From my observation, it seems like more and more people are seeking natural products for skin care and hair care. Additionally people are looking for products that are inexpensive, do what they claim, and are eco-friendly. The easy way to find that is to look in your own kitchen. There are lots of good ingredients right there to use to make all natural, healthy skin care products. Try some of these easy recipes, ones that I have used and loved plenty of times, to get started.
We have all heard of Cleopatra's infamous milk baths and her beautiful skin. Here is today's version: add a pint to one quart of buttermilk to your bath! The buttermilk will soften and lighten dark patches. For an aromatherapy treatment too, add your favorite essential oil, such as lavender for relaxation.
Try this exfoliate to scrub away dry patches. 2 cups of Epsom salt with olive oil. Be careful in the shower, olive oil can be slippery!
There is a lot of products that claim they can reduce cellulite - are they working for you? How about coffee grounds? Apply the grounds directly to affected area then wrap with kitchen wrap, much like a body wrap. Leave the wrap on 30 minutes and rinse. Repeat regularly until cellulite is gone. I think it is the caffeine in the grounds that stimulate the fat cells under the skin that makes this recipe work.
To add shine to your hair, apply a nickel size amount of olive oil in your hands and rub together, work your hands through your shampooed hair, then comb to distribute evenly. Allow oil to sit for 10 to 20 minutes. Rinse with cool water, dry and style as usual. This is as good as any hot oil treatment to add shine to your hair.
Hair Product Buildup
Vinegar is a natural choice to remove hair product buildup. Hairspray, mousse, gel, etc. leave behind residue in hair. Mix equal parts vinegar with water and after shampooing and conditioning, work the vinegar solution through hair and rinse. Vinegar also detangles.
Mix together 2 tsp. plain yogurt, 1/2 tsp. honey, 1/2 tsp. lemon juice and 3 capsules vitamin E (equivalent of 300 units). Combine all ingredients. Open the Vitamin E capsule and fold contents into the mix. Gently apply to face and leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water and follow with a toner and moisturizer.
Lavender Sugar Scrub
1/2 cup of jojoba oil
3/4 cup of white cane sugar
1 teaspoon Vitamin E
1/4 cup almond oil
6 drops of lavender essential oil
Directions: Combine all ingredients in large bowl. Mix until combined, and then pour into desired container.What a wonderful scrub, and also a great gift!
Much like the strips you can buy in the store but less expensive and eco-friendly. Mix 1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin and 1 1/2 tablespoons milk. Warm the mixture in microwave. Warm nose and/or chin with warm cloth to open pores, apply mixtures to nose and chin area. Do not use around eyes or other delicate areas. Allow mixture to dry on nose and chin for 15-20 minutes, or until a stiff film appears. Peel off the film and there you go, all the debris in your pores has surfaced to the top. Follow with a cool toner to close pores and restore pH balance, then follow with a moisturizer. Note: this does not smell the best when taking it out of the microwave, but this recipe actually removes blackheads!
Dry or damaged hair
Avocado has wonderful nourishing properties. Cut up an avocado and blend, mix with 1/2 cup mayonnaise or a few tablespoons olive oil. Wash and towel dry hair and apply treatment, thoroughly working down the shafts of the hair to the ends. Wrap hair in shower cap and allow nourishing for 10 to 20 minutes. Rinse and style as usual.
These are just a few ways you can use common kitchen ingredients and essential oils in your skin care and hair care products. For more skin care recipes visit Complete Skin Care Therapy
Carol Belanger author of 300+ Skin Care Recipes