Want to know a big beauty secret? The best (and cheapest!) beauty fixes aren’t just found on the shelves of your local drugstore. You can also find them in your pantry and refrigerator.
That’s right—your kitchen is actually brimming with some of the best beauty ingredients that make the most efficient hair conditioners, facial masks, and scrubs. Don’t believe us? Give some of these DIY beauty recipes a try. Not only will you be saving money, but you’ll also be using the freshest ingredients, giving you the assurance that you’re not slathering on all sorts of chemicals on your skin.
Banana-Avocado Hair Conditioner: Strengthen your tresses and boost its shine with this natural hair mask: grab your blender and puree one banana along with one avocado. After shampooing your hair, comb this mixture through damp hair and put a shower cap on. Leave on for at least 15 minutes, then rinse. The potassium in the banana helps improve the elasticity of your hair, while the oils in the avocado pump up the shine.
Exfoliating Milk Bath: Want smooth, supple skin all over your body? Take a hint from Cleopatra and run a milk bath. Run a bath and add two to four cups of milk (roughly one liter) to the running water. Milk is rich in lactic acid, which gently removes dead skin cells from the body. Pump up the dead skin cell removal by mixing a handful of oatmeal with honey, and rubbing this on your skin. Oatmeal is a natural exfoliator and skin soother, while honey is a well-known natural moisturizer.
Garlic for stronger nails: It may smell kinda, well, garlicky, but it’s a secret Dominican women use to keep their nails super strong! Finely chop some garlic and add this to a bottle of clear nail polish. Let it sit for about seven to 10 days, then apply on your nails. The logic behind this is that our nails contain sulfur and protein—and garlic contains sulfur, so it helps strengthen our nails.
Moisturizing Egg White Face Mask: It can be quite smelly, but it’s inexpensive, and some people swear that egg whites help shrink pores—putting an end to acne and blackhead woes. Try this honey and egg white facial mask and see for yourself. Mix a tablespoon of honey with an egg white and whisk. Spread on your face, and leave for 15 minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water. Since egg whites can be drying, the honey acts as a great moisturizer to soften the skin.
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