I find myself spending a lot of money on beauty products, salon and spa treatments each year hoping to achieve the greatest nails, hair, skin, and body. After many years of doing this I’ve learned that the best treatments are made in your kitchen. They are simple yet effective, and cost almost nothing to make.
You will find many natural and low-cost ingredients right in your kitchen cupboard that produce amazing results and often work better than the expensive brands. Try for these amazing recipes for yourself and let me know how you like them.
Brown Sugar Lemony Body Scrub
This particular scrub has lemon, which works as a natural disinfectant. It will open up and cleanse clogged pores. The oils from the mixture will leave you with soft, healthy glowing skin.
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sea salt
2 tbsp sunflower oil or olive oil
1 tbsp of honey
2 tbsp of freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tbsp of your favorite essential oil (I recommend bergamot for a very refreshing wake me up, eucalyptus or spearmint for stress relief and lavender or jasmine for something more relaxing.)
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl until it turns into a paste. Apply to moist skin in circular motion using your fingertips to help skin cells slough off faster. Rinse off with warm water. Apply your favorite moisturizer, I love using pure aloe vera gel, or juice for a very moisturizing and cooling effect. Results: smooth, soft glowing skin.
Milk Foot Soak
Add 4 cups of warmed whole milk, 2 tablespoons of Epsom Salt and 6 drops of your favorite essential oil such as lemon, sandalwood or lavender to warm foot bath. Soak for 20 minutes. Use the Brown Sugar Lemony Body Scrub to remove dead skin on feet.
Invigorating Coffee Scrub
Coffee contains Magnesium and Vitamin E. It also acts as an antibacterial, exfoliating and stimulating agent. Use 3 cups of the fresh coffee grounds and just enough of your favorite oil such as olive oil, or coconut oil to coat the coffee grounds, and mix in a bowl. Scrub mixture over body and rinse and pat dry. Your left with ultra clean, ultra smooth skin. Don’t forget to moisturize.
Avocado Conditioning Mask
Mash an avocado (two for long hair) in a bowl with a fork until it is a thick, rich paste. Add a couple of drops of your favorite essential oil for fragrance (optional.) Spread the paste on the hair from the root to the ends. Leave on for 20 minutes; then shampoo out and rinse out. Results: shiny, smooth stronger, moisturized hair.
Olive Oil Deep Hair Conditioning Mask
This is an excellent treatment if you swim in a chlorinated pool on a regular basis. Beat two eggs (three for long hair) and add in three tablespoons of olive oil. Add your favorite essential oils for fragrance (optional.) Apply a liberal amount to hair from root to tip. Wrap hair in warm towel and rest for about 30 minutes. After you rinse, you will notice how soft, shiny and manageable your hair will be. Do once a month (twice for dry hair).
Natural Blonde Highlights
For natural blonde highlights that are worthy of the finest salons, add 1/4-cup lemon juice to 3/4-cup water and rinse your hair with the mixture. Lemon juice acts as natural bleach. Apply a small amount of leave-in conditioner to hair to moisturize. Sit in the sun until your hair dries. Remember to moisturize with sunscreen before lying out. To get better results, repeat once daily for up to a week.
Strawberry Bleach Mask
Celebrities swear by this. This natural mixture will remove any stains and discoloration on your teeth. Crush one ripe strawberry and mix 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda. Apply the mixture on teeth with toothbrush and let it set for 5 minutes; then brush with your regular toothpaste. Repeat once a week.
Honey Oats Face Scrub
Combine 1 tablespoon honey, 1 tablespoon finely ground almonds, 2 tablespoons dry oatmeal and some lemon juice or yogurt to a luxurious and exfoliating facial scrub. Massage mixture gently onto face; then rinse with warm water. Use favorite moisturizer afterward.
Yogurt & Honey Mask
Mix 1-part plain yogurt and 1-part honey and apply to clean, moist face. Let it set for 10-15 minutes and rinse well with warm water. The mixture moisturizes, hydrates and soothes the skin. Honey can be used as a minor acne treatment.
Stronger Nails & Soft Cuticles
There is only one things I use for my nails, and that’s pure vitamin E, not only does it make your nails stronger, but it also makes your cuticles softer. I apply a small amount on each nail and rub it in, then I add any oil I have on hand like sunflower or olive oil on the rest of my hands, put some gloves on and go to bed. It’s that easy. I wake up with absolutely amazing hands.