5 Beauty Products You Can Make in the Kitchen

5 Beauty Products You Can Make in the Kitchen
From the beginning of time, lovelies have been utilizing products provided by Mother Nature for aesthetics. The most delicious and healthy beauty products can be found in your own kitchen cupboards. Below are 5 beauty recipes you can easily begin today!

Cleansing Oil

Traditional face washing can strip your skin of moisture and do more harm than good. For those reasons, cleansing oils are all the rage. While there are several oils that would make a great makeup remover, a well-rounded oil for most, for health purposes, is coconut oil. The key with coconut oil is to find an unrefined, organic oil. While this is “food” by all standards, the beauty benefits will wow you!

Coconut oil is not a traditional “carrier oil,” but is emollient enough to moisturize while being thin enough, when warmed, to add essential oils. Here are a few delicious and healthy additions for power packed cleaning oils or facial scrubs.

Combine coconut oil with:

Brown Sugar Brown Sugar will be a wonderful, finer texture exfoliator and will be nice for an invigorating, circulation boosting facial massage.

Oatmeal – Let this mixture sit for a bit until oatmeal is a softer texture. Oats will provide a gentle grit, loosening up dry skin, while providing colloidal skin calming qualities. As the coconut oil absorbs into your skin, it will soothe any inflammation issues. This scrub will provide a lovely balance for those with ruddiness and struggles with dry skin patches.

Raw Sugar – Raw sugar is a very exfoliating medium so while it is not advised for tender or sensitive areas, it is perfect for buffing the décolleté area and fighting sun damaged areas that easily dry.

To use cleansing oil, apply a tablespoon of the mixture to your face and neck, massage into skin, and gently wipe away with a warm steamy cloth for a cleansed, nourished and refreshed wash.

Lip Scrub

No matter the season, dry and flaky lips ruin even the most perfect lined and lacquered mouth. Try the following DIY lip exfoliator to keep your pucker perfect.

Mix:

  • 1 Tbsp. White Sugar
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 tsp. Honey
  • 2 Tbsp. Jojoba Oil or Olive Oil
To perk this lip scrub up, add a few drops of peppermint essential oil. Yum!

To best scrub your pucker, apply a pea-sized amount of this tasty mix to your lips and gently scrub in a circular motion, using your finger tip. Massage the areas generously including just outside of the edge of your mouth where lip products can easily clog pores and discolor the skin. Follow this process with a generous application of your favorite lip balm.

Facial Masques

Like anything else cosmetic, skin is different for each person. Below are masque options to mix and match for your specific skin type.

Egg, Milk and Honey Masque – This masque is best for ladies and gents with oily skin. It will not be long before you notice a reduction in oiliness. Egg whites draw out oil while egg yolks moisturize. This will provide a nice balance of moisture while cutting greasiness. Honey provides deep moisture and makes this masque even more healing to the skin, while milk’s acidity provides lactic acid to remove any dead skin cells.

As a reminder, eggs can carry salmonella bacteria. So keep raw eggs away from your mouth, eyes, and nose.  After, don’t forget to wash up your hands, and prep area.

Directions: Beat one egg, egg white and yolk. Once thoroughly combined, add 3 teaspoons of whole fat organic milk (bonus if you have 3 teaspoons of breast milk) for a balance of skin nutrients. Slowly blend in 1 tablespoon of honey until mix is well blended.

Citrus Cucumber Masque– Primarily used for blemish and scar treatment, the contents of this recipe are full of vitamin C and antioxidants. If you have extremely dry or sensitive skin, this masque will need to be followed with a deep moisturizer.

Directions: Peel a small cucumber, cutting in half, lengthwise, and stripping the seeds out. Puree the cucumber using a food processor baby food puree apparatus. Add one teaspoon of your favorite citrus juice.

Milk, Yogurt, and Mint Masque Not only refreshing but great for all skin types. This recipe includes the moisture and nourishment of milk, and the hydration of yogurt. Those of you that are struggling with adult acne may also enjoy the lactic acid within this masque. Mint soothes itchy, irritating skin and helps acne due to its salicylic acid content. 

Directions: Combine 1 teaspoon of milk powder or breast milk, 1 teaspoon of plain yogurt, and 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh Mint leaves. 

The masques listed above are best applied with brushes. Any flat, synthetic brush will do, but for easier application, consider a flat foundation brush and a smaller flat detailer for the smaller areas. All of these masques are “wet” masques and will not quickly dry. Twenty minutes will allow each of these masques to penetrate your skin and provide their full benefits.

Contour Powder

The natural ashy tone of cocoa lends itself to leading the way as the prime ingredient in this wonderful and natural facial contour product. While you might need to tinker with the balance of products to best suit your skin color, the following is a great base recipe as a jumping off point.

Sift Together:

  • 1 Tbsp. cinnamon powder
  • 1 tsp. cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg
  • 2 tsp. cornstarch

Be sure there are no lumps and that all powders are blended together well. To modify the color to your skin tone, remember:

  • Cinnamon adds that glow
  • Cocoa adds depth
  • Nutmeg adds sunkissed brown
  • Cornstarch adds blendability and acts as a lightening agent if needed
This powder produce is best stored in an air tight container in a shaded cool place. Application of contour powder is maximized by using a chiseled brush so you can best created the illusion of a natural shadow with precision and then diffuse the color with blending.

Bronzing Powder

Bronzing powder is a little different than contour powder because contours are designed to look like shadows and tend to be more effective when a cooler ashy tone, while bronzers should be just that – warm hued. The color of cinnamon is a great balance of brown and red that creates a faux sun-touched face. While the cinnamon and cornstarch balance might need a bit of adjustment for lighter skin tones, this recipe is sure to please.

Sift together:

  • 2 Tbsp. cinnamon powder
  • 3 tsp. cornstarch
Unlike contour powder, bronzer is best dusted on with a large fluffy brush to mimic a cast of natural warmth on the face.
Interested in more all-natural beauty products? Make yourself some luxurious body butter or find out more about essential oils and how they serve your beauty and self-care regiment.

Photo credit: That Basic Chic

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Tovah

Tovah traveled the globe before settling in North Carolina with her hockey-loving teenage son, Kung Fu-practicing ‘tween daughter, and Thomas-the-Train-toting toddler. Along with being a loving mother and daughter, Tovah works as an executive assistant. You can find her passionately working with and teaching young women and their mothers on a variety of topics pertaining to character, beauty, and charm. You can also follow Tovah at the Curtsygirls Facebook Page,  Twitter, or Instagram.

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