Natural beauty remedies

Sep 7, 2009 at 3:00 p.m. ET

If you are looking for some terrific natural ways to keep your skin clean, hydrated and nourished, choose homemade beauty treatments that you can make in your own kitchen.

When wallets are tight, natural beauty remedies are a great way to get gorgeous without going broke. Fruits like grapefruit and pineapple go a long way in making your skin glow, so grab a couple extra pieces of produce next time you're shopping and you'll be all set for a glamorous spa day at home.

Snack smart

So much of your skin and hair's appearance starts from the inside and is closely related to what types of food you are eating. Diets high in natural foods rather than processed, fast foods will help your hair and skin be as radiant as possible. Once you've cleaned up your snack act, try a few of these at-home beauty treatments to really bring out your inner glow.

Enjoying eating well is all about flavor, texture and variety. For an energizing afternoon snack, try pairing one-half of a nutrient-rich Florida grapefruit with a serving of walnuts to add protein, omega-3 fatty acids and a satisfying crunch.

Stay hydrated

Another important thing to remember when trying to look your best, staying hydrated is essential to soft, supple skin. Have you ever noticed a link between getting chapped lips and not drinking enough water? When you don't get enough fluids in your diet, your body will start pulling moisture from other places like your skin - yikes!

If you're not a big water drinker, look for natural sources of H20 like 100 percent grapefruit juice. This kind of juice has great hydrating properties due to its high water content and presence of the electrolyte potassium, which can be lost after exercising.

Great grapefruit beauty treatments

Grapefruit are a great way to bring a bit of summer into your gloomy winter skincare routine. Their fresh citrus scent is an instant pick me up -- and bonus! The smell actually makes people perceive you as younger. Here are some other natural beauty secrets:

Shining smile
The secret to a great smile starts with healthy gums and vitamin C, which is found in grapefruit, helps keep teeth healthy by promoting healthy gum tissue.

Fresh face
Pamper yourself with a natural, fresh face wash using red grapefruit. Grind half of one grapefruit in a blender (peel included) with a splash of millk and some sugar. Blend until mixture is well combined and then warm the mixture in the microwave just until warm. Stir until thickened. Spread the mixture over your face, lightly rubbing the sugar into your skin until it dissolves, then rinse.

Grapefruit salt scrub

Salt scrubs are great for exfoliating and moisturizing at the same time. Try this recipe to make your own at home (it keeps in the fridge for up to 2 weeks).

1/2 cup kosher salt
1 tbsp. grated fresh ginger
1 tbsp. grapefruit zest
1 cup almond or sesame oil

Stir all ingredients together and store in an air-tight container. Voila! You just made your own grapefruit scrub to use all over your body (but because of the salt we recommend you avoid your face or freshly shaven legs!).

up next: more homemade face mask ideas

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