There is nothing wrong with wanting to look and feel your best, which is why I like to take good care of my body both inside and out. Exercise and a healthy diet definitely play an important role, but I also like to pamper my skin and hair to make sure that I glow with health… At least most of the time!
The problem is that so many of the products that are available are full of nasty chemicals that are polluting our bodies and putting our health at risk. These chemicals are found in all sorts of products we use, such as washing up liquid, laundry powder and cleaning products which is bad enough, however our skin is very porous, which means that it is filled with holes and anything we put on it is going to be absorbed into our bloodstream.
When it comes to facial creams, some even contain specific chemicals that release formaldehyde, a strong chemical used in the preservation of dead bodies, as a means of keeping your skin looking youthful!
There are many chemicals that have been outed as contributing to cell mutation (cancer causing) as well as having other potentially negative effects on the health. Some of the more common include:
- Dibutyl Phthalate, or DBP
- Cocamide DEA and Lauramide DEA
- Butylated Hydroxyanisole, or BHA, and Butylated Hydroxytoluene, or BHT
The good news is that lots of new brands are popping up that contain few, or none of these nasty chemicals and actively promote themselves as using organic ingredients instead.
However what can be more natural than creating your own beauty products out of healthy foods? I mean if it’s good enough to eat, then it doesn’t matter if it is absorbed through your skin!
Here are some beauty product tips/recipes that you can create using foods you have at home.
Cucumbers for the eyes - Okay this might seem a little cliché, however there is a reason cucumbers are placed on the eyes. Firstly they contain ascorbic and caffeic acid which works to reduce water retention so they help reduce puffiness. They also contain antioxidants and silica that both work to subtly lighten the skin making them good for reducing dark circles under your eyes.
Lemon for the hair - Lemon is a natural lightening agent; however it needs to be heat activated, ideally with the sun. So by putting lemon juice in your hair and sitting in the sun you can naturally lighten you hair without the use of harsh chemicals, plus you will get a more natural look. Lemon juice is also fantastic for giving your hair a nourishing healthy glow. Best applied to slightly damp hair and then combed through.
Oatmeal & honey facial scrub - Together these two foods create the perfect facial scrub to remove any dead skin and clean out the pores of your face. Just use as you would any other facial scrubs; apply to moist skin and gently rub over the skin in circular motions.
Egg facial cleanser - Egg whites make a fantastic cleanser to remove dirt and oils as well as leave your face feeling firm and fresh! Simply beat an egg white with a tablespoon of water and then apply to damp skin with your fingers. Leave for 30 seconds to a minute before washing off.
Avocado and banana face mask - To alleviate dry skin and leave you skin feeling fresh and firm, mash half an avocado with half a banana and a teaspoon of honey. Apply to face and leave for 15-20 minutes then wash clean.