Taking care of your skin does not need to be costly. As a matter of fact, some of the best secrets for smooth, healthy skin just might be hiding in your kitchen. If you’re not interested in using harmful and expensive cosmetic products made from the latest technology, you can always go for one of these ingredients to help you brighten up your skin. Apart from the fact that it is an inexpensive option, you also get an assurance that you are using something all natural. Not to mention, it is a fun project that you can do with your girl friends on sleepovers. With the help of these ingredients, you can already create something that will make your skin feel better!
Ingredients for Good Skin
Honey – Cleopatra did not just bathe in milk. It was actually a combination of milk and honey where she dipped herself in. The reason why honey is a good skin care ingredient is because it is considered as a natural humectant—this means it was created to retain moisture. There are plenty of natural skin care products that make use of honey so if you have some at home, you can use it for a lotion, scrub, or face mask.
Brown Sugar – The glycolic acid found in sugar, as well as the fine granules of brown sugar, make for an ideal exfoliating scrub. After using, you will have a healthy glow and smooth effect on your skin. You can also add essential oils to it to get its aromatherapy benefits.
Egg Whites – Egg whites contain proteins that are good for the hair. They can also be used as an ingredient for facial masks. Just remember to wash your hair and face after using the ingredient.
Olive Oil – Olive oil contains antioxidants and vitamin E, which make it a great and natural moisturizer alternative. You can also use this ingredient for your hair.
Oatmeal – Oatmeal is not only good for your heart, it can also help give you glowing and younger-looking skin. Thanks to its skin soothing content known as beta-glucans, you can make the most out of this breakfast treat. When applied as a mask, oatmeal also produces a tightening effect on the skin.
Coconut Milk – Not only is coconut milk a delicious ingredient to make soulful soups and desserts, it can also be good for your hair and body. The good thing about using coconut milk is that it is an inexpensive and natural ingredient that revitalizes dull, dry hair.
Potatoes – Do you heart potatoes? Well apparently, potatoes also love you too. While French fries may not be a great dish for your thighs, raw potatoes can be used as a skin-brightening scrub. Thanks to the moisturizing effect of the lanolin found in potatoes, you can also get the same effect on your skin.
Coffee – If you make your own coffee at home using ground coffee beans, make it a point to save them afterwards. You can use ground coffee beans to help exfoliate your skin while taking a bath. The small, rough granules of coffee can help remove dead skin. At the same time, coffee beans contain antioxidants and vitamin E that helps leave behind a certain glow to your skin.
Fruits and Vegetables – There is no secret to how good consuming fruits and vegetables are. But apart from consuming these natural products, you can also use them on your skin. Some of the items on your next shopping list include carrots, avocados, bananas, strawberries, and ginger.
Recipes for Natural Skin Care
If you don’t have any experience in using these ingredients on your skin, here are some recipes that you can use:
Considering the fact that lemons are a natural source of antioxidants and alpha hydroxy acids (AHA), it can help in tone and exfoliate all skin types. To create the cleanser, you will need:
- 1 tsp Lemon Juice
- 2 Tbsps. Milk or Cream
- 1/8 cup ground almonds
Lemon and Yogurt Whitening Face Mask
To help you get rid of acne marks on your face, you won’t need to use chemical-based products typically found in drugstores. Even though they can help get rid of these marks, these products contain hydroquinone that kills melanin-producing cells. When absorbed in high doses, it can lead to mercury poisoning. Instead of this, you can use a lemon and Greek yogurt face mask to make do without the harsh ingredients. You will need:
- Greek Yogurt, Plain
Orange for Skin Revitalizing
Oranges are an excellent source of vitamin C and AHA. Clinically proven to prevent fine lines and wrinkles, it is no surprise why it is used in plenty of products. For this specific recipe, the citric power of the juice helps in exfoliating dead skin cells away to give room for the production of new cells. At the same time, the honey and egg yolk helps in firming and moisturizing skin. This recipe requires:
- 1 Egg Yolk
- 1 tsp Honey
- 1/8 cup Fresh Citrus Juice (Lemon, Orange or Lime)
- 1 pack of Plain Gelatin
Apricot and Papaya Face Scrub
You can use a face scrub to help get rid of dead skin. Using a combination of apricot and papaya will leave you with a softer and brighter skin. For this scrub, you will need:
- 1 tsp (finely grated) Apricot kernel powder
- 3 Tbsps. Ripe Papaya Pulp
- 3 Tbsps. Apricot Pulp
*A substitute for Apricot Kernel Powder is almond powder or oatmeal powder.
Avocado Body Mask
Avocados have been referred to as the only superfood that you will need and there is perfect reason behind it. Because it contains plenty of anti-aging properties such as proteins, potassium, lecithin, beta-carotene, and vitamins A, D, and E; avocados are a great ingredient to use on the skin. The fruit also contains a high emollient quality imparted by sterolins, as such, it is able to reduce age spots, scars, and heal sun-damaged skin. This ingredient calls for:
- 2 Avocados, mashed into a paste
- ¼ cup Honey
- ¼ cup Organic Coconut Oil
- 3 Tbsps. Sea Salt
- Grated rind of 2 fresh lemons
Whether you’re looking for a quick snack or an inexpensive, all-natural ingredients for your skin, your kitchen is the best place to look. Because these ingredients are all-natural, you can rely on the fact that you won’t encounter any harsh side effects or allergies when using them. Now’s the best time to visit your kitchen and check for any of the ingredients you might need for a relaxing facial scrub at the end of the day.