Posted On Dec 19, 2016
By: Elena Schmidt
“Do-it-yourself” beauty treatments are a great alternative to expensive bottles at the beauty store. The DIY practitioner chooses her own natural brand of beauty straight from the kitchen, using ingredients she knows to create the look she desires.
Caffeine is a key ingredient in many over-the-counter solutions, combatting fat cells that get trapped in the tissue just below dimpled skin. “You can almost espresso your bumps away by temporarily reducing the water content in that connective tissue,” says Mayling Kajiya, a plant-based nutrition expert and creator of Girl Uninterrupted PMS supplement. Added salt and sugar act as natural exfoliants. They effectively remove dead skin, replace vital minerals, and smooth the area, making it that much easier to absorb the moisture provided by the oil in this mix. “The key is to help breakdown the fatty tissue inside and reveal the smooth tissue underneath,” Kajiya says.
1 cup ground coffee
½ cup sea salt
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup sweet almond oil or olive oil
What to Do: Yes, this divine DIY mixture is as dirty as it looks so be sure to stand in the tub before unleashing it on your body. Massage it in for five minutes until you feel sufficiently circulated. Then wash away the mess.
Despite our efforts, the sun’s rays often wreak havoc upon our vulnerable skin. However, a mix of fresh tomatoes and yogurt provides relief and healing. Packed with vitamin C and a powerful antioxidant, tomatoes act as a natural sunscreen and toner. The lactic acid and enzymes in yogurt hydrate and sooth while improving redness and reducing itchiness. Cucumbers are the perfect complement to de-puff the eyes. ”These ingredients cleanse the skin, purify pores, freshen the skin, and create dewy texture,” says Suki Kramer, Founder, President, and Formulator of Suki Skincare.
1 ripe tomato
¼ cup plain yogurt (with live active cultures)
2 slices of cucumber
What to Do: Mash the tomato and blend it together with yogurt until a creamy mask emerges. Spread the concoction across your clean (albeit throbbing) face and allow it to settle for 15 to 20 minutes. Apply two slices of cucumber over your eyes to cool and de-puff. Wash with cold water and promptly pat dry. Don’t forget to moisturize when you’re done.
Only 50 percent of Americans brush their teeth twice a day, meaning half of us could use a little boost to our smile. “The benefits of DIY teeth whitening remedies are actually more effective than whitening toothpastes,” says Dr. Steven G. Goldberg, DDS, FADFE, and inventor of DentalVibe. According to Goldberg, the fibers in strawberries remove plaque and bacteria while baking soda serves as a mild abrasive.
1 tsp baking soda
What to Do: Mash strawberries, then add baking soda until a paste is formed. Brush on paste and allow to sit for five minutes. Promptly brush off, then floss between the teeth.