The simpler the beauty recipe, the more likely we are to actually use it. Taking care of our skin and hair doesn’t always receive the attention it deserves simply due to habitual routines, busy schedules and the lack of time.
But if it only took one ingredient to make a difference, one that we already had on hand, well then that would be like striking gold!
1-Ingredient Natural Beauty Recipes
We’ve rounded up 13 of our best one-ingredient natural beauty tips for your skin and hair.
1. Apple Cider Vinegar Face Mask for Hyperpigmentation
In a bowl or small cup, pour in one tablespoon of raw, organic unfiltered apple cider vinegar. The malic acid from the apples can help lighten pigmentation and sunspots.
Dip a cotton round in the cup and then gently swab over your face in circular motions. Avoid the eye area. Tingling sensations are normal, however, if you feel burning you can dilute the apple cider vinegar with water. Leave the peel on for 5 minutes and then rinse off with warm water.
2. Avocado Eye Wrinkle Mask
The inside of the avocado skin that sits closest to the skin’s edge is full of rich nutrients and is the perfect choice for an anti-wrinkle eye treatment. This pulp has the most concentrated amounts of vitamins, and they are known to increase your body’s own production of collagen.
For this eye treatment, scrape the leftover pulp out of the avocado skin using a spoon. Then mash it and apply to the orbital rim (that’s the socket area around your eye) for 10-15 minutes, while this vitamin-rich part of the avocado hydrates your skin, then rinse with warm water to remove.
This ingredient can also work double duty as a scalp mask as well!
3. Green Tea Toner
I love using green tea as a skin toner. It contains huge amounts of antioxidants, enzymes, amino acids and polyphenols. Plus it’s also rich in B vitamins, folate, manganese, potassium and caffeine–all of which are amazing for skin. When applied as a toner, it may help combat free radicals, rejuvenate skin, heal blemishes and improve skin elasticity.
To make, simply brew a cup of tea (I like using St. Dalfour Organic Green Tea with Mango), pour into a small glass jar and let it cool. Dip a cotton ball in the mixture and apply to skin twice a day. Store in the refrigerator for up to a week before replacing with fresh tea.
4. Sea Salt Exfoliator
Adding a little bit of sea salt and gently rubbing it into your scalp can absorb excess oil and help add some volume to your hair. And who doesn’t have sea salt already in their kitchen?!
But it doesn’t only work on the scalp – the next time you need a quick exfoliation of the body or hands, just grab a small bowl of sea salt and hop in the shower. Concentrate on rough areas like knees and elbows for a few extra seconds.
5. Coconut Oil Make-Up Remover
Try this as an easy and inexpensive eye makeup remover. All you’ll need is a cotton ball and some coconut oil. It will not only remove eye makeup, but will also coat and strengthen lashes.
Coconut oil is one of the most versatile ingredients in not just cooking, but the beauty line up as well. Coconut oil can be comedogenic (pimple-forming) so keep it to the eye area where it does its best magic.
6. Champagne Hair Rinse
7. Raw Honey Acne Spot Treatment
As much as I would prefer to not have to use this in my thirties, I still get the occasional hormonal breakout. And rather than turn to harsh pimple creams, I always apply a dab of raw honey to the inflamed areas. It’s gentle, nourishing and effective. Plus, raw honey is loaded with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals so it heals without aggravating my skin even further.
And last but not least, it’s antibacterial and anti-inflammatory which makes it an amazing for breakouts. Let it sink in overnight and rinse off in the morning. Continue to apply it until the zit has disappeared. Oh, and make sure you use a high quality honey, like Y.S. Eco Bee Farms Raw Honey.
8. Epsom Salt Sore Muscle Bath
Add a cup of Epsom salt to a warm bath to relieve sore muscles, soften skin and help detoxify the body. Easy to find and easy to use!
9. Aloe Vera Sun Burn Soother
Fresh aloe vera is our go–to for sunburns, and just the other day I cut open a leaf to scrape out the gel for my daughter’s sunburn. If you have an aloe vera plant, take one of the outer leaves and slice down the center to get to the pulp.
You can scrape it out with a fork or a spoon. Apply directly to the sunburn. Pure aloe vera can also be purchased to soothe sunburned skin.
10. Yogurt Dehydrated Skin Mask
With just a few tablespoons of full-fat plain Greek yogurt you can make a gentle, moisturizing facial mask. Apply the yogurt to clean skin and relax for 10-15 minutes while the lactic acid and probiotics work on your skin cells.
11. Strawberries For Whitening Teeth
Don’t rush through your snack the next time you are devouring some fresh strawberries. They act as natural teeth whiteners and plaque removers. You can mash up a strawberry and apply directly to the teeth for several (no more than 5) minutes or combine it with baking soda for more dramatic results.
12. Baking Soda For Bug Bites, Sunburn + Sore Muscles
Baking soda is a simple ingredient to add to your next bath to soothe and detoxify the body after a hard workout or a long day. Add 1/2 cup to your bath to neutralize irritants like bug bites or sunburns and help wash away oil and perspiration.
Do you have any one ingredient beauty recipes you love?
This post was medically reviewed by Dr. Jennifer Haley, a board-certified dermatologist with extensive experience in medical, cosmetic and surgical dermatology. Learn more about Hello Glow’s medical reviewers here. As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor.12