Whether you are a natural skincare enthusiast or simply too lazy to buy a new cleanser at the store, this list will break down some of the best and most common skincare products you can find in your kitchen.
1. Coconut Oil
Loved by many, coconut oil is a wonderful substitute for a traditional moisturizer or lotion. While some may be skeptical about applying oil directly to their face, coconut oil has been cited as a great treatment for acne and dry skin. Be careful, though, as it can cause acne for those with oily skin.
Coconut oil also works well as a natural makeup remover. Simply apply the oil to your face with your fingers or a cotton round, and gently massage until the makeup is removed. Then, use warm water or a washcloth to gently remove the oil from your face.
Honey has been used for beauty purposes across many cultures for generations. While the sticky substance may not seem ideal for your face, honey works well as a powerful cleanser or mask.
Honey removes dirt and impurities without removing the skin's natural oils, and keeps your face from becoming dry. The antibacterial and probiotic properties of honey can reduce and clear breakouts as well.
The key here is to use raw unpasteurized honey that has not been stripped of its healing properties. The most popular type of honey to use for skincare is raw Manuka Honey, which can be found online and in health food stores.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is often used as a home remedy for mosquito bites and spots. Apple cider vinegar contains natural acids that remove your dead skin cells, clearing away age spots and blemishes. It also has the power to prevent wrinkles and balance your skin's pH.
Blondes may be familiar with using lemon juice to lighten and highlight their hair. Lemons can also be used to brighten skin. The Vitamin C found in lemons is great for boosting collagen production and can help lighten dark spots or age spots. However, lemon juice can make your skin more sensitive to UV rays, so always remember to wear SPF when using it.
Cinnamon has antimicrobial properties and can be used to fight acne and soothe dry skin. You can use cinnamon as a spot treatment by mixing it with honey, applying it to your spots, and leaving it for 20 minutes or even overnight. It will smell delicious and leave your skin feeling light and fresh.
Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties and can help heal skin conditions like eczema and rosacea. The presence of curcumin in turmeric also helps it fight acne and prevent future breakouts. Like cinnamon, turmeric can be mixed with honey or coconut oil to create a mask. Be careful, though, as turmeric masks can occasionally leave an orange tint to your skin after use. It can also work well for your skin if you simply eat it or dissolve it into tea.
7. Cold Water
The simplest and easiest beauty product you can find in your kitchen is cold water. Splashing your face with ice cold water in the morning not only wakes you up, but works wonderfully as a toner for your skin, evening out your skintone and eliminating the need for any expensive toners or foundations.
These are just a handful of products you can repurpose for skincare! Natural skincare is a great alternative for traditional beauty products as they are better for the environment, often gentler on sensitive skin, and cheaper than the average skincare products. Always be sure to check your kitchen if you are looking for a new mask or cleanser.