- Slice an orange and use it as a facial toner or strawberries to beat age spots
- Cinnamon can be used to plump lips, while sunflower oil beats acne
- Green tea can add shine to lackluster locks
From vampire facials to £500 space dust face creams, there’s no shortage of weird and wonderful lotions and potions promising to boost your beauty regime. But did you know that a simple – and cheap – herb or spice from your kitchen cupboard may be just as effective as an expensive cosmetic?
From slicing an orange and using it as a facial toner to slathering strawberries on your face to beat age spots, FEMAIL has rounded up the ten best all-natural beauty tricks that can be found in your kitchen.
1. Strawberries: Apart from being delicious on a summer’s afternoon, fresh strawberries are rich in vital nutrients, vitamins, minerals and rank among the top ten fruits and vegetables in terms of antioxidant capacity, making them perfect for boosting health, skin and hair. Strawberries contain salicylic acid, which helps remove dead cells and impurities while tightening pores. The fruit also has skin-lightening properties and is a traditional treatment for removing age spots and freckles. On top of that, it can be used to treat sunburn; simply fix a strong cup of strawberry leaf tea and then let it cool down before dabbing onto skin.
2. Sunflower oil: Sunflower oil is rich in Vitamin E, which can help repair and protect skin thanks to its soothing and nourishing effects. It also makes an excellent oil for cleansing and moisturing acne-prone skin. It can also be massaged into the scalp to treat dandruff and through ends to repair split ends.
3. Honey: The goopy substance is renowned for its moisturising, antiseptic and skin-conditioning properties. Because honey is a natural antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic substance, it has a whole host of skin-boosting benefits. Thanks to the hydrogen peroxide it contains, it is incredibly healing so can be slathered onto skin as a mask to treat infected acne spots and lighten skin.
4. Tea: Tea, particularly green and white extracts, has great anti-inflammatory properties that can impart anti-ageing effects. Because tea leaves contain caffeine constituents, nutrients such as beta-carotene, vitamin C, and antioxidant polyphenols, extracts can boost circulation, improving the tone and structure of the skin. To add shine to lackluster locks, make a mug of green tea, leave it to cool and rinse through hair. Leave it on for ten minutes and shampoo as normal.
5. Orange: The rinds of citrus fruits are rich in essential oils and when used on the skin, it balances, tones and detoxifies. Mandarin and tangerine in particular have astringent properties that are good for combating oily skin.
6. Oats: Oatmeal has both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties making it an ideal alternative to a traditional face scrub. It helps draw toxins from the skin and can be used as a natural exfoliator to remove dead skin cells and reveal a smoother complexion.
7. Vinegar: An inexpensive and traditional beauty product, vinegar (especially apple cider vinegar) can soothe red or inflamed skin conditions, beat acne and give hair the squeakiest clean.
8. Horsetail: Horsetail is packed with a whole host of great minerals and nutrients, including manganese, calcium and iron. Well-known for its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, it can be combined with olive oil and rubbed onto nails to boost growth and reduce white spots.
9. Cinnamon: Want a plump pout to rival Angelina Jolie’s but don’t want to use anything too potent? Cinnamon, which is known for its antioxidant effects, can be rubbed onto lips with a dab of Vaseline and when washed off, it will leave lips tingly and plumped.
10. Rosemary: Make a rosemary tea by adding it to boiling water, let it cool down and rinse hair using it. Not only does it repair damaged hair shafts, it adds some serious lustre to tired locks.
Published: 13 April 2015 By Bianca London
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