Being short on time or money doesn’t mean you can’t pamper yourself! These homemade beauty treatments are within reach for everyone — just head to your kitchen!
Whether you’re trying to drench your dry tresses or lighten those liver spots, the solution is just a few footsteps away.
Beauty Treatments Made from Food
The Father of Modern Medicine, Hippocrates of Cos, once advised: “Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food” — but he could just as easily have said the same thing about beauty treatments.
Being a man, he probably didn’t think about such things but chances are his wife Doriana did. If he’d bothered to ask, she might very well have suggested some of these same things.
5 Foods that Make Beauty Treatments
The same monounsaturated fats that make avocados a great source of healthy fats also give them the power to beautify your body on the outside, too. So don’t toss those avocados that went from ripe to brown in the blink of an eye — use them to moisturize your hair.
Avocado Hair Mask
- Mash one avocado with 1/4 cup olive oil and slather it on damp hair.
- Wait 20 minutes then shampoo as normal to get soft, moisturized tresses with incredible shine.
Avocado Exfoliating Rub
For dry skin, combine the following:
- Half an avocado
- 1 egg white
- 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons of rolled oats or sugar
Rub this onto damp skin and wait 10 minutes before rinsing. Smooth!
2. Egg whites
Use fresh egg whites or even the kind you pour from a carton. Whichever you use, let them reach room temperature first.
If you’re in a rush, you can quickly take the chill off by pouring the required amount into a small bowl and setting that bowl in a larger one filled with 1 inch of warm water.
Egg White Pore Tightener
First, wash your skin well with warm water and a washcloth to open the pores. Then combine:
- 2 egg whites
- 1 tablespoon of honey
Spread this mixture on your face and kick back for 10 minutes or so while it dries. Rinse with warm water and behold, your pores are almost invisible.
Egg White Dandruff Treatment
Got an itchy, flaky scalp? Egg whites can help with that, too.
Combine the following:
- 3 egg whites
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil (warmed until it’s liquid but not hot enough to cook the egg whites)
- 3 drops tea tree or lavender essential oil
Part your hair into sections and apply this mixture to your scalp with fingertips, then rub it in. Wait 10 minutes and shampoo as normal.
Powdered or fresh, milk really does do a body good! Once you’ve finished your milk-based beauty treatment, be sure to rinse the tub or bowl — and your skin — very well. Stale milk is not a pleasant thing to smell!
Skin Softening Milk Bath
Cleopatra bathed in donkey milk to keep her skin supple in the hot Egyptian heat. Luckily, you don’t have to milk a donkey: the same stuff you pour on your cereal works just fine — and so does powdered dry milk.
- Pour 1/2 gallon of fresh milk or 1 cup of dry milk powder into a warm bath
- Add 1 cup Epsom salt (optional)
- Soak for 20 minutes then rinse.
The milk’s lactic acid will exfoliate dead skin cells and leave your limbs luxuriously soft.
Moisturizing Milk Foot Bath
Milk also works wonders on dry, cracked heels or hands. Combine the following in a deep bowl:
- 1 quart of warm water
- 1 cup of milk
- 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
Soak your feet or hands in this solution for 10 minutes then rinse, pat dry, and apply your regular moisturizer. Repeat nightly, and the cracks will heal within a week.
It’s amazing what lemons can do around the house. They’re great beauty treatments, too.
Streak your hair with lemon juice and a Q-tip then sit in the sun for an hour to get subtle but glorious highlights.
Lighten Dark Spots
Mix a little lemon juice with aloe vera gel and dab it on dark spots nightly for 2 weeks to help them fade.
Soak yellowed nails in 1 cup warm water, a drop of liquid dish detergent, and the juice of 2 lemons and they’ll turn white again.
Don’t use your favorite craft beer to make beauty treatments. The cheap stuff works just fine!
Beer Hair Rinse
This ancient beverage is so good for your hair that, back when I was a kid, there was even a shampoo featuring it. (Not surprisingly, quite a few kids got sick from drinking it in the hope of getting a buzz.)
To give your hair body and improve manageability:
- Pour a room-temperature beer on damp hair
- Wait 15 minutes then shampoo, rinsing with cold water
The B vitamins and hops in the beer restore your hair’s strength and also promote healthy growth, too.
Beer Helps Clear Acne
Beer treats acne, too. Prepare the face mask first, then wash your face with a mild cleanser and warm water.
- Combine equal parts of your favorite brew with honey
- Slather the mixture on acne-prone areas
- Wait 10 minutes and rinse with warm water
The beer will condition your skin and promote healing, while honey’s antibacterial properties will clear up those pimples and blackheads.
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