Your Kitchen Has Beauty Secrets

~Raid your kitchen for effective beauty secrets~

Forget about making a run to the cosmetics shop. Your very own kitchen is full of great natural beauty products for the skin.

Your kitchen is full of alternatives to those expensive, chemical based and processed, over-the-counte r cosmetics. And are more importantly a much healthier and skin-friendly formulation. So why not use them?

Here are some food swaps for your routine skin care products. The best part? You can find them all in your very own kitchen!

Natural cleansers~

>Milk (lactic acid), sugar cane (glycolic acid), and grapes (tartaric acid) make wonderful facial cleansers.

>Olive oil or sesame oil can be used as make-up removers.

>Strawberries contain natural salicylic acid, which is a great cleanser for acne prone skin.

Natural scrubs/ exfoliators~

Rolled (coarsely grounded) oatmeal can be a great facial cleanser with gentle scrubbing properties for all skin types.

>Dried and coarsely grounded orange/lemon peel, almonds, or brown sugar can also be used as gentle scrubs.

>You could also make a great scrub out of walnut powder, honey and lemon juice, 1 teaspoon each.

Natural moisturisers~

>For dry skin: mashed ripe banana, avocado, papaya and egg yolks works wonders. Poppy seeds and peanuts both contain natural oils; their paste can be applied over the face to get a lasting sheen. Curd is also a well-suited potion for dull skin.

>'For oily skin, egg whites are very nourishing. Fenugreek and red gram paste can also be applied to control excess oil, while keeping your skin moisturised.

Natural astringents/ toner~

>Apple cider vinegar is an excellent toner.

>Cucumber, pineapple and lemon juices are naturally occurring astringents.

>Vinegar works wonders for smelly armpits and feet. Mix vinegar and water in equal proportion and use in place of deodorant. If you suffer from athlete’s foot, a “vinegar foot bath” can even help you completely get rid of your condition.

>Use natural skin toner like “rose water” after cleansing the face.

>To remove tan, apply a mixture of cucumber and lemon juice and wash off after 20 minutes. Alternatively, mix a pinch of turmeric in some yogurt and apply in a similar way.

Mint is an excellent refreshing agent for the skin, if you have been out in the sun.



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