When I was pregnant, I was told I had to ditch my reliable acne fighting products and go organic. UGH! At first, it was a nightmare navigating the world of all-natural skincare. Finding all-natural stuff that really worked was hard. Two kiddos later, I’ve embraced natural skincare. There are a few secret weapons right in my pantry that pack even MORE of a punch than some of the skin products I’ve used in the past. Since I love to cook, I have these 3 things in my house at all times anyway. Whip up some miracle winter skin savers right at home with these pantry staples: your skin will be super soft, and you’ll feel good knowing they’re all chemical-free.
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The skin benefits of raw honey are endless. Not only does it contain powerful healing enzymes, perfect for tackling blemishes and discoloration, but it’s full of antioxidants too. Whether you want to zap away those pesky pimples or kick back with a full on facial, this multi-purpose ingredient is as sweet as they come.
- To keep it simple pour half a cup of honey into a mixing bowl and apply all over the face and neck using your fingers. To make the consistency a little more user friendly, splash your face with water and pat dry. Leave the mixture on for 15-20 minutes for glowing skin.
- To tame wrinkles naturally, mix a couple of tablespoons of honey with two egg whites and apply the mask to your face for a creamy, smooth complexion.
- For an amazing skin peel, mash up some papaya with a dollop of honey and plain yogurt, and you will have yourself one multi-tasking face pack. Papaya is a natural exfoliator, killing bacteria yet keeping skin hydrated. Basically perfect!
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- For a creamy hair moisturizing mask, you’ll need one avocado, a teaspoon of sea salt, a teaspoon of lemon juice, and a tablespoon of aloe gel. Mash your avocado in a bowl and add in the rest of your ingredients. Apply to damp hair for 30 minutes for a reviving treatment.
- For the dry scalp, add four tablespoons of coconut oil to two tablespoons of lemon juice and one tablespoon of grapefruit juice. Part the hair down the center and apply your fruity mixture using an application brush (the ones you get in the DIY home color kits). Massage your scalp and leave the treatment for 20 minutes before washing as normal. Added bonus: It’ll even help promote hair growth and shine and get rid of product build up. Winning!
- Forget adding a slice of lemon to your G&T—rub a slice on your stretch marks instead. The natural bleaching properties in the fruit work to lift the reddish hue and buff away dead skin cells. So slice a lemon in half and rub it on your areas of concern on a daily basis to lighten your scars.
Apple Cider Vinegar and Tomatoes:
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- To treat your acne and breakouts, turn to tomatoes! Take one or two tomato slices and rub them onto your problem areas. Do this twice a day every day, and you’ll notice your acne fade away.
- For baby-soft skin, dilute vinegar with two parts water and swipe over skin with cotton wool balls; it’s the perfect toner for all skin types.
- Banish warts. Warts…EEEEK! Save yourself the sorta embarrassing convo with the doc, and wrap your warts in cider-soaked cotton wool and secure with a bandage. It’s like the freeze treatment, just without the sting.
- To shrink your pores, combine two to four drops of lemon juice with one spoonful of tomato juice and apply for 15 minutes.
Who knew all these pantry and fridge items were so major? Skip the hefty price tags and chemical-filled products, and opt for what you’ve got on hand.
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