I am brand loyal. In most aspects of my life, I never seem to be able to find the perfect [insert object/clothing/product/recipe]. It’s fine though. I’ve learned to make adjustments to purchases so that they work for me. However, on the rare occasions that I find something that works, I become fiercely loyal. This is particularly the case with cosmetics and skincare.
Unfortunately, beauty products can be expensive and even those claiming to be eco-friendly (remember greenwashing?) can contain a long list of unpronounceables. It seems to me though, that there are a number of simple DIY recipes that use every day food items and just might give your usual products a run for their money.
The best part is that you don’t have to break the bonds with your usual brands to give these a try. If there’s one thing I love, it’s being non-committal. So, do it. There’s nothing to lose.
Honey for Dry Skin
- Mix 1 tsp of honey, 1 tsp of olive oil, and a squirt of lemon juice. Apply to dry skin and rinse after 10 minutes.
- Add a 1/4 cup of honey to your bath water.
Sugar to Exfoliate
- Add 1 tbsp of sugar to 1 tsp of olive oil. Use immediately as facial scrub.
Tomato as Astringent
- Rub a small wedge of tomato on your face. Rinse when dry.
Cucumber as an anti-inflammatory
- Peel and gently rub a chilled slice of cucumber to sooth skin. This works well on puffy eyes or sunburns.
We also know that eating properly (lots of fruits and vegetables) will have an effect on your outward appearance in addition to your overall health. Tomatoes and berries are rich in anti-oxidants, spinach and carrots boost your vitamin A, flax seeds and walnuts are great for essential fatty acids, and citrus fruits and brussel sprouts provide vitamin C. These foods all help to prevent dryness, breakouts, and wrinkles.
Of course, last but not least, be sure to get plenty of water!