Beauty enhancing properties occur naturally in lots of food product you have in the fridge or kitchen cupboard. The real beauty is knowing exactly what you are putting on your skin, whilst using a natural remedy that can prove more effective than store brought cosmetics. Some of our suggestions can be also be used from your waste products so don’t bin it beautify it!
Cucumber - Don’t discount the beneficial effects of cucumber on your skin. Two thin slices on each eye for 10-15 minutes’ acts as a refreshing and anti-ageing eye mask. Containing 95% water, cucumber hydrates and moisturises the skin, whilst the vitamin E content can soothe and tighten those wrinkles around the eye socket. Cucumber also lightens dark circles under the eye, reduces puffiness and soothes irritation. A perfect pre night out beauty treatment from the fridge.
Baking Soda – Forget the baking and get onto that pedicure. Put some warm water and a sprinkle of baking soda into a bowl and stir. Soak your feet in the soda water to soothe dry skin and cracked heels. The baking soda will loosen the dead skin ready for you to scrub with a file or pumice stone.
Avocado- Natures after sun, avocado will give sunburnt or dry skin a blast of moisture. Scoop the flesh from the fruit and use the inside skin as a rub onto dry areas of the body and face. Leave for 15 minutes before rinsing with warm water.
Apple cider vinegar – A natural antiseptic and antibacterial, apple cider vinegar can tone your skin and balance its PH. Mixed with water it can soak up excess oil and even exfoliate the skin. Mix one-part vinegar with four parts water for sensitive skin or two parts water for oil prone skin. Use after cleansing.
Coconut oil – We could write a small book on the beautifying properties of coconut oil! Use for nappy rash, dry skin, hair conditioner, cuticle softener and perfect for the treatment of stretch marks.
Raw honey – Packed full of nutrients, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, raw honey is great for acne or oily skin. Spread a little on your face and leave for 10 minutes before rinsing.
Extra virgin olive oil – Rub a little olive oil wherever your skin is particularly dry. Massage into feet. Elbows, hands or knees for summer ready skin.
Coffee – Don’t throw away your used coffee grains they contain skin boosting antioxidants in an effective natural exfoliator. Mix your grains with some brown sugar and olive or coconut oil. Rub into your face or use on the body to shift stubborn cellulite.
9. Milk – If you suffer from dry hands soak them in whole milk to soften the skin and soothe irritations. The fat from the milk will continue to hydrate the skin whilst the vitamin E and A is extremely nourishing.
Lemons – When the sunshine arrives squeeze a lemon onto your hair for natural highlights or squeeze onto the skin to lighten the complexion.