bacteria, while castile soap gently cleanses away dirt and impurities.
Try it: Mix 1/2 cup of castile soap, like Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Liquid Soap Baby Unscented ($7.48, Amazon), with 10 drops of tea tree oil. Pour into a lidded bottle. Use a quarter-sized amount to wash affected areas; rinse.
Brighten skin with a yogurt + honey facial.
“Lactic acid in yogurt gently exfoliates to whisk away dead, dry cells, revealing new healthy skin underneath,” says Schneider. Stirring in hydrating honey and brightening lemon juice will leave skin looking radiant in no time.
Try it: Combine 2 Tbsp. of plain yogurt, 2 tsp. of honey, and 2 tsp. of lemon juice. Slather on skin; let sit 5 minutes; rinse.
Erase age spots with a papaya + sugar scrub.
The tropical fruit is packed with skin-lightening enzymes and discoloration-preventing antioxidants that, when paired with sugar (it sloughs off dead cells) and olive oil (it moisturizes), will brighten skin in a flash.
Try it: Mix 1/4 cup of sugar, 3 Tbsp. of crushed papaya and 1 Tbsp. of olive oil. Massage a handful onto areas with spots, like the face, chest, and hands and let sit 5 minutes; rinse.
Volumize strands with a castor oil + cinnamon mask.
Castor oil’s compounds strengthen hair at the roots to thwart shedding and breakage while its fatty acids moisturize and plump tresses so they look instantly fuller. And cinnamon stimulates growth-encouraging circulation to speed results.
Try it: Mix 2 Tbsp. of castor oil and 2 tsp.of ground cinnamon. Apply to damp hair; cover with a shower cap. Rinse after 3 minutes; shampoo and condition as usual.
This article originally appeared in our print magazine.
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