Beauty products from your kitchen

If you’re trying to save some pennies, or just want to try something different, there are a ton of beauty products you probably haven’t discovered in your kitchen right now. Here are five to try out.

Yogurt mask

We understand the allure of the pretty packaging and high-tech ingredients of the products lining the beauty counters. But you may not even realize that right in your very own kitchen is a wealth of “products” you could use in your beauty routine.

Tea

Drinking tea will boost your health and skin, thanks to the antioxidants, but using the tea bags on your skin will give you a beauty pick-me-up, too. Put two used tea bags in the freezer to chill (not freeze!), then lie down and place them on your eyelids. The same antioxidants will help reduce swelling and inflammation.

Yogurt

This dairy product provides great hydrating and also works at exfoliating the skin, thanks to the lactic acid it contains. Spread a layer onto your face as a cooling facial mask and it’ll refresh dull skin. Or try rubbing some into your hands to soften skin and help moisturize your cuticles. Any type of yogurt will do, but a thicker Greek yogurt may drip less.

Mayonnaise

Sure this spread tastes fantastic in a club sandwich, but it can also be used to condition your hair. Mayonnaise, which is made of egg and oil, will add incredible shine to your hair. Gently heat up a few tablespoons worth of mayo in the microwave (don’t let it cook!). Then, work it through your hair down to the ends. Wrap your hair in a towel or shower cap and let it soak in for 15 minutes. Then shampoo out and rinse well.

Olive oil

It’s an essential part of the super-health Mediterranean diet, and you can use it in your beauty routine, too. Using a cotton pad, soak up a bit of olive oil and gently wipe away eye makeup. Bonus: the oil will help hydrate the thin, delicate skin in the eye area. Also, in a pinch, you can use olive oil as a treatment for dry hair. Simply apply a small amount to the ends of your hair, and rinse out after 30 minutes.

Sugar and salt

Those fancy pots of scrub at the spa? Many are made of sugar and salt. Now, you’ll want to avoid using homemade sugar and salt concoctions on your sensitive face — what you whip up may be too harsh and irritating — but by all means, try either of them to exfoliate your rough hands and feet. Mix salt or sugar with olive oil or honey (play with the proportions until you have a consistency you are happy with) and use it to gently slough away old skin cells.

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