10 Natural Beauty Ingredients That Are Hiding in Your Kitchen
All of us love to go on a shopping trip to Sephora, Ulta, or MAC; it’s like visiting your own personal makeup supermarket. There are samples galore, the aisles of glitter with all the most festive colours, and exotic fragrances fill the air. Let’s face it, going makeup or skincare shopping is quite an experience. However, eventually every shopper has to face the one glaring fault to makeup shopping: a checkout line. No one likes spending tons of money on items they don’t really need (that new mascara was life-or-death though). It becomes a Sisyphean cycle, too: often the more makeup you use, the more reliant you become. With the holidays just around the corner and your bank account starting to groan, we want to impart our cash-saving tricks on you and your makeup addicting, hobby. We’ve compiled a list of natural beauty products that you don’t need to head to Ulta for – in fact; you don’t even need to put on pants. Keep reading for 10 natural beauty ingredients that are hiding just a few steps away…in your kitchen!
If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a hundred times – coconut oil is everything. This magical product, which changes from solid at cooler temperatures to liquid at warmer ones, has a delicious smell and extreme moisturizing properties. You can apply it on your elbows, your lips, or anywhere that needs a little extra moisture – but don’t stop there! Rub it into your cuticles, on your feet, and even in your hair. For added impact, moisturize with coconut oil after a bath or shower while your skin is still damp. The coconut oil will lock in the moisture, and nourish the skin. Try using coconut oil as a facial moisturizer too! Just make sure to patch test first – no one wants to ruin the fabulous effects of coconut oil with a breakout.
Honey is another one of amazing natural beauty ingredients. Like coconut oil, honey has some nice nourishing qualities – but it also does so much more. Honey is antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory, so it’s an incredible treatment for acne, eczema, psoriasis, and any sort of dry skin issues. Use it as a face wash to keep your face fresh, clean, and hydrated. You can even try it mixed with milk in a bath – if Cleopatra swore by it, you know it’s a luxury.
Apple cider vinegar
All out of shampoo? Not to worry – apple cider vinegar is a noteworthy (and natural) alternative. Apple cider vinegar is an astringent, and it’s excellent for removing build-up of sebum, dirt, and products on your scalp at the roots of your hair. However, while many shampoos tend to strip the scalp of its moisture barrier, apple cider vinegar is gentle and maintains equilibrium with your own body’s natural oils. Many who decide to try the ‘co-washing’ method (i.e. no shampoo) like to use ACV as an alternative cleanser. Use it often, or every once in a while to give your hair a little bit of extra shine in the dull winter months.
There’s no need to spend the big bucks on expensive beauty ingredients and products, if you’ve got witch hazel hanging around in the medicine cabinet. While it’s often sold in drugstores and health food stores to soothe bug bites and rashes, it’s equally useful as a facial toner. Witch hazel has the perfect pH balance to level out the acidity of your skin, so you can avoid breakouts and keep your oil at equilibrium. It has a slightly woody scent that some people love – but not to worry if you don’t – the scent will disappear in just a few minutes, and your skin will be left toned, balanced, and glowing.
Who needs a keratin treatment when you’ve got an olive oil hair mask instead? Olive oil, as you probably know if you’ve ever been in a kitchen before, is incredibly viscous and packed with moisture. This makes it the perfect candidate for a deep-hydration winter hair mask. Comb out hair, and starting from the tips, slowing work the olive oil into your hair – making sure to coat every strand. Once you’ve covered your whole head and the hair is feeling saturated, wrap your hair in a shower cap or saran wrap. Next: turn up the heat! Grab a blow drier and heat your wrapped hair at a low setting for a minute or two. The heat will help to lock in the moisture even further. Leave the mask on for at least 30 minutes (but feel free to sleep in it, if you aren’t scared of a messy pillowcase) and then rinse thoroughly. Your hair will look like a 90’s Vidal Sassoon commercial. Seriously.
If you’re anything like us right now, your hair looks like it’s been set to gray scale. Seriously, everything about winter hair is so dull, lifeless, and boring. Our solution? Egg masks! Just like olive oil, eggs make an excellent mask – but for different reasons. While olive oil is great for deep hydration, eggs will clarify and nourish. Eggs yolks are full of biotin, vitamins D and A, and omega fatty acids, which your hair needs to grow long and strong. Egg whites are great to remove build-up, and the two components work together to make your hair super shiny. Whisk together some eggs, and feel free to add a little honey or lemon juice for a better consistency. Spread, let sit, and rinse.
Your face has been a little neglected so far in this list, but that’s going to change. Greek yogurt is not only delicious and healthy (yay!) but it also makes a great DIY facemask. Greek yogurt is full of antioxidants and probiotics, as well as moisturizing vitamins and nutrients. The fat content will help to firm your skin, and the moisturizing properties will reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Yes, beets can also be considered as one of amazing natural beauty ingredients. You probably did a double take on this list item, but we’re not joking. Since we’re telling you to skip the makeup counter, we’ve got to provide a reasonable alternative. As we all know, beets have a deep rich colour that stains easily – so why not turn your produce into a DIY lip and cheek stain? Peel a beet, boil, chop, and blend. Add water to your desired consistency. Using a beauty blender or fingers, lightly dab the beet juice onto your cheeks and lips – et voila!
Water also can be considered as one of fabulous natural beauty ingredients. Yeah, this one is kind of us cheating. Excuse our cliché, but water is the cheapest and most effective beauty product in existence! The average person needs two litres of water daily, and often the effects of dehydration show in our skin before we actually become thirsty. Keeping hydrated is especially important when the air humidity drops, or if you drink lots of coffee or alcohol. Keep the water levels high and the sugar levels low, and you’ll forget that makeup is even a thing!
You know, the stuff you put in your fridge to keep everything fresh? Turns out, it has a multitude of beauty uses – and it costs next to nothing. Baking soda is often used alongside apple cider vinegar as a DIY shampoo – it’s a great product to break down leftover hair product, and clarify the strands. Additionally, baking soda can be used as a teeth whitener! Mix with your regular toothpaste, and add a few drops of hydrogen peroxide (the stuff that’s probably under your bathroom sink). Brush with your new mixture once a week, and your teeth will have a fabulous pearly shine.
What are your favorite natural beauty ingredients?