If you are like me, you love to pamper yourself with various types of beauty treatments. But if you are like the numerous other people who are minding their dollars during these economic times, you may have decided to spend less on outside beauty treatments.
Just because you are minding your money, doesn’t mean that your beauty regimen has to suffer. Indeed, the items in your kitchen may be just what your beauty guru ordered.
In no particular order, here are some common food items that you can use to enhance your beauty:
Organic Honey: Honey is great as a sweetener, but it is also great as a facial mask. My good friend and herbalist Risikat “Kat” Okedeyi, reminded me that honey is a good softener and anti-fungal salve for facial masque. During my trip to Spain, I was lovingly attacked by the cutest little black spider who thought it would be sweet to tap dance all over my face in a show of his affection. Needless to say, I was left with the results of his kisses. Doing consistent honey masque help reduced the swelling and helped pull the infection out of my skin. It also had the extra benefit of softening my face, providing moisture and reducing pore size!
Uses: Use it by itself as a face masque or mix it with organic steel cut oats to make a mild facial scrub. You can also mix honey with mashed strawberries, raspberries and blueberries to make an antioxidant mask. (Also makes a nice spread for bread). Another idea is mix honey, and semi solid coconut oil to make a body masque. Lather on your body and then sit in your bathtub and relax. For your feet, scrub your feet first and then lather on the CoCoHoney and wrap your feet with hot, wet towels. Keep in place until the towels are cool. With all honey masque, remove with a hot wet towel.
Baking Soda: Love it. This house staple can be used for so many different things. I particularly like to use it to remove dry skin on my face. Make a past using 3 parts baking soda and 1 part water. Slather on and let it set. You can even scent it with a mild essential oil like lavender, rose , sweet orange or bergamot. Test the oils on a small patch of skin first, to make sure that you are not sensitive to it. You can also use the baking soda to brush your teeth. If you are too lazy (or trifling) to clean your toilette- you can sprinkle a little in the bowl to neutralize any odors.
Lemons, Olive Oil and Organic Brown Cane Sugar: Makes the best exfoliating, dark spot reducer scrub. Place some sugar in the bowl and add enough olive oil to make a wet paste. The sugar granules should be sticking to each other. Then drop in juice from 1/2 of a lemon. Slather on body as a scrub and then rinse off. You can also use grapeseed oil and jojoba oil. Take special care that this concoction will make your tub slick. BE CAREFUL AND CLEAN YOUR TUB AFTER EACH USE. Fresh squeezed lemon juice on a cotton ball can also help improve discoloration of finger and toenails.
Customized body butters: mix either raw coconut oil (solid), shea butter or coco butter with your favorite essential oil. Abra-cadabra, you know have your own scented body butter with less chemicals and better quality ingredients. If you mix coconut and jojoba oil and rosemary and bergamot essential oils, you have a fantastic moisturizing hair oil that you can use as a moisture masque or use a daily moisturizer for naturals, twists, locs etc.
Cucumbers & Turmeric: Slice and place them on your eyes. Very cooling and anti-inflammatory. Bug bite? make a paste with turmeric and place on the area. Wait until the turmeric dries and remove with a warm towel (be careful- turmeric does stain things). Place the cucumber spot on the same area for a cooling effect.
Dr. Bonners: This is not a food, but its pure Castille soap you can use it for like over 20 different uses. It comes in a variety of scents. It will be the best money you ever spent for one product.
Next Experiment: Carrots- they have lots of Vitamin A and Vitamin E- nutrients important to the health of our eyes and skin. Let’s see what I can do with that!