Today, it is easier to find skin and hair care products with improved formulations using natural ingredients with less chemical residue. However, for price-conscious consumers, there is still a cheaper alternative without compromising their beauty regimen.
“These products are nice,” says Renee Loux, eco- beauty expert and author of Easy Green Living (Rodale, 2008). “They can even be amazing. But gorgeous skin and lustrous hair don’t necessarily carry a high price tag. You can do a lot at home to transform your skin simply by using the things you have on hand in the kitchen.”
Moreover, Loux says, “Kitchen staples can’t solve every skin problem. Of course, certain products are well worth the cost. But they work for maintenance. You can reach right into your pantry and pull the ingredients for an awesome facial.”
Care2 tells us the different do-it-yourself beauty secrets from the kitchen.
Honey can work as a simple mask to heal the skin and draw moisture to it.
People have been using honey as an antimicrobial agent, and it really works to kill bacteria on the skin.
Honey ’s moisture-retaining quality gives it definite cosmetic benefits.
Simply apply a thin layer to your face, sit in front of a fan for 10 or 15 minutes, then rinse with warm water.
Honey is rich in minerals that nourish the skin, and enzymes to help slough off dead cells.
It’s a balancing mask that’s good for every skin type.
Olive oil is a natural moisturizer that’s rich with anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial agents.
It also contains the lipid squalene, which is especially beneficial to dry skin.
Apply olive oil after the shower so that it spreads easily and soaks in readily as the skin dries.
Olive oil also makes an effective deep-conditioning treatment for hair and scalp.
Massage it in and let it sit for 20 minutes before taking a shower.
Choose high-grade extra-virgin olive oil and look for the organic label.
Whether you eat avocados with chips or rub them on your skin, you can get all omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants, especially vitamin E.
Avocados are naturally rich in nutrients, which get into your skin directly when you apply them topically.
Since they contain so much oil, they provide a great pick-me-up for dry or dehydrated skin.
You may mash up half an avocado, stir in a tablespoon of honey, and then apply the mixture to clean skin for 10 to 15 minutes.
Almonds are quite soft, but abrasive enough to lift up the dead skin layer, which is perfect for gentle exfoliation.
They contain a good deal of healthy oils.
To make your own almond scrub, just throw a few nuts in a coffee grinder and process until a semi-coarse meal is formed. Then add a little water and honey and massage the paste into clean skin, using a circular motion.
Lemons contain alpha-hydroxy acids, which act as a gentle exfoliant for oilier skins.
Cut the lemon juice with a little water to help buffer the skin and even the driest skins can benefit.
A little acidic lemon can help maintain the skin’s proper pH level, and restore its natural lipid barrier.
Apply the toning mixture directly to clean skin with a cotton pad.
Cool chamomile tea works wonders for rosacea and sensitive skin. It’s also a good remedy when your skin is irritated from over-exfoliating or exposure to the elements.
Store the tea in a spray bottle in the fridge (make a new batch every few days) and mist it on when you need to soothe skin or spruce up your complexion.
You can also use it on hair as a clarifying rinse or soak cotton pads with tea for a refreshing eye treat.
Make sure to brew the tea with purified water. Chlorine from the tap water would undo every good thing the chamomile is doing.
So the next time you run out of beauty products you normally use, you know what to pull out from your pantry to help you stay beautiful.