Humble Kitchen Ingredients For DIY Skin Care
It could be just a bit of milk and oatmeal for a face mask, or the juice of a lemon to lighten hair. The ingredients were natural, easy to come by and cheap and the overall effects were often amazing.
Nowadays, a ‘good’ designer anti-aging cream could set you back close to or over US$100; not to mention the face wash, toner, eye cream, day cream, night cream, hand cream etc etc…
You need a big bank account to keep up with all the latest and greatest.
Lost amongst all the slick marketing hype and must-have expensive designer beauty products are the secrets of just plain unassuming ingredients found in your kitchen.
These simple kitchen ingredients give results often exceeding the more expensive well known brands, because they do not contain harmful chemicals or unpronounceable additives.
Don’t forget to check out our products page full of natural beauty products!
This post will re-visit those humble kichen ingredients with brief explanations of their beauty powers and what you can do with them.
We promise you also that it will be a therapeutic experience as you take time out to make something simple and easy for your face and body. With a little bit of imagination (and a few good looking bottles), you could even make some of the recipes up for gifts.
Let’s talk kitchen ingredients.
Carrot – High in vitamin A, carrots contain the antioxidant beta carotene and has wrinkle and dry skin combating abilities.
Not only is eating them or drinking carrot juice a great way to prevent cancer with its cancer preventive chemicals; carrots will also help your eye sight, prevent skin damage from the sun and heal wounds.
- To nourish your skin : Mix one grated carrot with a teaspoon of honey or yogurt and apply it to the face for 10-15 minutes.
- For blemish skin : Mix juice of a carrot with oatmeal for a face mask, or apply carrot juice directly onto dark blemish marks to help them fade.
- For a natural glow : Mash up some fresh pineapple with juice of a carrot and apply.
Other similar fruit and vegetable rich in beta carotene : pumpkin and sweet potato.
Cucumber – The saying ‘as cool as a cucumber’ is not far wrong. These cool, moist vegetables from the gourd family contains 90% water and can sooth sunburns, calm minor skin irritations such as dermatitis and prevent wrinkles.
It has the same hydrogen level as our skin and has great hydrating and cleansing properties on the skin as well as when eaten.
- For puffy tired eyes – Lie down with feet elevated in a dark room and place cool sliced cucumber over the eyes for 10-15 minutes.
- For dry skin : Blend half a banana with half a cucumber (washed with skin on) and stir one teaspoon of honey and one teaspoon of lemon juice into the mix until you have a smooth consistency. Apply over your face for 20-30 minutes.
- For oily shiny skin : Blend one peeled and de-seeded cucumber with 5 fresh mint leaves. Whisk an egg white separately until firm and mix the two together to form a paste. Apply and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse off with cool water.
AHAs can dissolve and peel off dead skin and is used in many instances to treat fine lines, acne, rough skin and other skin conditions.
- For an all round facial cleanser : Blend one cup mashed red grapes with one teaspoon of olive oil, one teaspoon of baking soda or salt and a quarter cup of milk. Apply as a cleanser and rinse face with luke warm water.
- For an all round face mask : Mix 2 tablespoon of camomile tea with 2 tablespoon of cornflour to form a paste. mash 10 red grapes into the mixture and apply to face for 20 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.
You can also just split grapes open and rub it all over your face for great looking skin.
Pineapple – Like grapes, pineapples are also high in AHAs. This fruit acid is responsible for getting rid of dead skin cells and restoring luster and youthfulness to skin.
Pineapples are also full of vitamin A, C and bromelain, a mixture of enzymes that is particularly effective in reducing inflammation.A note of caution : the AHA in pineapple can leave a burning sensation on the skin so do not leave fresh pineapple only on for more than 5 minutes. May be best avoided for sensitive skin.
- For youthful radiant skin : Mix freshly crushed pineapple with one whole egg, a teaspoon of good olive oil and some oat flakes. Mix into a paste and apply to your skin for 5-10 minutes. Rub off gently and rinse face with luke warm water.
- To treat rough skin : Mix fresh crushed pineapple with a handful of sea salt (and water if necessary) and rub on rough skin areas such as heels, knees and elbows.
Considered one of the super foods to maintain good health, avocados can work wonders both inside and outside of the body.
- All round facial cleanser : Whisk the yoke of an egg until frothy and add half a cup of milk. Blend (or mash) half a ripe peeled avocado into the mixture and clean your face with the mixture on a cotton pad.
- To soften skin : The pulp attached to the avocado peel is one of the richest source of avocado oil. Just wipe your face with the inside of the peel and it will soften and lubricate your skin.
Lemon – Lemon is another great kitchen ingredient to lighten hair color (for blondes) and to refresh the skin.
Full of vitamin C, this citrus fruit has antibacterial properties and is also good for getting rid of rough skin especially on elbows and knees.Note : lemon is acidic so it will tingle on the skin.
- Face scrub : To make a batch, combine 2 cups of brown sugar, zest and juice of a lemon, 2 tablespoons of honey, tea leaves from an earl grey teabag, and 1 to 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Mix olive oil in one tablespoon at a time so the consistency is like a spreadable paste rather than a gooey mess. Keep in air tight container and use up to 3 times a week.
- Acne treatment : Grate the peel of 2 lemons and squeeze in the juice. Shake or stir well and apply to problem areas leaving it on for about 3-5 minutes. Rinse with cool water.
- Minimize pores : Add 2-4 drops of fresh lime juice to a tablespoon of fresh tomato juice and massage it gently in circular motion on the face with a cotton pad. Leave on for about 15 minutes and rinse off with cool water.
- For irritated skin : Crush half a tomato and add 2 tablespoons of natural unsweetened yogurt. Apply to raw, irritated, itchy, sunburned, red, blotchy, or scaly skin and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water.
- For a glowing skin : Mix tomato juice with some honey and apply it to your face. Leave on for 15 minutes and rinse with warm water.
You can start right now to get great looking skin without spending a fortune. If you have any other recipes or ideas, drop us a line!