8 Beauty Products You Already Have In Your KitchenLauren Hartmann
I love me some natural beauty…partially because I’m a little lazy, partially because I like to save money, but mostly because natural beauty works amazingly well. Also, if you’re a busy mom (or just a busy woman in general!), then it’s likely you don’t have a ton of time for spa days. But that’s no matter, because you probably already have a ton of the needed ingredients for having your own at-home spa day right in your kitchen!
Check out a few of these kitchen beauty staples!
8 Beauty Products You Already Have In Your Kitchen 1 of 8Click through to see how you can turn your very own kitchen into a spa retreat!
Oats 2 of 8Oatmeal can be used for quite a few beauty purposes. If you've got an issue with acne, just cook up a bit, let it cool and apply to the affected area to reduce inflammation. You can also bathe in the stuff or use it as a base for scrub. To whip up the scrub, just add the following: 3/4 cup brown sugar + 1/2 cup ground oatmeal + 1/4 cup honey + 3/4 cup olive oil. Then scrub away!
Eggs 3 of 8Eggs make a great hair moisturizer, so if you're locks have been lacking a little luster lately (holy aliteration Batman!), just apply eggs. Crack a few (2-3 depending on the length of your hair - I would use three for my long hair) and then whisk them up. Apply to the entire length of your hair. Let it dry and then shower and rinse the egg off with cold water. Presto! Shiny hair!
Coconut Oil 4 of 8Coconut oil has more general uses than I could ever even begin to count, but the beauty use I use it for primarily is as a moisturizer. Dry patches on your elbows? Just rub on some of this stuff and it works like magic. Plus it smells nice too!
Lemon 5 of 8Lemon is awesome and can be added to quite a few concoctions to create masks and the like, but here are a few of it's "straight" uses... 1) Rub it on age spots every night for a couple of weeks - rinse in the morning and you'll start to see your spots lighten, 2) Doing the above on areas of your skin with blackheads will get rid of them, 3) Rub is on rough patches of skin, like elbows and knees to soften and brighten skin.
Honey 6 of 8Honey is another product that can be combined with some of the other ingredients on this list to make awesome concoctions, but one of my favorite uses for it is to use it for a moisturizing bath. Just add 1/4 cup of honey to your bath and soak your way to relaxation and silky skin.
Baking Soda 7 of 8Who needs microdermabrasion, when you've got baking soda? Just add 3 tablespoons of baking soda to 1 tablespoon of water and mix thoroughly. Rub on your face in a circular motion and let it sit for 5 minutes before rinsing with warm water. Do it once a week to give your skin a natural, dewy glow. I always forget about this trick, but it's so easy - I'm totally doing it tonight!
Cornstarch 8 of 8I am a huge proponent for dry shampoo...HUGE. Dirty hair is happy hair. That said, dry shampoo can be a bit pricy, but you can actually make your own to cut costs. Just add 1/2 cup of corn starch with 2 tablespoons of baking soda and sprinkle onto your hair. You'll have to rub it in a little more than the spray version, but it'll be worth it for the price. If your hair is dark like mine, you can whip together 1/2 cup of cocoa powder with 2 tablespoons of cornstarch - as a bonus you'll smell like a candybar, which is definitely a plus in my book.
Lauren Hartmann is the founder of The Little Things We Do, a blog about life and adventures in Portland Oregon. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram or catch up on all of her posts here on Babble. More from Lauren:
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