Kitchen Ingredients as Beauty Regimen? Why Not!

Most of us, specifically ladies, tend to spend a lot on beauty products to revive, rejuvenate or completely rescue our dry, dull skin or hair. That’s why sometimes, this can be a factor on why today’s women put this last on their list. I definitely believe that any woman or even man should also be able to take a few minutes a day to take care of their skin and hair.

In line with this, did you know that it doesn’t have to be expensive or you don’t have to spend a lot just to treat you skin and hair right? Because most of the effective beauty regimen products can be found in your kitchen shelves! Yes, you read that right – You can find your storehouse of beauty aids and products on your kitchen shelf. In this article, we will be enumerating some of the most effective kitchen ingredients that you never thought would be perfect for your skin.

8 Kitchen Ingredients for your Beauty Regimen

CUCUMBER

 

Cucumber is a very effective beauty food packed with vitamins and silica, an antioxidant that can help relieve dark-circled or tired, puffy eyes.

How to Use:

Simply slice a cucumber for a clean face and neck treatment, or purée it into a clear cream for a scalp treatment. For a great hair or skin mask, try this recipe: 1 cucumber puréed or diced ¼ cup plain organic yogurt 1 teaspoon Aloe Vera juice A dash of sea salt Blend, apply and leave on 10-15 min. Be sure to rinse well.

EGGS

Eggs are an everyday food item. The use of eggs in skin and hair is very wide. If you have fine lines setting around your eyes- nurture them away with the white of an egg.

How to Use:

Leave this till completely dry and wash off with ice water. Done every alternate day, you will find the fine lines reducing within the first month. Egg naturally tightens the skin. Mixed with powdered masoor dal and milk and applied to the face and scrubbed off, it leaves the skin tightened and toned. This recipe also helps reduce blemishes. Eggs are a wonderful hair conditioner. Whip 2 eggs with a tsp each of amla, shikakai and reetha powder and apply it to your scalp like a hair pack. Shampoo after half an hour. Henna mixed with egg also conditions your hair and adds body bounce and shine.

WHOLE GRAINS

Whole grain scrubs can be calming and healing, as well as helpful in detoxing, exfoliating, hydrating and softening skin. Oatmeal and quinoa grains are great for all skin types, and both are high in proteins, saponins and essential nutrients — all perfect agents for building new skin.

How to Use:

Try ½ cup whole or ground organic oats or quinoa cooked or steamed with water or almond/rice milk for a quick pick-me-up. Be sure to let it cool before applying and rinse well. For extra benefits try adding: 1 tablespoon raw organic Agave 1 mashed organic fig or ¼ cup unsweetened apple sauce Apply generously to skin and scalp; leave on 15 minutes and rinse well. Shampoo if necessary.

POTATOES

Raw potato on the skin is a brilliant remedy to remove blemishes. Raw cold potato slices not only calm the eyes but also help reduce dark circles. Because potato has high content of starch, it is an excellent skin tightener and the juice of raw potato rubbed and left on to dry skin acts as a toner. You can grate raw potato; mix with lemon juice, oatmeal, fuller’s earth and milk to make an excellent cleansing mask.

MAYONNAISE

Mayonnaise is a common salad dressing, it is made from simple everyday ingredients like egg, oil and lemon juice to form a powerful nourishing pack for dry dull skin.

How to Use:

Smear mayonnaise over your face for 10 minutes and wash off to see smooth soft skin. Mayonnaise makes a fabulous hair nourisher for dry and frizzy hair. Massage a sufficient amount all over your scalp and hair and leave on like a hair nourishing pack for 20 minutes. If your hair is frizzy and dry, try this to reveal hair as soft as silk and with a gleam like sunbeams.

COCONUT OIL

This fruit butter helps hair growth and is a serious healing salve for skin disorders such as eczema and dandruff.

How to Use:

Try 2 tablespoons coconut oil (put the jar in a cup of hot water and the oil will go from butter to a pliable liquid) ½ cup shaved or pureed organic carrot 10 drops of geranium oil 5 drops of chamomile oil 5 drops of jasmine oil A pinch of rosemary, sage and or finely ground sea salt. Combine and use moderately all over body or massage into scalp to stimulate skin and hair. Rinse well after 20 minutes. A light shampoo on hair may be necessary.

APPLES

They recover and firm dull saggy skin, tighten pores, and calm inflammation — plus they are ultra-hydrating for the face and body.

How to Use:

Try this mixture: 1 finely sliced apple 1 cup of rose petals 3 bags of chamomile tea Fill bath and float ingredients and soak your body. You can also boil ingredients for 10 minutes, then steep till cool. Strain into a spray bottle and mist your face and body for an early-morning wake-me-up or a refresher during the day.

LEMONS

Lemons have a natural bleaching effect on the skin. They are one of my favorite citrus fruits – lemon, is highly underestimated and its bleaching effect and fragrance is great for a mood lightener.

How to Use:

A tsp of sugar and a lemon halve rubbed on the knees, elbows and knuckles regularly, can lighten the darkest of skins. Also, lemon is a wonderful natural hair conditioner. In a glass of strained tea water, add the juice of 1 lemon and use it as an after-shampoo rinse to add bounce and shine to dull, limp looking hair. Many women suffer from yellowish nails and I would attribute this to smoking and long periods of using dark nail polish without letting your nails breathe. Rub half a lemon on your nails daily for a week and watch the pinkish natural color and shine return. You can also dry lemon peel and grind it. Mixed with whole-wheat flour, almond powder to make an effective face and body scrub.

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