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RTN Beauty Tips: Homemade sugar scrub and how to whiten yellow nails

Homemade sugar scrub

With just a few minutes of time and two simple ingredients, it’s easy to make homemade sugar scrub.

Mixing in a few drops of essential oils can enhance the sensory experience, and each kind provides different benefits for the skin. Try lavender oil for a relaxing effect or tea tree oil to combat acne.


1 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup organic virgin coconut oil

Optional: drops of your favourite essential oil


Mix sugar and oil in a bowl—if you need to melt the coconut oil to a liquid state, make sure it isn’t too warm or it will dissolve the sugar. Then, add more sugar if you desire a coarser scrub. Once you reach the desired consistency, add 10 to 20 drops of your favourite essential oil. The scrub can be used on your body 2 to 3 times per week.


Whiten yellow nails

That red polish may look great when it’s on, but the yellow tint it leaves on your nails looks anything but.

1. Bleach nails in a solution of 1 tablespoon of 3 per cent hydrogen peroxide mixed with 2 1/2 tablespoons of baking soda in a small plastic bowl.

2. Use a cotton swab to press some of the mixture (it should achieve a paste-like consistency) firmly under the tip of each nail as well as over the top of the nail, covering all the nails on one hand.

3. Allow the mixture to remain in place for about three minutes before rinsing with warm water.

4. Repeat with other hand!

Try this treatment every six to eight weeks. Or, soak your tips in denture cleaner for about five minutes. For a super-speedy fix, use a nail-whitening pencil under your tips for a brighter look.

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