6 Skin Care Secrets From The Kitchen
Finding the right beauty products can be exhausting. Doing your research, understanding ingredients, and making sure it’s the right choice for your skin type can be a long process of trial and error – and often be expensive. But luckily there are several natural products that are found in the common kitchen that can benefit your skin – safely and without a huge cost to you. So rummage through your pantry and see which of these you have lying around so that you can help your skin out today.
Almonds are the perfect snack – you can eat a handful for a burst of protein, add them on top of your yogurt or oatmeal, or even eat them with covered in a little dark chocolate for a healthy way to cure your sweet tooth. The benefits of almonds comes from their healthy oils. As a good source of protein, almonds can preserve your natural glow. When ground up, almonds can also be a great exfoliant for your face – clearing away dead cells is essential for healthy skin.
Try this at home: Put half a cup of almonds into a blender or food processor with a dash of milk or water. This will create a wonderful exfoliant. Use on your face as a cleanser, and you’ll see brighter, clearer skin instantly!
For oily skin, the acidity of lemons can help dry up excess moisture on your skin. Lemon water is great to drink because it boosts your immune system, aids in digestion, cleanses your system, and clears up your skin by detoxifying your blood.
Try this at home: If you apply lemon and water to a cotton ball and use it on your skin like a toner, it will even out your skin and prevent blemishes.
3. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is renowned for being healthier than olive oil when cooking, but it also is popping up in hair and skin products all across the board. Coconut oil is better than other beauty products which use petroleum-based ingredients that can suffocate the skin. Coconut oil instead provides deep and real moisture. It helps strengthen underlying tissues and helps remove excessive dead cell on the skin’s surface that makes your skin rough and flaky in texture. It also great for shine and as a natural moisturizer for your hair. If you don’t keep some in your kitchen already, you definitely should pick some up the next time you are at the store.
4. Vitamin C
Vitamin C is a super antioxidant. It is needed for a strong immune system, radiant skin and helps blemishes heal properly. It can be found in many things in your kitchen – blueberries, strawberries, oranges, broccoli, kiwi, and sweet potatoes. Most people keep Vitamin C supplements at home too, which are safe and super healthy to take every day. The best way to get a great source of Vitamin C at home is to make a smoothie with these particular foods!
5. Brown Sugar
Brown sugar is great to use as a scrub for your face. It doesn’t have hard edges so it won’t damage your skin. Honey is also a wonderful agent for your skin that can be mixed with brown sugar to make a great scrub that removes dirt and dead skin cells. This is great for smoothing out your lips as well as the rest of your face. Honey is also great to use as a mask because it is rich in minerals that nourish your skin.
Try this at home: Mix together brown sugar and honey to create an exfoliating mask. Apply a light layer to your face and let sit for 3-5 minutes. Rinse with cold water, and see the brightening effect these products have on your skin! There are also DIY scrubs you can make!
Staying hydrated seems like an easy thing to do, but it has been proven that most people do not consume enough water each day. If you are staying generally healthy, your skin will reflect that natural glow. Drinking lots of water is absolutely essential – and staying away from processed foods and getting in some exercise will show a huge difference in the appearance of your skin. Getting a decent amount of sleep won’t hurt either. Keeping track of how much water your drink per day will help you make sure you are staying on top of staying hydrated.
About the Author:
Gwen Lewis is a writer and professional makeup artist who lives in Southern California. Her writing focuses on anything beauty and health. She hopes you really enjoy this article and maybe even try some of these at home!