Everyone has a beauty routine. Sometimes when I am pushing my way through mine at the end of the day I think about how much I am actually putting on my face and better yet what the heck I am putting on. I don’t have the most extensive collection of skin care products yet I still think after a mask, exfoliating, cleansing, toning, and moisturizing I get a little freaked out about all those chemicals and ingredients I can’t pronounce just sitting on face for the rest of the day.
So, every week or two I have taken to returning to the absolute basics by using beauty “products” from my kitchen. I haven’t tried all of the at home beauty recipes and remedies but I have found a few that I come back to on a regular basis depending on my skin’s needs.
Honey gives balance to my skin and makes it feel oh-so-soft. It’s great for diminishing build up and pulling out blackheads. I love that I can leave it on for as little as five minutes and upwards of thirty minutes and still feel great results.
Tea is awesome for relaxation and depending on what type of tea used it can help alleviate that tired look I get from lack of sleep or from being stressed. I just steep two bags in a cup of warm water for a minute or so and place them on my eyes until they get cold. If you live in a dry climate this is also helpful for irritated dry eyes or headaches.
Oatmeal makes for a great facial scrub (or mask) that gently exfoliates, so gently that you can use it daily. I tend to get a little redness on my nose and cheeks and this concoction helps alleviate it.
Avocado is great for eating and facial masks but it also does pretty amazing things for your hair. In the summer my hair gets really beat up by sun damage and multiple trips to the pool and beach so it’s in need of a little more TLC than usual at the end of the week. LUSH has a great avocado hair mask and I found this DIY version that is great for moisture, shine, and is also much lighter on the wallet.
Lemon is high in Vitamin C and is a natural lightener for both hair and skin (it’s known to lighten sun spots and even your skin tone). Cut a lemon in half and put a little sugar (a natural exfoliator) and a dab of honey applying all over for a full body scrub.
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