Kitchen Beauty Secrets


Hydrating Mask

This mask combines avocados (which are rich in Vitamin E), carrots (which are high in beta-carotene and antioxidants), and cream (which is high in calcium and protein). These ingredients can help rebuild skin collagen, and improve tone and texture.


• 1 avocado, mashed

• 1 carrot, cooked and mashed

• 1/2 cup heavy cream

• 1 egg, beaten

• 3 tablespoons honey

Combine all ingredients in a bowl until smooth. Spread gently over your face and neck, and leave in place 10-15 minutes. Rinse with cool water and follow with your favorite toner.


Kelp Firming Masque

This mask treatment will help to soften and firm your skin at the same time.

• 3 T Yogurt

• 1 tsp. Organic Powdered Kelp

• 1 tsp. Honey

Place 3 tablespoons of plain yogurt into a small dish. Add the powdered Kelp, stir well. Add the honey and stir until all three ingredients are blended into a smooth consistency. To use: Cleanse face, apply the mask all over face, neck and shoulder area. Massage lightly (the Kelp acts as beauty grains to promote exfoliation). Leave on for about 5-10 minutes. Remove with a warm washcloth. Use a tonic or hydrosol on a cotton ball for complete removal. Apply your moisturizer as usual. Kelp contains iodine, so those with iodine allergies should not use this mask.


Oatmeal Hand Scrub

A gentle hand scrub made from oatmeal, lemon juice and olive oil that leaves your hands nourished and soft.

2 tbsp oatmeal

1 1/2 tsp lemon juice

1 tsp olive oil

Add the oatmeal to 1/4 cup water and let stand 10 minutes until oatmeal is softened.

Add 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice and 1/2 teaspoon olive oil to oatmeal and mix well.

Rub mixture into your hands and let stand 1-2 minutes. Rinse with cool water and pat dry. Apply moisturizer to your hands and let it soak in 10-15 minutes.


Milk and Water Foot Soak

Treat your feet to a soak in this milk and water mixture and follow it with the sugar scrub for incredibly soft feet.

Ingredients

• 7 cups of water

• 2 cups of milk

Mix the water and milk and heat on stovetop or in the microwave. You want the mixture to be as hot as your feet can take.

Put the milk mixture in large bowl and soak your feet in it for at least 10 minutes.

Rinse with clear water and pat dry. Apply some lotion to your soft feet.


Sugar Foot Scrub

Treat your feet to a scrub with this simple sugar scrub for incredibly soft feet.

Ingredients

• 1/2 cup of sugar

• 2 tablespoons of lotion

Mix the sugar and lotion in a bowl. Massage the sugar and lotion mixture in your feet to exfoliate. Rinse with clear water and pat dry. Apply some additional lotion to your soft feet.


Chlorine Hair Treatment

If you swim in a chlorinated pool for exercise on a regular basis, the same damage you’ve noticed happening to your skin and bathing suit, is happening to your hair, as well. Try this treatment at home to keep chlorine damage to a minimum.

• 1 egg

• 1 eggshell’s worth of olive oil

• 1 quarter of a peeled cucumber

Blend the egg, olive oil and peeled cucumber. Spread evenly through your hair, leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse thoroughly. For the best results year-round, continue this treatment monthly.


Lip Exfoliation Treatment

Before applying lipstick or gloss, make sure your lips are free from dry skin.

½ cup of sugar (natural exfoliant)

2 tbls yogurt (hydrating milk protein)

Mix together, rub in small circles all over lips. You can lick if off if you want or rinse it.


Wrinkle Prevention Recipe

Banana is wonderful as an anti-wrinkle treatment as it contains a natural antioxidant. The antioxidant capacity of the bananas may be attributed to their gallocatechin content. You can get even more healthy benefits from bananas by eating them.

Mash 1/4 banana until very creamy. Spread all over face and leave for 15-20 minutes before rinsing off with warm water followed by a dash of cold. Gently pat dry.


Quick Fix Remedies for Your Every Beauty Dilemma…

Problem: Dark Under-Eye Circles

Grated potatoes can lighten under-eye circles. Potatoes contain an enzyme called catecholase, which is used in cosmetics as a human skin lightener.

Run one spud through your food processor and stuff the raw mash into a piece of cheesecloth.

Apply to the area directly beneath your eye. Be careful not to let the potato juice come in contact with the eye itself. Leave on for 10 to15 minutes.

Problem: Puffy eyes

Soak a cotton ball in cold milk. Lie down and place them on your closed eyes and relax for a while.

Problem: Dandruff

Pour vinegar into the hair, massage into the scalp, and leave to dry for a few minutes. Wash hair. Repeat this process daily until the dandruff disappears, usually within a few days.

Problem: Dull Hair

To add extra shine and glow to your hair add 2 tablespoons of malt vinegar. Use it as a last rinse and towel dry your hair.

Rub a dab of olive oil in your palms and lightly apply after your hair is dry. This will add some shine and hydration.

Problem: Dirty Hair

If you go 2-3 days between washes but want your hair to smell freshly washed, rub a dryer sheet through it. This will give it a nice scent and also help to control frizzies.

Problem: Dull Nails

Use a common whitening toothpaste. Try scrubbing your nails with Pearl Drops, it’s just as easy as achieving a pearly white smile and will take away any stains and shine up your nails.

Soak your nails in water with lemon juice or lemon slices. The lemon acts as an astringent and will strip away stains. Once your hands are dry, you’ll only need to put on a couple of coats of a clear topcoat.

Problem: Age spots

Rub a small slice of lemon on them daily. You will notice them lighten within a month. (The acidity from the lemon is a natural skin lightener)

Problem: Tangly Hair

Add a small amount of conditioner to water and pour it into a spray bottle

Problem: Baby’s Dry Skin

Olive oil can be used on baby’s dry skin. It’s been known to help diaper rash as well.

Use 100% pure cornstarch instead of perfumed baby powders. It’s better for baby’s lungs and skin and easier on your wallet as well.

Problem: Blisters

Instead of wearing a blister band aid on your foot where it can move around as your feet sweat, stick the blister band aid inside the shoe where it is rubbing. The fabric will hold the band aid in place and prevent future blisters from happening.

Problem: Stuck Nail polish Lids

To avoid nail polish lids from getting stuck, apply a little cooking or baby oil around the rim.

Basic homemade beauty product safety tips:

• Homemade beauty and health products are made to be tweaked and recipes often personalized. Not every product works for every individual.

• Just because it’s natural does not make it 100% safe. You could be allergic, or a certain herb may make you ill. So be aware of side effects just as you would be with a store bought facial peel, hair color, or medication.

• Tweaking of homemade beauty products is perfectly safe, so long as all other basic safety recommendations are followed.

• Everyone really should do test dabs of new homemade products. If you have especially sensitive skin (scalp included) then you really need to do tests dabs. To do a test dab, take a little bit of a homemade product and dab it on your inner arm. You can actually do test dabs with individual ingredients instead, like cedar oil, before using it in a product. Cover the dab with a bandage. If you develop red, burning, itching, pain, or any other issue it’s likely you should toss that product you just made. You can also tweak the recipe to make it work for you.

• Unless you’re a chemist, and really into experimenting, your homemade products should be preservative free. That’s good news for your health, bad news for the life of said product. If there’s anything questionable in your product, that may go bad, keep it in the fridge. Make smaller batches so you can use it up before you end up having to toss a product. Lotions and some hair colors are important to keep in the fridge, while things like soaps and sugar scrubs are not.

DISCLAIMER:

It is important to note that while all of these recipes contain natural ingredients, even natural ingredients can cause allergic reactions in some individuals. It is imperative that you test any substance on a small area of skin (preferably on the inner arm area) before using in the recommended way. If any redness, swelling or sensitivity occurs within 20-30 minutes, discontinue use immediately and remove the substance well. Please contact your physician if you experience any serious complications. Please be advised that you are using these beauty recipes at your own risk. KSL cannot be held liable for any reaction that you encounter while using any of these beauty recipes. None of these formulations are meant to treat or diagnose any medical condition. The information on this page has not been evaluated by the FDA.

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