Kitchen Aids: 5 Beauty Treatments Made From Everyday Foods

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Before you head to the store to purchase a new face mask, moisturizer, or hair treatment, you may want to check out your kitchen first. Chances are you have the ingredients on hand to make your own beauty products. A lot of emphasis is placed on what foods to eat for glowing skin, antioxidant protection, and hydration — the same properties beauty companies tout about products. So instead of going out to buy a vitamin C face wash, why not put that citrus fruit in the fridge to good use?

Foods and oils you can purchase in the grocery store are incredibly versatile when it comes to beautification. For example, consider coconut oil. Prevention lists ten ways the oil can be used for the body, including as a moisturizer, a cheekbone highlighter, and as a way to tame hair fly-aways. Taking ingredients out of the kitchen and using them in a beauty routine is cost-effective too. When was the last time you got ten different uses out of a face mask or body scrub? Keep reading for five more DIY treatments, sourced from your cupboards.

Source: Jayca / Flickr

Source: Jayca / Flickr

1. Chocolate and honey

When it comes to chocolate facial treatments, the hardest part is not eating what you’re putting on your skin. While you may not succeed in refraining from sampling the batter, you will be saving money. A chocolate facial at the Spa at the Hotel Hershey costs $170 or $180. An ABC affiliate had two estheticians on to explain how to make an at-home chocolate facial for a fraction of that cost.

Skin Care Recipes and Remedies explains that chocolate will moisturize your skin, while the antioxidants present in cocoa will protect against free radical damage. Honey, New York dermatologist Dr. Doris Day told CNN, is a great go-to product for natural skin care. ”Honey is published widely in medical literature for its use on wounds and diabetic sores,” Day said. She uses it in her own acne and exfoliating recipes.

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup of cocoa powder
  • ½ cup of yogurt or ¼ cup of heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons of oatmeal
  • 3 tablespoons of honey

Directions: Mix all ingredients well until you have a creamy paste. Apply it to your face with a brush or your fingers, and let it sit on your skin for 15 minutes. Wash off with a warm, wet cloth.

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