Who Would Ever Keep Beauty Supplies in Their Kitchen Pantry? You do, I’ll bet!
Did you know that many of the staples we keep in our kitchens can be used to create some amazing beauty products? I am talking about items that you would probably never think to use as any sort of beauty product.
For example, did you know you can use cornstarch to make all-natural dry shampoo? If you have light colored hair, mix 1/4 cup of cornstarch with 4 – 5 drops of essential oil. If your hair is dark, add 2 tablespoons of cocoa to the cornstarch and combine, then add the essential oil. Then apply the mixture to your roots and comb through it. Not only will your hair look beautiful and smell lovely, but you will save money on an otherwise expensive product!
Some people are interested in DIY or homemade beauty products to save money. Others are interested in natural products for health reasons; not wanting to introduce unnecessary chemical or possibly toxic products to their bodies. Whatever your reasons, you can make wonderful products from simple kitchen items.
Keep reading to learn some of the natural beauty benefits that can be derived from every day kitchen products.
Organic Apple Cider Vinegar Benefits
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) can be used to create numerous beauty products. I’ll mention some of the biggies here.
Use as a facial toner. Many of the cleansers we buy, especially soap-based cleansers or those formulated for oily skin, tend to alter the pH of our skin which can lead to an over-production of oil as our skin works to return to natural levels. ACV quickly restores the natural pH of our skin; thus, eliminating the over production of oil. To use as a toner, gently apply to your face after cleansing but before moisturizing.
Apple cider vinegar can also be used as a cleanser. To use, gently apply to your face before moisturizing.
ACV is a great exfoliant, the acetic acid in ACV breaks down dead skin cells revealing the healthy new skin underneath. Gently apply it all over your face after cleansing.
DO NOT use ACV full strength when using as a toner, cleanser or exfoliant. It is too harsh on your skin. Experiment with different ratios of 1-part ACV to 2, 3, or 4 parts distilled water. I recommend beginning with a 1:4 ratio. Add several drops of essential oils, if desired. Mix the ingredients well and pour into a spray bottle. To use, shake to mix then spray the mixture onto a cotton ball or pad and gently apply to your face – avoiding your eye area.
For additional uses of apple cider vinegar, see, “7 Surprising Ways to Use Apple Cider Vinegar” by Dr. Oz.
Beauty Benefits of Coffee
Aside from being one of Americas favorite drinks, coffee has many beauty benefits!
Coffee makes a fantastic facial scrub. It is rich in caffeine and antioxidants; a fact not lost on the cosmetics industry who are using it more and more in their products. The caffeine and antioxidants in coffee are believed to reduce inflammation, calm redness, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and slough off dead skin cells. To create an exfoliating scrub by combining 3 Tbsp of ground coffee, 1 Tbsp olive or coconut oil and 1 Tbsp of brown sugar. Mix together well. Gently massage the scrub on your face in a circular motion, then rinse.
Exfoliate your scalp with used coffee grounds. Wet hair in the shower then massage a handful of grounds into your scalp to eliminate dead skin cells. Rinse your hair then shampoo as usual.
The Benefits of Avocados
Avocados are one of my favorites. Cut up 1/2 an avocado, add chopped tomato and a few sliced onions, olive oil and sea salt…and I am in Heaven. Sorry, went to la la land for a second there.
Avocados taste amazing, but they also have beauty benefits.
Make an antioxidant and amino acid rich mask to hydrate dry skin and target fine lines. Mash the flesh of 1/2 well ripened avocado, add 1 teaspoon each of organic Greek yogurt and raw honey. Mix well to form a paste. Using your fingers, spread the mask over your entire face and neck; avoiding the eye areas. Leave it on for 15 – 20 minutes before rinsing.
Another super simple moisturizing mask for your face or hair is to mix the flesh of 1/2 avocado (mashed) with 1/2 tbsp of olive oil or coconut oil. This mask will help to tame flyaway hair. Apply the mask to your hair, first work it into your scalp then comb/brush it through your hair. Leave the mask in for 20 – 30 minutes then shampoo as usual.
I had a blast researching this blog post. I got to/get to try a bunch of new beauty products that I have not used before.
One caution I need to share with you. If you may have an allergy to any of the ingredients listed here, do not try any of the homemade products. Also, if you have sensitive skin, be cautious. Try the masks, toners, etc. on a small patch of skin to ensure no reaction to the products. Better to be safe than sorry.
Please share your natural beauty products in the comments below. I would love to try them.