Enhance your natural beauty using natural skin care products from your kitchen to create scrubs, masks and more. Natural fruit acids and extracts are used by many cosmetic companies to promote exfoliation, but they, like a multitude of other products, may already be in your pantry or fridge. You may already use colloidal oatmeal or baking soda to soothe hives, or vinegar for a sunburn, but these are just the tip of the iceberg. Milk, eggs, honey, pineapples, avocados and more can be used to moisturize skin and create masks that rival the results of name brand cosmetics.
There are many reasons to go natural when it comes to skincare. One of the most important is protecting our skin which is our body’s largest organ. Knowing what goes onto our body is as important as knowing what goes in. If you enjoy natural or organic food, you may want to experiment with the following natural skin care products:
Honey is an all-around natural skin care miracle. It is a natural humectant, working to deliver moisture to your hair, face and body and is added to many masks and hair moisturizers. Additional properties that contribute to its popularity are skin protecting flavonoids, anti-bacterial properties and being considered an anti-inflammatory. It is not recommended for children under 2 though.
Uses for honey:
- Moisturizing Face Mask: Use raw honey by itself for 20 minutes, or combine with yogurt, cream, fruits and essential oils to create luxurious masks to moisturize and exfoliate skin.
- Blemish Treatment: Dab raw honey on surface blemishes overnight to help fight bacteria. It also soothes irritation and helps heal skin.
- Burn and Scar Treatment: Long before modern medicine, burns were often treated with honey and this is still an effective cure for small burns. Clean the area, apply a generous amount of raw honey and cover with gauze and bandage. Redress as necessary until blister is gone. Honey can be applied throughout the healing process to limit scarring and infection. Honey has even held up to scientific scrutiny, touted as possibly being more effective on small burns than antibiotic ointment, though large scale research has yet to be conducted in the U.S.
Our skin produces and uses oils to moisturize and balance itself. Oil is a natural part of our bodies and it should not be feared when it comes to skin care. Natural oils found in coconut, olive, and variety of plants provide the skin with many of benefits.
Many expectant mothers are familiar with the benefits of coconut oil. It is popular for use as a safe massage oil during pregnancy to help diminish stretch marks. Make a healthy homemade body or facial scrub using 1 cup of brown sugar and 1/3 cup virgin coconut oil. Not only does it contain natural quantities of vitamin K and E, but coconut oil is also considered beneficial for skin protection and repair.
Olive oil is excellent for removing eyeshadow and mascara while moisturizing the surrounding skin. Contact wearers will want to be careful to keep it out of their eyes, perhaps using a warm washcloth to gently remove any remaining oil. Try combining ½ cup sea salt with 1 cup of olive oil to use as an exfoliator for face and body. Hot oil treatments used to create a luxurious head of hair can be easily created at home. Wash your hair, coat with warm olive oil, cover with warm towels and let soak for 30-60 minutes, wash thoroughly and condition. Make sure you are using virgin, all-natural olive oil when it comes to your skin, expeller pressed.
Others to Consider
While not necessarily found in most kitchens, jojoba oil, sunflower oil, argan oil, and tea tree oil are other natural oils that offer great results for fairly low prices. Jojoba, grapeseed and sunflower oils are good moisturizers, while argan oil is reputed to be anti-aging, and tea tree helps fight all types of blemishes.
Fresh fruits can work wonders on your face, from tightening pores to exfoliating dead skin. Try using a mix to create your own spa facial by blending or mashing fresh fruits and combining them with yogurt, oatmeal, honey and other wholesome products around your kitchen.
- Avocados work wonders on hair and skin, if you can bring yourself to spare an extra from the table! Mash half an avocado with ground oats and milk or yogurt for an exfoliating mask.
- Pineapples contain natural acids and enzymes that help improve the appearance of skin and slow aging. Use the fresh juice as a simple mask or combine the fruit with other items (leave on for 3-5 minutes total).
- Lemons are also used as natural skin and hair lighteners, including homemade scrubs containing lemon and sugar or baking soda to remove fake tan lines. Lemon can also be added to other masks to aid brightening.
- Papayas are also rich in skin smoothing enzymes, and fresh fruit makes an amazing mask, especially when paired with pineapple. You can use the fruit itself or rub the leftover peel on your skin to get the benefits.
- Bananas can be mashed and added to masks for dry skin. Don’t just toss your banana peel either, as the you can rub the peel on your skin to help with blemishes, or help heal warts, and soothe bug bites or poison ivy.
- Tomatoes offer an excellent remedy for oily skin. Take a whole tomato half and rub on your problem areas, leaving juice on for 10-20 minutes. It can also be combined with citrus, avocado, honey and yogurt for added benefits.
- Grapes are well known for their antioxidants and are popular additions to high end skin care products. Make your own skin cleanser by massaging halved grapes gently into skin to remove impurities. Grapes can also be added to masks and various astringents made with tea and citrus.
More Kitchen Beauty Secrets
Natural Toners – green tea provides antioxidants while toning the skin. Apple cider vinegar works well for refreshing the skin and maintaining natural Ph balance. It also adds shine, particularly to brunette hair when used as the final hair rinse. Chamomile tea is the blonde version of hair brightener and skin toner, providing a calming effect on the skin.
Yogurt with live cultures is a spectacular product for inside and outside of our bodies. It contains natural hydroxyl acids and can be spread on the face or skin to moisturize or calm skin which has been irritated by sunburns or rashes. Allow to sit for 10-15 minutes and rinse off. Yogurt is very versatile and can mixed with many other goodies to create the perfect mask for your skin type.
Pore Strips from Gel (from Beautylish.com) – Combine equal parts unflavored gelatin and milk stirring well. Warm this mixture in the microwave or stove top until just warm, be careful, you don’t want to burn your face! Apply using a cotton ball or small brush, avoiding eye area, allow to dry, while you lie down and rest your body on a good bed, then slowly peel off.
What are you waiting for? Start experimenting with items around your own home to look better and feel better without the spa prices. Make your own colloidal oatmeal at home using old-fashioned oats and a coffee or food grinder until they are powdered. Combine fruits and natural oils, and other healthy, whole products you have around the home to cleanse, moisturize and beautify your body. Many expensive salon beauty products incorporate these items, or try to emulate their effects with cheap additives and chemicals. Try natural skin care products from your kitchen instead that smell great while delivering beautiful results and saving you money.
Article is published by One Mall Group for Amerisleep.
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July 1, 2013
This looks like the best skin care site I have ever seen! I am so excited to learn more.
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December 11, 2013
This was an awesome article Sam. Home remedies from the kitchen to help with your skin.. brilliant!