Yes, it’s true – you DO have a day spa waiting to happen in your kitchen! Here are some common pantry ingredients and how to use them on your face and body to feel like a million dollars.
This humble cereal grain is obviously great for making a hearty bowl of porridge on a cold morning – but did you know it can be the base for a lot of fab face and body treatments, too? Oats are perfect to use on sensitive skin and their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties mean they’re actually recommended by a lot of dermatologists.
3 ways to use oats to pamper yourself
- As an exfoliating mask. You can pimp a shop-bought face mask with oats, or make your own: mix a tablespoon of oats, cacao, avocado and apple cider vinegar into a paste and rub it into your face to gently exfoliate.
- As a beautiful bath soak. Simply add a cup of oats to your bath – they’re high in magnesium and silicon so they’re super nourishing for your skin, and can help reduce inflammation and itching brought on by eczema or sunburn.
- As a dry shampoo for blondes! Mix ground oats and baking soda together in a bowl and transfer to a clean shaker container (the kind with small holes in the lid). When you need to skip a wash, sprinkle the mixture on your roots and brush out for a quick fix.
This humble fruit has been getting a lot of bad press lately – who knew mortgages for millennials would become synonymous with ‘smashed avo on toast’? And, while delicious, it’s not the only thing you can use avocado for…
3 ways to use avocado to pamper yourself
- As a face mask. Avocados are full of vitamin E, antioxidants and healthy fats so mashing a little and spreading it on your face can add moisture and vitamins to your skin.
- As a hair mask. Mash half an avocado with a generous pinch of salt, a tsp of lemon juice and a dash of aloe vera gel. Mush through your hair to replenish it with moisture and shine.
- As a first-aid remedy. A little mashed avocado can reduce inflammation on the skin or help wounds heal faster.
The juice from this gorgeous citrus fruit has health benefits galore (and it’s not a bad addition to your household cleaning kit either). But did you know it’s pretty amazing as a quick, homemade beauty remedy, too?
4 ways to use lemons to pamper yourself
- As a blemish fix. Lemons are antibacterial, antiviral and high in Vitamin C and citric acid, making the juice great to dab onto pimples and blackheads to help dry out or disappear! Dilute it slightly with water and dab on with a cotton bud.
- As a skin brightener. Again, lemon juice diluted with a little water and dabbed onto sun spots, age spots and uneven skin tone can help lighten your skin when used consistently over time. You could even try rubbing your elbows with a lemon half to bleach them.
- As a nail healer. Mix a little lemon juice with olive oil and dip your nails into it for a few minutes – it helps dry, brittle or yellowing nails.
- As a natural lightener for blonde hair. Not crazy about the cost or the chemicals in hair dye? Spray your locks with lemon juice before going out in the sun. Hey presto – a natural sun-kissed look for a fraction of the cost!