Beauty Turn Your Kitchen into a Spa
Turn Your Kitchen into a Spa
The next time you’re longing for a luxurious spa experience, all you have to do is head to the kitchen! Many beauty products boast of being organic and eco-friendly, so why not just take a look at what you have in your fridge and cupboards? Take it from a self-proclaimed beauty product junkie, I definitely have some tried and true at-home beauty treatments to share.
- The next time you are doing dishes or cleaning your bathtub, slather on the heaviest lotion or cream you have under those ugly yellow latex cleaning gloves. The hot water will get the lotion to give your hands the deep penetrating moisture they crave. After you are finished, instead of having dry, irritated dishpan hands, you’ll have new, baby soft hands.
- Take a red wine bath. Red wine contains a powerful antibiotic-like substance called resveratrol that is found in grapes. and makes skin more elastic and firm. Resveratrol is found in many of the most popular and expensive firming creams. Just save any leftover wine, pour it in your tub and soak your elasticity cares away. You know it’s better for you in your bath than drinking old wine anyway.
- Get shinier hair with vodka. Those vodka tonics may be yummy to drink on a night out, and they’re good for your hair on a night in! Mix one part vodka with two parts of your favorite shampoo and wash your hair as normal.
- Do you have dandruff? Crush two aspirin and add them to your shampoo. Leave it on for two minutes then wash, condition and dry.
- Coffee, please! There’s a reason why you’re seeing caffeine as an ingredient in more and more lifting and firming creams. Cellulite can be rubbed away with your left over coffee grounds. Rub the coffee grounds onto your hips and thighs, wrap your legs with plastic wrap and wait 15 minutes. You won’t believe how soft and smooth your skin feels after you rinse the grounds off!
- Stop the agony of de-feet! If you are like me and stand in leather heels and pantyhose all day, you’ll know what I’m talking about when you get home and your feet have that not-so-fresh feeling. I swear by this citrus foot wrap. All you need are paper towels and lemon juice. Fill a bowl with half water and half lemon juice. Soak the paper towels in the juice and wrap them around your feet, softening the skin and removing odors. There are no preservatives to this recipe so throw away the juice after one week.
- Orange you going to try a citrus mask? Make a rejuvenating orange citrus mask. I love this one because it’s easy and smells amazing. Combine one tablespoon of fresh squeezed orange juice and two tablespoons of plain yogurt. Apply to your clean face and neck and leave the mask on for 15 minutes before rinsing with warm water. Your face will feel smooth, hydrated and silky clean.
- Have a fruitful face! Combine one papaya chopped, one lemon juiced, and one teaspoon of honey into a blender. Blend the mixture into a smooth paste. Apply it to a clean face and neck and leave it on for 30 minutes I know that seems like a long time but it’s worth it! Rinse your with warm water and see your new glow!
- Want a whiter smile? Try mixing one teaspoon lemon juice and one teaspoon salt into a paste. Using a toothbrush, gently brush it on your teeth for a whiter, brighter smile and a glossy shine.
- Looking for an incredible edible body scrub? Put the juice and pulp from half an orange into a bowl. Combine it with four tablespoons cornmeal and mix it into a paste. Apply to freshly washed face or body taking a good two to three minutes scrubing, rinsing and moisturizing.
Photo: Neysa Ruhl Photography
Location: Gateway Quarter
Model: Jennifer Dunn
Makeup Artistry: Jocelyn Sparks, Zoë Custom Cosmetics