August 1, 2018
Feed Your Skin
In our lifetime, we will spend an average of $15,000 on beauty products! But what if you could find most of what you need in your pantry? We put some household items to the test to see if they really do scrub up.
Dab a small amount of coconut oil onto a cotton ball or make-up pad to remove make-up.
You can use raw honey as a gentle daily face wash. Take 1/2 teaspoon of honey and warm it between your fingers, you may need to add a few drops of water to make a more spreadable consistency. Then gently smooth it onto your face, and rinse off with warm water.
Oats are a great exfoliating ingredient, as they strip away dry skin while moisturising, tightening, and smoothing. To make your own exfoliator, mix 3/4 a cup of oats, one egg, 1/3 cup mineral water and 1/3 cup of raw honey in a blender until smooth. Spread onto your face and leave it for about five minutes, or until your skin starts to feel tight, then rinse with water. You can also make a quick mix with equal parts of raw honey and oats.
Apple cider vinegar is regarded as a miracle skin product, as the acid in the vinegar balances the pH of our skin. To make your own toner, mix two tablespoons of raw apple cider vinegar and 1/2 cup of water or aloe vera; dab a small amount onto a cotton ball or make-up pad and swipe across your face after you’ve washed your skin.
Eyelash and eyebrow enhancer
Castor oil stimulates hair growth and can make your eyelashes and eyebrows grow back quicker, thicker and fuller. Apply castor oil to your lashes and brows regularly, using a cotton tip.
Gently massage coconut oil onto your face and leave it on for 10 minutes before rinsing with water. Or you can give yourself a honey mask after having a warm shower (or hold your face over a bowl of steaming water to open your pores), rub warm raw honey onto your face and leave it on for 20 to 30 minutes. Rinse with warm water and then splash your face with cool water to close your pores.
Because strawberries are rich in vitamin C and are astringent, it is believed they help remove plaque and stains from your teeth. Make a paste by mashing strawberries and baking soda together, and use a toothbrush to spread it over your teeth. Leave it on for five minutes and do this once a week. Studies have found that doing this won’t bleach your teeth, but helps remove plaque and surface debris from teeth, which creates the illusion of a whiter smile. You can also make a paste by mixing 1 tablespoon of baking soda and 1/2 tablespoon of lime juice to form a paste and apply the mixture on your teeth. Leave it on for one to two minutes and rinse it off.
Coffee is a natural exfoliator that strips away dead skin, and the caffeine increases blood circulation, while reducing the appearance of cellulite. To make your own coffee scrub, mix 1 cup of coffee grounds, 1 cup coconut oil or olive oil, 3/4 cup brown sugar or sea salt, and 1 tablespoon vanilla extract. Hop in the shower and wet your skin, then get out. Apply the mixture in a circular motion to your body, and leave for five to 10 minutes before washing off.
Spoon coconut oil into your hands and warm with your palms, then lather it onto your skin for a natural lotion.
The lactic acid in milk is a natural softener, so next time you’re drawing a bath, add four cups of whole milk to the filled tub and enjoy. You can also add one cup of epsom salts, a few drops of essential oil and honey for a truly luxurious experience. Make sure you rinse with clean water to remove the milky residue and your skin will be left soft and supple.
Sprinkle cornstarch on your scalp, where the grease builds up and using your fingertips (not nails), rub into your hairline. The cornstarch soaks in almost all of the oil and dirt, leaving your hair feeling clean and fresh. You can also sub-in arrowroot powder instead of cornstarch, as it isn’t genetically modified (GMO).
Mix 1/2 cup honey and 1/4 cup olive oil and apply to damp hair, paying extra attention to the ends, then rinse with warm water.
The vitamins and essential fatty acids found in coconut oil nourish the scalp and help remove sebum build-up from hair follicles. Give your hair the at-home treatment with a quarter teaspoon of coconut oil and warm it up in your palms. Taking sections of your hair, drag the oil through your hair, trying to avoid your scalp (unless you have dandruff and need extra moisture), and leave in for as long as possible. If you use a small amount, it can act as a defrizz, and if you’re after a more nourishing treatment, add some more coconut oil and leave in overnight.
1. Lotus arrowroot powder, RRP $3.25, from Kunara Organic Marketplace in Forest Glen 2. BRAGG organic apple cider vinegar, RRP $13.95, from Nature’s Food Market in Currimundi 3. Vrindavan castor oil, RRP $16.95, from Organika in Noosaville 4. Maleny Dairies pasteurised and homogenised full cream milk, RRP $4.60, available at local supermarkets and grocery stores 5. Coconut Gold organic coconut oil, RRP $14.45, from Sunshine Coast Organic Meats in Forest Glen 6. Raw honey, from $7.95, at The Source Bulk Foods in Noosa, Maroochydore and Caloundra