You will want to try at least one of them.
1) Vicks Vaporub
My grandmother just turned 78 few days ago, and guess what? She looks like she’s in her 60s. Her skin, despite the wrinkles expected from her age, looks radiant, smoother than other women that age, and delicate. When asked how she does it, what’s her secret, she only answers: Vicks Vaporub.
It’s a mentholated oil-based cream usually used forcough suppression (decongest your chest) and joint pain. Its components include camphor, eucalyptol, menthol, among others. However, it has been proven to have way more properties. These are some uses that I have personally experienced or directly know of someone that has.
Uses of Vicks Vaporub:
- Stretch marks (Works beautifully. Give it about 2 weeks)
- Acne (Reduces inflammation thanks to the camphor)
- Cuts (Its components encourages fast healing, and prevents infection)
- Nail fungus (The camphor acts as an antimicrobial killing the bacteria and preventing infection)
- Insects repellent (Mosquitoes will fly away! The camphor and eucalyptol are toxic for them.)
- Sinus headache (The menthol scent releases pressure off your head – by provoking a cooling sensation - relieving the pain)
- Muscle pain (Increases circulation, reduces inflammation. The menthol and camphor act as a local anesthesia. Warm up after applying!)
2) Vitamin E
A while ago, I saw an interview made to beautiful Shakira, where she gave away one of her secret beauty tips. She mentioned how she cuts open a pill of pure vitamin E, and applies it directly to her face. Doing more research about it, I decided to try it out myself. Results? Fantastic!
Vitamin E is a strong antioxidant, that your body doesn’t naturally produce, and repairs skin. As an antioxidant, it neutralizes the molecular that damages collagen, helping with skin dryness and wrinkles. Therefore, prevents early aging of the skin.
Uses of Vitamin E:
- Moisturizer (helps retain natural moisture keeping the skin well-hydrated)
- Younger/Glowing look
- Reduces acne
- Prevents early aging of skin
- Scars (helps reduce them)
- Wrinkles (helps with existing wrinkles, and prevents new lines from forming)
- Tones skin (increases firmness and elasticity)
How to apply it:
BUY Vitamin E (If you live in the U.S., Walgreens is the place)
CUT it in half (I simply use scissors)
APPLY forming a thin layer (I do it directly with my hands, but you could also use some cotton or hyssops)
SPREAD (It is oily, but not very liquid-ish, so make sure you spread it evenly)
3) Coconut oil
Why is all this fuzz about coconut oil going on? Simple. It’s one of the best organic products out there.
I use it in both my skin and my hair. I personally prefer using the virgin coconut oil, but any other refined ones will do the work when used externally.
Coconut oil contains large amounts of saturated fats such as lauric acid. Saturated fats are usually less positive for your organism in comparison to unsaturated fats. HOWEVER, coconut oil is predominantly MCFA (medium-chain fatty acid) rather than LCFA (long-chain fatty acid), which means it doesn’t have a negative effect on cholesterol. It actually helps increase the metabolism and reduce the risk of heart diseases, to mention only two of its benefits.
Uses of Coconut Oil for Skin:
- Softs skin
- Reduces appearance of scars
- Reduces itchiness
- Moisturizes (I prefer to use it on my face overnight)
- Acts as eye-makeup remover
- Prevents stretch marks
- Helps reduce appearance of varicose veins
- Natural chap stick
- Alleviates allergy symptoms
- After shave lotion (feels great!)
Uses of Coconut Oil for Hair:
- Increases silkiness
- Reduces frizz
How to apply it?
To increase silkiness
Pour on bowl and warm up to oil state. Allow it to cool. Then, apply on scalp and hair massaging and tie your hair up. I prefer to do it at nights, and then wash my hair in the morning. It looks great!
To reduce frizz
Simply grab some coconut oil, rub it on your hands, and apply it over your hair.
ALWAYS GIVE PRIORITY TO YOUR WELLNESS
Aristotle strongly believed we should look at the mind (soul) and body as two entities that intertwine and work together, rather than two separate ones. We should do our best to feel beautiful inside, and our bodies will translate those emotions. And just as we attempt to feel at our best inside, we should take great care of our bodies to feel at our best outside as well.
There are so many little changes you can start following that will help you improve your quality of life. Start with the ones that give you visual results and you will come to understand how something so little can make such a huge difference.