With the evolving nationwide awareness increasing in no good foods that’s sold in our supermarkets (yes, the government is aware of cancer causing ingredients and still allows it to be sold, but that’s a whole different conversation), I wanted to provide you with all natural beauty you can make yourself that’s beyond afforadable. The best part is you probably already have the majority of these ingredients in your kitchen.
How does what we consume have to do with what we put into our bodies? Well, quite a lot.
50% of what we put onto our bodies enters our bloodstream so it’s important that we keep it as natural and clean as possible. As a general rule of thumb, if we can’t pronounce what’s on that ingredient list, we shouldn’t eat it or put it onto our bodies.
This is the perfect opportunity to really revolutionize your body from the inside out. Change your beauty routine and your body will be thanking you in no time.
If you make your own beauty products, you know exactly what’s going into your body and you’ll be instantly saving money. Take a few minutes to tally up what you’re spending on a monthly basis on beauty products and you’ll see a huge significance in these cost effective ways to DIY with kitchen ingredients. Allow your body’s health and the money you’re going to save to be your source on inspiration to try these out.
I can’t seem to stress enough about how affordable these are because every time I see a DIY post that claims to have cost effective options, they really aren’t. Let’s say for argument’s sake you don’t have any of the ingredients to make your own beauty products with, buying everything will cost about thirty to forty bucks depending on where you live and the brands you’re buying. That’s so affordable and the products are going to last you at the very least a couple of months.
The following list is what I use consistently. Keep in mind that because we’re working with all natural ingredients here, there are no “instant gratifications.” Everything listed below in terms of anti-aging will eventually make an impact with time. Just be patient and watch the magic unfold.
You’re more than welcome to tweak any of these products according to what works for your skin tone. This is merely a blueprint of what works for me. Just for reference, I have combination/sensitive skin.
Please go organic when applicable. It has much less harmful chemicals and therefore is much gentler in and on our bodies.
1. Face exfoliator– baking soda. Yup, that’s right. A one ingredient skin smoother and polisher that’s already in your pantry. All you have to do is mix it with some water and massage it onto your face for about five minutes. If you have sensitive skin, you may want to cut down the time to a couple of minutes to start with and gradually increase the time as you continue with the process. Also, if you experience some redness, that’s completely normal. That does go away within a couple of hours. I actually only exfoliate at night time because of my sensitive skin. By the morning, all the redness is gone and I’m left with a face that feels like a baby’s bum. If you only try out one DIY beauty product to make with a kitchen ingredient, let it be this. The baking soda will not disappoint.
2. Body exfoliator- coconut oil, ground Himalayan pink salt, and essential oil(s) of your choice. You can use any salt that you would prefer. I happen to use Himalayan pink salt because it’s a detoxifier so it acts as a two for one for me-it scrubs away dead skin cells while purifying my body. Take 1 cup of coconut oil and thoroughly mix it with about half a cup of salt in a glass jar. If you don’t want to keep glass in the shower, use whatever container works for you. I just always happen to have glass jars on hand because I save all of my candle jars to reuse. Now, this is completely optional, but if you keep essential oils in your home, add in about 20 drops total. Any citrus oil works wonders if you prefer to take your showers in the morning. The citrus oils give you that much needed perk and invigorates you, leaving you to start your day off on the right note.
3. Eye makeup remover– coconut oil. That’s right, another one ingredient wonder. It’s a non-toxic eye makeup remover that won’t strip away your eyelashes, burn the s*it out of your eyes, and legitimately works. All you have to do is dab some on a cotton rounded and gently swipe away the eye makeup. Or you can just warm up the oil on your fingers so that it turns to liquid and start gently massaging your eyes. Once you feel that all of the mascara is off, just swipe it away with a cotton round. This one ingredient DIY beauty product taken straight out of your pantry will save you so much money.
4. Face wash- coconut oil. These one ingredient products are truly awesome. All you have to do is use about half a teaspoon of coconut oil and warm it up in your hands until it liquifies. Then massage the oil all over your face in upwards circular motions (you want to do this to lift your face and stimulate the blood flow) for a couple of minutes. Take a warm damp cloth and gently wipe away all of the oil.
For any of you that may have acne prone skin, fear not. It’s basic chemistry-likes repel likes. I used to suffer from breakouts and once I started using coconut oil to remove my makeup and wash my face, the breakouts started to minimize and eventually ceased. Depending on your skin, it will take about four months time for the breakouts to stop, but patience is a virtue.
Coconut oil is bar none the holy grail when it comes to DIY beauty products with kitchen ingredients. If you don’t have any on hand, you may want to pick up a jar.
5. Body moisturizer- coconut oil and whatever essential oil(s) of your liking. Allow your creativity to soar to new heights when you’re mixing and matching essential oils into your body moisturizer. If you prefer unscented beauty products, use the coconut oil alone.
Again, this one is super simple and so easy, that you can’t not try it. I mix about 2 cups of coconut oil with about 20 drops of lavender oil in a glass jar and this will last me a month and half, give or take a few days. Your skin will feel so insanely smooth from the coconut oil and if you choose to use lavender oil, you will feel so zenned out for hours to come.
Bonus tip: if you live in an arid climate and/or suffer from dry skin, moisturize before AND after your shower. Because water and oil don’t mix, the coconut oil will act as a protective barrier to the hot water when you’re in the shower.
Another bonus tip: if you choose to oil your body before entering the shower and are shaving immediately, you won’t even need shaving cream.
When you’re purchasing coconut to keep in your kitchen or to make DIY beauty products, it’s important that you buy unrefined, virgin, organic coconut oil. There’s so many labels on each bottle, it can get tricky to keep up with what’s better for you. As long as you stick to unrefined, virgin, and organic, you’ll reap all the benefits of the nutrients in the coconut oil.
6. Face moisturizer- aloe vera, vitamin E oil, and coconut oil. This is actually a two for one because it doubles as an eye moisturizer too. If you’re going to use fresh aloe, you can’t skip the vitamin E oil.
Because vitamin E oil is a natural preservative and will assist in prolonging the shelf life of your moisturizer, which is about 8 months as opposed to only a few days sans vitamin E.
What you’re going to do is take about one cup of fresh aloe, about 5 drops of vitamin E oil (two capsules if that’s what you have), about 1/4 cup of coconut oil and blend everything really well with a spoon. Store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 8 months.
Bonus tip: This is a great remedy for sunburns as well. What you actually have is one product that does triple the work for you!
7. Toothpaste- coconut oil, baking soda, and peppermint oil. You may be thinking that this is just too far out there for you to attempt. I had the same reaction when I first learned about this, but after realizing I already had all of the ingredients, I decided to give it a shot. I fell in love with it so much that I now refuse to buy commercial toothpaste.
To make this, you’re going to mix 1/4 cup of coconut oil (this cannot be liquid form) with 6 tbsp of baking soda really well. Once the consistency is somewhat mousse like, you’re going to add about 15-20 drops of peppermint oil and mix gently. And voila! Your own homemade toothpaste that’s great for sensitive teeth and gums while cleaning just as great, if not better than store-bought toothpaste.
Bonus tip: Try oil pulling in the mornings. It dates back thousands of years, known to be a detoxifying agent. Our bodies are detoxing at nights but the bacteria gets harbored in our mouth with no escape other than us brushing, flossing, and rinsing our teeth and mouth. That’s not enough to pull everything else out.
All you need is about 2 tablespoons of coconut oil in its liquid form (it’s important it’s not in the solid state because you don’t want to get sick). Put the oil in your mouth and swish it around for anywhere between 10-20 minutes each morning as if you’re using mouthwash. Once you’re done, spit the oil into a plastic bag. You can’t spit it into the drain because the oil will clog the pipes.
8. Teeth whitener- activated charcoal. Maybe you’ve already heard about activated charcoal as a great teeth whitener, but I can’t seem to stop raving about the effects of this. It’s been around for thousands of years (dating as far back as the ancient Egyptian civilization) and is still in use today in emergency rooms to detox and purify our bodies. You know when someone has to get a charcoal tube put down their throat for poisoning? This is it. Activated charcoal is such a potent and strong cleanser so make sure you only use this once a week. It draws out both the good and the bad and you obviously want the good to stay in your body. Anymore than once a week and you risk depleting your precious body of the good agents.
Anyway, just simply wet your toothbrush and dip it in some activated charcoal. Gently brush your teeth for a few minutes and then thoroughly rinse your mouth until you don’t see any black powder on your teeth. If you don’t want a mess in your sink, I would recommend doing this in the shower so everything will just rinse away instead of you having to scrub all of the powder away.
9. Cleansing AND tightening face mask- honey and fresh lemon juice. Honey is a great anti-bacterial and the AHA’s (alpha hydroxy acids) in lemon juice can help to lighten hyperpigmentation, reduce acne scarring, reduce wrinkles, and cure acne. All you need to do is combine 2 tbsp of honey with half a lemon. Once it’s mixed well, massage onto clean and toned skin and leave it for about 20-30 minutes to work its magic and rinse off. For this to be super effective, do this about three times a week.
If you have sensitive skin, you may not be able to endure the full amount of time, so go according to how well your face is handling this as the lemon juice can create a stinging sensation. You may have some leftover face mask. Just store in the fridge for up to week.
Bonus tip: if you want an instant botox effect, just add one egg white to this mixture.
I’m sure you already have honey and lemons in your kitchen so it’s worth trying out this super affordable DIY beauty product. Not to mention, it will only take a couple of minutes of your time to make.
10. Rose water toner- Yup, another one ingredient beauty product. While you can certainly make your own by boiling fresh rose petals in water, I find it’s so much easier to just buy it since you can find it anywhere. Just make sure that you buy 100% rose water as there are brands out there that dilute it with chemicals. All you have to do is spray it on your face after washing and then rub away with a cotton ball. I like to spray on a second layer without removing it because it gives an extra hydration before I apply my moisturizer.
You can also carry it around and spray it on your face whenever you need an extra boost of hydration.
Witch hazel is also a great toner because of the astringent levels. However, my skin is much too sensitive to handle it, but if you have it in your house and you have normal skin, this would be a great alternative for a DIY beauty product.
And there you have it…super simple, yet ridiculously easy beauty products made from good for you ingredients that are probably already in your kitchen. Try a few or try them all!
Have you tried any of these affordable DIY beauty products with ingredients from your kitchen? Let me know in the comments below.
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Stay beautiful and stay zenspired!