KITCHEN BEAUTY BOX
Over the years the concept of beauty has changed (don’t worry, you are reading a food blog.. stick with me to see where this goes..). From dark smokey make-up to subtle natural looks, each era brings along new trends that has women spending time in front of the mirror in an attempt to master a steady hand.
At the end of the day when it is time to come clean, what do we have on our dressers? Bottles and jars of artificial options that promise to wipe away the colours and grit of the day. But what we don’t realise is that some of these products contain abrasives and chemicals, which may strip away our skin’s natural oils and damage its surface.
So one of the best remedies is going Natural!
Look no further than your kitchen cupboards (see I told you to stick with me.. we would get round to food or in this case – ingredients) for some do-it-yourself remedies.
Here’s some tips on what your kitchen cabinet holds that can help regain and recover your skin:
GET THAT GUNK OFF
Natural oils: Pump a bit of coconut oil or olive oil and sweep it across your face to take off make-up. These natural oils can swipe off most cosmetics, from mascaras to lipsticks – without drying your skin. Alternatively, you can try mixing a tablespoon or almond oil in a bowl of whole milk. Dip in a cotton ball or wash cloth and gently rub in circular motions, Wash off residue with water and pat dry with a soft towel.
HAPPY SKIN, HAPPIER YOU
Bananas: These fruits of wisdom not only taste great, but add a dose of moisture and freshness to the skin. Mash a ripe banana till it turns to paste, mix in ¼ cup yogurt and 2 tbsp of honey. Apply it to face and neck and leave it for 10-20 minutes and then rinse it off with cold water.
Bananas also work magic on parched hair; mash one together with half an avocado and leave on damp hair for at least 30 minutes as a deep treatment. (Want a nifty idea – put this concoction in your hair, tie-it up and head off to the beach – your hair will receive the required hydration, while you soak up some of the rays).
BYE BYE PANDA EYES
Cucumber: We’ve all come across those scenes where people relax with circular slices of the vegetable of their eyelids, but did you know that the trick actually works? Cucumbers contain flavoinoids and anti-oxidants that soothe the sensitive skin around your eyes and brings the twinkle back in them.
Brown Sugar: Brown sugar’s fine granules leave skin feeling warm, soothed and soft. Try this great make-at-home shower scrub: Mix about 2 ounces brown sugar and 2 ounces oil (preferably sesame, but olive would work too). To add aromatherapy benefits (if you want), buy an essential oil in a relaxing scent (I personally like lavender or mint), and add 15 drops to your scrub. Slowly massage the scrub into your body, starting at your toes and working all the way up.
Vinegar: Not every skin type can deal with toners, especially those with oily skin, which often leave skin feeling greasy. As a natural solution, mix equal parts of water and white vinegar. Dip a cotton pad and wipe across the face to complete your toning regime.
BYE BYE PUFFY EYES
Tea Bags: We have all suffered from puffy bags under our eyes. The cure is in a tea bag (just not the decaffeinated kind). Brew some tea using two bags, take them out and then let them cool (chilling the bags in the fridge for a bit will intensify the effects, since the cold also helps reduce swelling) and place them under your lids. The natural caffeine helps shrink blood vessels to visibly diminish puffiness.
Green Tea: Prepare a cup of green tea. Place it in the refrigerator to cool. Once cool, put it in a plastic spray container and spritz a little over your face daily. Say goodbye to unsightly pores and refreshed skin.
Honey: Want soft, healthy lips? Mix in one part of each – honey, granulated sugar and olive oil. Apply a small amount on lips and rub gently for a few seconds, then wipe it off gently with a warm damp cloth.
Most of these ingredients can be found very easily in your Kitchen, so the next time you feel like pampering and taking care of your skin, just head there! Hope these natural beauty tips from kitchen help you.