You might not know it, but your kitchen could be hiding some of the best ingredients that will take your beauty routine up a notch!
Baking soda is typically used to deodorize and sanitize the kitchen but did you know this pantry staple makes an excellent dry shampoo? Baking soda sops up oil buildup like a dream, reduces funky scalp odors and even banishes flakes! Just rub a small amount of baking soda to the roots of your hair the next time you run out of dry shampoo.
You can also use baking soda to remove product buildup in the hair, restore shiny locks, and even whiten your teeth. Just apply a small amount of baking soda on your toothbrush and buff your teeth away. Don’t do this every day though, baking soda is very potent, it can cause teeth sensitivity.
Apple Cider Vinegar
What’s a kitchen without apple cider vinegar? Apple cider vinegar is not only a cooking staple, you can also use it as a hair rinse, as a hair conditioner, and as an acne treatment!
The fruit acids in cider vinegar dissolve product buildup in the hair. Just add about half a cup of cider vinegar on a basin full of water and use the solution as a hair rinse. Cider vinegar not only removes the gunk in your hair, it will also condition every hair strand.
As an acne treatment, apple cider vinegar heals inflammation, fades out blemishes, and reduces pain and swelling caused by cystic acne. You can use cider vinegar as a toner to calm the skin down and heal an acne flare out.
Coconut oil is teeming with nourishing vitamins and antioxidants that protect the skin from free radical damage. The beneficial fats in coconut oil penetrate the skin deeply, protecting from dryness, skin irritation while speeding up healing.
Just a dollop is enough to moisturize scaly heels, dry elbows, and cracking cuticles. If you are expecting, we recommend spreading a little coconut oil on your growing belly to reduce stretch marks. And while you’re at it, apply a little at the ends of your hair to reduce frizz and split ends. Finally, you can use coconut oil to whiten the teeth. Just take a spoonful of coconut oil, swirl it in the mouth for 15 to 20 minutes before spitting it in the trash bin, not the sink (coconut oil turns solid at room temperature!) According to Ayurveda, oil pulling draws out impurities in the body while removing teeth stains and eliminating bad breath!
Brown sugar makes the perfect face scrub because it is so gentle on the skin! In fact, some of the most popular beauty products use brown sugar as a natural exfoliator. Brown sugar effectively sloughs off dead skin cells while buffing the skin to even out the complexion.
You can use brown sugar on its own or mixed with a little honey or healthy oil (coconut oil, olive oil, sesame oil, etc.) to smoothen the skin!
We love drinking coffee in the morning but do not throw the coffee grounds just yet! You can use the coffee grounds as a natural exfoliator. Coffee contains caffeine that firms up the skin, perks the senses, and reduces the appearance of cellulite! Just like brown sugar, you can apply the coffee grounds on the skin on its own or mixed with a little honey or healthy oil of your choice!