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Natural Remedy for Shiny Hair and a Clear Complexion
The PH Secret
I discovered some great natural remedies when I was a teenager. As a college student, I was always running short of cash and could ill afford expensive skin care products and hair care products, so I looked for ways to save money. I learned some great tips for skin care and hair care in a couple of my classes, and I also learned a lot while working for a national beauty and makeup chain. I did some experimenting on my own, too. That is when I learned about the ph secret, along with other hair and skin care secrets. You might not realize it, but you have several home remedies in your own kitchen that can be used as great hair and skin care products!
Natural Remedies: Skin Care Products
Skin care products can be outrageous in price, but they don’t have to be. You most likely have some great skin care products right in your pantry! One is vinegar, which can give your complexion a healthy boost. How does it work? The human skin has what is referred to as an Acid Mantle layer. This is a layer which ideally maintains a ph of 5.5. The higher ph protects the skin by keeping bacteria out and killing the bacteria which comes into contact with the skin. When this ph is not present, the skin is assaulted by bacteria, one of which causes acne.
When a breakout is present, people usually wash their face with a strong soap. Soap, while removing excess oil, strips the acid mantle from the face, leaving it susceptible to bacteria. After washing the face with soap, fill ½ a sink basin with warm water. Add two tablespoons of cider or white vinegar to the water. Closing your eyes, splash the water liberally over your face. The acid mantle has just been replaced and your natural protection is in place.
Most makeup is alkaline and therefore destroys the protective acid mantle. There are brands of makeup available that maintain a 5.5 ph. You can test your products by purchasing litmus paper. This is found in most stores and is very inexpensive. Dip the paper into the product and watch for a change in color. The chart on the side of the product will tell you what ph the resulting color represents. The desired result is 5.5 or lower. Soap generally has a ph of 9-11.
Other skin care products you probably have on hand are sugar, table salt, and oatmeal. Sugar and salt make excellent face and body scrubs. Use in the shower and after rinsing use hair conditioner on skin which makes the skin baby soft. Rinse the conditioner off and towel dry. Oatmeal is commonly used in the south in bathwater after a poison Ivy outbreak to relieve itching.
Natural remedies: hair care
You don’t need to spend a lot of cash on expensive hair care products, either. Natural remedies can be used for your mane. Why? The hair is also protected by an acid mantle. Washing the hair with most shampoo strips the hair of this protection. After washing hair, fill a cup approximately ¼ full of vinegar. Generally, it’s best to use cider vinegar for brown, red, or brunette hair, and white vinegar for blonde hair. Fill the remainder of the cup with warm water. Pour the whole cup all over the hair. Rinse thoroughly.
I am always questioned as to whether this leaves a vinegary smell to the hair. No, it does not. The hair will smell clean and you won’t believe the shine. I have found using vinegar in areas where the water is soft works wonders. Soft water causes soap to feel as if continues to remain on your body, even after repeated rinsing. Hair washed in this water will be flat and listless. Using vinegar as a rinse solves this problem. Vinegar is also a replacement for clarifying shampoos. Vinegar when used as stated above strips the hair of all old hair products leaving it squeaky clean.
Vinegar is harmless and can be added to the rinse water for infants and children thus providing them with bacteria protection. Be sure to avoid the eye area as vinegar is extremely irritating when it comes in contact with eye tissue.