Kitchen Beauty Secrets

I'll let you in on a little secret: products from your kitchen are much more efficient, healthy, and affordable than most of the potions and lotions sold in stores. Looking for all-natural remedies for soft and clear skin, luxurious and silky hair, and more, then you need go no further than your own kitchen. Let's get started...


Coconut Oil

Don’t spend money on an eye makeup remover ever again. Instead, use coconut oil. Yep, you heard or rather read correctly; it’s natural and won’t irritate even the most sensitive eyes. It’s also safe for contact lens wearers. Warm up a little in the palm of your hand and rub it onto your eyes with a cotton ball to remove every trace of makeup.


                     
Raw Honey

Raw honey is one of the best beauty secrets from your kitchen for radiant and glowing skin. All you need to do is thoroughly cleanse your skin and remove all makeup. Apply a teaspoon or two of raw honey to your face and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Rinse your face off and pat dry. You can follow with your favorite moisturizer if you like. Do this 1-2 times weekly to have glowing results. You can also use honey to make an amazing deep conditioner for your hair. Honey clarifies the hair as well as conditioning so your hair will look shiny and smooth. Honey is a natural lightener so it serves as a natural method to add subtle highlights or slightly lift your hair color overall. For a more intense affect, combine honey with your favorite conditioner, and add a squeeze of lemon juice. If you’re looking to darken your hair, consider using molasses as a substitute.
Olive Oil

Olive oil makes a very healthy deep conditioner for your hair. I like to apply some to wet hair and wrap it in a warm or hot towel. Leave the towel on for about 20 minutes before shampooing and conditioning your hair as normal. Depending on how often you use hot tools on your hair, you should deep condition your hair weekly or every week and a half. FYI: I also use EVOO as a makeup remover.

Apple Cider Vinegar

In order for your hair to style better and look healthier, you should strip it of build-up about every month. The easiest and most natural way to do this is in the shower with apple cider vinegar. Shampoo your hair, then mix ½ cup of apple cider vinegar with ½ cup of water. Pour this mixture over your hair, then rinse and condition as usual.

Avocado

Avocado is a lifesaver for anyone who suffers from dry skin. Because it’s rich in fats and oils, it has strong moisturizing properties. Mash up a fresh avocado and apply it to your skin for 5 minutes. Here are a few other ideas: Strawberries are great for acne-prone skin, and bananas are perfect for sallow skin.

Green Tea

Stayed up a little too late last night? Banish puffy eyes and under eye circles with green tea! Steep two bags in hot water until thoroughly heated. Remove the bags from the water, and squeeze out the excess. Now lay on one each eye for 10 minutes, then rinse your face and apply makeup as usual. Do this weekly to help minimize the appearance of hereditary puffy eyes.
Lemon Juice

Lemons work very well to dry up oily skin or fight acne. You can make a toner out of the juice of one lemon, ½ a cup of water, and ½ a cup of witch hazel. Store it in the fridge for a refreshing pick-me-up halfway through the day. Just apply to your face with a cotton ball and allow to air dry. Lemon juice can also be used to lighten any hyper-pigmentation you have on your skin.

Please do use caution when trying anything new. Make sure all products are not expired or gone bad before using them. And testing out a little area of your skin first is a good idea, in case you have sensitive skin. These products are all natural and very good for your skin, but that doesn't eliminate allergic reactions for those with very sensitive skin. What are your favorite all-natural beauty secrets from the kitchen?

Live long and prosper.


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