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Dec 7, 2012

10 Beauty Products Hiding in Your Kitchen

How many times have you been swayed by one luxurious-sounding ingredient in a personal care product? Perhaps Pineapple Enzymes, Organic Olive Oil, Sea salt…etc.  I only recently began asking myself, “why not go straight to the source?” If those ingredients are so good for my skin, why purchase something that is 99% filler and only 1% good stuff?

You may be surprised to find that your kitchen is chock full of secret beauty ingredients that are simple to use and as good as, if not better than, the store bought version!

1. Baking Soda: Facial Exfoliator/Teeth Whitener/Hair Clarifier 

You can mix baking soda into a base of honey, oil, yogurt or mashed fruit for a gentle, but effective facial scrub that can be used on a daily basis.You can also apply a baking soda paste to damp hair and massage in to remove product build up and also used with a toothbrush as teeth whitener.

2. Olive Oil: Eye Make-Up Remover/Hair and Skin Moisturizer

Dab a little onto a damp cotton ball, wipe your face and watch your eye makeup melt right off. It also moisturizes the delicate skin around your eyes and nourishes your lashes You can also use it for OCM.

3. Coconut Oil: Skin/Hair Conditioner and Stretch Mark Cream 

Coconut oil is a multi-tasker! I use it for deep conditioning my hair before shampoo and relaxers, as body oil (mixed with other oils). Check out 133 more ways to use it.

4. Salt and Sugar: Exfoliator

Salt and sugar make an excellent body scrub. Especially for tough areas like elbow, knee and feet.  Mix a little with some olive oil or honey and slough your dead skin away.

5. Honey: Skin and Hair Conditioner 

This is another multi-tasking power house. A new way i just discovered to use honey is as a face wash...whoever thought! Stored in a squeeze bottle in your shower, honey makes a wonderful, moisture-rich conditioner also for your hair. Its humectant properties draw moisture into your hair. And far from being a sticky mess it rinses out easily and leaves skin and hair soft.

6. Alum (potassium alum):  Natural Under-arm Deodorant 

This little piece of crystal block that i normally use to wash slime of snails before cooking can also serve as a natural deodorant for your under-arm and an over-nite pimple zapper and also as an after shave treatment for guys. 

7. Eggs: Protein Treatment for Hair

Eggs are high in protein and make an excellent mask for damaged hair. Whip up the eggs a bit, adding a tablespoon or two of olive oil and spread onto damp hair. You may want to mix it in a blender to completely emulsify the oil. Spread it onto your hair, wrap it in a warm towel, relax for ten to twenty minutes while it works its magic, then shampoo as you normally would.

8. Milk: Skin Softener

Cleopatra was rumored to bathe in milk for its beauty-enhancing properties. If you don’t have a whole tub full of milk to bathe in, simply patting some onto your face, letting it dry and then rinsing it off with warm water will give you noticeably softer skin.

9. Apple Cider Vinegar: Shiny Hair Rinse/Facial Toner 

1 tablespoon in a cup of water will give you a great hair rinse that removes product buildup and makes your hair shaft smother, resulting in shinier hair. You can add a few drops of your favorite essential oil for a pleasant scent.You can also use Apple Cider Vinegar as a facial toner. Mix 1part ACV + 3parts water and rub on your face with cotton wool like your usual toner.

10. Avocado: Nourishing Skin Mask

Face and Hair masks containing avocado line grocery store shelves. Simply mashing up an avocado and letting it sit on your face/hair will give you all the nutrients and moisture, plus enzymes, but minus weird fillers and chemicals. Mixing it in the blender with a little water or olive oil will give you an easier-to-spread consistency.

In addition to the cost-saving benefit of using ingredients you already have in place of personal care products, there is the peace of mind that comes from knowing exactly what you’re putting on your skin. You’ll likely find that these “products” work even better than their store-bought counterparts and leave your skin and hair feeling more nourished and balanced.

What homemade beauty products have you tried and loved? Leave a comment and let me know.

Until next post...remain beautiful,

1 comment:

  1. thanks for the info :)


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