Having beautiful skin and luxurious hair is something all of us naturally beautiful women would love, and looking beautiful and feeling healthy shouldn’t depend on how much money you have (or don’t have!). Sure, you can spend $150 on the latest face cream from a luxury spa (I am a former Spa Director after all!), but you can also spend $2 using what you probably have in your refrigerator now!
If you’re like me, you’ve always got avocados in the frig (who doesn’t love a good guacamole?). Avocado oil is packed with Vitamin E, an antioxidant that protects your skin from damage caused by free radicals and too much sun. Avocados are rich moisturizers that can be applied directly to your face for smooth-as-silk skin. You can even eat the inside of the avocado and use the avocado’s skin to spread the remainder on your face!
If you’re not using coconut oil, you should be. It’s the only oil that can withstand high levels of heat, plus it’s full of benefits for your hair, skin and nails. Coconut oil makes a great conditioner for your hair and will control dandruff. Coconut oil is antimicrobial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory so it will go to work on acne and prevent further blemishes. It’s perfect for an inexpensive lip balm to keep your lips plump and your smile beautiful.
Cucumbers have always been the go-to product to relieve tired, puffy eyes. Just put two slices on your eyes, lie back and in a few minutes, you’ll look like you’ve had a refreshing night’s sleep. The coolness of cucumbers can reduce inflammation and rashes all over your body. For those of you with sensitive skin, reach for a cucumber to give yourself a quick pick-me-up when you and your skin are feeling sluggish and droopy.
Yogurt is an all-purpose beauty regimen in a cup. Eat it when you need a protein boost and put it on your face or hair for the same reason. Yogurt’s packed full of beauty benefits. It can moisturize, reduce discoloration, prevent premature aging, relieve sunburn, and fight acne.
Bananas, honey, eggs, olive oil – These are more foods you probably have in your kitchen right now that can help you be healthy on the inside and look beautiful on the outside. Any and all of these ingredients can be used alone to rejuvenate your skin and hair. Here are two recipes you can whip up using these “kitchen cosmetics.”
YOGURT HONEY BANANA FACE MASK FOR DRY SKIN
1 tsp. honey (preferably organic)
2 tsp. yogurt
Mash up the banana with the rest of the ingredients, forming a thick paste. Spread the mixture evenly all over your face and neck (avoiding the sensitive eye area). Leave on for 10 -15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.
AVOCADO COCONUT OIL MOISTURIZER
Avocado Coconut Oil Moisturizer –
1/4 ripe avocado
1 tsp. lemon juice (another great kitchen beauty product!)
1/2 plain yogurt
1 tsp. coconut oil
Combine all of the ingredients into a very smooth paste (you can use a blender). Take a teaspoon of the mixture and apply it to your face using upward circular motion. Store the leftover product in a clean glass jar in the refrigerator.