Wrinkle remover: Wheat germ oil is one of the richest natural sources of the B vitamin complex which is essential for a smooth, clear complexion. Pour a small amount of oil on your hands and smooth it across wrinkles, in the opposite direction, i.e., if the wrinkle is left to right, smooth it with an up and down motion. Do this often.
Makeup remover and facial astringent: A halved cucumber rubbed over skin will remove old cosmetics. Follow with a rinse of half apple cider vinegar (use raw, unrefined unpasteurized vinegar, like Braggs) and water. A mild astringent, this works to restore the protective “acid mantle” of the skin.
Skin moisturizers: At the end of the day, after washing your face with cool water and a luffa or thick washcloth to remove the dead skin cells:
- Squeeze two or three fresh, unsprayed grapes over the face. Leave on for a few minutes, then gently rinse the skin. Or,
- Rub some whole plain yogurt on your face. Soon most of it will be absorbed, but before bedtime, wash the skin gently with plain, cool water. Or,
- Rub a small amount of raw honey on your skin, especially under the eyes, on the cheeks and chin. Wash off with cool water before going to bed (so you don’t stick to your pillow!).
Eyelash enhancer: For thicker, longer-looking eyelashes, just dab a drop of olive on your upper and lower lashes.
Lip gloss: Cut a small slice of raw beet. Rub the cut side into your lips for a nice reddish tint. Smooth over a little olive oil to seal in.
For red, tired or puffy eyes: Place used herbal tea bags, still wet and warm, over the eyes. Lie down for 10 minutes or so.
Chapstick: In a small bowl or jar, mix a little raw honey, extra-pressed virgin olive oil or wheat germ oil. Rub on lips to relieve soreness and chapping.
Tooth powder: Toothpaste is not really necessary, if you’re doing a good job of brushing regularly. But if you want a little something extra, dip your toothbrush lightly into baking soda before brushing.
Deodorant: Mix a little magnesium oxide powder with water until it has a milky consistency. Apply once daily. Or, sprinkle a little baking soda onto a damp washcloth and apply to your underarms. Baking soda absorbs perspiration and neutralizes odors (as it does when an open box of baking soda is placed in the refrigerator).