Usually we like to keep our food stash very separate from the bathroom, especially if you’re dorm-livin’, but it seems there’s much more we can do with our goodies than just eat them. Yes, it’s true: some of the most effective beauty treatments can be made ever so simply in the kitchen with everyday food items. Such kitchen staples offer natural fixes to the most common beauty needs in the book: shinier hair for those of us who go slap-happy with hot tools, smoother complexions for the girls whose skin has been abused by winter weather and de-puffed eyes for when we stay
out partying up studying all night. There’s no need to panic if you’re getting ready to go out one night and realize mid-shower that that bottle of shaving cream sitting there has been empty for days. The solution lies no further than your kitchen counter…
If you thought the only use for overripe bananas was to bake banana bread, think again. The creamy consistency mimics shaving cream if you mash it up and add a bit of water. The result? A sweet-smelling shower and the smoothest legs ever (but maybe a clogged-up razor). Add a bit of water to a whole mashed-up banana to get a creamy consistency that will spread over your legs. The vitamin A and potassium content in bananas will leave your skin super-moisturized. And the best part is that this use for bananas is calorie free!
It’s no secret that the grainy sweet stuff is great for exfoliating skin. Sugar (both brown and white varieties) is found in tons of beauty products that you can find in drugstores and department stores, but this household item works wonders even without the fancy packaging and complex formulas that some of these products boast. Combine it with your own normal facial cleanser for a face exfoliator that has a familiar formula, or call on a few other ingredients (anything from honey to olive oil) to slough off the dead stuff with a nice body scrub. Combine one part oil to two parts sugar, and add in an essential oil of your choice for a spa-like experience.
Apple Cider Vinegar
When your hair demands constant and heavy product, chances are that at some point, you’ll start to see it build up. To prevent this from happening and prevent your hair from looking like grease-central, rinse with apple cider vinegar every once in a while. Use a 50/50 combination of apple cider vinegar and water to wash through your hair. This miracle treatment will leave your hair super shiny and build-up-free!