bananassandramugettyimages 8 Ways To Soothe Skin With Simple Kitchen Ingredients

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You don’t have to spend tons of money on expensive skin care products. All you have to do is look in your fridge, raid your pantry, have a little working knowledge of the holistic properties of food and a little bit of raw (fruit) imagination!

Check out these nine skin-saving tips that can make your kitchen basics part of a spa-like beauty routine.
Using bananas as a face mask will moisturize your skin and make it so soft.

Mash up a medium-sized ripe banana into a smooth paste, then gently apply it to your face and neck. Let it set for 10-20 minutes, then rinse it off with cold water. Another popular mask recipe calls for 1/4 cup plain yogurt, 2 tablespoons honey, and 1 medium banana.

People have been using highly astringent, yet alcohol free vinegar since women started caring about the beauty of their skin.

Try one of the oldest ways for tighter, brighter skin: after you wash your face, mix 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar with 2 cups water as a finishing rinse to cleanse and tighten your skin. You can also make your own facial treatment by mixing 1/4 cup cider vinegar with 1/4 cup water. Gently apply the solution to your face and let it dry.

It is said that Cleopatra used to bathe in milk and honey.

Give yourself the royal treatment: make a mask by mixing 1/4 cup powdered milk with enough water to form a thick paste. Thoroughly coat your face with the mixture, let dry completely, then rinse with warm water.

Oatmeal facials and body scrubs are often doctor recommended for many skin problems.

Relax your skin from the grueling wear-and-tear of the day: combine 1/2 cup hot — not boiling — water and 1/3 cup oatmeal. After the water and oatmeal have settled for two or three minutes, mix in 2 tablespoons plain yogurt, 2 table-spoons honey, and 1 small egg white. Apply a thin layer of the mixture to your face, and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Then rinse with warm water. (Be sure to place a metal or plastic strainer in your sink to avoid clogging the drain with the granules.)

Ever seen woman in old movies slather their face with mayonnaise. That’s because the vinegar and eggs in mayonnaise is a perfect way to tighten skin.

Gently spread the mayonnaise over your face and leave it on for about 20 minutes. Then wipe it off and rinse with cool water. Your face will feel clean and smooth.

Yogurt is not only a great cleanser for your insides, it’s also a great cleanser for your skin.

For a revitalizing facial mask, mix 1 teaspoon plain yogurt with the juice from 1/4 slice of orange, some of the orange pulp, and 1 teaspoon aloe. Leave the mixture on your face for at least five minutes before rinsing it off.

Mustard will make your skin tingle with joy.

Pat your face with mild yellow mustard for a bracing facial that will soothe and stimulate your skin. Try it on a small test area first to make sure it will not be irritating.

Whip up some eggs for the perfect skin quick fix.

If you have dry skin that needs moisturizing, separate the egg and beat the yolk. Oily skin takes the egg white, to which a bit of lemon or honey can be added. For normal skin, use the entire egg. Apply the beaten egg, relax and wait 30 minutes, then rinse. You’ll love your new fresh face.

[Source: Yahoo! Shine]

Comments (2)
  1. RainbowRay says:

    The banana idea has real “apPEAL” for me (ha! ha!); I think I’ll try this idea and I will let you guys know how it turns out. If I look more like a monkey afterwards, I’ll just turn myself in to the zoo.

    Mayonaise also sounds like an “appetizing” cleanser and so does mustard. I “relish” the idea of using mustard as a skin cleanser, but you “mustard” of that one before many times; that pu is so lame and old (ha!).

    Seriously though, I think I will try some of these ideas; they sound terrific and probably will work.

    Anyone have a banana and peanut butter sandwich (Elvis Presley always liked to eat those sandwiches as a snack or late at night). Right Fiona? Fiona? FIONNNNNNNAAAA? Oh well. Miss you. Love you. Rainbow Ray (your “pookypants”; from Red Green).


  2. Debbie says:


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