7 Beauty Secrets from the Kitchen

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Beauty Secrets from the Kitchen

Tired of spending tons of money on high-priced, name-brand beauty products? Then stop doing it. Your next beauty secret could already be in your cabinets– your kitchen cabinets.

That’s right. The food you eat to nourish your insides may also help nourish your skin and give your complexion a clean, fresh glow.

Use olive oil as a make-up remover: Instead of using harsh ingredients in store-bought make-up remover, go to your pantry and pull out the olive oil instead. Oils like olive oil are able to dissolve the oils in make-up – including eye make-up. In addition to being significantly less expensive than store-bought products, olive oil contains healthy fats that moisturize the skin. Use it all over you face and eyes. You can even use it to clean your make-up brushes. Choose cold-pressed extra virgin for the best results.

Use egg whites to reduce under-eye puffiness: Forget the drugstore. You can improve the appearance of your eyes with a product in your fridge. In her book “Complexion Perfection”, Kate Somerville writes that egg whites can act as an astringent that helps to tighten the under-eye area and reduce puffiness. They also help to increase circulation and reduce inflammation, all of which help eyes look brighter. Using your fingers, apply approximately ½ teaspoon of egg white to your under eye area. Let the whites dry – about 15 minutes – and then rinse with warm water. Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water too.

Use baking soda as an exfoliator: Actress Emma Stone has said her secret to glowing skin is an ingredient often used for baking and to keep your refrigerator odor-free. We’re talking about baking soda. Baking soda is the perfect degree of coarseness to remove dead skin cells without irritating the skin, and it’s sensitive enough that it usually won’t cause breakouts. Mix a teaspoon of baking soda into your cleanser and massage into your skin. Rinse with warm water and see the glow come through. It’s gentle enough that you can repeat this routine two to three times a week.

Use coconut oil to add shine to your hair: Don’t bother with costly salon hair products. Coconut oil can give your hair a shine at a fraction of the price. It’s moisturizing without being too heavy. Brush your dry hair well to remove tangles and apply the oil from roots to ends. It will melt as you work it into your hair. Your hair should be �?wet’ with the oil. Clip your hair up on top of your head. You can increase the effectiveness by applying low heat for about 15 minutes, or let the oil work on its own for about 30 minutes. Wash your hair thoroughly and see it shine.

Use tea to treat breakouts: Next time you brew some tea to drink, leave a little to use on your face. Many herbal teas including rooibos, green, peppermint and chamomile are high in antioxidants and can help with breakouts – both internally by drinking it and used as a topical treatment. Apply cold brewed tea to clean skin with a cotton ball. Allow it to dry on its own then rinse off with warm water.

Use strawberries to whiten teeth: Bright red strawberries may not be the first thing you think of when you think about whitening your teeth, but they contain a compound that can be used to make your pearly whites whiter. Malic acid is found in high levels in strawberries. It can be harsh on your tooth’s enamel, but it can also whiten teeth. Mash two or three strawberries and add a bit of baking soda. Apply it to your teeth like you would apply toothpaste, and watch the stains lighten. Because the malic acid can wear on the enamel, be sure to rinse with water and mouthwash to protect your teeth. Important: Only use this whitening treatment every three or four months to keep from damaging your teeth.

Use buttermilk to tighten pores: The beauty industry offers countless options to tighten pores, but another – and less expensive – solution could be in your refrigerator or pantry. Buttermilk contains lactic acid, which is a type of alpha hydroxy acid – an ingredient you may be familiar with from its inclusion in many high-priced products. AHA removes dead skin cells to tighten your pores and brighten your skin. It also works on age spots and freckles. Dried buttermilk is easier to use and allows you to mix it into a thick paste. Apply it to your face and allow to dry before rinsing with warm water. Your buttermilk mask can be applied daily for best results.

By using these products, you’ll be applying all natural ingredients and leaving the harsh, damaging chemical on the store shelves. Not only will your skin thank you, but your wallet will too.

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