Looking and feeling good is important for our confidence and self esteem. Women and men often make substantial efforts to look good, using a number of cosmetics available in the market.
A recent study claims that our skin absorbs 67 percent of the cosmetics applied on it. Imagine the amount of synthetic chemicals our body absorbs owing to make-up products. Take a closer look at the ingredients of your favorite make up to discover the kinds of chemicals your skin has been absorbing all this while.
Luckily, several effective and chemical free beauty products are lying in your kitchen cabinet- waiting to be discovered.
Discover 10 great and natural ways of looking beautiful using simple kitchen ingredients.
The golden juice of nature is rumored to be the anti-ageing secret of Greek Gods. It is also the secret to perfectly moisturized skin and lustrous hair.
Glowing Face Pack: Full of antiseptic and antifungal properties, apply honey on face, to discover healthy and blemish free skin.
Acne Treatment: Dab honey over facial acne for a speedy recovery
Hair Mask: Mix honey and coconut milk to make a hydrating and refreshing hair mask
Surprisingly, the humble potato has several beauty benefits. It is a perfect cure for puffy, tired eyes.
Puffy Eyes Mask: Potato contains a compound known to help reduce swelling and puffiness. Treat puffy eyes with a mask made with shredded potatoes. Shred a small potato, freeze it and apply as an eye mask for 15 minutes.
This flavorsome exotic spice has some great skincare benefits.
Lip Plumper: Mix a bit of cinnamon powder with lip-gloss for fuller lips. Caution – It might sting a bit
Facial Mask: Make a royal mask of cinnamon and honey for acne-free and fresh skin
4. Beet Root
Discover the perfect ‘Blush of Health’ with beetroots. The naturally colorful beets can add some much needed color to an otherwise pale/dull face
Cheek and Lip Tint: Add little glycerine and rosewater to beetroot juice and preserve it for further use. The cheek cum lip tint is 100 percent natural and also longer lasting than the commercially available products
5. Rose Water
Fresh, moisturizing and pleasantly fragrant, Rose water is considered to be nature’s perfume. Feminine yet strong, it has many beauty benefits
Toner: Use organic rose water as a toner for fresh, well hydrated skin
Body Splash: Spray on rose-water after bath for a fragrant day ahead
Anti-ageing Agent: A natural astringent with anti-inflammatory qualities, the use of rose water has been found to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
This antiseptic spice is a great remedy for post-acne scarring
Post- Acne Cream: Mix organic turmeric powder with lemon juice for a medium-thick paste, and dab onto discolored/ scared skin. Wash the area after 20 minutes. Because turmeric has a strong yellow color, the area treated may have a temporary yellow tint, which might last a wash or two.
A moisturizing agent, as well as a skin exfoliant, yogurt can be used as a cooling mask to rejuvenate dry and tired winter skin.
Conditioner: Brewed dark roast coffee can be used as a post-conditioner wash to add rich color to brunette and auburn hair. Instant coffee mixed with conditioner provides a similar effect.
Scrub: Use instant coffee as a facial exfoliator. Some mix granulated sugar with coffee to scrub off dry, dead skin.
Energy Mask: Caffeine can also rejuvenate the skin. Turn a tired and dull face to glowing and fresh by applying a mixture of instant coffee and honey for 10 minutes.
Scrub: Use sugar as part of your weekly beauty regime. Mix sugar with baby oil/ almond oil and scrub gently in a circular motion, to reveal a fresh and clean skin
Sea salt and ground rock salt are great exfoliants that work as home-made body polish scrubs, to reveal a naturally radiant skin.
Body Polish: Rub salt in a circular motion on your entire dry body, before a shower for an incredible glow. Follow up with a rich moisturizer to re-hydrate skin.
Acne Cure : Make a thick paste of salt and honey. Apply to the affected area. Word of caution – It will sting initially, but is an effective medicine for fighting acne.