Kitchen Cosmetics for Natural Beauty
Look no further than your kitchen for plenty of natural beauty products that you can use all over your body!
Yogurt is one of the most versatile products to keep in your refrigerator. You can use it on your hair for silky, dandruff free tresses. Or you can use it on your face to moisturize and enrich your skin.
YOGURT HAIR MASK -
1/2 c plain yogurt
1 T freshly squeezed lemon juice
Blend all ingredients in a bowl until smooth. Shampoo as usual and apply mixture to hair and scalp. Leave on for 15 – 20 minutes. You can wrap your hair in a hot towel to help it soak in and keep the drips contained. Rinse hair thoroughly with warm water, then follow with conditioner.
YOGURT FACE MASKS - To nourish and moisturize your face, yogurt also works fabulously!
Banana and Avocado Face Mask
• 1 overripe mashed avocado
• 1 overripe mashed banana
• 4 TBL. nonfat yogurt
• 1 TBL. olive oil
Mix all the ingredients together to form a smooth paste. Wash your face with warm water and a gentle cleanser and apply the face mask. Leave on for 20 minutes and then rinse with warm water, and pat dry. Apply your favorite homemade moisturizer.
Cucumber Parsley Face Mask
• 2 TBL. parsley
• 2 TBL. grated cucumber
• 2 TBL. plain yogurt
Puree together the grated cucumber and the parsley.. Add yogurt to form a smooth paste. Rinse your face with a gentle cleanser and warm water and apply the face mask. Leave on for 20 minutes and then rinse with warm water, and pat dry. Apply your favorite homemade moisturizer.
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Healthy Hair - Naturally Beautiful
For beautiful, naturally healthy hair, look no farther than your kitchen. In my kitchen, I usually have avocado, mayonnaise, lemons or limes, bananas, yogurt, extra virgin olive oil – sometimes eggs and honey. Every single one of those items are not only healthy for your insides, but they are also fabulous for giving your hair that extra boost that will make it look gorgeous!
Banana avocado mask
For beautiful locks like those in the picture, don’t eat this! (Well, that does help!) Slather your hair in this rich mask to bring back its luster.
A word about bananas in your hair – Bananas add richness and luster, but you have to (I repeat, absolutely have to) blend and puree them before you put them in – otherwise, there will be little bits and pieces of bananas left in your hair – trust me, I’ve had that happen!
- 1 medium banana
- 1 egg
- 1/2 avocado
- 2 Tbsp honey
- 3 Tbsp yogurt
- 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- Blend banana, egg and avocado in blender.
- Add remaining ingredients and blend until well combined.
- Apply to hair from roots to tips.
- Leave in for 30 minutes and then wash out with a moisturizing shampoo.
- Double the recipe for long hair.
- Use twice a month to maintain healthy hair.
Healthy hair rinses -
To give your hair a great shine and help remove soap build up, instead of reaching for that extra expensive hair product, use these common household ingredients.
If you are a blonde, add a couple of tablespoons of lemon juice to your rinse water. For brunettes and redheads, apple cider vinegar in your rinse water. For everyone, stir 1 tsp. of honey into 4 C. (1 quart) warm water. After shampooing, pour mixture through hair. Do not rinse out. Dry as normal.
Eggs for Your Hair's Natural Health and Beauty
Dry, dull, lifeless hair? Frizzy and out of control? Me too! So now I’ve started to use eggs in my hair and the difference is awesome and Excellent!
Eggs are full of proteins and vitamins and minerals, all good for your hair. They are also full of essential fatty acids that help to fight dandruff and provide moisture and nourishment to dry and damaged hair. The Vitamins A, D and E in eggs work to prevent losing hair, and the same powerful antioxidants they have that help you fight free radical damage inside your body also protect from the harmful effects of pollution, UV rays, and chemicals outside your body and on your hair.
For an easy treatment, just mix an egg with water and coat your hair. As with all hair masks, cover your hair with a shower cap and sit back and relax for about 15 minutes. Rinse really well as leftover egg will start to smell! And only use cool water to rinse egg out of your hair as hot water will cook the egg and make a terrible mess!
You can add honey, lemon, or yogurt for a great deep conditioner. And while you’re at it, throw in an avocado or banana for richness – why not??
For people like me who are in water a lot like swimmers, surfers etc, a conditioner made out of eggs mixed with a little olive oil and some peeled cucumbers will lessen the effects of chlorine and sun. Spread it evenly on your hair and cover with a shower cap, leaving it on for 15 – 20 minutes. Rinse it out with cool water thoroughly.