Growing up, we’re sure you’ve heard the quotes: “ One must suffer to be beautiful” or “ No pain, no gain”, when getting ready for a special occasion. As you grew older it probably became an instinctive quote that you would repeat to yourself, when you would want to stop waxing halfway or when you didn’t want to stay under the blow dryer during the hot summer days. But as you become an adult you have certainly come to the realization that something else suffers in the process: YOUR POCKETS! Kitchen ingredients can be quick solutions for both our wallets and our beauty routine that unfortunately, never seems to cross our mind! These ingredients can truly make a difference especially if you’re a very busy person that could avoid spending one hour or more doing spa treatments.
First of all you need to remember that water is very essential. In order for you to stay hydrated and healthy, you have to drink 2 liters of water per day. So skip the cocktail and order water instead.
These are the easiest ingredients you can find in your kitchen. Recent studies have shown that drinking warm water with lime juice in the morning have tons of health benefits. It helps purify and stimulate the liver; it helps with digestion, lower blood pressure. It can also help your skin if you suffer from acne, apply this solution on your face and it will help you get rid of it. If you do it constantly during the week, you will have a glowing face.
Because of its multi functionality, eggs are probably the most useful item you can have in your kitchen. Depending on what you want to do, you can mix it with other ingredients such has olive oil or coconut oil, avocado and honey to give you better skin or better hair results. You can also use coconut oil without mixing it with anything else on your skin if you have stretch marks.
If you have oily skin, use egg whites as facial mask by applying it directly on the skin. It will make your skin tighter and firmer. If your skin type is the opposite use the egg yolk, it will hydrate and nourish your skin. When adding oils to the mask you end up with a more radiant skin after the treatment.
The egg and avocado mix is more profitable for your hair. You can use it has a mask or as a conditioner. It will help you moisturize and strengthen your hair and it’s also useful if you want your hair to grow in a healthy way.
Most people can’t function normally without coffee, if you are one of them, well now you have another excuse to buy it. The same way it wakes you up, it can also wakes up your skin due to its exfoliating properties. You can also mix it with your favorite face wash; it can heal the redness or inflammation on the skin. When mixed with brown sugar, coffee can help you reduce your cellulite (Yes, cellulite!!!)
Now this is the cheapest facial you’ll ever get! Apply Greek yogurt on your face or skin if you want better results. In addition to calcium and vitamin D, Greek yogurt contains protein , which is very good for your skin. Yogurt serves as moisturizer and a relief from sunburns. It can help you fight acne in the most natural way possible without added chemicals. And the best thing is it will prevent the premature aging. Now you see why it’s the cheapest and most beneficial ingredient yet. Who needs Botox when you have yogurt!
You can use baking soda as a flu and cold remedy. It cures smelly feet and can help you if you sweat a lot and tend to have an unpleasant smell after an hour or two at the gym (apply before exercising). It can also relieve your sunburn but most importantly it can whiten and protect your teeth. Talk about a multipurpose product!
Last but not least is the oatmeal facemask,which can help you win the fight against acne.. It will also leave you with a glowing and refreshed face. You can either mix this ingredient with water or milk; leave it to dry on your face for 10 to 15 minutes then rinse with warm water. Oatmeal is a natural scrub and it removes dead cells.
Written by: The Dia Diaries Milan Correspondent, Anne-Isabelle Saint-Pierre
Chandia Brennen is a Certified Image Consultant and CEO of ItsGood2bME Fashion Consulting and Image Management based in Los Angeles CA, Chandia has been in the Fashion industry for over four years. She has worked for dozens of publications and holds the title of Senior Fashion Editor in both LA and NY. Chandia is a fashion scout for a Design Agency in NY and Brand Ambassador for HairEverywhere Luxury.