Well Being

These ARE Your Grandmother’s Beauty Products: Remedies That Withstood the Test of Time

Ask any nutritionist and they’ll tell you whole, unprocessed ingredients are the building blocks of a healthy recipe.

The same can be said of beauty products.

Like processed foods, some of the most popular commercial body lotions, scrubs, and cleansers contain dozens of additives – and offer questionable benefits. They are, however, backed by large corporations with hefty advertising budgets, leading us to believe that an intriguing scent and flashy packaging mean a better product.

With the numerous allegations associated with beauty products, many older people are turning to their skin doctors for treatments like Botox, lip fillers, and hyperhidrosis, which appear to be more effective and useful than harmful beauty products that are laden with chemicals.

Also, these beauty enhancement procedures are very quick, unlike other skin products that take weeks to show any signs of change. This seems to be another reason why old or even young people opt for these procedures at cosmetic skin clinics such as 8 West.

Some beauty brands in the market are homemade with natural ingredients. This kind of brand uses traditional methods of manufacturing products; that is free from paraben, sulfate, and harsh chemicals. To know more about the benefits of homemade products you can visit online sites like visit Handmade Naturals. Or even you can follow the simple beauty routines from the ingredients available at home. That said, we’re all spending more time at home and perhaps getting back to basics consider giving some of these classics a try.

Witch hazel

Chances are, you’ve never used witch hazel as an astringent. Changes are, your grandmother has. Made from the leaves and bark of Hamamelis virginiana, a type of shrub native to North America, witch hazel is typically used as a toner that can be applied to a washable cotton round and swiped across the face. Those who suffer from inflammation-related issues such as acne, eczema or psoriasis appreciate witch hazel’s anti-inflammatory properties. T.N. Dickinson’s and Thayers are two popular brands of witch hazel toner, and a 12 ounce bottle be purchased online or at drug stores for less than $10.

Rose water

Rose water is another tried-and-true beauty product that serves as a calming toner for irritated or inflamed skin. If you have recently undergone any skin-related beauty procedures, such as Microneedling by Natural Skin Care Clinic or similar ones, then rose water may be recommended as a great, natural cleanser that may even aid your skin’s healing. It’s been used as a beauty tool in the Middle East for centuries, and appreciated stateside for decades for its soothing scent and properties. A 3.4-ounce bottle of rose water (you can even make your own by boiling rose petals and water on the stovetop) like this one by Alteya Organics is surprisingly affordable, and can be found at Whole Foods and other natural food stores for around $9.

Coconut oil

For quite some time, coconut oil has been having a moment as a high-heat alternative to olive oil for cooking. It’s also long been known as a popular replacement for high-priced body lotions. Though it might feel awkward to slather your body with the same oil you use in the kitchen, buy yourself an extra jar for the bathroom and get over it. The melting point of coconut oil is 76 degrees, which means it comes out of the jar as a solid and quickly liquifies on the skin. Because this is a pure oil with the tendency to feel greasy, most people use coconut oil as a moisturizer right before bed. Rub it into wet skin, then gently pat away the beaded water with a bath towel. Choose unrefined coconut oil for a light coconut scent. A 15-ounce jar of Spectrum brand organic, unrefined coconut oil sells for around $6 on Amazon.

Coffee grounds

On a trip to Hawaii several years ago, I bought a $30 body scrub made with coffee grounds. It smelled great and left my skin smooth and soft. Once it was gone, I decided to recreate the scrub using ingredients I had at home. It couldn’t have been easier – or cheaper. The internet is full of DIY scrub recipes. This one from the Edgy Veg uses ground coffee, coconut oil, salt, sugar, and – if you want – a few drops of essential oil. Other recipes use ground oats, honey, and other common kitchen ingredients.

While these simple body care products cost far less than their department store counterparts, many people take their natural self-care routine a step farther. Some swear rinsing the face with just water in the morning leaves natural oils in place for a healthy glow and avoids the irritation some soaps and lotions may cause.

It doesn’t get much simpler than that.

Witch hazel image by AntiMartina

Rose water image by ALLEKO