Five must-have multitaskers
Wouldn’t it be nice to tweak your beauty routine so you spendless time getting ready, clear the clutter out of your bathroom and beauty bag, and save some money? Simply shop for beauty products that are natural multitaskers like these:
1. Coconut Oil
Pure coconut oil is about 50 percent lauric acid, a fatty acid that has antiviral and antibacterial properties along with being super-nourishing for skin and hair.
Coconut oil can serve as a moisturizer in a pinch. The oil helps with dry skin, works well as massage oil, and is even helpful for conditions like eczema. It can also double as makeup remover and cuticle oil. And if your hair is on the coarse side, coconut oil is an ideal moisturizing treatment–with a subtle fresh fragrance.
NATURE’S WAY Coconut Oil is unrefined and features extra-virgin, organic coconut oil.
SIBU BEAUTY Sea Buckthorn Replenishing Night Cream is a thick, skin-soothing cream made with antiaging sea buckthorn berries, coconut oil, and other nourishing ingredients.
2. Jojoba Oil
Turn to this wonder oil to prevent breakouts, reduce wrinkles, and fade stretch marks. It’s a natural emollient and moisturizer that can be applied directly to your face, body, hair, or lips to nourish, soothe, and detoxify. Use it to remove stubborn eye makeup, condition lashes, mend flyaways and split ends, and even soothe sunburn. You can also shave with it and use it as carrier oil for aromatherapy. It’s ultra-hydrating because it mimics the natural oils that your body produces, plus it contains almost all of the vitamins and minerals essential for healthy skin and hair: vitamin E, B-complex, copper, zinc, selenium, iodine, and chromium.
AURA CACIA Balancing Jojoba Organic Skin Care Oil has zero synthetic additives, including no petroleum or parabens.
3. Aloe Vera Gel
Apply anti-inflammatory aloe vera gel on red blotches which can form after eyebrows are plucked or waxed. It’s rich in vitamin E, so it’s great for skin, especially as an after-sun treatment, and can help to reduce stretch marks. Its anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties help with acne, and it can also help with excess pigmentation such as age spots. Try adding it to homemade scrubs by mixing it with sugar or sea salt and honey. Aloe vera is also great on its own as a scalp massage and conditioner that can reduce dandruff—and can be used as a styling gel in a pinch!
LILY OF THE DESERT 99% Aloe Gelly is a sensational after-sun skin soother. It also works great as a moisturizer, with organic aloe and vitamins A, C, and E.
4. Vitamin E stick or ointment
It may be a staple of your first-aid stash as it helps to heal sunburns, minor cuts, and other skin irritations—but this ointment can also be used as a lip treatment and lip balm. For dry or chapped lips, apply vitamin E and then brush them very gently with a toothbrush for an exfoliating effect. It moisturizes while providing a shiny gloss, and can also be used to tame brows.
REVIVA LABS Vitamin E Stick is a beauty classic—and bargain at just around $4 per tube. Use as a lip balm, under eye cream, and skin salve.
5. African Black Soap
Naturally black in color and used for centuries throughout Africa, this cleanser exfoliates skin, clears blemishes, diminishes dark spots, smooths skin texture, calms razor bumps, and soothes symptoms of eczema, psoriasis, and dandruff. Available in bar soap, liquid wash, or powder, it’s ideal for face, hands, body, shaving, and shampooing, and is gentle enough for babies and sensitive skin. It’s made from locally harvested plantain, cocoa pods, palm tree leaves, and shea tree bark that is sun-dried and then burned to an ash that has a high concentration of vitamins A and E and is anti-inflammatory. The ash is added to coconut oil, palm oil, and shea butter, which are natural moisturizers that also repair, strengthen and protect skin.
ALAFFIA Savanna Spice Extra Rich Authentic African Black Soap is a fairly traded product made with unrefined shea butter from Africa.
NUBIAN HERITAGE African Black Soap is sustainably produced and ideal for anyone with acne-prone skin. Oats, aloe, and vitamin E lend a soothing quality to this detoxifying bar.