Beauty

7 kitchen staples that do double duty as beauty products

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When you think of grabbing some new, high-quality beauty products, you’re probably thinking of heading straight to Sephora or your local MAC counter. But did you know some of the best beauty products are probably hiding in your kitchen? Here are 7 kitchen staples that double as beauty products.

Brown Sugar

 Instead of shelling out for some high-end exfoliator, head to your pantry and give brown sugar a try. It is a gentle exfoliator that is softer than regular sugar, yet strong enough to scrub away those pesky dead skin cells to reveal healthy, glowing skin.

Honey

Finding a solution to your acne is hardly ever simple, or cheap. But in the case of honey, it is simple and cheap. By gently dabbing some honey on a pimple, you’re in for some fast-acting spot treatment. Honey contains anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial qualities, vitamins and minerals to help battle those pesky breakouts.

Garlic

Looking for another cheap acne solution? Garlic is the answer. Ayurvedic healers have long believed that garlic contains antioxidant properties that can help to heal acne scars and prevent new blemishes. Just apply fresh garlic juice onto a pimple or dilute with water and apply with a washcloth. To get rid of the strong smell, soak cloves in milk for an hour.

Oats

Oats are known for their ability to heal irritated skin. You may be surprised to know that they help fight against eczema, too. Just grind one cup of rolled oats in a food processor until it is a fine powder. Then add two tablespoons to your bath for eczema relief.

Banana

Instead of forking over for shaving cream, try using an overripe banana. The soft consistency will give you a smooth, sweet-smelling shave. Just mash up a banana with a bit of water, spread over your legs and shave. The vitamins and minerals in the banana will give your skin a boost, too!

Eggs

Surprisingly, eggs are a great moisturizer. If your hair has been looking a little dull lately, try using eggs. Just crack a few, whisk them up, and apply them to your hair. After you have let your hair dry, rinse off with cold water.

Avocado

Instead of spending big bucks on expensive face masks, just use an avocado. After all, it contains similar amino acid-rich properties and antioxidants like the masks you can get at the store. Just mash up half an avocado and let it rest on your face for about 15 minutes. It helps to target those fine lines and even helps rejuvenate tired-looking skin. Eat the other half, because naturally.

Are you surprised to know many of the ingredients hiding out in your kitchen are great beauty products, too? Try giving them a shot next time the need arises. You can save some cash and give yourself an all-natural beauty treatment

Jessica Walrack is a gal from California who loves to write. She has been freelance writing for 4 years while traveling the world. Jessica specializes in travel, fashion. health, and all things beauty-related.