Before starting this blog, I didn’t know a lot about do-it-herself projects, especially those involving beauty and skin care. After trying out an egg and olive oil treatment on my hair as a kid – and living through the embarrassment of having greasy hair for days – I stopped experimenting with at-home remedies. Now it’s my favorite thing to test out and share. Got a fruit or veggie? Yep, I’ll find a way put the food on my face. Though I stopped sharing pictures of myself with masks on (thanks hubby). And as I get older, getting compliments on my skin (which I attribute to my coconut oil moisturizing regimen), totally makes my day. I love telling people that I slather myself in coconut oil!
Here are 10 of my favorite kitchen beauty ingredients. What food do you loving putting on your face?
1. Coconut oil
Benefits: Coconut oil has a hundred uses, from helping your thyroid work properly to healing injured skin. It’s also a great source of energy and can boost circulation. So not only should you be eating it, I highly recommend adding it to your beauty routine.
Benefits: Your body will love the “good” bacteria in yogurt. But it’s not just digestion and immunity that benefit. Yogurt also comes with a good dose of calcium and vitamin D, enough for the daily need of an adult. Even better if it’s Greek yogurt, which has additional protein.
3. Brown sugar
Benefits: There may not be much nutritional value, but you can’t beat the taste and texture of brown sugar. What would baking be without it? But it also makes one of the best scrub bases out there!
Benefits: Few of us can truly start a day before having a cup of coffee. But apparently coffee also improves cholesterol and lowers the risk of heart attack. Think about that the next time you order a latte.
How I use it: Coffee grounds can be mixed with brown sugar to beat cellulite! A recycling dream come true.
5. Baking soda
Benefits: We use it for baking and cleaning, but this wonder powder can do just about anything. Baking soda can be used as an all natural cold & flu remedy, to relieve sunburn, cure stinky feet, and protect your teeth.
How I use it: Baking soda is a great exfoliator, so I always include it in my 4-step facial. And I learned that washing your hair with baking soda will remove some of the color in your hair – it was a life saver when dyed my hair dark. WAY too dark.
Benefits: What can’t that little honey bear do? Used in healing for ages, honey contains powerful antioxidants with antiseptic and antibacterial properties. And you should definitely try local honey to help with allergies!
Benefits: This beautifully colored Indian spice is a powerful antioxidant and it has even been connected with blocking cancerous cells. It’s also recommended in joint pain and as an anti-inflammatory.
How I use it: In a quick and easy face mask, for glowing skin.
Benefits: Everyone’s favorite treat contributes to a healthier heart and reduces stress. What’s even more surprising is that (dark) chocolate can prevent diabetes and even induce weight loss.
Benefits: All those vitamins and minerals are doubled in benefits by low cholesterol and fat. Pineapple keeps your gums and eyes healthy, and it strengthens the bones.
How I use it: Nothing compares to an exotic treat such as the pineapple and papaya facial.
Other ideas: Use the peel for body scrubs or mix it with honey for a delightful facial.
Benefits: While the Mayans believed vanilla to have aphrodisiac qualities, we now know for sure that it’s beneficial for the nervous system function and body metabolism.
Bonus! Kosher salt
Benefits: Salt gets a bad rap, but your body needs it! Salt helps the body regulate the electrolyte balance in your body’s cells. I’m a fan of kosher salt because it contains no additives.
How I use it: First, I make myself a margarita … and then this refreshing body scrub.4