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My Gay Toronto - Dr Chelsea

Here’s To Natural Beauties!

After last month’s column on Botox, I thought I’d spend a little more time on DIY and natural beauty ideas. Whether you’re a guy, a gal or somewhere in the middle, lets face it: we’d all like smoother skin, smaller pores and whiter teeth.

Most drugstore soaps, toners and creams contain chemicals that cause everything from cancer to hormone disruption.
(Don’t believe me? Check out http://www.storyofstuff.org/movies-all/story-of-cosmetics/)

If you’d prefer to play it safe and get creative in the kitchen then read on for some simple ways to beautify your visage! Bonus: most ingredients are ones in your pantry or fridge!

  1. For those who are lazy, the easiest and cheapest way to exfoliate is to add some sea salt, raw sugar, ground flax seeds or chia seeds to your daily face wash!
  2. My fave drag queen uses a few dabs of coconut oil as an eye makeup remover; after washing your face, apply a few more tabs as a night time eye cream
  3. For teeth whitening make a paste out of strawberries and baking soda and brush on with a toothbrush for one minute, twice per week. Brush afterwards with regular toothpaste.
  4. For a facemask that will brighten your complexion and reduce puffiness combine 4 tbsp finely ground coffee, 4 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder, 2 tbsp honey (if dry skin) or 2 tbsp lemon juice (if oily skin). Add enough plain yogurt to achieve a texture you like.  Apply to your face, allow to dry, and rinse with warm water.
  5. For a gentle clarifying toner, brew a pot of tea with 2 peppermint bags and 3 chamomile bags. Refrigerate overnight. Apply to face with cotton ball. Peppermint tones skin and chamomile reduces redness.
  6. To add moisture to dry and damaged hair, prepare a hair mask by mashing ½ avocado, ½ banana, 1 egg, 2 tbsp honey, 3 tbsp milk or yogurt and 2 tbsp olive oil. Apply to dry hair from roots to tips, then shampoo and condition as usual.  This won’t make you smell nasty like the egg/mayo masks we’ve all heard about!
  7. Have a hot date tomorrow, but dealing with a few unsightly blemishes? Welcome to my world!  Dilute some tea tree oil with water (1:10) and apply to spots with a Qtip before bed. (Note: don’t do this right before your date because tea tree can sometimes make skin red initially)
  8. Have a minor cut/scrape or rug burn and want to minimize future scarring? Steal some of your neighbour’s marigold flowers. Make a paste by mashing up the yellow flowers very finely with a bit of your own unscented moisturizer. Apply 2-3 times per day for ten minutes, then wipe away with a paper towel.


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