6 Beauty Recipes From the Produce Aisle
Rather than purchase chemical beauty products, you can turn to the produce aisle for ingredients to make your very own beauty products at home.
Store-bought beauty products often include a laundry list of polysyllabic ingredients. Not only are these things hard to pronounce, some of them are downright harmful to your body. What’s worse, cosmetic companies aren’t even required to list everything that they use in their formulations. Cosmetics companies can claim that an ingredient is proprietary and leave it off of the label all together.
Fortunately, with a little bit of know-how and a trip down to the grocery store you can whip up your very own, custom beauty products with no mystery ingredients in sight!
1. Tomato Scrub
The gentle acids and nutrients in tomatoes are great for your skin, but you don’t need to spend a lot of money on tomato skin products from the store. Instead, next time you’re making a tomato sandwich, don’t toss that tomato top into the compost right away. Instead, combine it with some organic sugar or sea salt to make your very own, natural tomato scrub.
2. Cucumber Almond Face Mask
Cucumber soothes the skin while the natural oils in the almonds replenish. This is easy as pie to make!
- Peel and de-seed half of a cucumber and toss it into the blender, processing until it’s smooth.
- Transfer to a small bowl.
- Put a small handful of almonds into the blender, and puree until these are smooth. You’re essentially making almond butter, and if you want to save some time you can use 2 tablespoons of almond butter instead of blending up your own.
- Transfer the almond butter to the bowl, and mix with the cucumber until it’s well combined.
- Smooth the mask onto your face, put on some soothing music, and relax for around 10 minutes.
- Use a washcloth soaked in warm water to gently remove the mask.
>>Next: An oatmeal mask and DIY moisturizer.
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3. Easy Oatmeal Mask
Oatmeal and almond milk gently exfoliate and soothe your skin. This mask is perfect for calming oily or irritated skin. If you want, you can add a few drops (5-10) of essential oil to make this an even more relaxing experience.
- In a blender or food processor, combine 1/2 cup of rolled oats with just enough almond milk to form a paste. Start with 2 tablespoons and add liquid a tablespoon at a time until you have a good consistency.
- Smooth the mask onto your face and relax for 10-15 minutes.
- Wipe off with a cool, damp washcloth.
4. Homemade Moisturizer
While it might seem a bit greasy to rub oil directly onto your skin, extra virgin olive oil is excellent for replenishing your skin without any harsh chemicals. Like the oatmeal mask, you can combine your olive oil with your favorite essential oil.
- In a 1 ounce dropper bottle, put 5-10 drops of essential oil, if you’re using it.
- Fill the bottle the rest of the way with extra virgin olive oil, and shake well to combine.
- To moisturize your face, put just a few drops on the skin and massage in well.
- For hands, knees, and elbows, you can apply more liberally. Start with a few drops and add more oil until your skin begins to soften.
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5. Avocado Wrinkle Cream
Avocado is loaded with vitamin E, which is great for your skin, and a teensy bit of olive oil ups the moisturizing factor to help plump up the skin and minimize lines and wrinkles.
- In a small bowl, mash up 1 cup of avocado with 1/8 teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil.
- Massage the mixture into your skin, and relax for 10-15 minutes.
- Use a washcloth soaked in warm water to gently scrub the cream away.
6. Homemade Sugar Scrub
Sugar and salt scrubs are excellent for exfoliating and sloughing away dead skin cells on problem areas like elbows, knees, and heels. All that you need to make your own are:
- A clean, glass jar for storage
- Large-grain sugar or sea salt
- Organic olive oil or coconut oil
Combine two parts sugar and one part oil to fill the jar, and you’re ready to scrub! If you want some more tips on making this scrub and how to customize it, you can check out the extended recipe.
Have you guys made your own beauty products out of food? Let’s share more recipes in the comments!
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