Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Homegrown Beauty

Want to add moisture to your skin but don't want to use chemical filled store bought products? I'm in the same boat as you. I literally have no face products except for my all natural face wash. There is a way around this problem and it involves food. Yep you will be able to cook and beautify at the same time.

  • Plain, unflavored yogurt helps restore the normal acidity to skin, and it makes a good cleanser for oily, acne-prone skin.
  • Lemon juice diluted with water makes a good astringent rinse for oily skin.
  • Remember Cleopatra in her milk bath? Whole milk makes a good facial cleanser for dry skin.  Apply it with a cotton ball, then rinse it off with warm water.
  • When you are cooking, moisturize your hands with leftover cooking oil (olive oil)or the residue from the inside of avocado skins.
  • Egg whites tightens the skin and shrinks pores.  After you break eggs into a frying pan, smooth the slime from the inside of the egg shells on your face.  Leg the egg white dry, then rinse the dried egg off your face with warm water.  Your face will feel remarkably smooth afterward.
  • Leftover cooked oatmeal makes a great cleansing mask, and wearing it is certainly more pleasant than eating the stuff!
  • Vinegar may be the best all-purpose beauty potion. Wipe or spray your skin with distilled vinegar or apple cider vinegar to restore its natural acid mantle after dish washing or bathing.   Rinse your hair with vinegar to remove the alkaline deposits left behind by shampoo.  The vinegar will smooth your hair and help prevent frizziness.  If your skin tends to be dry, try washing yourself with half vinegar and half warm water rather than with soap.  The vinegar will help cut body oils and will not dry out your skin.  And, no, you will not walk around smelling like a pickle all day.  Dried vinegar has no smell.
  • Epsom salts and kosher salts are healthy alternatives to commercial bath salts or beads.

Now you might need to warn your loved ones that your not crazy. I vision my husband coming in the kitchen while i'm cooking and staring at me putting egg whites on my face before throwing them in the compost bin. Although nothing surprises him anymore. Yep, i'm that granola!

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