You are what you eat — but some wholesome foods that are good for your insides are also beneficial for your beauty. So before you run out to the drugstore or salon to stock up on artificial products for your skin, hair and nails, check out what you can do with everyday items you'll find in your kitchen cabinets and refrigerator.
Strawberries are a delicious treat and loaded with antioxidants that help with your overall health. But they also contain salicylic acid, which tightens pores while removing dead skin and impurities. Other compounds in berries lighten skin, so you can use them for age spots.
The herb horsetail has both antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Mix it with olive oil and rub on nails to promote growth and get rid of white spots.
Green tea is rich in antioxidants and other compounds that can make your skin glow. And to give your locks a boost, try wetting them with tea for 10 minutes before shampooing.
Sunflower oil contains vitamin E, which is great for protecting skin and fighting acne. Use it on your scalp to banish dandruff and repair split ends.
If you want a good, natural face scrub, you can't beat oatmeal. Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds draw out toxins, and it also works as a dynamite exfoliator to remove dead skin cells.
Vinegar, a favorite holistic product, can be used to whiten teeth, relieve sunburn pain, clear up blemishes and clean hair. The apple cider type works particularly well.
Rosemary can be made into tea and applied to hair to strengthen tresses and add luster.
If you want to plump up your pout without the cost of injections, try rubbing some Vaseline mixed with cinnamon on your lips. Once you wipe off the spice gloss, your kisser will feel tingly and look a lot fuller.
Don't forget honey. A natural antiseptic that fights fungi and bacteria, honey has wonderful skin conditioning and healing properties. Try using it as a mask to battle acne and give your skin a youthful glow.
Avocado is a restorative fruit, perfect for protecting and balancing your hair and skin. The vitamin A in avocado adds sheen to hair, vitamin B balances oil production and vitamin E protects and repairs sun damage. You can simply mash up one or two avocados into a mud and apply it to hair or skin. Let sit for 15 minutes, then rinse well and shampoo if necessary.
Eggs are often used in cooking and baking but can also be used on the face to help ward off wrinkles and tighten sagging skin. By applying egg whites directly onto your epidermis, you can give yourself an effective facial without spending a lot of money. Skin treated with an egg white mask will appear tighter, firmer and more youthful.
To make your own firming masker, separate the whites and yolks of two eggs. Whip the egg whites with a fork for 10 seconds, and then spread the goop over your skin with your fingers. Leave the egg whites on your skin for 30 minutes or until they dry completely. Wash the dried mask from your face using warm water. Pat dry and apply moisturizer. This treatment can be used for every type of skin.
The rinds of oranges and other citrus fruits have essential oils that balance, tone and detoxify skin. They also have an astringent quality to combat oil skin.
Coconut oil promotes hair growth and is a serious healing salve for skin disorders such as eczema and dandruff. Rub 2 tablespoons of coconut oil into your scalp to stimulate skin and hair. Rinse well after 20 minutes. A light shampoo may be necessary.
There is a compound in potatoes that reduces puffiness. Using a vegetable peeler, shred a small amount of potato, let it chill in the fridge and then place the cold potato under your eyes for 15 minutes. After removal, you'll find less puffiness and reduced dark circles.
Coffee not only wakes you up from a tired mood, it can also perk up tired and dull skin due to its exfoliating properties. Mix ground coffee in small quantities with your favorite face wash — and you'll have an invigorating facial scrub!