When you need a new moisturizer or body scrub, you typically make a run to the local beauty supply store or a nearby pharmacy. But you don’t have to set foot outside your home to get gorgeous. Just head to your kitchen! These five ingredients will leave your skin and strands looking great.
Brown sugar. Scrubbing off dead skin cells leaves your skin feeling smoother and allows your moisturizer to penetrate easier. It also helps prevent stubborn ingrown hairs and body breakouts. Add jojoba or olive oil to brown sugar to achieve a slushy consistency. Massage the mixture into your skin then rinse.
Oatmeal and honey. If you suffer from frequent breakouts and oily skin, try an oatmeal mask at least twice per week. Oatmeal works as great oil absorber. Adding honey to the mixture will make the mask stay together. Combine 1/4 cup of oatmeal, 1/2 cup of water and 2 teaspoons of honey. Apply to your face for 15 minutes. Wash off with warm water.
Apple cider vinegar. If you’re plagued with dull hair or battling buildup, an apple cider vinegar rinse will restore shine to your tresses and get rid of any hard-to-remove product. Combine one part water, one part apple cider vinegar. Apply the apple cider vinegar rinse to your hair after you’ve shampooed and rinsed well. Leave it in for five minutes then rinse with cold warm to seal the shaft.
Mayo. Dry, brittle hair is a nuisance. Mayonnaise—rich in oils and fatty acids—is the perfect remedy. Dampen your hair. Apply a thick layer of real mayonnaise from roots to ends. Next, comb the mayonnaise through your hair with a wide-toothed comb. Let it sit for twenty minutes, then shampoo and rinse.
- Audra E. Lord