Do you ever find yourself spending way too much time browsing endless drugstore isles in a search for a perfect product? In the end, you compromise on something that end’s up not doing its job properly – and more importantly becomes a complete waste of money.
Well, here’s some good news. Your kitchen cupboard is full of little gems, that will do a way better job than half of the local drugstore’s products, as well as being even more beneficial for your skin. All products mentioned below can be used as a quick fix. You don’t need any exotic tools, nor do you require too much time to use them.
1 Olive oil
My Mediterranean influence is a major reason why this staple product is in my stash and is also involved in so many of my beauty rituals.
Olive oil is full of antioxidants, vitamins E and K. It will soothe your skin, maintain a healthy scalp and even prevent hair loss.
2 Coconut oil
I am obsessed with everything coconut-ty. In my fridge, you can find coconut oil, coconut milk, coconut water, another drink with coconut bits, peanut-coconut butter, coconut snacks, coconut ice cream… But still, I have never come across a skincare product with a coconut scent that I like. Coconut oil itself has many benefits for your skin and hair. Be extra careful when buying a product advertised as olive or coconut butter. A lot of brands use cheap oil/butter as a carrier oil and merely e scent the product with artificial fragrances.
Honey is absolutely filled with huge benefits for your skin. Try applying it to chapped lips before you go to bed (and try NOT to lick it off before you fall asleep obviously!) and see what it does. Now, imagine what it can do elsewhere on your skin.
Oh, and make sure that it’s raw honey. Don’t put that processed sticky stuff that comes in a squeezy plastic bottle on your face. It won’t hurt, but it is deprived of nearly all of the goodness in honey.
Did you run out of your favorite scrub? Or you’ve just realized that your trusty old scrub is actually full of plastic beads which are killing fish? Well, in your cupboard there are lot’s of quick fixes to remove dead skin cells.
4 Sugar is just one of them – it’s a humectant – this means that it draws moisture from the environment and onto your skin – bonus!! It’s also a natural source of glycolic acid. The amount of glycolic acid contained in sugar is not enough to bin your AHA serum, but it won’t hurt using it as an addition once in a while.
5 Coffee is another exfoliant. (not instant Nescafe, but milled ground coffee – you can actually use the one you’d made your morning coffee with).
The easiest way to use it would be to simply mix it with your favorite shower gel and just start rubbing.
Or, you can play. Mix one of the oils, some honey, and sugar and make a great home-made scrub. you can use it on your body, face and it’s great to prepare your lips for that new lipstick! and you don’t have to worry about licking it off. it tastes great and there are no artificial ingredients in it. Voila!
There are some other grainy products that can be used in your skincare routine, however, some of them come with a big “caution” note.
Salt – salt grains are way too sharp to be used on your face. That’s it. No exceptions. Personally, I wouldn’t even use it on my body either. But a good quality sea salt is definitely a staple exfoliant for your feet.
Soda Bicarbonate – It is tiny, gentle and has some great benefits for your skin if used correctly. The problem lies in its pH. Yes, I know. Natural remedies are great to use, but as with everything else, there are some precautions to be considered. And pH of skincare products plays an important part of your skin’s condition.