Natural ingredients are not only good for inside your body, but outside too. Recipes for homemade face masks, moisturizers, hair treatments, nail strengtheners, foot treatments and more could be sitting right in your kitchen. Next time you're in the kitchen or grocery shopping for the week, pick up some fresh ingredients you can treat your entire body to.
Banana Honey Face Mask via sheknows.com
1 ripe banana
1 Tbsp honey
10 drops of lemon juice
Smash banana with honey in a small bowl. Add lemon juice and combine well. Apply mask to entire face and leave it on for 15 minutes. Rinse with a warm washcloth.
Fresh Strawberry Mask via totalbeauty.com
Strawberries are rich in salicylic acid, the same key ingredient in many commercial acne products. Reduce stress-induced blemishes with this edible mask.
1/2 cup fresh strawberries
1 tablespoon sour cream
2 teaspoons honey
Directions: Mix together all ingredients until smooth using a fork or blender. To Use: Spread over your face and neck and let sit for 20 minutes. Rinse with cool water and pat skin dry.
Avocado Oil Conditioner via totalbeauty.com
This rich hair conditioner is similar to the "hot oil" treatments offered in salons. It contains avocado oil, which keeps hair soft, radiant and flexible.
1 tablespoon avocado oil
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon honey
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Mix all ingredients together and stir until smooth and creamy. Massage into your hair and scalp. Cover your head with a shower cap or warm towel and relax for 15 minutes. Shampoo and rinse hair well.
use it in
the age-fighting scrub recipe below; apply once or twice a week to remove dead skin cells, suggests Cleo Londono, aesthetician and owner of Metamorphosis Day Spa in New York City.
Scrub it on: Pomegranate Exfoliating Scrub via health.com
Cut off pomegranate crown, and score rind in sections, without cutting all the way through. Place in a bowl of water for 5–10 minutes. Break rind away from seeds, which will sink; strain seeds. In a food processor, combine 2 tablespoons seeds and 1 cup uncooked oatmeal. Transfer to bowl; stir in 2 tablespoons honey (an antiseptic) and 2 tablespoons buttermilk. Apply to face for a few minutes, then rinse. For rough patches (like elbows), add 3⁄4 cup turbinado sugar.
Honey Lip Scrub via becomegorgeous.com
You will need the following:
1 teaspoon of honey
1 teaspoon of baking soda or brown sugar
a few drops of olive oil
Mix the honey and baking soda until a smooth paste is formed.
Apply the mixture on your lips and leave it on for a few minutes then gently rub the lips to remove dead skin.
Wash your lips with water and apply olive oil on your lips to moisturize them.