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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- 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.
- Oatmeal: Mix with honey to make a calming facial mask, or pour into your bath for a sunburn-relieving soak.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- …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?