These days, the amount of beauty products on the Internet and in stores are endless. From creams to serums to body scrubs, everything promises to lift this or smooth that—but at what expense? The majority of beauty products today are filled with unnatural chemicals that get absorbed into your skin and can cause some not-so-beautiful long term effects. So with that, I started looking for cleaner options and found them all in, well… my refrigerator. Beauty starts from the inside but the same ingredients that are good within are also great on. Try these three DIY beauty products before hitting up Sephora.
I use this to get glowing skin (and the lingering smell of bananas doesn’t hurt either). Place all three ingredients in a blender and mix until you have a lump-free paste. Wash your face with a gentle soap and pat it dry with a soft towel. Apply the mask in a slightly thick layer and keep it on for 10 to 15 minutes. When the time is up, wash your face with warm water and do not use soap. Don’t forget to use moisturizer, too!
1 small ripe banana
½ teaspoon turmeric
½ teaspoon baking soda
We’re constantly blow drying, coloring, and straightening, so it’s about time we give our hair a little love. For my super curly, dry hair, I whip up this avocado hair mask to add moisture and shine back into my locks. Mix well (I blend it sometimes) and apply to hair. Let sit for an hour. Rinse well—you might even need to double shampoo! And voilà, shiny locks once again.
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons honey
With winter around the corner, dry skin is just bound to happen. Aside from drinking lots of water to keep your skin soft, a little salt scrub can go a long way. Mineral-rich salt is perfect for the gentle exfoliation your body needs as the temps cool and the seasons change. Lemon is packed with vitamin C, which gives your skin that glow while jojoba softens and soothes. Lather this on in the shower for the super soft skin.
1/2 cup sea salt (not too coarse)
1/2 cup jojoba oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
Optional: a few drops of lavender oil
This is a mask I use weekly and is perfect for taking off all the toxic build up that your cleanser might not dig deep enough to get. Just as activated charcoal is great for ridding your body of toxins, it’s also just as effective when applied topically to pull up dirt and grime from your skin. Mixed with bentonite clay, tea tree oil and a touch of water, this mask is serious about cleansing and fighting breakouts. Add water slowly until solution becomes thick and paste-like. Apply to face, let dry, rinse off with warm water and a towel. Follow with your favorite oil (I love argan!)
2 teaspoons activated coconut charcoal
2 teaspoons bentonite clay
2-3 drops of tea tree oil
You probably won’t have these components on hand in your refrigerator, but with only three ingredients and incredible results, it’s too good not to share!