If you find yourself tending towards more natural products with less chemicals, or your skin is sensitive and allergic to some chemical ingredients, or you just need a change or perhaps your product supply just ran out and you need a quick fix, or maybe you are looking for something cheaper but just as effective, this is for you.
Look no further than your kitchen for some all-natural alternatives to your skin care and makeup routines. Here are some of the creative ways to use them.
1.Extra virgin olive oil as makeup remover
Extra virgin olive oil closely resembles the skin’s natural oil production, meaning it will not clog the pores or dry your skin out, but rather will keep it extra soft and clear it of any impurities. So do not be afraid to use it on your face. Reach out for that cotton pad, soak it with the oil and gently press it over your eyes.
To ensure you do not irritate your skin by constant rubbing, keep the pad over the makeup for a few seconds to allow the oil to break down all the makeup, and then gently sweep it away from your eye towards your ear.
2.Lemon for brighter nails
Among the 101 uses of lemon, my favorite would be stain removal from nails.
With all the work the hands do, the nails are bound to suffer some stains and end up looking dull and lifeless. To remove these stains add juice from one lemon to a cup of lukewarm water and soak your nails for about 10 minutes and voila!
3.Coconut oil for shaving
Coconut has been hailed for its numerous health benefits especially its moisturizing qualities, hence you can apply it to just about every part of your body; from skin to hair to reduce split ends and frizziness and even nails to strengthen them. You can also use it for shaving. Slick on some coconut oil and shave those legs. The plus is that after shaving, your legs remain moisturized.
4.Coffee as an exfoliator
That jolt of energy you get after a morning cup of coffee is now at your fingertips without necessarily having to drink it or spend a fortune in a spa.
A coffee scrub not only leaves your skin soft and smelling amazing but it clears away dull skin and leave you with a brighter complexion. The caffeine helps reduce swelling and the massaging action of applying the scrub flushes out excess fluid that make your hands, legs and feet look puffy.
To make the coffee scrub mix a cup of ground coffee, a cup of sugar and half a cup of olive oil. Scrub over clean, damp skin, rinse and pat dry. Store whatever remains for late use.
5.Cornstarch as setting powder
You might be using it for thickening sauces or soups, but the humble cornstarch is a perfect setting powder. Once you are done applying your makeup, dust a light layer of cornstarch on to set everything in place. This is a much cheaper alternative to the translucent powders sold at exorbitant prices. You can use cornstarch mixed with cocoa powder, ground nutmeg and ground cinnamon to create homemade bronzing powders as well. You can also use cornstarch to create a matte lip by using your finger to dab on a layer of cornstarch on your lipstick.