Fresh Faced and Fancy Free

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!

9 thoughts on “Fresh Faced and Fancy Free

  1. God that post was delicious. Are you allowed to eat the food once you’re done smearing it on your body? Mmm… Also, I’ve never tried the sugar and oil thing, but how does olive oil react to your skin? Pop culture has trained me to think that oil on face is bad.

  2. There are two things to remember, Jan. The first is that your skin naturally produces oil to moisturize and protect but most of the products we use strip the skin of the natural oils, causing our bodies to produce more and excessive amounts. The problem is that the excess oil starts to harden and get trapped in the pores, causing us to use more products to strip more oil. It’s a cycle.

    The second is that oil dissolves oil. Remember this is just to cleanse your face and you should rinse thoroughly afterward with warm water (and even a mild soap if needed). I’ve read that using oil can effectively unblock the pores but it takes time for your skin to re-balance itself using this method and might feel oilier than usual after the first few uses.

    I’ve personally only tried it a few times. I like the sugar as an exfoliate, it seems milder than the beads or apricot pits in store-bought products. I find doing it right before a shower helps to ensure that all the oil is effectively washed away. I also find that doing the tomato astringent works really, REALLY well to get rid of oils on the skin. It feels super refreshed after rinsing.

    Is it just me, or are you totally craving bruschetta right now?

  3. This post made me hungry, and interested! I am with Janice on the oil/face thing, but I’d be willing to try!

    Also, this is kind of off topic, but have you seen the documentary “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead”? It’s about juicing, I would be interested in your opinion of that movie/juicing etc.!

  4. Juicing as in making juice from fruits and vegetables for healthful consumption? Or juicing as in steroid use to pump yo’ self big? Either way, sounds interesting. I’ll check it out.

  5. I just remember watching infomercials about INCREDIBLE JUICING MACHINES THAT WOULD CHANGE YOUR LIFE! And oh man the juiced results looked delicious. I’m a huge fan of smoothies, so I can’t see why I wouldn’t also love juicing my own juice. I wonder how pricey these fangled contraptions are nowadays?

  6. This is really interesting. Semi-related but not really related point (except to greenwashing): rebound effects.

    I wonder if, in addition to greenwashing, companies advocate “energy/environmental efficiency” with the hope that people, thinking that the effects of their consumption are not so harmful, actually end up consuming more energy. I would guess yes.

  7. I have three words for you, Krista. Oats. For. Goats. I’ve been religiously using their soap and cream. I should do a guest post about getting rid of my shampoo in exchange for their shampoo bar (with the short hair this is possible – long hair gets gummed up). Now I’m seeking a conditioner replacement. The thing I love most (besides the baby goats) is that all the ingredients are edible, and there are no more than three or four in any given product. I’m actually thinking of starting a five-ingredient rule… more than five ingredients, and I don’t want to use/eat it.

  8. Shauna, I love Oats for Goats! It’s pretty much the most adorable business I’ve ever been to. And yes. You SHOULD do a guest post! I’ve been wanting to try going shampoo free but I never have enough weeks of vacation to justify the interim of oily hair whilst it readjusts. I’m intrigued by this shampoo bar though!

    I also love the 5 ingredient rule. I think it’d be easier to stick to with food (just eat unprocessed) than skincare. That stuff always has so many ingredients!

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