Beauty hacks from the kitchen

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  • Why spend extra bucks when you can raid your kitchen for beauty supplies?
- Astha Chand
Beauty hacks from the kitchen

Feb 20, 2015-

Thanks to our tech-savvy yet thrifty minds, we’re slowly turning into a DIY generation. So, if there’s a DIY for almost everything, why can’t we extend that to our beauty regimen? We spoke to Hair and Beauty Expert Meena K.C, to find out how your groceries can double up as beauty products.

Exfoliator

Goodbye flaky skin

From the kitchen: Sugar, milk skin

Start by boiling two cups of milk; let it cool down to form a thick skin on top. Take the skin and put it in a bowl and thoroughly mix it with two teaspoons of sugar.

Apply the paste on your face and lightly scrub focusing on your trouble areas.

Tip: Exfoliating works best as an evening routine, right before you hit the bed. The night-long snooze time is exactly what your skin needs to recover and rejuvenate.

Moisturiser

Say hello to dewy skin

From the kitchen: Coconut oil, Vitamin E capsule (Okay, this one’s from the pharmacy!)

Break open a Vitamin E capsule and mix it well with a few drops of coconut oil. Massage the mixture into your skin, and if you like what it does for you, create a big batch and store it in a bottle for regular use.

Tip: If you’re unable to find a Vitamin E capsule, using just the coconut oil works wonders too.

Toner

Oily complexion be gone

From the kitchen: Aloe vera leaf, rosewater, honey

Take an aloe vera leaf and a cup of water and bring it to boil; once boiled, grind it into a paste. Now add a few drops of rosewater and honey into the aloe paste and apply the mixture on your face. Rinse it off with cold water after 15 minutes.

Tip: Follow this treatment once a week to control the oil and clear your skin of any acne.

Face Masks

For a naturally glowing skin

From the kitchen: Oatmeal, honey, fresh orange juice, yogurt  

Mix together two tablespoons of oatmeal, two teaspoons each of honey, freshly squeezed orange juice and yogurt. If you find the mixture to be a little runny add oatmeal or honey to give it a consistency of your liking. Apply the prepared mask on for 15 minutes and peel it off.

Tip: Cut two slices of cucumber and place them over your eyes to avoid the mixture from getting into your eyes; also keeps your under-eye problems at bay.

Take off the tan

From the kitchen: Potato

Put one medium potato in the fridge for at least 20 minutes. Once it is cold enough, peel it and grate it. Put a thick layer of the grated potato on your face, neck and your tanned areas—make sure you avoid your eyes. After 15 minutes, the bleaching properties of the potato should visibly reduce your tan.

Tip: Fresh tomatoes juice also has a similar effect.

Beauty Alert!

Before you try these hacks, start first by experimenting it on a small area of your skin. If your skin reacts with rashes or minor allergies, then these produces are not for you.

Published: 26-02-2015 15:00

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