Chances are you don’t head down to your kitchen pantry when you’re performing your morning or evening beauty routine. But maybe you should! Household kitchen items are actually great for ramping up your beauty regimen. If you want glowing skin without all the harsh chemicals, think about using one of these kitchen items for your next facial mask or cleanser. Not only will you look and feel beautiful, but you’ll smell good enough to eat!
Of course honey a yummy addition to your morning cup of tea, but it is actually a perfect facial cleanser or mask. It may sound messy to wipe a scoopful of the sticky goo all over your face each evening, but the benefits make it worth it. Raw unfiltered honey is extremely antibacterial, so it’s an effective cleanser. At the same time, it helps to moisturize and nourish, so chances are you won’t even need to apply a moisturizer if you choose to wash with honey. All you need to do is wet your face with cool water, and massage a quarter-size scoop of honey for a minute or two. You can even leave it on your face for 15 to 20 minutes if you want that extra nourishing boost.
Some of you may be familiar with turmeric’s health benefits when used in cooking, but did you know that it is actually helpful in treating skin ailments like acne, wrinkles, and dark spots? Due to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, turmeric is a perfect addition to your next facial mask. Mix it with honey and leave it on your skin for 10 to 20 minutes, then wash off with cool water. Don’t be surprised if your skin is left with an orange-ish hue afterwards! Simply follow with an exfoliating face wash to get rid of this.
Possibly one of the best moisturizers out there, coconut oil is something everyone should keep on their bathroom counter. It leaves skin feeling nourished and refreshed, and it’s sweet beachy scent can’t be beat. For an extra nourishing boost, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil, such as lavender, before lathering up with coconut oil. This is best used as a body moisturizer, so be cautious using coconut oil on your face. Depending on your skin type, it may cause breakouts.
If you love drinking a hot cup of green tea in the morning, don’t throw away the steeped tea bag! You can use it to your benefit. Green tea is known to be packed with antioxidants, so not only is it good for drinking but is one of the most effective kitchen items when it comes to applying to the skin or hair. Use steeped green tea bags on your eyes to reduce puffiness or dark circles. Simply steep two tea bags for 3 to 5 minutes, and place them in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes to cool them down. Once cool, lay down and place one tea bag on each eye. Leave applied for about 20 minutes, and voila! No more puffy eyes. This is mainly due to the caffeine found in green tea – which can help to shrink blood vessels around the eyes and stimulate healthy blood circulation.