I love to reduce the chemicals in my life every chance I get, so after doing some research I have figured out that I can make just about all those skin care products that I have been buying, at home, with all natural ingredients and save a whopping fortune. So I have come up with a list of yummy edibles that just happen to be really great for your exterior too.
1. Eggs – Beat the raw egg with a little water and use as a face mask (avoid eye and mouth). If your skin is oilier use the whites only, if dry the yolk is more moisturizing.
3. Coconut Oil – Is a perfect deep conditioner for your hair, and it works beautifully as a skin moisturizer during the winter months to keep the flakes away.
4. Brown Sugar – Mix with a little almond or olive oil it becomes the perfect exfoliator for the body.
5. Oatmeal – This grain is a skin super star. It can soothe irritated skin, help clear up acne, it makes a nice facial scrub when mixed with a little baking soda and water. Add to your warm bath (2 cups uncooked oats, 1 cup milk, 1/4 cup honey) to help you unwind after a long day. It can give soothing relief from sunburn, poison ivy and other skin irritations.
6. Lemons – The citric acid in lemon juice works as a skin brightener, can help fade freckles, will whiten stained finger nails, and can help rid your face of blackheads, (apply the juice with a cotton ball before bedtime to the affected area). Be aware lemon juice can make your skin more sensitive to the sun. Mix lemon juice, plain yogurt and a little salt for a refreshing facial scrub.
7. Olive OIl/Almond Oil – I love using almond oil or olive oil for my cuticles, it keep them perfectly moisturized. And I have been known to run a drop through the ends of my hair on frizzy days, it tames my wild mane and gives it a little shine.
8. Pineapple – The enzymes in pineapple help to soften, heal and smooth skin removing dead skin cells leaving more youthful appearing skin. Massage a fresh slice of the yummy fruit onto your skin and allow the juice to dry for about ten minutes, it will be a little sticky, rinse and pat dry.
9. Yogurt – Plain yogurt has natural antibacterial properties making it a great choice for those suffering from acne. It’s lactic acid content helps soothe irritation and soften the skin. For really soft, glowing skin mix plain yogurt with a little honey, smooth on your face a leave for about ten minutes – avoid any sensitive areas. Rinse off your skin will feel amazing.
10. Avocado – Mother nature’s moisturizer the avocado is not only good for your skin when you eat it with it’s fats and phytonutrients, it is also great to use topically. Mash a ripe avocado add a little milk, yogurt or oatmeal and massage onto your skin. Let sit for ten minutes and rinse with luke warm water and pat dry.
There are tons of ways to mix up your own beauty products, one of the best books for recipes and tips on DIY skin care is by Julia Busch, “Treat Your Face Like a Salad” it is out of print now but you can pick it up used and there are tons of websites out there. So before you buy an expensive face cream take a look in your frig, everything you need for more beautiful skin maybe inside. Here’s to having egg on your face.
Recipe for an emergency face mask. 1 mashed banana, 1 tsp. honey, 1 tbls yogurt. Mix and massage on your face, let stay for fifteen minutes and rinse with warm water, pat dry. A mashed banana also works great for a hair mask.
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Melinda received her degree in Communications from Drury University. After working in marketing for many years, she refocused her career and is now a freelance writer and artist.
Melinda brings her love of fashion, beauty and the environment together to find eco-friendly clothing and products each week.
She resides in the midwest with her wonderful husband and a really great dog.