Skin and hair care routines are things that vary from person to person. Different products affect different people differently. Not only can they be expensive but it is also tedious to find products that suit you well. So what could be better than natural, inexpensive ingredients? Would it not be great if you could just grab something from your kitchen and look fab?
Here are 10 kitchen items that could do wonders to your skin and hair:
#1. Olive oil
Olive oil is one of the most versatile oil you could find. You could use it as a moisturiser for your face and dry body parts like elbows and knees. Oiling your hair with it will leave it silky and conditioned. For best result, warm equal parts of olive oil, almond oil and coconut oil and apply on your hair. Also, adding a little salt to olive oil would act as a scrub for your skin. It is an absolute bonus for your skin and hair.
For acne prone skin, honey is bae! Since raw, unprocessed honey acts as an anti-bacterial, it helps unclog pores and dry acne faster. It is also rich in antioxidants and helps prevent wrinkles, irritation and blemishes. Mix equal parts of honey and coconut oil with a hint of turmeric and apply it on your face. This acts as a moisturising, brightening and anti- blemish mask.
Lemon is essential if you have oily skin and hair. It cleanses out oil and dirt and leaves your skin feeling refreshed and clean. Lemon also acts as a brightening agent. Applying it to blemish spots and scars can help lighten them. You can use it directly on your skin and wash it off. You could also cut the lemon into half and put a little brown sugar on it and use it as a scrub. Lemon can also be used to treat dandruff.
Another great lightening agent is potato. Potatoes are rich in vitamin C and can be very beneficial to treat dark spots. They can be used to lighten dark elbows, knees and also dark circles. To treat dark circles, slice the potato and place it under your eye for about 20 minutes. You could also blend it and use it as a mask.
Rich in antioxidants, pytochemicals and moisture, bananas are one of the best skin remedies. It helps control oily skin and breakouts without disrupting the moisture and balance of your skin. For treating acne, place banana peel or apply mashed banana topically on the affected area. You could also use it to exfoliate your skin by mixing mashed potatoes with coconut oil and ground oatmeal.
Cucumbers are not only hydrating but also have a cooling effect on the skin. This helps keep the skin refreshed and free of skin problems. It helps in soothing and softening your skin. A lot of beauty products these days use cucumber as a key ingredient. For glowing, smooth skin, blend peeled and de-seeded cucumber with 4-5 mint leaves and add beaten egg whites, apply and let it sit for 20 mins. Wash and then pat dry.
Turmeric possesses anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties which are essential in treating skin conditions like acne. It not only heals acne but also clears scars and give your skin a radiant glow. To make a basic turmeric mask, mix milk, honey or yogurt with a tablespoon of turmeric and apply it on your face. Leave it for 20 minutes before washing it off.
#8. Green Tea
Well known for its medicinal uses, green tea is a holy grail of nutrients. It contains a high amount of antioxidants as well as enzymes, amino acids, and phytochemicals helping you fight dark circles and improving your skin complexion. Mix the contents of the tea bags with a little honey and lemon juice and use it as a mask to flush out toxins from the skin, heal blemishes and scars, and reduce inflammation.
#9. Rose Water
Rose water helps balance the pH of the skin and fights acne and blemishes. It soothes the skin and leaves it feeling fresh and hydrated. Applying chilled rose water after cleansing your face as a toner can help in toning your skin and closing open pores. You can also use it as a remedy for sunburn by adding some crushed tulsi leaves to it. Keep the formula refrigerated and apply it to rashes caused by sun exposure.
#10. Baking Soda
With its antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, it is essential in combating skin issues. It also balances the skin’s pH and helps prevent breakouts. To cure acne, mix baking soda with a little water to form a paste and apply it on affected area for 1-2 mins and wash it off. you can also add essential oils of your choice to the mixture. Though effective, excessive use of baking soda must be avoided.
I hope now you can go ahead and try these home remedies. Also, let us know your skin and hair remedies in the comments below.