How to make your own personal-care products

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PHOENIX -- You can easily make your own beauty and personal care products with things you already have at home. It’s super easy, inexpensive and the ingredients are safe, natural and contain no chemicals.

GREEN HAIR: Many the blond has gone swimming to emerge from the pool with greenish hair. Follow this formula to remove the green discoloration. Dissolve 10 aspirin tablets in a little hot water. Add enough warm water to make 1 cup of solution. Work this through the strands of hair well. Leave it on 5-10 minutes and then rinse with cool water.

RESIDUE REMOVING SHAMPOO: Beauty products such as styling products, hair spray and even conditioners can build up in your hair making it flat, dull, limp and lifeless. When you have a concentration of products in your hair it doesn’t take color as well either. To remove the residue from your hair combine your regular shampoo with baking soda to form a thin paste. Apply to the hair and work through from the roots to the ends. This is a great treatment right before having your hair colored. Don’t scrub harshly on the scalp or it could create irritation from the hair color.

FACE FRESHENER: On those hot days nothing feels better than cool moisture on your face. To freshen your face during the day, use Witch Hazel (available at the drug store). Carry a small bottle when traveling or keep one in your desk. Dampen cotton balls or put in a spray bottle and spritz your face. It will refresh you, but not harm your make up. Do not get in eyes. This is a very inexpensive toner and freshener.

BLEMISHES: Dab a drop of lemon juice on the blemish and let the drying process begin. Lemon juice is nature’s disinfectant and will also dry up the blemish.

A solution of 1 cup hot water combined with ¼ teaspoon of table salt is a great blemish eraser. Allow the solution to come to room temperature and then dab on the blemish. Do this up to six times a day.

LONG LASTING NAIL POLISH: Your nail polish will last longer if you apply a little vinegar to each nail with a cotton swab prior to applying nail polish. The acid in the vinegar will cause the polish to adhere better.

HAND CREAM: Mix two parts glycerin to one part lemon juice. Massage a little into your hands after washing and at bed time. It only takes a little. Also good for dry feet. Massage in at bedtime and cover feet with socks. Like any lotion you put on your feet, it will be slippery if you walk on a hard surface.

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