With so many skincare companies borrowing ingredients from the kitchen and the garden, why not make your own , fresh , natural beauty solutions!
I actually love to do this. I use organic ingredients where available , sometimes add a few minutes of meditation or soak in a warm bath. A treat for the body and soul!
These are a few of my own home beauty creations:
Have a Blemish?: A dab of toothpaste left on overnight will dry it up well. It works by absorbing the oil, and depending on the brand, flouride acts like an antiseptic.
Puffy Eyes: Soak 2 tea bags in hot water. When they are cool, place over eyes for 5-10 minutes. The caffeine in the tea bag draws out the water from under the eyes. Alternatively, a slice of cold cucumber placed on each eye will also help to reduce puffiness. Or stick your eye gel in the fridge for 10 minutes and aaahhhh….
Nigh Time Eye Nourisher: Apply a small amount of organic flax oil around the eye. Flax oil contains tons of Omega 3 essential fatty acids so it will nourish & moisturize the eye area without creating any puffiness as flax oil is very light and pure.
Body Moisturizer: While I don’t recommend using this product in food preparation, Crisco is a fab body moisturizer. It can seals in moisture as well as shea butter. All moisturizers need to be applied to moist skin to be most effective – like after a bath or shower.
Facial Mask Oily Skin : Plain old fashioned yogurt applied to the skin and allowed to dry will sop up oil instantly while the calcium and probiotics will help to nourish the skin.
Antioxidant Mask: Love this to apply this when soaking in a warm bath. The steam helps the nutrients to absorb into the skin. In a blender combine a few slices of banana (for the potassium) with blueberries. Whip into a paste , leave on for 3-5 minutes and wash off or lick off if you like! Blueberries give your skin a big does of antioxidants while the banana moisturizes . Skin will feel silky and healthy after application.
Sensitive Facial Mask : Crushed oatmeal mixed with cream (the kind you put in your coffee) applied for 3 minutes will soothe and minimize redness.
Exfoliating Scrub : Mix epsom salt …(ok this is not from the kitchen but from the pharmacy). You could use kosher salt but I like epsom so much better. Not as course and is filled with nourishing magnesium [nutrient needed for healthy cell renewal] with flax oil and apply in a gentle rotating motion. Not only will it remove dead skin cells but it will leave skin feeling moist and renewed.
Home Made Lip Gloss: Fresh cranberries mixed with butter will give your lips a hint of color while smoothing fine lines and wrinkles. Don’t kiss anyone with high cholesterol…..LOL
Astringent/Skin Lightener: A fresh cut lemon will act as an astringent due to its acidic content. Apply every day for a month and you should see some mild lightening of the skin due to it’s exfoliating/bleaching properties.
Facial Moisturizer: Rich in Vitamin A, a crushed avocado has all the nutrients of the best OTC skincare product you could purchase. Apply a small amount at nite. Make sure to keep in refrigerator, it sould last 3 days before losing its benefits.
Sunburn Soother: Soak a cloth in cool skim milk and apply to skin . Keep wet and moist for 5-10 minutes. The calcium /magnesium/vitamins in the milk will absorb the heat and nourish the skin. Apply some flax oil after.