Hair and skincare are billion dollar a year industries.
So, when you are budgeting bills, groceries and walking the thin line between paydays – why give them any more money?
Head straight to the kitchen for top notch homemade skincare you already have on hand and save money instead of spending on the overpriced jar with the lengthy ingredient list. The 10 on this list can also be mixed and matched together to make the most of their healthful properties.
- Coconut Oil
Considered a one ingredient wonder, coconut oil has an assortment of beneficial uses and many swear by it as an all in one for hair and skin. It can be used for moisturizer, lip balm, leave-in conditioner, makeup remover and mixed with other carrier oils.
This ingredient may be great with sushi, but unusual in skincare items. However, the eye watering paste contains antimicrobial properties, phytochemicals, potassium and vitamin C that wake up the skin.
It is best mixed with other natural ingredients to tone it down, and can reportedly be used in small amounts as an alternative to chemical laden lip plumpers as the spicy properties work to constrict the sensitive lip area.
With high amounts of phytonutrient content, vitamin C and manganese, strawberries, combined with their tiny little seeds, make them perfect for smoothing and moisturizing.
Simply mashed up and used alone or with other ingredients it makes a nourishing hair and facial mask.
Strawberries also reportedly make a decent teeth whitener. Though you wouldn’t think the bright red berries would whiten they contain a natural astringent that helps to remove stains, and the vitamin C works to break down plaque. However, too much use may wear down enamel so they should only be applied occasionally.
Brew a little extra of a favorite blend, or choose a vibrant hue to try and use the leftovers for a hair rinse that will give a subtly colored glossy shine. Tea is also great for a skin tonic; chamomile and many other herbal blends contain calming properties that can help reduce inflammation and redness.
Hold the pasta sauce; use this fresh herb to wake up skin and hair. Crush up the leaves and add a little water or olive oil, creating a vitamin dense paste. Pack it on hair and skin for a repairing treatment great for the sun damaged, dry and acne prone.
Lycopene, a powerful antioxidant, is packed into tomatoes. They make a powerful astringent and mask that can be left on until dried, then rinsed to renew the skin.
The soothing nutrients in oats can be made into effective homeopathic treatments for itchy and dry skin. Organic whole oats can be ground into a powder and directly applied, or used with other moisturizing ingredients in a bath soak.
These can also be ground into a smooth powder that conditions and enhances the complexion.
Some use the pure extract or beans as an organic fragrance, whether added with other essential oils or used alone. It also helps seal in moisture in lips, skin and hair.
10. Wheat Germ Oil
This oil is drenched in antioxidants and vitamin E, and is a nourishing treatment for skin, hair and nails. It can be utilized as a hair oil, skin cleanser and moisturizer and mixed with any of the above as a carrier oil.
A stocked kitchen and pantry is always nice, and even nicer when grocery items can work double duty as all natural beauty lines.
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