Hidden Beauty Secrets from Your Kitchen
By Anesta Dawkins
For me, a trip to the beauty supply store can cause a bad case of sticker shock. And the cosmetics counter is even worse. Sometimes it feels like you need a second job just to pay for your beauty regimen.
But you don’t have to pay those high prices just to look good. You can replace many expensive beauty products with alternatives you may already have right in your own kitchen.
Over the years, I’ve discovered several foods that also make great substitutes for those pricey beauty-counter products. Take potatoes, for instance.
How often have you spent extra time applying makeup to hide those dark circles under your eyes? Talk about frustrating!
Try a slice of fresh raw potato instead. Just place potato slices on the skin under your eyes and let them sit for a few minutes. It works wonders.
You see, potatoes are a rich source of catecholase, an enzyme used in some high-end skin lighteners. With potatoes, you get the same effect for pennies instead of dollars.
Another way to cut your cost – but not cut corners – is with plain old table sugar. It’s not very healthy to eat, but it can leave your skin glowing.
In the shower, rub your skin gently all over with a little sugar and rinse it away. Along with the sugar, you’ll rinse away lots of dull, dead skin cells. Sugar works likes those fancy exfoliating creams… but for a lot less money.
Next, let’s head to the fridge to soften and smooth skin. Yogurt does an excellent job and leaves your skin simply glowing.
Yogurt is high in lactic acid, which testing shows helps keep skin smooth and soft. Studies also show that yogurt can help your skin recover from sunburn faster.1
Just smooth a little plain organic yogurt on rough skin, let it sit for a few minutes and wash it off with a gentle cleanser. Many women swear by yogurt facials.
Another inexpensive way to soften your dry skin is with olive oil.
You’ve probably seen lots of expensive cosmetic products that contain olive oil. But why not go right to the source and save a few dollars?
In a recent hospital test, olive oil helped keep newborns’ skin healthier than conventional moisturizers.2
Just massage a tablespoon of virgin olive oil into rough, dry skin and let it go to work. You don’t even have to wash it off.
Another must-have from my kitchen collection is apple cider vinegar. I call it my cure-all. It’s one of the most versatile beauty remedies I know.
It makes a great astringent and toner. If I have a stubborn pimple, I just dab on a little apple cider vinegar before bed. It may not have the most “cosmetic” smell, but it almost always does the trick. You’ll wake up with tighter pores, too.
For razor bumps, it’s practically a miracle. It stops itches fast, too. When the inside of my ear starts itching, I just put a little apple cider vinegar on a cotton swab and dab it on the itchy spot. It gives me instant relief.
Finally, here’s my favorite skin-care miracle from the kitchen… honey.
You may have heard that honey is anti-bacterial. But it’s also used to speed the healing of wounds and minimize scarring.3
Honey contains powerful antioxidants, encourages healthy tissue growth and stimulates the immune system. It’s truly one of Nature’s wonders.
A honey facial mask is a refreshing moisturizer. Just apply a little raw, organic honey to your face and wash it off with a gentle cleanser after 10 minutes. The honey feels sticky, which may seem strange at first. But the results are worth it.
And honey doesn’t just moisturize. Many people claim it helps clear up stubborn acne. Considering the price of most acne products, I think it’s worth a try.
These kitchen remedies aren’t just less expensive. They have none of the dangerous chemicals often found in over-the-counter beauty products… because they’re all natural.
So the next time you’re looking for a quick beauty fix, your kitchen would be a good place to start.