I absolutely love skin care, but products can be costly. (I often wonder if we are paying for the pretty packaging or the actual ingredients.)
Did you know that kitchen items can be used to make great beauty care products? And since they tend to be staples in most homes, it makes DIY beauty remedies easy. Think eggs (egg whites make a great face mask), oatmeal (face scrub), mayonnaise and garlic (hair treatment) and countless others.
Here are a few kitchen ingredients, and recipes, you can use instead of pre-packaged beauty products.
Baking Soda: You’ve probably heard of mixing baking soda and peroxide to make a natural toothpaste, but I like to use baking soda for clarifying the scalp. Mix one part baking soda to three parts water. I usually place the ingredients in a color applicator bottle for easier application. (You can find these for $1 at hair stores, and they can be reused!) Apply the mixture to your scalp. Using your fingertips, massage the mix around your scalp, then rinse.
Olive Oil/Coconut Oil/Avocado Oil/Grapeseed Oil: I use some type of oil every day. I usually buy a large bottle or tub of coconut oil and split in half: some for cooking and the rest for my body and hair. I don’t suggest using coconut oil on the skin as a moisturizer (although it is a great make up remover), but I do use it on my hair (and my sons’) as a mask. Apply it from root to tip, cover your hair for 15-20 minutes, then rinse. Olive oil can be used the same way. Olive oil (as well as avocado and grapeseed) are great carrier oils, meaning they can be used as a base. They mix well with other oils, especially essential oils.
Coffee Grounds/Sugar/Salt: When your skin is looking dull, a body polish is the perfect thing answer. Mix one of these ingredients (or all three equally), add ¼ cup of oil (any oil mentioned above), buff your skin, and wash it off. I like to apply it while my skin is dry, then wash it off in the shower.
Most of these ingredients come bottled enough for a few applications, so make sure to have containers for storage. You can reuse ice cream containers – Talenti Caramel Cookie Crunch, anyone? – or check your local Goodwill store for pretty containers.
Are you a fan of DIY Beauty? What are some of your favorite recipes?