It happens to the best of us: burnt hair, a picked-at blemish, terrible sunburn… the list goes on. But don’t fret, because there are solutions to these three common problems you can try at home that can help you out of a panic.
1. Hair straighteners leave your hair feeling burnt and broken?
Try a product that is rich in avocado oil to infuse hair with moisture. We love Wella Professionals Oil Reflections which boasts Avocado oil as one of its key ingredients and can be used to condition, style and finish your hair.
Or try our favourite DIY Avocado Hair Mask Recipe from LaurenConrad.com at home:
DIY Avocado Hair Mask
- 1 banana
- 1 ripe avocado
- 1 tsp olive oil
- Blend all the ingredients together and massage into your hair from roots to ends, covering thoroughly.
- Let sit for 30 minutes.
- Shampoo well and then rinse with apple cider vinegar.
2. Picked at a blemish?
Combine a crushed Aspirin with a few drops of water to form a paste. Apply it to the irritated area, allowing it to dry, about 15 minutes. Aspirin’s anti-inflammatory properties will calm things down and the salicylic acid will kill any bacteria.
Want to take a more natural route? Garlic has amazing anti-viral and anti-septic properties, plus the sulphur it contains promotes healing. Cut a fresh clove in half and rub onto your blemish, wait five minutes and then wash off. Repeat a few times a day until your blemish disappears.
3. Scorched by the sun after a spa treatment?
Wearing sunscreen any time you are outdoors is very important, but particularly so if you’ve recently had a treatment, like a facial peel or exfoliation. Procedures like this leave skin very sensitive to the elements. The key to healing a burn like this is to soothe the skin and moisturise intensively. Stay away from any moisturiser containing alpha or beta hydroxy acids and use a gentle, but thick, cream. Try something with ingredients like green tea or other antioxidant-rich elements.
Aloe Vera is a well-known soother of sun damaged skin as it contains a host of vitamins and minerals; including vitamins A, C, E, calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc and many others. You can buy Aloe Vera Gel from the health food shop or harvest directly from the plant by cutting off an outer leaf and slicing lengthways to reveal the gel inside. Combine with a few drops of coconut or avocado oil for an extra moisturising boost. It also makes a great DIY Aloe Vera All-Natural Shaving Cream; super soft cheeks for the fellas and super moisturised legs for the ladies.
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