A lot of makeup products, especially high-end brands are extremely expensive. But not all beauty products have to be expensive to be good. In fact, there are some beauty products that are made from pure, natural ingredients which are very good for you and inexpensive. The following are my go-to ones for a number of health and beauty issues:
- Aloe Vera gel
- Frankincense essential oil
Aloe Vera gel
Aloe vera gel is not expensive to buy but so helpful for almost anything. It contains antioxidants, enzymes, Vitamins A and C, and it is highly anti-inflammatory. It’s easy to find and purchase from any drugstore/pharmacy anywhere in the world.
I have found aloe vera to be very useful when travelling, especially when I would have aching legs and couldn’t go to a doctor. Massaging a small amount of aloe vera on my legs did wonders when I was walking long distances on a trip to Austria that exacerbated my vericose veins.
It’s good for zapping out persistent pimples too! Just dab a tiny amount on the pimply areas overnight and by morning time you will notice a huge difference as it’s anti-inflammatory properties dry out the blemishes.
Same goes for mosquito bites. Mosquitoes are like tiny vampires that just love to attack my skin and suck my blood out. Apart from the extremely annoying buzzing sound they make, their bites really irritate my skin and often cause infections. By using aloe vera I can calm the infected skin down. Again, came in handy when travelling to beautiful but mosquito-infested Corfu recently.
Aloe vera is also good for calming sunburns. It’s a natural remedy after a day at the beach gone bad, without the messiness of let’s say yoghurt.
As a Cypriot I could not ignore rosewater, a traditional beauty staple used in perfumes, for keeping skin dewy and youthful and even as a hair conditioner. According to ancient Greek mythology, Aphrodite (Venus), the goddess of beauty and love, wept over the wounds of her lover Adonis. When her tears mingled with his blood they created the red rose.
Rosewater is essentially a byproduct of rose essential oil making. When the roses are being distilled for their oils, rosewater is what is left behind. It is commonly used in perfume making and moisturising creams. Its anti-inflammatory properties make it a good tool against skin disorders such as Rosacea and eczema.
I really like using some rosewater-based face creams but even a simple, cheap rosewater spray for the face and body can be quite refreshing and cooling. Used frequently as part of one’s daily beauty regime it is considered to help against skin ageing.
Frankincense essential oil was a recent discovery for me. I was looking for a natural remedy for inflammation. Reading about traditional, non Western medicine herbal remedies I came across a few essential oils. Frankincense is considered the king of essential oils. It’s healing properties range from combating inflammation to fighting cancer.
Frankincense (or olibanum) oil comes from the resin (dried sap) of the Boswellia sacra tree. It has a sweet, woody, spicy scent and an antiseptic and uplifting effect. It can help mood (it calms the mind and soothes anxiety), skin (improves the appearance of ageing and helps heal minor wounds and scars) and respiratory system conditions (alleviates asthma, bronchitis, laryngitis, coughs and the symptoms of a cold. No wonder it was one of the three gifts by the three wise men to baby Jesus when he was born along with Myrrh and Gold.
Not only do I use it for preventing ailments and healing medical conditions but I also discovered that it works wonders on skin conditions. From fading skin damage caused by the sun and acne to old surgical scars, it really is a miracle worker this precious oil! It may be a bit pricey for its small size but you only need one or two drops and it lasts for a long time. So well worth the cost.
I’m sure there are many other natural products that have beauty and healing properties. Which ones do you use and like?