Did you know the secret to great skin is in your kitchen? It’s true. Millions of women across the globe are forking over big bucks for the latest and greatest in skin care treatments, when all they need to do is raid their pantry.
1. DIY Beauty: Raw Sugar
Many skin care experts agree that exfoliating is the key to younger-looking skin. Instead of spending your hard earned cash on expensive exfoliates try using raw sugar. Raw sugar is high in glycolic acid, which removes the dead skin cells from the skin and promotes regrowth.
For a sugar scrub: grab some raw sugar, mix it with water, and gently scrub those dead skin cells away.
Quick Tip: Those with sensitive skin should proceed with caution with raw sugar and other exfoliates if you’re prone to irritation. Try on a small patch of skin first.
2. DIY Beauty: Avocado
Avocados are a great way to moisturize your skin and smooth fine lines and wrinkles. While eating this exotic fruit is super good for your health, applying it topically can be just as beneficial. Avocados are high in vitamins E, A and C and may even be able to help reverse sun damage. Regular use of avocado facials may help decrease the signs of aging.
For an avocado mask: mash up an avocado (just as you would to make guacamole) and apply to the face. Wait 15 to 20 minutes and then rinse off with warm water.
3. DIY Beauty: Coconut Oil
Coconut oil has been used for centuries as a remedy for almost every skin aliment you can think of. This tropical oil is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-aging. Coconut oil protects the skin from free-radical formation, is high in antioxidants, promotes healing, and softens the skin.
For a natural moisturizer: apply coconut oil directly to the face as well as to the rest of the body. The oil dries quickly and smells delicious!
4. DIY Beauty: Oatmeal
In addition to being a healthy breakfast option, oatmeal is a great way to combat wrinkles. Oat kernel is a popular ingredient found in many skin care products due to its anti-inflammatory and soothing properties. This powerful grain reduces inflammation and irritation, and can be applied after sun exposure to help heal damaged skin.
For an oatmeal mask: mix 2 tsp. oatmeal with 1 tsp. baking soda and add water to make a paste. Apply to face (and body if desired) rubbing gently, and remove with warm water.
5. DIY Beauty: Coffee Grounds
Looking to kick that dreaded cellulite and firm your skin? Try used coffee grounds! Just make sure they’re not decaf – the caffeine increases circulation and helps burn fat and tightens the skin. The grounds will exfoliate the skin and give you a healthy glow.
For a coffee scrub: Take a half a cup of used caffeinated coffee and mix with a small amount of olive oil. Put the mixture on your skin (especially on those troubled areas) and rinse off after ten minutes.
Quick Tip: This scrub can be very messy! If you’re worried about the mess, do the scrub in the shower, or lay a towel or newspaper down before applying.