How much do you typically spend on your skincare products?
Daily we see enticing ads for skincare products that will make us look young and beautiful, no matter how old we are. What amazes me is that all the models in these ads are in their 20’s and wouldn’t know a wrinkle if it slapped them in the face.
For the rest of us, we search and buy products in the hope that all the advertising claims are true. There was a time when I spent more money than I should on skincare products that promised to lift and tighten my skin. The only claim I can make is that I was putting a lot of unknown chemicals on my skin that was ultimately being absorbed into my body.
Who knew? I didn’t, until a few years ago when I began studying how our skin absorbs these chemicals and disrupts our body in countless ways.
That’s when I decided to dump the commercial skincare products and began making my own. Not only has this saved me thousands of dollars over the past few years, my skin is more vibrant and healthy.
I discovered that my kitchen was home to the best skin care products we could use. Your kitchen probably has these same ingredients that you can use to make your own natural healthy skin care products.
Here’s my favorite skin care products from my kitchen….
1. Coconut Oil
Organic coconut oil is a staple in my kitchen.
Filled with fatty acids and nutrients, coconut oil nourishes your skin and helps your skin produce collagen; which helps prevent the signs of aging.
I now use coconut oil as my moisturizer.
Liquefy coconut oil in a double boiler. Add a few drops of essential oils known for their anti-aging properties and a few drops of Vitamin E oil.
Now you have an inexpensive, yet effective anti-aging moisturizer.
2. Coffee Grounds
Do you use an exfoliating scrub for your skin?
A great way to exfoliate your skin is with coffee grounds. I like to mix the grounds with some coconut oil for my weekly skin care routine. Not only does it exfoliate my skin, making it vibrant and smooth, but the caffeine has a skin tightening effect for those fine lines that seem to be popping up.
Save some grounds from your next cup of coffee, mix ¼ cup of grounds with 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and rub your face and neck with the mixture.
Avocados are naturally rich and creamy, full of healthy fats and nutrients.
This makes avocados a natural skin care moisturizer. The oils from the avocado can penetrate your skin leaving it hydrated and nourished.
The next time you use an avocado in a recipe, save a little for your skin care. You can rub it on your face, neck, chest and arms to reap the benefits of this rich nourishing moisturizer. Leave it on your skin for 10 to 15 minutes, rinse with warm water and pat your skin dry.
Try this recipe for a hydrating face mask:
Mash a banana with avocado and drizzle with olive oil. Rub this mixture on your face and leave for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.
4. Greek Yogurt
Greek yogurt is rich in lactic acid and probiotics; which not only benefits your gut, but also is a great skin care facial mask. The yogurt will lift dead skin cells and tighten your skin to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Add a tablespoon of olive oil to the yogurt, apply to your face and neck and leave for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.
5. Green Tea
Green tea is probably the best kept secret in your kitchen.
Not only does green tea reduce the signs of aging, it reduces the oil in oily skin, reduces skin redness, clears clogged pores, and gently exfoliates your skin.
Add plan green tea to a small clean glass spray bottle and keep it in your refrigerator. You now have a natural toner that is brimming with natural antioxidants to fight the signs of aging and refresh your skin. You can also apply it with cotton pads for more beautiful skin every day.
6. Raw Organic Honey
Honey, the most amazing natural product there is. The healing properties of honey have long been documented and is a wonderful addition to your skincare routine.
Honey is naturally antibacterial; which makes it the perfect choice for treating and preventing acne and other skin disorders. Full of antioxidants, honey is known for slowing down the signs of aging.
Do you feel that your skin is a little dull and lackluster? Get your glow back with honey.
Dampen your face and apply a thin layer of honey over your face. Leave on for 30 minutes then rinse with warm water and pat dry.
You’ve seen the pictures of placing cucumber slices over your eyes to help diminish under-eye puffiness. You may have tried this yourself; I know I have.
The secret to this little trick is the ascorbic acid in cucumbers; which decreases puffiness and swelling of the skin.
Cucumbers are also rich in fiber and minerals that are beneficial to your skin care routine. Puree the juices from your cucumbers to use as a tonic, to sooth and hydrate your skin.
Skin care does not need to cost you a fortune. As you can see, your skin care can be inexpensive and effective with a few ingredients from your kitchen.
Start pampering yourself with these ingredients and enjoy the extra money in your wallet.
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Terri King is a small business consultant / bookkeeper / tax preparer turned full-time health coach educator / blogger. As a mother of four grown children and grandmother of five beautiful grandchildren desiring to lose weight and get healthy in order to stay active and enjoy her family, she founded Balanced Health and You to share healthy living tips for balancing life and health through learning that creating health begins with one healthy food choice at a time. Through her coaching, Terri provides tools and education on how to develop the right mindset for living healthier, eat healthier, lose weight, overcome inflammation, and gain energy for a life of transformation.