If you’ve tried everything from creams, serums, and potions for a quick skin fix, chances are they’ve cost you a pretty penny. It’s time to close our wallets and open up our fridge for easy fixes found right in your kitchen. Healing and nourishing our skin with foods from our kitchen and garden is both empowering and thrilling. Using natural, organic ingredients on your skin without any chemical elements is highly nutritional and effective especially if you suffer from allergic reactions or inflammation.
With each ingredient packed with vitamins and minerals, you may want to head to your local grocery shop for your skincare routine.
Lactic acid, found in fermented dairy products, is a favorite among estheticians and dermatologists for its gentle exfoliating and moisturizing characteristics. They also have a lot of probiotics that are healthy for your skin's microbiome, which can brighten acne-prone skin whether taken orally or topically. Applying natural yogurt on your skin as a face mask can improve collagen production, brighten skin and add hydration.
As one of the most versatile ingredients found in your fridge, organic honey is known to help heal skin lesions with its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. It can also be used as a face wash for acne-prone skin to treat irritated skin and kill multiple types of bacteria. Applying raw, unpasteurized honey for 10 minutes can heal scars, even complexion, and clear acne spots.
Ever wondered why most spas use cucumbers during their facial regimen? The hydrating properties of cucumbers are extremely soothing to fatigued or inflamed skin due to their high water content. Using a cucumber face mask at home is loaded with vitamin C, antioxidants, and folic acid to boost moisture in your skin. Since cucumbers are 96% water, it easily blends with other ingredients such as aloe vera or honey to soothe and plump your skin.
Due to the high content of healthy fats, minerals, proteins, vitamins E and C, this mealtime staple is a skincare savior. Avocados include vitamins that may aid in skin restoration and alleviate chronic skin disorders such as eczema and acne. Vitamins C and E can aid in the synthesis of collagen, the reduction of inflammation, and the removal of dead skin cells. Simply mash up an avocado and mix in coconut oil and honey to create a smooth paste, apply on your face and leave on for 15-20 minutes. Repeat every week for plenty of antioxidant benefits.
Filled with antioxidant content, vitamins, and the powerful enzyme bromelain, pineapple is one of the best face masks to use to slough away dead skin cells and reduce pigmentation. A pineapple face wash used daily can also help even out skin tone and reduce skin irritation, sun spots, and excess sebum on the skin. Just rub a slice of pineapple on your face for 10 minutes for a brighter complexion and fade acne spots.
As one of the best-known ingredients for its anti-aging properties, olive oil helps minimize the effects of oxidative stress on skin and hair with its fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K content. When used as a moisturizer, it can help prevent premature aging and treat skin conditions including eczema and sun damage. Olive oil also works as an all-natural oil cleanser to remove waterproof makeup and dirt. When used with sea salt, you can make a DIY body scrub to exfoliate dry skin.
Enriched with lycopene, tomatoes contain antioxidants that can help to mend damaged skin and restore its natural, healthy glow. Its acidic and astringent characteristics make it a fantastic component for acne-prone sensitive skin types. When used as a cleanser or a face mask, it can help alleviate irritated skin, prevent premature lines and combat excess oil production. Tomato enzymes exfoliate the skin gently by eliminating the top layer of dead skin cells. It is high in vitamin B complexes, which help to prevent early indications of aging.
Coffee is high in nutrients and antioxidants and can be used to exfoliate, treat acne, promote blood flow, and maintain pH balance on your skin. With plenty of ways to use coffee in your skincare routine, its caffeine content increases blood flow and dilates blood vessels to naturally tighten the skin. It can be used to depuff your eyes and even reduce cellulite on your body. Using fresh, coffee grounds can help smooth the skin and boost collagen levels to reduce premature aging.
Getting clear skin isn't always easy, that’s if you’re blessed with naturally clear skin. These ingredients have a ton of benefits being your kitchen as it is in your skincare routine.