10 Beauty Treatments From Your Kitchen

Beauty treatments from your kitchen from HousewifeHowTos.com There’s a reason why I’m smiling in this photo: I’d made guacamole from the other half of the avocado I used on my face, and nibbled it while sipping  a margarita. Booze isn’t the only beauty ingredient you can find in your kitchen, though.* Here are 10 more beauty treatments from your kitchen!

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  1. Bananas: These tropical fruits are full of vitamins, minerals and natural oils. Mash up a banana and put it on dry spots like elbows, knees, even your face. Let sit 10 minutes and rinse. Add a little water to the mash and use it as a shaving cream substitute for glossy, smooth legs.
  2. Oatmeal: Mix with honey to make a calming facial mask, or pour into your bath for a sunburn-relieving soak.
  3. Sugar: White or brown, raw or refined, sugar makes a great exfoliating scrub. Combine it with olive or grape seed oil and rub it on, then rinse in warm water. Your skin will feel like silk.
  4. Beer: With riboflavin, pantothenic acid, biotin, and vitamin B-12, beer is full of nutrients that are great for skin, nails and hair. Crack open a bottle and pour some in a shallow bowl for a nail soak. Pat it on acne-riddled skin to clear up spots. Rub the rest into your hair after shampooing and rinse, then admire the amazing volume and shine your tresses will have.
  5. Apple cider vinegar: Combine 2/3 cup apple cider vinegar and 1/3 cup water in a spray bottle, shake and apply to your hair after shampooing to remove product build-up and bring out natural highlights.
  6. Olive oil: A friend whose dewy skin I’ve always admired finally told me that she washes her face with olive oil. Specifically, she massages it onto her dry face to remove makeup, then uses warm water and a nubby washcloth to wipe it away. When finished, she places the warm cloth on her skin for 30 seconds and follows that with a cold rinse. To this day, she has the best looking skin of anyone I know. Apparently, heating olive oil in the microwave and massaging into hair and scalp before shampooing makes a great hot oil treatment, too.
  7. Turmeric: Mix 3 tablespoons of this spice with 1 tablespoon of milk to make a paste, then rub it on acne scars to lighten them, or on eczema or psoriasis to relieve itch and reduce scales. Let sit 15 minutes and rinse.
  8. Avocado: Mash half an avocado with 1 tbsp. each plain yogurt and honey, then smear it on your face like I did in this photo. This is wonderful for treating rosacea, as the ingredients all sooth redness and irritation.
  9. Baking soda: Know anyone with dandruff? Tell them to scrub baking soda into their scalp every other day before shampooing. The granules will power away flakes without harming the skin or drying out hair.
  10. …and cornstarch: Make a natural deodorant by combining equal parts baking soda and cornstarch in a jar with a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Shake like crazy, and apply to underarms with a damp cotton ball or cloth.

*Don’t think alcohol is a beauty treament? Then how do you explain why other people always look better after you’ve had a couple of cocktails, hmmm?

 

  • http://mariettesbacktobasics.blogspot.com/ Mariette’s Back to Basics

    Dearest Katie,

    Great GREEN tips and without any risk for our skin by ingredients that could cause skin cancer or whatever.
    Love the sugar tip as I just found some brown sugar in my cupboard and I don’t use it anymore, being diabetes type 2. This will work just fine.
    Have a great weekend!
    Mariette

    • http://housewifehowtos.com Katie B.

      Thanks, Mariette! I’m a big believer in all-natural skin care, though sometimes it does hurt to sacrifice some of my guacamole to make a facial mask. ;)

  • Leigh

    Baking soda, honey & a bit of water also make a great facial scrub & mask. Much easier on the face than sugar or salt, but sugar or salt mixed with oil makes a great body scrub too :)

    • http://housewifehowtos.com Katie B.

      Oh, good one, Leigh!

  • http://www.itscarmen.com Carmen

    I’m obsessed with DIY/ green projects. I really like the apple cider vinegar trick!

    ♥ It’s Carmen

    • http://housewifehowtos.com Katie B.

      ACV is awesome stuff! I love the way it brings out red highlights in brown hair. Gorgeous!

  • http://www.mommy-miracles.com Laura @ Mommy Miracles

    Awesome ideas! I’ll definitely be bookmarking this for later. Now, care to share some of that margarita?!

    • http://housewifehowtos.com Katie B.

      LOL, Laura. Margaritas don’t last long enough around me to “share”. ;)

  • Pinkoddy

    These are the kinds of things I knew as a teenager but forgot now so thanks for reminding me. Some great tips there – fab post.

    • http://housewifehowtos.com Katie B.

      I did these as a teen, too. What is it about growing older that made us decide slathering our bodies with chemicals would be better?

  • http://www.savorysimple.net Jen @ Savory Simple

    What a great list! I’m pinning this!

    • http://housewifehowtos.com Katie B.

      Thank you, Jen!

  • Linda

    You are so lovely in that post with your beauty treatment on your face. People who appreciate the effectiveness of natural products for beauty enhancement. Indeed, you can save great money and time because you can get these products at your kitchen.
    Let’s talk about beer. Are you really sure about it? That beer could help to improve our hair? Baking soda is also new to me to eliminate dandruff.

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