Keeping with our theme of reducing waste and preventing foods from being thrown out, today we present to you health and beauty regimes found right in your kitchen pantry. For pennies, you can make yourself feel refreshed and rejuvenated. No more paying for expensive facial scrubs and exfoliants, you can find everything you need in your kitchen pantry.
Avocados for hair and face masks
You’ve seen everyone put cucumber slices on their eyes, but what about an avocado? An overripe avocado that can’t be eaten is perfect for using in your beauty care. The oils in the avocado make it great for dry skin. You can use it to make a face mask by mash or puree the avocado and apply it to your face. Let it sit for 10 – 15 minutes and then rinse it off with warm water. You can also place slices under your eye to reduce puffy eyes.
Avocados mixed with olive oil also makes a great hair mask. Apply it to your hair, leave it in for 30 minutes and then wash your hair as normal. It works to rehydrate your dry scalp while boosting shine and softness in your hair.
Oatmeal for face masks
Oatmeal is fantastic for face masks. It contains a blend of avenanthramides, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agents that soothe dry and irritated skin. It is especially good for anyone who has acne. You can use it on its own or mix it with other foods like honey or yogurt.
Coconut oil for moisturizing skin and hair
Coconut oil is all the rage these days. Hailed for being a solution to our high fat and high cholesterol diet, coconut oil can also do wonders for our beauty regime. At room temperature, it is a solid, making it an easy substitute for a moisturizer. You can put it on your skin after a shower, on your lips when they’re chapped, or sooth your cuticles. The best part is you’ll smell delicious.
You can also use it as makeup remover. Rub it into your skin, leave it for a minute or two and then wipe off with a warm towel. You can also spread a little coconut oil onto a cotton pad or Q-tip and use on your eyes to remove annoying waterproof mascara.
Coconut oil is also great for your hair to keep it healthy. Make a hair mask with coconut oil, like this one with honey. If you don’t have time or don’t want to do a full mask, then try applying coconut oil to any dry and damaged ends. The coconut oil will soften your hair and prevent it from drying out.
There are 28 benefits of coconut oil, backed by science, and you can find it over at Well Being Secrets.
Sugar as an exfoliator
Use white or brown sugar as an exfoliator. It’s coarse sides do a great job of exfoliating your skin, leaving it buttery and smooth. Combine the sugar with olive oil and add an essential oil of your choice if you desire. Rub the mixture onto your skin and massage for a couple of minutes. Rinse and enjoy your soft skin.
Honey for treating wounds and acne
Honey is a healthy way to add a little sweetness to your diet, but it can also be beneficial to your skin. Honey is antibacterial and is effective against wounds. It can be used for acne treatment and prevention as well. To ensure you get all the benefits, use raw honey. Using a cotton swab, dab some honey over pimples and spots. The honey will absorb impurities from your pores allowing breakouts to go away quicker.
Honey also acts as an anti-aging agent and moisturizer. Turn raw honey into a mask by applying a thin layer to your slightly damp skin. Leave for 30 minutes and then rinse off with warm water. You can also make an exfoliator using two parts honey and one part baking soda. The baking soda exfoliates and the honey smooth’s the skin. You can also add herbs to your honey.
Yogurt for sunburns and discoloration
Yogurt is another great product for your skin. It moisturizes, fights acne, prevents premature aging, relieves sunburn and reduces discoloration in your skin. With regular use, yogurt has mild bleaching properties which can help to reduce discoloration caused by too much sun or aging. For sunburn relief mix yogurt with a couple drops of chamomile oil and rub on your sunburned skin. Let it sit for 10 – 15 minutes before washing it off. Make sure you’re using natural yogurt without any additives.
Baking soda for teeth whitening
Everyone is searching for a way to whiten their teeth. There are fancy toothpastes and expensive dental procedures available, but you can achieve similar results by using baking soda twice a week. Make a paste by combining baking soda with water and a pinch of salt. Brush as normal for a minute. While baking soda doesn’t replace normal toothpaste (it doesn’t fight plaque), it can help to remove surface stains.
Another surprising food product that can help with teeth whitening are strawberries. Strawberries contain malic acid which helps remove surface discoloration on your teeth. Combine baking soda with mashed strawberries, spread the mixture on your teeth, leave it on for 5 minutes and then brush with toothpaste to remove the paste.
Have you tried any of these beauty tricks? Which ones work the best for you?