Who says you have to spend a fortune on pricey organic beauty products to reap the benefits of nature’s best ingredients? With all the crazy things we put our skin through each day, wouldn’t be so silly to assume that putting even crazier things on our skin won’t actually help it? So skip the drug store next time. Get back to the basics and head to the kitchen. Here are “recipes” for curing common skin and hair gripes using equally common pantry staples.
To give hair that great textured look, after a day at the beach, fill a spray bottle with about 3 ounces water and add 3 teaspoons kosher or sea salt and a couple squirts of any hair gel, spray it onto hair and scrunch to get that tousled beach look then shake it up. The coarse salt clings to your strands and gives it sexy texture and volume. Also, salt is a great exfoliant and a healing agent. Try making a thick paste out of sea salt and honey, and place it on stubborn acne. Though it stings a little, it works really well to get rid of those unwanted zits.
Got puffy bags under your eyes? Grab a different sort of bag as a quick cure, such as a tea bag. Brew some tea using two bags, then let them cool and place them under your lids. The natural caffeine helps shrink blood vessels to visibly diminish puffiness. Chilling the bags in the fridge for a bit will intensify the effects since the cold also helps reduce swelling.
It is pretty much the savior of your skin. Honey acts as a natural antiseptic and anti-fungal, and it’s also a fantastic humectant, which preserves the moisture in the skin. Try dabbing a bit over broken facial acne to speed the repair process.
Lemon has natural bleaching properties. It also helps in prevention as well as getting rid of acne. It can be used in face packs or can be directly applied to the face in order to get rid of discoloration.
Most of us have a bottle of olive oil sitting in our cupboards, perfect for use in a salad dressing or stir-fry. But people are increasingly looking toward olive oil for its benefits as a facial moisturizer. Olive oil is also an antioxidant, so it might help prevent or reverse damage from cancer-causing ultraviolet radiation. It has a very high concentration of an ingredient called squalene as compared to the other types of fats and oils that humans normally eat. The squalene is what gives olive oil the extra antioxidant boost.
Eggs are often used in cooking and baking, but can also be applied on the face to help ward off wrinkles and to potentially tighten sagging skin. Egg whites can be used as a mask to make the skin tighter and firmer. By applying egg whites directly onto your skin, you can give yourself an effective facial without spending a lot of money.