You don’t need a cabinet full of pricey beauty products to achieve glowing skin and shiny hair. Instead, head to the kitchen for some clever beauty hacks. Here are 10 fabulous foods and beverages that can pull double-duty both in the kitchen and as part of your beauty routine:
Try Cucumber to Send Undereye Bags Packing
Cucumbers are more than simply a delicious addition to salad. Cucumbers are packed with ascorbic acid which helps reduce puffiness and undereye bags. In addition, cucumbers contain approximately 90 percent water which gives the delicate eye area a moisture boost.
Moisturize Hair and Skin with Honey
Honey, especially the raw variety, is chock full of nutrients that nourish hair and skin. Honey has antibacterial properties and imparts lasting moisture when used as part of your hair and skincare routines. Try a simple honey mask for both hair and skin — simply slather raw honey onto clean skin and damp hair and rinse after 20 minutes. This is a fabulous beauty treatment to do when soaking in the tub, which brings us to our next kitchen beauty hack.
Get Smoother Skin with Milk
Legend has it that Cleopatra bathed in milk, honey and rose petals for soft skin. The Queen of the Nile was on to something — milk baths are fantastic for softening dry skin. Add two cups of whole milk to warm bathwater and soak for at least 20 minutes. Milk contains lactic acid, which works to exfoliate and soothe the skin. For a quick moisturizing toner, apply cold milk to face and rinse off after 10 minutes. Skin will feel tighter, softer and more refreshed.
Try Lemon for Clearer Skin
Lemon juice is a natural astringent and is ideal for acne-prone skin. For a refreshing natural toner, dampen a cotton ball or pad with one part lemon juice mixed with one part water. If you find this ratio too harsh, reduce the amount of lemon juice. Applied regularly, a lemon juice toner may also work to gradually lighten skin discoloration.
Fight Excess Oil with Tomato
One of the most surprising ingredients in some natural acne washes and soaps is tomato. The acidic nature of tomato cuts through oil while the vitamins and antioxidants nourish skin. Try using the juice of a tomato as a toner applied to skin with a cotton ball. For even more oil-fighting power, spike your tomato toner with a few drops of lemon juice.
Soothe Sunburned Skin with Black Tea
Spent too much time in the sun? Try a black tea compress! While it’s best to avoid the burn altogether by practicing safe sun habits, the tannins in black tea may help soothe a sunburn and facilitate the tanning process. Soak black tea bags in warm (not hot) water for a few minutes, wring the bags out to get rid of excess water and gently rub on burned skin, no need for rinsing. Another way to reap the rewards of black tea is by simply tossing a few tea bags under running water and having a soak.
Scrub Away Dry, Flaky Skin with Sugar
A sugar scrub is a quick, easy remedy for dry, flaky skin. There’s no need to spend money on pricey exfoliating products when you’ve got sugar in the kitchen! When making your own sugar scrub, all you need is a carrier oil. For dry skin, opt for olive oil. Lighter oils like jojoba and grapeseed are ideal for all skin types. There are no hard and fast measurements when making a scrub – simply add sugar gradually to two tablespoons of oil until you achieve a thick, gritty consistency that isn’t too dry. To use, apply to damp skin when in the shower and scrub using a circular motion, then rinse.
Whiten Your Smile with Strawberries
For a whiter, brighter smile, snack on strawberries. Strawberries are naturally acidic and help whisk away deposits on teeth that can make your smile look less than dazzling. For a natural teeth whitening treatment, make a paste of mashed strawberries and baking soda. Apply the mixture to teeth and wait five minutes, then rinse and brush with your regular toothpaste.