Pain is beauty, or so that horrifying saying goes. But today it seems more like money is beauty. With an endless myriad of expensive beauty products on the market, you could easily spend a whole paycheck on creams, lotions, tonics and tinctures claiming to erase every flaw. But there’s no need to drop hundreds of dollars on skin care products at high-end beauty stores any more. All the premium skin treatments you need; face washes, scrubs, toners, masks, moisturizers, even acne treatments can be done right at your home with some common ingredients. Things like sugar, honey and eggs have an unremitting laundry list of uses –from hair masks, to face masks, to tasting great on toast. So take a look at our top food-inspired beauty treatments that are guaranteed to leave you feeling fresh-faced-and-haired, and chemical-free!
Milk and Yogurt
A great, natural and cheap moisturizer is probably sitting in your fridge right now! Milk and/or yogurt are great for those with sensitive skins –there are no chemical preservatives or other irritants there.
- Use milk/yogurt as a face mask, sit with it on for 15 minutes, rinse with cool water, and your skin will be super soft with a healthy glow.
- Milk products are also great when you’ve gotten a little too much sun, as they calm and rehydrate your skin. So apply a dab of full fat yogurt to a blemish to reduce redness, balance bacteria, and loosen the clogged pores.
- To keep parched hair ends conditioned, whip up a nourishing natural yogurt hair mask. Just apply it to dry hair and leave for 15 minutes. Then rinse, et voila beautiful and shiny tresses.
In addition to being super tasty with fries, mayo can do wonders with hair and skin.
- Make your own softening and exfoliating lotion. Crush almonds and mix with mayonnaise. Apply to your skin in circular motions. Leave on for five minutes before rinsing. Once cleaned, you’ll feel like a goddess.
- Mayo makes a perfect hair mask as well. It’s good at moisturizing dry hair and giving it shine.
Eating spoonfuls of sugar may not be good for your health, but putting it on your face and hair is completely a different story.
- Sugar’s small particles make it a great natural exfoliator. It’s softer and easier on sensitive skin. So pair with an oil to gently scrub off dead cells on your face and lip.
- Create your own hairspray using sugar and water. Add six teaspoons of sugar to boiling water and leave to cool. Then squirt onto your hair for lasting bounce and that all-day hold.
Ah, here comes the incredible edible beautician egg!
- Whip up a mask perfectly suited to your hair needs. For normal hair, use the whole egg. Use the whites, if oil is the bane of your existence. And the yolk, if you need extra moisture. Pour a half cup’s worth of whatever part of the egg you’re using and whisk until smooth. Apply to hair and scalp. Let sit for 20 minutes, then rinse and shampoo.
It’s no surprise that honey can bring dry skin back to life.
- Add a drop of raw honey to your evening dose of moisturizer. it pulls moisture deeper within your skin’s cells, helping your favorite moisturizer work even better.
- Apply to common dry areas like elbows and knees to give your skin a sweet, healing treat. Leave on for half an hour or so. Just remember to wipe and rinse off before getting dressed.
Once we say cucumber, so we imagine the iconic image of a woman in a bathrobe and shower cap with face mask and cucumber rings on her eyes. Applying cucumber juice on your skin really does magic. It smooths wrinkled skin, lightens dark circles and reduces eyes puffiness.
Stop paying hundreds of dollars for 2 ounces of some mystery cream promising unbelievable results. Crush up some grapes and apply to wrinkle-prone areas, leave on for 15-20 minutes, gently wash off… then watch the grapes’ magic happen!
Pineapple juice is not just great for tasty piña coladas, it’s also great for our skin. Once frozen, pass the pineapple ice cubes over your skin and leave for five minutes before rinsing. The pineapple enzymes will keep your face hydrated and help skin stay supple, fresh and bright.
It does a great job with cake, and so it can do with your hair too! When your hair is looking dull and oily and you wanna skip the dry shampoo, add a teaspoon of baking soda into your roots. Comp well, apply a vinegar rinse, then enjoy the shiny locks.
A bowl of oatmeal and milk make for a fabulous brunch; and they make for a fabulous moisturizer as well.
- Take store bought oats, grind them in a blender and mix the grounds with your regular facial cleanser just prior to use. Gently massage the mixture onto your face (avoiding the eye area) in small, circular motions; then rinse as usual. This is particularly great for people with sensitive skin.
By Reem Salem