The kitchen may be a strange place to start looking for skincare but the goodness of fresh ingredients is that they contain amazing skin benefiting properties and you can also be sure they are free from chemicals
Whether you want to use these ingredients as part of your regular skincare routine or as a last resort for a skin crisis you might be surprised how effective these simple tricks can be.
Geisha’s used rice milk as part of their beauty routine and knew the benefits it has to the skin.Rice milk is rich in vitamins and minerals and acts is a skin softener ( I’m not kidding rice milk makes your skin baby smooth). Rice milk can also be used to help with uneven skintone. It’s so easy to make, all it is the liquid left in the pan after boiling rice. Strain the rice and your good to go. So you can cook dinner and have left over a completely natural toner that your skin will thank you for.
If you suffer with bags and puffy eyes reach for a potato. All you do is pop a raw potato in the fridge then cut two thick slices and place it under your eyes. Because potatoes stay cold when chilled and contain plenty of vitamin C they can really nourish your skin under your eyes and help reduce puffiness. Potatoes also contain natural bleaching agents so are perfect for dealing with black circles.
Fruits are fantastic ingredients to put in your homemade face masks and because of the consistency of bananas it’s easy to form a paste to apply to your skin. Bananas can add much needed moisture to your face and are great for older skin as they contain vitamin E which helps with the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
You don’t have to just mash it up and use as a face mask, for less-mess you can just use the inside of the skin to rub on your face too.
Add a LITTLE bit to your banana to form a paste or boil a cinnamon stick with a generous amount of water and use as a targeted spot treatment. Cinnamon is a natural anti-bacterial and can help heal a spot quicker.
A lot of people know how good olive oil is for the hair but it can also be used as a facial oil. Olive oil contains plenty of antioxidants and is good as a cheap but effective oil for facial massage and can also be used to as an oil cleanser to break down makeup.
Boiled Oats are good to use as a natural exfoliant or as a base for a homemade mask.
Make a nice cup of green tea, pop it in the fridge and then put it on your face. Cold green tea is great to use as a toner as it’s full of antioxidants. Don’t forget to save the tea bag because that’s a great way to depuff eyes. You could even freeze the tea into ice cubes and use to cool, de-puff and brighten under the eyes. Don’t apply the ice cube straight from the freezer to your eyes though as you may get freeze burn Wrapping it in a muslin cloth will stop the direct contact of the ice to the skin whilst allowing the liquid to seep through.
Have you or would you try any of these ingredients for your skin?