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Kitchen Beauty right from the pantry, garden, or refrigerator.

Are you feeling the mid summer (or mid winter for the Northern Hemi peeps) blues? Mid season can be a pretty tough time for skin and hair and it’s only fair to indulge in a bit of a pampering from time to time. The following are a collection of super simple ways that you can get your glam on without having to spend a fortune on skincare or haircare products or procedures. Hopefully you can swing at least one of these recipes without having to leave the house. Beauty might just be a refrigerator or pantry away! If any of the recipes below don’t work for your skin don’t use them- just because it’s natural doesn’t mean its zero allergens.

toner

Green and Fresh Toner

200ml of filtered or mineral water.

3 tsp of green tea leaves

7 mint leaves (chopped or crushed)

1 tsp of lemon juice.

This toner will refresh your skin on hot days or if you are dealing with indoor heating or air conditioning that leaves skin parched and dry. Boil the water and make a ‘tea’ with your tea leaves, and mint leaves. Allow to cool, add the lemon juice and then strain to remove all the leaves. Pour into a spray bottle (recycle one that you already own) and then spray onto skin as required.


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 Sugar-Sugar Body Exfoliant

250g of sugar

250ml of coconut or avocado oil.

2 tsp of aloe vera gel (break a leaf off a plant if you have aloe plants in the garden.

2 drops of essential oil if desired

Combine the ingredients together in a bowl. Using your hands grab generous scoops of scrub and massage gently all over your body. Gentle is a key word with this process because sugar is very abrasive and you don’t want to go too hard or you might scratch rather than lightly exfoliate. Leave the mixture to sit on the skin for two minutes before rinsing. Remember this is an exfoliation treatment so you might look a little ‘scrubbed’ and red afterwards.

avocado

Avocado Hair Delight

1 large Avocado

1 tbsp of olive oil or coconut oil.

HUGE DISCLAIMER HERE. This process can be VERY messy if not done right. Mash your avocado into a very fine paste. You want to remove all the lumps or you will spend a long time trying to pick them out of your hair. Once you have smooth avocado paste add your oil and apply from root to tip. Leave this on for 30 minutes. You can cover with a towel or shower cap if you want a more deeply penetrating treatment. Rinse out and then shampoo and condition as usual. The results should be salon-shiny and with hopefully no avocado chunks 🙂

Have you tried any of these home-made beauty ideas before? Perhaps you have one you would like to share? Let us know in the comments below.