No time for the spa? No problem. Your kitchen is full of unexpected yet extremely effective ingredients to give you glowing skin and hair.
From natural toners to mineral-rich exfoliators you’ll never look at your cabinets (or the spa) the same. Not only are these beauty tips inexpensive and convenient, but they’re also naturally nourishing.
LEMONS are rich in Vitamin C and citric acid. As a result, they lighten dark spots and even out your skin tone. They have powerful astringent properties that close your pores and balance your skin’s pH. A healthy pH balance protects your skin and helps it combat infections, bacteria, and environmental pollutants that cause acne, rashes, and blemishes.
How to use LEMONS:
- Highlight Your Hair – In a spray bottle combine ½ cup of fresh lemon juice with ½ cup of purified water. Spritz onto your hair before hanging out in the sun. With lemon’s high concentration of citric acid, you’ll have lighter locks in no time.
- Facial Toner – Mix ¼ cup of fresh lemon juice with ⅓ cup of Witch Hazel and ½ cup of purified water. Lemon’s citric acid is an alpha hydroxy acid that loosens the chemical bonds which hold dead skin cells together. And that means a brighter complexion for you.
SALT is an environmentally-friendly exfoliator that sloughs off dead skin cells to make way for hydrated nourished ones. Exfoliating is key to unclogging your pores for healthy and glowing skin. However, all salts are not created equal. Skip the table salt and opt for sea salt. Or, mineral-rich Himalayan salt (our all-time favorite).
How to use SALT:
- Lip Scrub – Mix 1 tablespoon of fine sea salt with a quarter-sized amount of coconut oil or honey (or a combination of both for extra moisture and protection). Rub gently over your lips before bed. When your lips are smooth your lipstick will last longer and shine brighter.
- Foot Scrub – Combine 1 cup of sea salt with ½ cup of coconut oil or olive oil. This scrub heals dry, cracked feet while locking in moisture for all day protection. Sandals, anyone?
RAW APPLE CIDER VINEGAR (with The Mother) is naturally antiviral, anti-fungal, antibacterial, and antiseptic. While all other vinegars are acid-forming, Apple Cider Vinegar is the only vinegar that is alkaline-forming to the body. It balances your body’s pH from the inside out (or outside in) depending on how you use it. Every morning we consume 2 tablespoons of ACV with water and honey. If you’re not a fan of the taste it works great as a hair detangler and conditioner as well as facial toner.
How to use APPLE CIDER VINEGAR:
- Hair Rinse – Mix ¼ cup of ACV with ¾ cup warm water. Pour over your hair in the shower then rinse thoroughly (some folks can’t stand the smell while others don’t mind it). This will restore your hair’s pH balance and get rid of buildup from other products you use. Say goodbye to dandruff and dry, brittle hair.
- Facial Toner – For normal skin combine ⅓ cup of ACV to ⅔ cups of purified water. For oily (or acne-prone) skin combine ½ cup of ACV to ½ cup of purified water. Use this toner in the morning and at night for clearer and healthier skin.
RAW HONEY – honey that hasn’t been heated or pasteurized – is full of antioxidants and enzymes to slow down aging and boost your complexion. Honey’s antibacterial properties prevent and treat acne by eliminating the bacteria that causes it. It’s also a humectant, which means it attracts and retains moisture.
How to use RAW HONEY:
- Face Mask – Put a quarter-sized amount of honey on your fingertips. Gently rub the honey across your face (and neck). Let it sit for 10 minutes. Rinse off with warm water then pat dry. Using this face mask regularly will reduce acne, fade scars, and brighten dull skin.
- Hair Mask – Combine 1 tablespoons of Raw Honey with 1 tablespoons of Coconut Oil or Olive Oil. Heat the mixture on your stove then apply to wet hair, saturating your hair follicles (especially your ends since they’re the most damaged). Rinse after 30 minutes for a healthy shine. *Note: For long or thick hair combine 2 tbsp of Raw Honey with 2 tbsp Coconut Oil.
We’ve all heard the phrase, “you are what you eat.” The same concept applies to the things you feed your skin. Before you buy that expensive facial toner filled with synthetic ingredients or spend a pretty penny on the next skin-care fad, take a peep inside your kitchen for nutrient-rich natural (and cheap) alternatives.
What’s your favorite at-home spa recipe? Does it feature avocados? Bananas? Yogurt? Tea? Share your all-natural beauty remedies in the comments below!
Gabrielle and Italia