Traditional cosmetics can be full of toxins and Scary Seven ingredients, but you don’t have to spend a lot of money to find safe, effective beauty products—in fact you probably already have what you need in your kitchen!
Try the following or get crafty and create your own recipes.
Start Clean with Oil Cleansing
While it might seem counterintuitive to cleanse your face with oil, it’s actually one of the best ways to cleanse any skin type. Simply massage the oil on your face for one to two minutes, and then steam it off with a hot cloth. You can add essential oils based on smell and skin needs, or mix carrier oils until you find something that works for you.
- Castor oil is a great antibacterial all-purpose oil, but can be a bit drying.
- Try jojoba if you’re acne prone.
- Grapeseed is a superstar for oily skin but works for all skin types.
- Check out apricot kernal if you have dry or mature skin.
Freshen Up with Coconut Oil
Yep, more oil! While coconut oil isn’t great for your face, it’s great for your smile. Before you brush your teeth in the morning, simply swish 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil in your mouth for 10-20 minutes. Make sure not to swallow the oil, and spit it in the garbage—not down the sink. If you’re new to oil pulling, start with a few minutes and work up from there.
Scrub Down with Sugar
This simple yet luxurious body scrub has three ingredients: sugar, coconut oil, and essential oils. Combine the sugar and coconut oil in a 2:1 ratio and add essential oils of your choice. Try lavender and bergamot for a relaxing scrub or grapefruit and lemon to energize.
For a gentler facial version combine 1 teaspoon of raw honey and a 1/2 teaspoon baking soda. Let it sit on your face for 5-10 minutes before exfoliating. Honey is both antibacterial and moisturizing, so be sure to treat your skin at least once a week.
Get Toned with Apple Cider Vinegar
This kitchen essential is as good for the outside of your body as it is the inside. This toner can help balance the skin’s pH, even out tone, and zap spots. Simply combine apple cider vinegar with filtered water and a few drops of citrus essential oil if you like. Make sure to get the unrefined kind with the “mother.”