Maintaining healthy skin and hair is actually very easy. Those days are gone when beauty companies made us believe that some beauty products could not be made by anyone who did not have a laboratory.
As times pass, we find that some of the ingredients that are in our favorite skincare products can actually be found in our kitchens and with a few tweaks here and there, you can come up with your own beauty formula.
This is not saying you should whip up concoctions for the skin without doing necessary research. You must of necessity understand that not all ingredients in your kitchen should be experimented with on your skin.
For instance, many of us have heard that Cleopatra bathed in milk and honey and that she had glowing skin as a result of this beauty regimen. Even though milk has the potency to brighten the skin, there are people who are allergic to it. You must also know your skin type.
You must be careful to not mix up
ingredients that may combine to cause you some sort of allergy. Steven-Johnson syndrome is a real thing!
Beauty DIY Ingredients
That said, these ingredients in your kitchen can do so much good to your skin if well used.
Do I speak for everyone when I say that we all love chocolate? Did you know that chocolate is made from cocoa beans and that cocoa itself has tremendous benefit on the skin and hair?
Cocoa powder contains lots of minerals and vitamins including Calcium, Riboflavin, Iron, Copper, Magnesium, Thiamine, Vitamin A, Potassium, Phosphorus and Zinc and because it is rich in antioxidants, it blocks free radicals in the body. Other benefits of cocoa on skin and hair include:
- Protection against many diseases including premature aging.
- Quick healing of wounds.
- Skin cell rejuvenation.
- Improving the skin’s complexion.
- Keeps skin hydrated.
- Firming of the skin
- Shields skin from harmful UV rays.
See why cocoa is a healthy part of diet? Just be careful to not eat it in excess as we don’t want to battle with excess sugar in the body.
You can never go wrong with this one. Honey is a viscous and sweet substance that is naturally produced by bees. It is found in many homes and sometimes replaces sugar as sweetener.
History has it that Cleopatra and Madame du Barry, amongst others, used honey in their skincare. The Chinese also mix honey and ground orange seeds to keep their skin looking clear and smooth.
It has antibacterial properties and as a humectant, (that is, it attracts and holds in moisture in the skin) it is the perfect go-to moisturiser. Honey can also help heal wounds and clear scars.
Many houses have this plant growing in it. The Aloe Vera plant has antibacterial properties as well as healing properties. For years, this plant has been used to treat skin diseases and infections.
With their anti-oxidant properties, tea (White and Green Tea) have the ability to ward off free radicals as well as repair and rejuvenate skin cells. They also provide UV protection and hydrate the skin.
History has it that milk was used in ancient days as a potent skincare regimen. Till date, milk remains as potent thanks to the presence of lactic acid in it which helps to exfoliate skin cells, thus leading to the regeneration of new skin cells. It should however be used in moderation.
This butter has been used in African skincare for many years and is still used till date. It is highly moisturizing and is produced from shea nut. I made some shea butter recently and can say for a fact that the production process is tedious. Its effect on the skin is however, very rewarding. It is great for dry skin types and is widely used as ingredient in lipbalms, soaps and lotions.
Did I miss out on mentioning your favorite ingredient? Do tell me in the comment section.