10 Beauty products that are hiding in your kitchen
Did you know that, hiding away in every kitchen in the land, there are loads of cooking ingredients that can be used to make homemade beauty treatments? The average woman spends thousands of dollars on store-bought products, when all the ingredients that she needs are probably already sitting in her kitchen cabinets. Homemade beauty products are not only much cheaper than store bought ones, they also don’t contain any nasty chemicals. So read on, and you will find ten wonderful beauty products that you probably have hiding in your kitchen.
Everyone has some sugar in their kitchen and any kind of sugar, granulated, brown or organic, can be used in body scrubs and lip scrubs. Sugar is the perfect exfoliating ingredient. It can be added to your regular products, or you can mix it with olive oil or coconut oil. It’s a cheap and easy way to remove the dead skin cells from your body, face or lips, and bring back the youthful glow to your skin.
Eggs are packed full of protein that is good for your hair as well as your body. To treat dry hair, beat three eggs with three tablespoons of olive oil. Apply the mixture to your hair, from the roots to the tips, wrap your head in a towel, and leave it on for about half an hour. Wash your hair with your usual shampoo and you will be amazed at how soft and shiny your hair is.
Honey is nature’s own cleanser and moisturiser, and it can be used in many different homemade beauty products. Lots of expensive store-bought products contain honey, but you can get all the benefits of honey for a fraction of the cost by using the natural product instead. Honey has a deep moisturising action and it also has strong antibacterial and antifungal properties. You can use it as a facial cleanser, to treat dry skin and as an ingredient in face masks.
4. Baking soda
Baking soda is one of our favourite beauty products that can be found hiding in every kitchen, because it’s just so versatile. You can mix baking soda with honey and olive oil to create a facial scrub, you can add it to your regular shampoo to create an anti-dandruff shampoo, it will whiten your teeth, and you can even use it under your arms as a deodorant!
5. Olive oil
It will be no surprise to find olive oil in this list, after all, the beauty benefits of olive oil have been known for centuries. Olive oil can be used as a hot oil treatment to put the shine back into hair, a moisturiser to rehydrate the skin, a makeup remover, and a remedy for dry, cracked heels. It’s pretty good drizzled on a salad too!
Strawberries have many different potential beauty uses too. You can mash up a handful of strawberries and they make a great natural exfoliator. If you add a pinch of baking soda to some mashed up strawberries, they can also be used to whiten teeth. Rubbed gently onto sunburned skin, strawberries will soothe the pain and help the skin to heal too.
Oatmeal, best known as a wholesome breakfast, also doubles as very cheap exfoliator and skin cleanser. Oatmeal contains chemical compounds known as saponins, which help lift dirt and oil from the skin. This, combined with oatmeal’s coarse texture, make oatmeal ideal for cleansing the skin. You can mix oatmeal with honey to make a homemade scrub, or you can just simply add a couple of handfuls to your bath water.
8. Coconut oil
Coconut oil is another one of nature’s multi-tasking beauty products and it has literally hundreds of different uses. You can use coconut as a deep conditionner for your hair, as a body lotion, and you can use it as the base moisturising agent in many different homemade beauty recipes.
Plain old, ordinary milk has some amazing beauty benefits. You can use milk on your face as a cleanser that will soften the skin as well as clean it. The acids in milk are also very good for softening hard skin on the feet. Mix some warm milk with a few drops of your favourite essential oil and soak your feet in the milk for twenty minutes and it will soften hard skin and make it easier to remove.
The juice of fresh tomatoes makes a great skin toner. Tomato juice brightens up the skin, removes excess oil and it also tightens up the skin and closes up the pores. Just crush up a tomato to get the juice out and apply it to your face with a cotton wool ball, wash off after five minutes.
What are your favourite natural beauty products?