A couple of months ago, I got a request from a reader named Ronnel, to feature homemade solutions for dandruff. Probably not satisfied with the endorsed remedies from Piolo, John Lloyd, Bea, or Angel Locsin, he wants me to dish out inexpensive yet effective ways of fighting dandruff. Although it took me ages to grant his request, it’s never too late to learn how to address the constant dilemma of flaky and itchy scalp by using ingredients you can easily find lying around the pantry.
The Materials You Need:
- 1/4 cup Grated Ginger
- 2 tbsp Virgin Coconut Oil
- 1 tsp Calamansi or lemon juice
1. Mix all ingredients
2. Apply and massage into your scalp
3. Leave it on for 15-30 minutes
5. Store the leftover mixture in a refrigerator and repeat the process 3x a week
Power behind the herbs:
Ginger has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. It is said to improve scalp circulation, and stimulate hair follicles, making it useful not only against dandruff, but for hair loss prevention as well (tip: mix it with malunggay/ moringa for hair restoration purposes). Coconut Oil contains medium chain fatty acids that exhibit antimicrobiall activity, while calamansi or lemon juice strips off the dead skin cells and dirt present on the scalp.
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This starchy root crop has been advised to be eaten in moderation for diabetics and those on a diet because of its high carbohydrate content that transforms into sugar quite quickly. Generally though, it cannot be branded as a bad veggie, as it has loads of health benefits too. One of its more interesting properties is its ability to tame acne.
The uncooked potato when applied topically, has been noted to clear skin blemishes due to its potassium, sulfur, phosphorus and chloride contents. It also contains antioxidants to help nourish skin cells and enzymes that act as antiseptics. Some people even vouch that it helps lessen the appearance of acne scars due to its astringent actions, by exfoliating dead skin cells that give rise to fresher layer of skin, thereby lightening the dark post-acne pigmentations and decreasing the depth of scars.
Get a small portion of an uncooked potato, grate it and slather both the pulp and juice on to your skin. Leave it for about 30 mins then rinse. If you want to skip the grating part, just slice a potato, apply the moist side to your skin and leave it for 30 minutes before rinsing.
When acne is beyond control, please see your dermatologist at once. Mr. potato can only do so much.
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Yes, you read that right. God’s pharmacy was established long before Minoxidil was discovered. He provided Malunggay (Moringa oleifera) not just for Tinola (a chicken soup dish) but for a multitude of uses, including medicinal purposes. If your dad, husband or relatives are doomed to suffer from male pattern hair loss, tell them to start planting Malunggay and do this at home to save on soaring prices for hair regrowth procedures. If you are a woman and notice that your hair is thinning, you can likewise employ this method to stimulate hair growth.
Blender or mortar and pestle
1. You can either:
- use a blender to grind the malunggay- put about a half a cup of malunggay leaves and mix with water then extract the juice using a sifter
- use mortar and pestle , pound the leaves to your heart’s content, add a minimal amount water and extract the juice using a sifter
2. Massage the the malunggay extract to the scalp, prioritizing areas that are showing signs of baldness.
3. Leave it on the scalp for 15-30 minutes
4. Rinse scalp
5. Do it daily for 2 weeks
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Pore strips are effective remedies to pluck out the comedones from your skin. Watch those blackheads sticking to the strips afterwards, and you’ll know you just did your skin a big favor. They are available in different brands at affordable prices but if you’re a DIY junkie who wants to make use of whatever you have at home, here’s how to make one:
Ingredients and Materials:
- Unflavored Gelatin powder (example: Knox)
- Hot water
- A small piece of paper (Bond Paper, not tissue) just enough to cover the nose
- Small bowl or plate
- Stirring rod or toothpick
In the small bowl, use a stirring rod or toothpick to mix a tiny amount of the gelatin powder with hot water, just enough to dilute the powder. If the mixture remains solid, add a few more drops of hot water. The consistency should be something close to a glue, not too wet to poke a hole on the paper.
Get your small piece of paper, spread a thin coat of the gel mixture you just made, using clean fingers. Stick the strip to your nose, cheeks or chin. Let it stay for 10 to 15 minutes then pull it off gently.
Note: I have no exact measurements when I do this. You just need a teeny-weeny amount of ingredients to use it on yourself. Well, unless to you plan to unclog the pores of your whole neighborhood, it should take less than a teaspoon of the gelatin powder.
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Honey has moisturizing properties while brown sugar acts as a gentle mechanical exfoliant .
How to do it:
- Mix both ingredients
- Apply lavishly to the lips in circular motion
- Wash off and dab your favorite lip balm or moisturizer
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