Harsh chemicals and unnatural ingredients do not have to be included when treating yourself to a nourishing spa treatment! Skin problems, such as dry skin or acne, can be treated with some of the most effective and natural remedies created at home with just a few ingredients from your kitchen. I’m constantly mixing up some concoction of foods in the kitchen to use in the bathroom for any part of my skin! The best part is, these foods are not expensive, they are not hard to find, they are the most beneficial for your skin, and you most likely already have on them on had because of their very common ingredients.
So, the next time you make a trip to the grocery store, add these 7 foods to your shopping cart for some at home pampering!
- Coconut oil: It’s great on its own as an intensive night time moisturizer for your body and face. It’s also an incredible hair mask to liven up dull, dry locks, especially as a pre-poo (put on hair the night before you wash it). Mixed with a bit of sugar and your favorite essential oil, it’s the perfect smoothing body scrub. This oil (I use organic) is so versatile and is my main go-to DIY beauty ingredient!
- Avocado: It might not be everyone’s favorite wholesome fruit, but it’s the perfect addition to just about any meal (smoothies, too) and it is a powerhouse when it comes to natural beauty, by far. It’s rich in essential oils that moisturize dry skin as well as vitamin A that can remove dead skin cells. Simply, mash up an avocado and rub it into your hair as a conditioning mask before washing, or apply it to your face as an acne and wrinkle-fighting face mask!
- Cinnamon: This spice has very strong antibacterial and antiseptic properties, so it’s one of the main natural defenses against acne.Simply, mix cinnamon with honey to create a detoxifying face mask, if you have acne prone skin. As a spot treatment, use less honey and more cinnamon, apply to the affected area and leave it overnight.
- Raw, Local Honey: Raw, local honey can be the base of all of your favorite natural face mask recipes. Honey is another great remedy for troublesome skin (great spot treatment for pimples) and it provides the right texture and viscosity needed to make a face mask. The benefits of using raw, local honey is because it’s 100% pure honey and it provides a slight defense against local allergies.
- Apple Cider Vinegar: If you are looking for a nighttime toner, then look no further than your kitchen pantry! Mix one part apple cider vinegar with three parts water in a small spray bottle and spritz your face after cleansing. Although this toner can help clear out your pores, it does have a strong smell. So, I recommend only doing this treatment at night.
- Oranges: If you suffer from dry, flaky skin, citrus fruit is a great all-natural cure. The acidity in the fruit removes dead skin cells. Cut an orange in half and rub half into each elbow to keep them soft, although this technique will work on any body part where you have dry skin. You may also add freshly squeezed orange juice to your sugar and coconut oil scrub!
- Bananas: Bananas are incredibly moisturizing and hydrating. Therefore, it’s a great food if your face is dry. Simply, add a small amount of mashed banana to your raw honey face mask. This mask will liven up your complexion and leave you with very soft skin! Bananas are perfect for dry, cracked skin on your feet. Try adding one part honey to three parts banana and rubbing it into your cracked heels. And, don’t forget to cover your feet with plastic wrap to avoid making a mess while you relax during the treatment!
Do you have any favorite at-home natural beauty treatment ingredients?