- by Cindy
By Hannah Kaiser
Many skincare products today are jammed full of chemicals that are not only harmful to your skin, but your long-term health as well. And while there are brands that opt for a more natural list of ingredients, the most surefire way to ensure your skin is getting the best care is by making your own products. The Internet is full of DIY facemasks, creams, cleansers, and scrubs that it’s not hard to find a recipe that catches your eye. But before you begin whipping up your beauty concoctions, make sure to know your ingredients. The best part of making your own skincare products is that you know exactly what you are putting on your face. But, even though an ingredient may be natural, there are some foods and plants that carry more benefits to your skin than others. And different ingredients produce different effects. So, do your research before rubbing anything on your skin.
You don’t have to drive to nearest farmers market to stock up on the finest ingredients either. Many helpful products might already be in your kitchen. Here’s a list of just a few edible ingredients that will prove valuable in a DIY mix or on their own.
I’m sure you’ve heard raving reviews over this magical oil before, but trust me, it’s all merited. Coconut oil is not only a healthier alternative to fats like butter when in the kitchen, it’s incredibly multifunctional as a beauty tool as well. It can be used as a moisturizer for your hair and skin, leaving both silky soft. You could also utilize the golden grail of natural skincare as a gentle and effective eye makeup remover, where it will melt off even the clingiest formulas.
This super ingredient serves many purposes when it comes to skincare. The zest can be used as an exfoliator in a scrub, while the juice itself brightens your skin. The citrus is also known to reduce excess oil as well as manage those tricky blackheads.
Go for the bigger bunch at the store, cause this fruit not only serve as a healthy snack but will also make a great addition to your skincare routine. The antioxidants fend off potential wrinkles, and also help relieve acne and oiliness. This means all ages can benefit with smoother skin after applying bananas. The fruit also brightens and moisturizes skin.
Containing lactic acid, Greek yogurt may be used as a more gentle exfoliator to aid in the smoothing of wrinkles and fine lines on the face. Packed with probiotics, this food also has a powerful soothing effect, making it a good choice for irritated, even sunburnt, skin.
This spice is another wonderful ingredient in facemasks. Ginger can be used as an exfoliator, and is known to leave skin looking radiant. It also evens out skin tone and fights hyperpigmentation.
Can someone say hydration? There’s a real reason why spa-goers and home DIYers alike are seen with slices of cucumbers over the eyes. These veggies are known to hydrate skin, diminish swelling, and lighten the dark circles under the eyes. Yet, this is not their sole contribution to the field of skincare. Blended with a facemask or toner, cucumbers can hydrate the entire face and clear up acne and pores as well.
Whether in a meal or in a facemask, these ingredients are extremely beneficial to the health of your skin and your whole body. With most of these already available in your pantry, there’s no longer an excuse to lather your face with chemical filled products. So get creative and start mixing, you’re skin will thank you!