10 Natural Beauty Boosters

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10 Natural Beauty Boosters

1. Hydrate skin with honey. It's known as nature's candy. But when consumed, honey has the added health benefits of being a protective antioxidant. Applied to skin, it's a natural moisturizer, says Cornelia Zicu of New York City's Cornelia Day Resort. According to Zicu, it has been touted for centuries in Europe as a soothing balm for dry skin, which is why she relies on it as a key hydrator in her spa's signature Honey Harmony Body Treatment ($170; cornelia.com), an hour-long massage that softens skin while it relaxes muscles. You can reap the golden stuff's rewards at home with The Healing Garden Organics Wild Honey Body Scrub ($9; at drugstores), which also contains vitamin E; L'Occitane Honey Hand Cream ( 1 oz, $10; loccitane.com), a hand cream enriched with a generous concentration of 20 percent shea butter and blended with softening honey and almond extract to protect, nourish, and soften your hands; the vegetable-based Le Couvent des Minimes Extra Gentle Bath Soap Honey & Shea ($5; bbw.com); and Laura Mercier Creme Brulee Honey Bath ($40; lauramercier.com) that hydrates skin with sunflower-seed extract and glycerin.

2. Use chamomile to lighten natural blond hair. Sure, it makes a calming tea, but chamomile is also one of the top ingredients used in hair care for brightening blond locks. The next time you brew a cup, save the bag until your next shower. Then after shampooing, dampen the bag again and squeeze it through damp hair, wait a few minutes, then rinse and condition hair as usual. Your natural highlights will look super shiny. Alternatively, try a shampoo and conditioner that contain the herb's extracts, such as Pantene Blonde Expressions Shampoo and Conditioner ($6 each; at drugstores).

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