I hardly enter the kitchen; sadly, cooking is something I never got the hang of, but the kitchen is a treasure trove of supplies that can actually be used for beauty.
I won’t tell you to ditch all your store-bought products, but if you’re out of town with a beauty emergency, there are alternatives you can come up with right from the kitchen.
Since household ingredients work wonders, I conveniently listed down how you can make the most out of the stuff you have at home:
1. Baking soda helps in whitening teeth.
2. Lemon juice helps strengthen and whiten nails.
3. Olive oil moisturizes skin and softens hair, and creates a water barrier that prevents skin from losing moisture.
4. Tea bags decrease puffiness of eye bags, and improves under eye coloration.
5. Honey brings moisture to skin, and helps bring relief to sunburns.
6. Toothpaste helps with acne problems by speeding up its “drying-up” process.
7. Coconut oil soothes and smoothens dry skin.
8. Aloe vera helps calm, soothe and hydrate the skin.
9. Tomato juice restores the natural color of your hair and helps removes blackheads.
10. Mayonnaise strengthens fingernails, and can be used as a deep conditioner.
11. Oatmeal can be used as part of an face mask or exfoliant, and helps remove dead surface skin cells.
12. Egg yolks are high in vitamins A, D and E that are all skin-nourishing.
13. Castor oil prevents age spots, and treats dryness and redness of skin.
14. Avocado helps skin retain moisture and reduce wrinkles.
On a budget? Here are DIY recipes that are easy to follow at home:
For acne-prone skin:
Use equal parts of milk and honey, and apply to the face. The components in these two ingredients neutralize oil but helps keep it moisturized.
Makeup remover for sensitive skin:
Mix 1/3 cup of extra-virgin olive oil to aloe vera water (you can also use filtered water) into a sealable container. Apply the mixture to a cotton pad, and press it over your makeup-covered face. Gently press the cotton pad to face for a few seconds before sweeping in an outward-motion.
Teeth whitening formula:
Mix a small amount of toothpaste, 1 tsp of baking soda, and ½ tsp of water. Make sure it has the same consistency as regular toothpaste. Use this mixture as your alternative toothpaste: Brush onto teeth for two minutes and spit.
Mix 1 mashed ripe avocado, ½ cup coconut milk and 1 tbsp of olive oil into a thick paste. Apply to hair for 30 minutes (use a shower cap to keep the mixture on) and then rinse clean with water.
Face and body moisturizer:
Pour ¼ cup of milk and 2 tsp of honey into bowl, and heat the mixture in a microwave for 15 seconds to dissolve honey into milk. Pour ¾ cup cream into mixture and mix. Add 1 egg yolk into the blend and whip for about 3 minutes. Store in a glass jar for future use.
Mix 1 cup of lukewarm water, 1tbsp of honey, 1 tbsp of chocolate syrup, 1 cup of oatmeal. Apply blend to face and lightly scrub for 15 minutes, then rinse.
Scalp treatment blend:
Mix 4 tbsp of coconut oil, 2 tbsp of lemon juice and 1 tbsp of grapefruit juice. Apply on the scalp with a bristle brush or cotton ball. Gently massage the scalp in a circular motion, and leave treatment in for 20 minutes. Rinse with water, then proceed with your favorite shampoo and conditioner. This removes product build up in the scalp, relieves its dryness and helps stimulate hair growth.
Mix ¼ cup baking soda, ¼ cup cornstarch, & 5-6 tbsp coconut oil. You can opt to add 5-20 drops of tea tree oil, but it is not required. Store in an old deodorant container or glass jar, and make sure to store it in the fridge.