Why try a homemade food-based skin care product? Because you read about it on the internet and the internet never lies.
Ha. No, really, because it’s cheap, it’s easy and best of all it’s super effective. The things that nourish your body from the inside out can nourish it outside-in as well.
All joking aside, I take my skincare very seriously. When the zombie apocalypse comes, I want my skin to be so rich that zombies use pieces of it as currency.
For your whole body
- Fill a jar with honey and a few tablespoons of brown sugar; keep in the shower and use as moisturizing body scrub.
- Create a full-body exfoliant by pulverizing a handful of almonds, one orange peel and a cup of grapeseed oil in a blender.
- Mix 1/2 c. sugar, 2 tbsp olive oil and 1 tbsp of any fragrant extract (vanilla, mint, etc) and mix together. In the shower, get wet and massage the scrub into your skin and rinse. The sugar exfoliates and the oil helps you stay soft.
- Another body scrub: 2 tsp olive oil, 2 tsp sweet almond oil, 1/2 c. sugar, 1-3 drops lavender essential oil. Whisk together and store in a container with an air-tight lid. Use a few dollops a couple times a week, scrub and rinse. The olive oil moisturizes while the lavender helps heal damaged skin, particularly cuts and burns. You can also replace half the sugar with 1/4 c. unused fine-ground coffee grinds. It’ll also help wake you up.
- Add to your bath water: Oranges-slice a naval orange evenly, place into the tub and add a few teaspoons of lavender oil. The acid from the fruit will act as an exfoliant and help slough off dead skin; Milk–the lactic acid in milk helps to mildly exfoliate the skin, reducing blotchiness as well as clogged pores; basil and rosemary–to treat aches and pains
- chocolate body scrub
- vanilla-almond-sugar scrub with oatmeal
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For your hair
- Boost shine by creating an egg white mask for your hair: whip two egg whites into a frothy mousse, apply to wet hair for 10 minutes and then shampoo and rinse with lukewarm water.
- You can also get more shine by rinsing your hair with rosemary water, which deep cleans and removes buildup in hair follicles. Boil the fresh herb in water, let it cool completely, strain out the rosemary and pour the water over your hair.
For your face
- Squeeze 2 lemons into a half cup of water then splash over face and rinse to help dissolve dead skin and fight bacteria.
- Treat a breakout by crushing an aspirin and mixing it with enough water to form a paste and then apply it to the pimple and leave it on for 10 minutes. Rinse. This will help shrink the pimple. You can also combine baking soda with water to make a paste and use that the same way.
- Mix 2 tsps canned pumpkin, half a teaspoon of honey, and a quarter teaspoon of milk (or soymilk). Apply to face and leave on for 15 minutes before rinsing. The pumpkin will help remove dead skin cells.
- Brush your teeth with 1 ripe strawberry, crushed, and 1/2 tsp baking soda. Leave the mix on your teeth for 5 minutes and then brush with toothpaste. The mix will help whiten your teeth.
For your hands
- Soak your fingers in warm water with lemon juice to help erase nail stains.
- Soaking your nails in warm olive oil and vitamin A oil will make them less prone to splitting; do it every two weeks and your nails will be healthy and strong.
For your feet
- Slice a lemon and dip slices in sugar; rub over calluses to exfoliate. Next, soak your feet in white vinegar to remove stains from nails, then moisturize with olive oil. Finish by wrapping your feet in wet, warm towels. (BTW, I do this one on a regular basis. Lemons are cheap, I always have sugar, it smells fantastic and it works like a charm.)
- 2 tsp olive oil, 2 tsp sweet almond oil, 1/2 c. salt, 1-3 drops lavender essential oil. Whisk together and store in a container with an air-tight lid. Use a couple dollops weekly to scrub your feet.
- Foodie Skin Care: Vanilla-Almond Sugar Scrub
- It rubs the lotion on its skin: chocolate salt body scrub
These are some of my favorite tips. If anyone has any more, send them my way! I’ve found they’re cheaper and often better than store-bought products, and I can sit at home and listen to music while pampering myself a bit without feeling guilty or awkward.