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DIY Beauty Products from Food (Nutrition for Your Skin!)

Want soft lips, shiny hair, and a radiant complexion? Look no further than your own kitchen, and try these DIY beauty products from food!

1. Moisturizing Lip Balm (Coconut Oil)dry lips

Many popular brands of lip balm contain scary ingredients like parabens and dangerous chemicals that can damage hormones and reproductive health. While you should look out for ingredients like parabens, sulfates, and phthalates in ALL your beauty products, I especially urge you to pay extra attention to your lip products.

Your lips are made up of skin that is very thin, making it easier for chemicals to seep into your bloodstream. Plus, any product that goes on your lips (lipstick, lip balm, lip gloss) you are almost certain to digest!

While you can spend hours researching your lip balms and shopping for clean alternatives, it’s so much easier and faster to DIY! You’ll be saving money, having fun, and  most importantly – in complete control of what you are putting on your skin!

DIY:

You will need a wax base (beeswax is a popular choice!) and coconut oil. Simply boil the two ingredients together, and pour into a small tin container. Add in a drop or two of your favorite essential oil for fragrance (like vanilla or peppermint). Once the mixture is cooled and solid, apply to chapped lips and enjoy the ensuing softness!

2. Nourishing Hair Conditioner (Avocado)conditioner

If your hair is feeling dull or dry – despite trying every moisturizing product known to man – it’s time to take a break. The reason your hair is feeling so bleh is probably because (and not despite) of all those products, which can leave residue and weigh it down over time.

All store-bought conditioners (no matter how expensive or fancy they are!) can contain chemicals and drying agents that can only be washed out with a particular brand’s shampoo, and vice versa. Stop the vicious cycle, and take control of your locks!

All you really need is a simple shampoo (look for one designed for babies, or a natural one for adults  just make sure you scrutinize the ingredients list!) and a good, DIY conditioner.

DIY:

In a small bowl, mash 1/2 an avocado with a tablespoon of olive oil and coconut milk, until blended. (For even shinier hair, add in an egg yolk!) The final mixture should be creamy and smooth. Apply to clean, wet hair, and leave in for 10-15 minutes. Rinse, let dry, and love your tresses!

3. Rejuvenating Face Scrub (Coffee)

Believe it or not, using facial exfoliating scrubs incorrectly can cause more damage than good. According to CLI healthy skinesthetician Laura Troeller, over-exfoliating can damage and dry out your skin even more, which can lead to your skin producing extra oil as a defense mechanism. Stick to 2-3 times a week, and when rubbing your facial skin, do so gently.

For best results, gentle is the key word here, in terms of touching your skin, and of the scrub’s ingredients. In the DIY example below, there are only TWO ingredients, and both have powerful functions that will leave your skin feeling better than any pricey product: ground coffee (for cell turnover, and to ‘wake up’ your skin), and coconut oil (for ultra moisturiztaion).

DIY:

Pour 1/4 cup of coffee grinds into a 1/4 cup of coconut oil. Beat or mash until the grinds are evenly spread throughout the oil. Store in a glass jar in a cool place, until solid. In the mornings, use a quarter-sized amount to gently exfoliate your skin and neck. Follow up with your favorite moisturizer. ◾

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