beyond cucumbers // our favorite beauty foods

August 28, 2014

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Trying to find natural beauty products doesn’t have to be hard, many of our favorite ingredients are probably already in your kitchen.

 

Honey

It sounds like a sticky mess to put honey on your face, but we have been doing this for the past 3 months and love it. Honey is a moisturizing face wash with natural antibacterial properties, helping keep skip clear. It’s properties stay intact only in raw unfiltered honey, which can easily be found at trader joe’s or whole foods. The trick is to make sure you wet your hands and face with warm water before using a dollop.

 

Lemon

Lemon is a natural antibacterial and full of vitamin C and citric acid. This helps in reducing age spots, acne, and generally clear your skin. Use sparingly by mixing with water and tea tree oil if you have it and apply like a toner with a cotton ball after washing your face.

 

Coconut oil

Coconut oil is the ultimate beauty food. Beyond being super moisturizing, coconut oil has natural antimicrobial properties, vitamin E, and proteins that help regenerate the skin. Use it as moisturizer anywhere, on your face, body, or hair. Our new favorite way to use coconut is on the hair before going to the pool or beach – simply smooth through your hair and braid it to keep a natural barrier from the elements.

 

Coffee

As we have mentioned before, coffee is the perfect natural exfoliator when finely ground. It is not as abrasive as other exfoliators which is essential for those with sensitive skin.

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Olive oil

Not to be overshadowed by coconut oil, olive oil is also a natural hypoallergenic moisturizer you can use on the body and face. Use extra virgin olive oil on damp skin for long lasting moisture. You can also mix olive oil with sea salt to use on your body to remove dead skin.

 

Sugar

Sugar may be getting a bad rap these days, but it has a natural occurring glycolic acid that is moisturizing and alpha-hydroxy acid that helps maintain healthy skin and reduce toxins. Use sugar (either brown or white) as a gentle exfoliator – just combine with an oil on this list and gently use on your body.

Avocado

Beyond being essential for guacamole, avocado contains vitamins A, D, and E as well moisturizes your skin. The omega-9 fatty acid called oleic acid is found in avocados which aids in repairing damaged skin cells and reducing inflammation of the skin. We love to use avocado as a base for our avo-coconut oil face mask.

 

Greek yogurt (plain)

Greek yogurt is a another great base to use as a face mask. The lactose in yogurt helps to clean the skin, getting rid of dirt. Yogurt also contains lactic acid that is a natural alpha hydroxy acid that reduces signs of aging, fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots. Lactic acid also removes dead skin by unclogging the pores and smoothing out the skin.

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