Most people associate beauty products with the bathroom, since that’s where we tend to keep them. But did you know that you can find some of them in the kitchen too? There’s a number of household products and food items that can double as personal care products; here are the top five beauty products that can be found in the kitchen.
1. Apple cider vinegar. It may not smell the greatest, but apple cider vinegar (ACV) is a wonderful beauty product for both the hair and the skin. It is a natural conditioner that will give a nice sheen to brown hair; massage it through your hair after shampooing and rinse with warm water. For oily or acne-prone skin, make a toner that can be used on your face after cleansing: Start with one part ACV and four parts water. Add more ACV if needed.
2. Honey. I like to wash my face with honey in the mornings. Warm a teaspoon of honey between your fingers and apply to your face. Rinse with warm water – it rinses easily from the skin. It won’t remove makeup, so you might need to stick with your normal cleanser in the evenings. Some people even use honey diluted with water in place of shampoo.
3. Coconut oil. Coconut oil has many uses as a beauty product: Hair conditioner, heat protector, makeup remover, body lotion. The latest beauty craze is oil pulling, in which a person swishes the coconut (or other type of) oil in the mouth for twenty minutes. I do this first thing every morning, and my teeth are whiter and feel much cleaner after doing it.
4. Oatmeal. It’s not just for breakfast; oatmeal is also a soothing bath additive, especially if you have a sunburn. You can even use oatmeal to make a soothing face mask or a body scrub. Mix it with honey and apply to your face; rinse after twenty minutes. When mixed with an oil, like coconut or olive, it makes a gentle face scrub.
5. Lemon. Lemon juice can whiten and brighten yellowed fingernails, and it makes an excellent facial scrub. For your nails, squeeze lemon juice into a small bowl and soak your nails in it for a few minutes. Rinse, dry, and moisturize your hands. Or you can exfoliate your face with a mixture of one tablespoon olive oil, one tablespoon honey, juice from half a lemon, and half a cup of sugar.
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