Household beauty products

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Household beauty products

The food items we keep in our kitchen aren’t just good for eating – many of them double up as useful beauty products too! Whether you’ve run out of your usual product, or you’re waiting for the end of the month, utilise what you’ve got in your pantry. Here, some nifty ideas on how to make the most of your leftover foods.

Olive oil, almond oil and avocado oil are excellent sources of hydration, both for your hair and for your skin. To combat dryness, gently dab a few drops of your chosen oil onto dry skin after cleansing and toning. Struggling with dry and damaged hair? Rub some oil through the dry strands and leave for twenty minutes before shampooing and conditioning.

If your hair’s suffered the wrath of heat styling, colouring and environmental damage, treat it with this refrigerator essential. Spread a dollop of mayonnaise through your hair and cover in cling wrap. Leave for twenty minutes before shampooing (be sure to do a good job, or else you’ll be left with a greasy residue) and condition.

Lemon juice
Ever find your nails look yellow after you remove your favourite dark polish? Get them back to their pale pink colour by rubbing a cotton ball soaked in lemon juice over them.

Coffee granules
Cellulite products are filled with caffeine – and so is your favourite morning drink. If you’re struggling with orange peel, put some coffee rounds on the problematic areas, wrap with cling film and leave for 15 minutes. Rinse off, and voilà – a natural cellulite fighter!

Tomato juice / tomato sauce
The acidity found in tomato juice / sauce has the ability to help neutralise the effects of chlorine in one’s hair. After your swim, shampoo your hair and follow by spreading some tomato juice / sauce onto it. Leave for a few minutes before conditioning as usual.

Baking soda
One of the most versatile ingredients in your kitchen, baking soda is often used to minimise the appearance of pimples (mix a little bit with water to form a paste and apply to the bump) and as a teeth whitener (sprinkle a little bit on your toothbrush before brushing.

Surprised at all the possibilities? So were we!

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Written by

Anien studied English and journalism before heading off into the world of beauty. An undercover "tree hugger" and fashion lover, she's usually found with her nose in a magazine. She has far too many bottles of nail polish and is completely lost without her lip balm. Anien on Google+

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  1. JADE

    Wow those are great tips cant wait to try them because I sure know that I need the dry hair treatment and bicarb is a winner always works with everything. Thumbs up

    5 years ago •

  1. Ruweida

    I love the Baking soda tip, going to try it !

    5 years ago •

  1. Sue1N

    Love love love this article! So many helpful hints! Thank you!

    5 years ago •

  1. Brown_ndLovely

    I have discovered that some of the best beauty and health secrets reside right in your pantry!

    5 years ago •

  1. Anne

    The lemon juice tip really works! WIll be trying out the others as well, thanks :)

    5 years ago •

  1. AmyR

    We really take natural products for granted. They the bomb and cheaper and gentler

    5 years ago •

  1. blackrose

    Most of these I have tried and they do often work better than most products… thumbs up.

    5 years ago •

  1. Jenna-Lee Pretorius

    I am so going to print this out and keep it on hand. The mayo on hair works wonders .

    5 years ago •

  1. NicoleLom

    I don’t think baking soda on the face is a good idea. It will def burn and cause redness. A bit harsh, especially sensitive skin

    5 years ago •

  1. NaturalDiva

    I love using baking soda! It has so many uses. And lemon juice is awesome as well. I read that dabbing lemon juice on the face and leaving for 15 mins works to fade marks left by pimples but this can be drying so moisturise with some olive or almond oil :)

    5 years ago •

  1. foreverGLAM

    Thank you so much for the lemon juice tip. I always get that yellow shade on nails after removing nail polish. I now use a base coat before applying nail polish and have realised that it also helps to minimise that yellow effect.

    5 years ago •

  1. Sammy

    Don’t I just love this, who would have thought beauty products are right under our noses, they may even be better than some brand products

    5 years ago •

  1. AndreaM

    Tthis sounds perfect. I love to DIY.

    5 years ago •

  1. Khalisi

    Amazing how the simplest things right under your nose works, but when it’s an emergency we totally forget about it! Great article though.

    5 years ago •

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