We all want the best products for our bodies, but that doesn’t always mean splashing out on a complex beauty regime: sometimes, it’s the simplest solutions that are the most effective. Often, going back to nature is the kindest thing you can do for your skin, and using natural household products is the first step to providing your body with the care it needs.
Now, we’re not asking you to ditch your beauty regime and dare-to-bare – but why not try making your own natural, salon-quality treatments for free? These beautifying and body cleaning tips are guaranteed to leave you feeling fabulous from head to toe, all using everyday ingredients and items you’re sure to have at home.
Store cupboard ingredients: Epsom Salt, Baking Soda, Lime.
Soothe and soften up your aching feet with this powerful combination of exfoliating baking soda, energising lime and odour-zapping sea salt. Simply mix up an 8:1 ratio of Epsom sea salt and baking soda, adding the zest of one lime before pouring it into a jar and applying as a foot scrub as needed. Store in the refrigerator and use within two weeks. For added zing, try adding a few drops of lime or peppermint essential oil. Baking soda in general is a bit of a wonder product, although you should avoid using it on other parts of your body. As a brief browse of these household cleaning tips reveals, baking soda is abrasive enough to help clean your taps – making it a little too robust for the delicate skin on your face.
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Store cupboard ingredient: coconut oil
Coconut oil is one of the few actual ‘superfoods’ around, and – as a rich source of saturated fat – it’s just as good on the outside of our bodies as on the inside. The fatty acids make for a wonderful natural lubricant, so try using it as shaving oil for a clean and rejuvenating close shave. The oil will also moisturise and gloss your legs at the same time – and do a much better job than your standard body lotion.
Store cupboard ingredients: white sugar, brown sugar, honey and olive oil.
Honey is an extremely versatile ingredient, and its numerous medicinal applications and antioxidants make it a powerful skin care treatment. Naturally anti-bacterial, honey can be used to prevent – and even help combat – spots and acne. Combined with sugar and olive oil, honey’s impressive moisturising effects come alive in an effective body scrub, guaranteed to leave your skin baby smooth. It has the added benefit of smelling amazing. If using on the face, simply apply a thin layer of honey on its own and rub in gentle, circular motions, leaving for at least 20 minutes before washing off with warm water.
Store cupboard ingredients: Baby lotion, Vaseline, vitamin E cream.
It’s easy to overlook your hands, but this simple three-ingredient recipe for hydrating hand cream provides irresistibly satisfying results. Combine two parts Vaseline and vitamin E cream with one part baby lotion, and whisk until the mixture resembles icing sugar. Massage in, and feel the difference instantly!
Store cupboard ingredient: Sugar.
Give your lips a treat with sugar (if you can resist licking it off). Admittedly, this is one ingredient we might ordinarily prefer in, rather than around, our mouths – but it’s effective care and cleaning tips like this that really prove the secret to great skin can be as close as your kitchen. Sprinkle the sugar onto an old toothbrush and gently scrub your lips to remove any dry flaky skin. Once buffed, try applying a thin layer of honey to your lips to help retain moisture and act as a natural safeguard against dry or cracked lips.
Store cupboard ingredient: Green tea or potatoes.
Wake up tired eyes with green tea. Loaded with antioxidants and offering great medicinal benefits, green tea can be used to help disguise the appearance of blood vessels and eliminate inflammation. Simply make up a pot and leave to chill in the fridge. Soak a couple of cotton pads in the mix, and rest on your closed eyelids. Another quick fix for eye bags is potatoes. Chilled raw potatoes can be peeled, sliced and applied to the eye to reduce puffiness, making it an effective alternative to the more conventional cucumber slice. Why? The thin skin around our eyes lap up the enzymes, vitamin C and starch in potatoes, with the humble spud remaining cool for long enough to reduce any swelling.
Store cupboard ingredients: Banana, thick cream, honey, flour, water.
Beat dry skin and draw out imperfections with a DIY face mask. Bananas are great for treating flaky skin and minimising redness, so try mashing one banana with 2 tbsp of heavy cream, 1.5 tbsp honey, 1.5 tbsp flour and a tbsp of water into a mousse-like face mask, sure to give your skin the softness and suppleness you’re looking for. Gently apply to your skin and leave on for ten minutes before rinsing off with warm water.
Store cupboard ingredients: Avocado, olive oil, milk.
Nourish your scalp and hair with a natural and organic homemade hair mask. The moisturising properties of avocadoes make them perfect for hydrating dry and brittle hair, while the olive oil will work to rejuvenate and give a healthy glow to any mane. Simply blend a small, ripe avocado into a lump-free puree and mix well with a few tbsp milk and one tbsp olive oil. Apply to your hair from root to tip, cover with a shower cap and leave for at least 15 minutes before rinsing out well with warm water.