BEAUTIFY YOUR KITCHEN
Even if you don’t consider yourself a baker or a chef, these staple kitchen ingredients are an easy and quick way to amp up your beauty regime without putting a hole in your wallet.
A great natural toner for oily skin is lemon juice. Combine the juice of half a lemon, ½ cup of witch hazel and ½ cup of warm water into a spray bottle. Mist it on the face, chest and back! Just maybe skip this one if you have dehydrated, sensitive or sunburnt skin.
This beautifully scented oil does wonders for your face, body, hair and nails. Coconuts are naturally packed with protein, vitamin E, and fatty acids that can be absorbed into the skin and hair. It penetrates the hair follicles and nourishes your locks from within! It’s also does double duty as makeup remover.
This oil is already sitting on your kitchen counter just waiting to be splashed onto your skin. Antioxidant-rich olive oil is the perfect DIY-recipe ingredient for anyone with dry skin and eczema. This heartier liquid is also a good choice for women with ageing skin because of the vitamins A and E.
If you’re suffering from sunburn, acne, dry skin or even stretch marks, a cotton bud and castor oil are all you need! Wash it off after an hour and repeat this in the morning and night for even speedier results. My favourite thing about castor oil though? It makes promotes hair growth! Rub it onto your scalp, brows and lashes for long and luscious hairs.
Apple Cider Vinegar
This organic beauty staple will reinvigorate your locks with life and shine! Because it smells a little funky, apply it to your hair BEFORE shampoo. Put ½ cup of apple cider vinegar with 1-cup water in a spray bottle and give your roots a good spritz in the shower. Then just wash it off after 5-10 minutes for shiny, product-free hair.
If white vinegar’s not a staple item in your kitchen, it’s time to jump on board – this multi-tasking ingredient can be used to prevent acne and make nail polish last longer. Before you paint those nails, run a cotton pad soaked in white vinegar over each. This will remove any residue or moisture and help your manicure last longer.
Even if you don’t bake, this household staple will come in handy! Baking or bi-carbonate soda can be used to whiten your teeth or even as an exfoliator. Mix a few teaspoons of baking soda with fresh lemon juice or water to make a paste then wipe your teeth and any extra saliva off them. Apply it with a toothbrush; leave it on for a minute and rinse immediately so as to avoid the acid affecting enamel.
Castile soap is 100 per cent made from plant oils and is completely biodegradable and cruelty-free. Use it instead of harsh detergent-based shampoo by mixing castile soap with water at a 1:3 ratio. It also makes a gentle yet efficient bath soap or body wash – use it on its own in solid form, or dilute it in a 2:1 ratio of castile to water if you prefer it as a liquid.
A natural humectant, meaning it draws moisture from the air into the skin, honey is a great remedy for dry lips, skin and hair. Use it as a moisturising mask by spreading one teaspoon of raw honey on clean, dry skin and let it sit for 15-20 minutes. Then just wash it off and wallah! Smooth, sweet skin for days…
Eggs make for a wonderful and natural skincare product and they’re bound to be in sitting in your fridge! Egg whites help brighten and tighten the skin, as they are rich in vitamin A, pure proteins and nutrients. It’s probably the easiest facemask recipe out there! Just mix together one egg white, a tablespoon of yoghurt and half a small avocado, then apply to clean, dry skin. Wash it off after 5 minutes with lukewarm water. The result? Nourished, soft and hydrated skin! SCORE.
Not only are bananas a popular year-round fruit and exceptionally healthy, they make amazing hair and facemasks and even teeth whiteners! Cut off a piece of the peel and rub the inner part gently over your teeth for a few minutes, then rinse. Mash a ripe banana and apply onto your face and skin for 15 mins then rinse with cold water. So easy!
There's no doubt we love eacting avocados but they also make great hand treatments and face masks/cleansers. Just mash up ¼ of avocado, 1 egg white, 2 tablespoons of rolled oats and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Massage the gooey, messy mixture into your hands and let it sit for 20 mins. It’s worth it I swear!
The zinc and lactic acid contained in yoghurt is responsible for promoting skin health. Simply massaging these creamy cultures into the skin will help to remove dead skin cells, smooth out fine lines, tighten pores and hydrate dry patches. Just remember to wash it off after about 10 minutes…
This tasty spice isn’t just for adding colour and taste to our food. It’s been used as a beauty product for years! It is an excellent exfoliating agent and can help beat the signs of ageing. Use an equal amount of besan (chickpea) flour and turmeric and add some water and a squeeze of lemon juice to make a paste. Apply it evenly on your face and body and leave it until it’s all dried up. Then just wash it off and scrub your face gently in circular motions for a seriously skin-smoothing result.
Sugar scrubs aren’t cheap in store, so why not make your own at home? All you have to do is mix equal parts sugar and olive or almond oil and add any essential oils of choice. Rub the mixture onto dry, clean skin and massage it in for a couple of mins before rinsing with warm water. It also makes a great lip scrub when mixed with honey!
While lemon juice might work great on naturally light hair to add highlights, it’s not so effective on those with darker hair as it can turn a brassy orange yellow. Surprisingly, chamomile tea does the job just as well! Brew 3-4 tablespoons of loose tea in hot water until it's reasonably strong, then pour the cooled tea into a spray bottle and spritz it on your hair before going into the sun!
If you want to go back to basics, use milk as a facial cleanser. It will leave your skin feeling soft and hydrated and is a great natural exfoliant. Just soak it into a cotton ball and leave the milk on the skin for a few minutes. If you have dry skin, try mixing honey with milk and for oily skin, salt and warmed milk will do wonders!