If you’ve been neglecting your beauty routine, fallen into bad habits, or just want to step up your look, now is the perfect time!

Make this a great year by trying some refreshing DIY beauty tricks that will leave you rejuvenated and ready to embrace whatever the upcoming months may bring. Read on for a few smart tips to help you get a fresh look:

Give Your Skin some Exfoliation TLC

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If you struggle with acne, dry skin, oily pores, or just could use a nice refreshing facial treatment, look into a exfoliant. While there are many methods, you can easily make a homemade sugar scrub to give your face the treatment it needs. The recipe is simple—two parts sugar (a coarse brown sugar works well, but any natural sugar will do) to one part oil (preferably an olive or coconut oil, extra virgin will be best.) Mix the sugar and oil together, and if you’d like a scent, add in a few drops of your favorite essential oil, or perhaps crushed dried mint or lavender. Take a teaspoonful of the mixture and work it over your face, rubbing it into the skin gently. When you rinse, try adding a few drops of lemon or lime juice to the water in order to remove grease and tighten the skin. This scrub will leave you feeling clean, moisturized, and refreshed.

Stains Be Gone

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Over time, stains start to accumulate on your teeth, oftentimes leaving your smile yellow and dull. If you still have a while before your next dentist appointment, consider home remedies for getting rid of pesky stains and yellowing on your teeth. You can use coconut oil to rinse, a practice also known as oil pulling. Not only will this cleanse your gums, but the lauric acid in coconut oil helps rid your teeth of the bacteria which causes plaque to yellow. According to a Winnipeg dentist at the Polo Park Dental Centre, plaque can severely damage your gums if left untreated, and bacteria or acids left on the teeth will hurt your enamel. Just put a tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth and swish it around. Pull it between your teeth with a little suction, rinse it around and after about ten or fifteen minutes, spit it out and rinse your mouth with water.

Nailed it

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If you’ve been neglecting your nails, it might be time for a quick refresher. If you don’t take care of your fingernails, they can get unruly—leading to nail damage, hang nails, and other unsightly or painful problems. Sure, not everyone can afford to get a manicure every week, but you don’t have to be an expert to give your nails a replenishing treatment. You can use lemon juice to clean and strengthen your nails, and give them a gorgeous shine so they look like new. Give your nails a gentle and thorough cleaning with a nail brush and then wet a cotton ball with lemon juice. Rub it over each nail and let it try for a naturally whitening affect.

Give New Life to Your Hair

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If you use a lot of products, or frequently use heat to style your hair, it has likely been through a lot over the year. Many products contain harsh chemicals and styling tools are also rough on hair, which can lead to damage and split ends. If you want to breathe a little life back into your hair, consider creating a homemade mask to repair any damage done over the course of the year. Melt about four tablespoons of coconut oil with one tablespoon of honey and apply it to wet hair. Leave it on for about twenty minutes, and then wash it out and shampoo your hair normally. The honey and coconut oil will work to repair the brittle or dry strands, and using this mask once every two weeks will refresh and rejuvenate your hair with a new sheen and shine.

While you might think it will take a lot of time and money to revamp your beauty routine and start off on a fresh note, it’s fairly simple to treat yourself to a beauty rejuvenation. With these DIY home beauty hacks, you can treat yourself to a spa night!

What are some of your favorite DIY beauty tricks?

Dixie is a freelance writer who loves to write for health, beauty, and women's interests. She lives in Arizona with her husband and three beautiful daughters.