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The Kitchen Beautician: Natural skincare, straight from your fridge!

Yvonne Maffei of My Halal Kitchen introduces us to the beauty treatments waiting in our kitchens.

Many women are led to believe they need to spend serious amounts of cash on fancy beauty products in order to take care of their skin properly. During a global recession, in particular, these ‘guilty pleasures’ can start to add up. Money and food waste can be prevented by simply preparing homemade skincare products from items you probably already have in the fridge.

 

Benefits of Homemade Skincare
You may be thinking that preparing your own homemade products is more hassle than it’s worth, but take just a minute to look at all the ways you’ll benefit from doing so.

 
1. More bang for your buck. Think about how much more product you get when making something yourself, especially when it comes to skincare. You control the amount and know exactly how much organic avocado oil really is in your face cleanser. After all, store-bought products contain such small amounts of those beneficial ingredients we purchased them for in the first place.

 

2. Knowledge of what you’re putting on your skin. You know what’s good for your skin type. What do you really know about the added ingredients in skincare products? Are they all natural? Organic? Are they safe for your skin as well as the environment? Do they contain hidden irritants not indicated on the label? How long have they been sitting on the store shelf? When you’ve made it yourself, you’ll have answers to all of these questions.

 

3. Healthy outcomes for you and the environment. Just like the food we eat, we need to concern ourselves with what we put on our skin, the body’s largest organ. A good rule of thumb is, “if you can’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin”. As a result, the homemade skincare product will give you better results as well as decompose naturally when discarded. No plastic bottles or containers to deal with. Eco-friendly skincare is waiting for you – in your kitchen!

 

Here are some recipes for homemade concoctions you can put together using easy-to-find kitchen ingredients. This issue, we start with cleansers.

 

 

1. CITY GRIME CLEANSER

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I absolutely love this cleanser. It’s hard to believe that oil can actually make your face feel clean, but this recipe combines honey with olive oil to completely slough-off any build up resulting from pollutants that sticks to the skin.

 
Ingredients:  
• 2 tsp. olive oil

• 1 tsp. honey

 
Preparation:
Mix ingredients together and apply to skin. Gently massage thoroughly, making sure all ingredients are absorbed into the skin. Rinse off with warm water using a gentle cloth.

 

 

 

2. DAIRY FACE WASH

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Ingredients:  
• 1 tsp. lime juice
• 1 tbsp. light olive oil
• ½ cup whole milk yogurt

Preparation:
Mix all ingredients and apply to face, rubbing in gently. Leave on 1-2 minutes then rinse with warm water. The yogurt and oil will smooth your skin while the citrus will add a toning effect to the wash.

 

 

3. CITRUS CLEANSER

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Ingredients:  
• Juice of one lemon, seeds removed
• 1 egg white

Preparation:
Beat the lemon juice and egg white very well. Apply mixture all over face and leave on for 30 minutes. Rinse with cold water.