It’s been a while but I’m back and with some interesting topics coming your way!
However, today I want to focus on one simple question: What’s in your pantry? I ask this question because I’ve noticed one common response among my friends when it comes to DIY beauty care. “I don’t have any ingredients, it’s too expensive to buy”…it honestly isn’t.
So ladies and gentlemen, below is a list of, I believe, the most common foods found in your pantry. So, whenever you want a quick skincare mask, look at an ingredient and see if you can make something brilliant out of it!
- ALOE VERA
- Now, many of you might now have this as a common ingredient at home. But many do, and it you don’t yet, go out and buy some! Aloe Vera is one of the most powerful plants this beautiful earth has given us. This plant is rich in nutrients essential to our health and perfect for our skin. It’s known for its rejuvenating effects, helping you with fine lines and improving your skins natural elasticity.
- TIP: I rub aloe on my face and leave it on overnight. My skin has improved dramatically since I’ve been doing this. No more dryness, and the best part, kills any acne causing bacteria!
- Here’s a quick Aloe Vera face mask: Aloe My Love
- Apple Juice or Apply Cider Vinegar or Apples
- We have all heard apples are great for us, and apple juice is not far from greatness either. It is rich in beneficial vitamins and antioxidants. Apple juice promotes circulation, stimulating blood flow to your face and replenishing any damaged skin. Apple cider vinegar works similarly to the juice, however, it is at times much better (great for acne-prone skin). It also balances our pH levels, helping our skin stay balanced and beautiful (not too oily, not too dry: perfect).
- Quick Use: Applying apple cider vinegar to a cotton swab and dabbing it on your problem area, is a quick and effect treatment. Apply apple juice to your scalp can help reduce dandruff, or mixing a bit of apple pulp with honey and applying it as a face mask for 10 to 20 mins.
- Bananas are amazing, they are delicious and beautifying. They are rich in amino acids, zinc, potassium, lectin, vitamins A, B, C, and E. They are anti-aging, moisturizing, acne fighting, protects against free radicals, help fade scars and dark spots, and reduces excess oil.
- Quick Use: If you have nothing else, you can simply mash the banana and apply it to your skin, add a bit of honey for extra care.
- I have to mention coffee. We all know most people (a huge majority) love coffee. Coffee is great, not only does it wake you up; it wakes and brightens your skin as well. Coffee helps tighten and firm your skin. It reduces inflammation and swelling so it is great for those puffy eyes!
- Here’s a recipe I love: Cafecito, Coffee-cito
- I absolutely LOVE avocado. It’s delicious and my favorite food since I can remember. Avocados are rich in antioxidants. They protect the skin from free radicals and environmental pollutants. Also rich in vitamin C and E, helping our skin create more collagen and elastin. & lets’ not forget the essential fatty acids found in avocado, working to hydrate our skin and beautify it.
- Quick Use: mash avocado with honey, apply to your face 15-20 mins.
These are just a few of my favorite “go to” ingredients when I don’t have enough (because honestly, I always have the ones listen here at home). However, there are many more: from papaya, lemons, coconut oil, coconut milk, mint, apricots, strawberries, almonds, almond milk, black tea, green tea, cilantro, watermelon, white tea, chia seeds, cinnamon, paprika, turmeric, mango, cranberries, nutmeg, ginseng, quinoa, ginger, pineapple, oatmeal, olive oil, avocado oil, baking soda, cumin seeds, rosemary, lavender, rice/oatmeal/banana/almond flour, honey, and much more!
Here’s some of my favorite recipes:
- Turmeric Love
- Watermelon Goals
- Grapefruit Life
- Cilantro Mi Amor
- Nutmeg Thug
- Strawberry Fresa
In the end, there is no excuse; there is always an ingredient in your kitchen waiting to be used. If you’re not sure how to use it, there are plenty of sources online or via books you can learn from (just make sure to do a patch test before you try anything).
Beauty Tip: Eat your fruits and vegetables, they will boost your skins health, inside out!
Stay Beautiful, Claudia!