Food and Beauty Products

Don’t spend a ton of money on beauty products – just head to your kitchen.

For those who like to keep things simple, taking beauty back to basics is more appealing than ever – and thankfully the contents of our own kitchen cabinets contain some of nature’s most powerful beauty products.


Honey is nothing short of a beauty superstar with its proven antibacterial properties, soothing abilities and wide array of array of vitamins and minerals – making it a great way to both purify and moisturize skin. It is also an all-natural humectant, helping your skin to retain its own moisture, and its smooth texture makes it easy to apply. Use it in the bath or on your hair as a shine-boosting moisturizer.

Lemon Juice

Lemon juice has to be one of the cheapest beauty buys around – it can help whiten nails, reduce blackheads due to its natural acids and add lustre to hair when mixed with water during the final rinse of your shower. Its strong astringent properties also make it an excellent toner.


Yoghurt contains lactic acid, which helps to smooth rough and dry skin and prevent premature ageing. It’s also a great antibacterial and antifungal agent, so when used as a mask it helps to soothe blemishes and reduce impurities – plus it soothes sunburn beautifully. For the best results, use full-fat natural yoghurt.


With anti-oxidant vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids, almonds can be soaked and crushed to a paste to create a natural exfoliator. The almonds’ natural oils will remove dirt and grime whilst the texture is gentler than salt or sugar scrubs which can prove too harsh on sensitive skins.


Packed with vitamins E, C, B and A, bananas are a great moisture source for both hair and skin. Plus, the peel is said to help heal bruises, rashes and insect bites due to the high levels of potassium and other antioxidants that it contains – just rub over affected areas.



Coconut Oil

Coconut oil can be used as a conditioning hair mask, a moisturizer or a bath oil. As well as being extremely hydrating, its high concentration of lauric acid gives it impressive antibacterial properties.

Tea Bags

An oldie but a goodie, tea can be used to hide the signs of tired eyes – the caffeine and tannins that they contain draw out swelling and puffiness and neutralize dark circles. So, after brewing a cup of tea, allow the tea bag to cool and apply directly to the area around the eyes.


Oatmeal can be used for quite a few beauty purposes. If you’ve got an issue with acne, just cook up a bit, let it cool and apply to the affected area to reduce inflammation. You can also bathe in the stuff or use it as a base for scrub.


Eggs make a great hair moisturizer. Crack a few (2-3 depending on the length of your hair) and then whisk them up. Apply to the entire length of your hair. Let it dry and then shower and rinse the egg off with cold water. Hey presto – shiny hair!

Baking Soda

Who needs microdermabrasion, when you’ve got baking soda? Just add 3 tablespoons of baking soda to 1 tablespoon of water and mix thoroughly. Rub on your face in a circular motion and let it sit for 5 minutes before rinsing with warm water. Do it once a week to give your skin a natural, dewy glow.

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