In this week’s version of K-Beauty, K as in Kitchen, we’re going to be talking about how to channel au natural gorgeousness. The ingredients in your kitchen play a pivotal role in not only your occasional mask, but also every day skin care. Nice, innit?
You don’t always have to break the bank on high end skincare items to get the skin you want. A LOT of timeless radiance is by using natural stuff, aka, the items you’ll find in your pantry. Here’s a couple of them to get you started on your “me-time”.
THE HERO INGREDIENTS IN YOUR KITCHEN
Lemon ranks numero uno in my list. This small little boo has the power to fight the system – breakouts, pigmentation, dryness – you mention it.
One con is that applying it solo can cause irritation to the skin because of its acidic nature. So ALWAYS mix it in with something to neutralize or lower the effect of the citric acid. Yoghurt, aloe vera are common options.
Mix a little lemon juice with brown sugar and use an exfoliator.
Slap honey on to your face, your hair, wherever. This ingredient is a hero all the way.
An amazing anti-fungal agent, it also strengthens nails. All you have to do is peel a clove of garlic and rub in on your nails. Let it absorb into the nail and cuticles then rinse with water. To mask the smell, rub half a lemon on your nails.
Additionally, garlic has antioxidant properties which help pimples and blemish removal. Slice a clove of garlic and rub it on your pimple. This will help heal a pimple quicker.
Apple Cider Vinegar
ACV is amazing when it comes to your hair. Dry scalp and dandruff go into hiding when you’re using ACV. Simply, mix equal parts of water and ACV and keep in a spray bottle. Spray after shampooing your hair, let it sit for 10 minutes and then rinse. Follow up with conditioner to mask the scent.
If you love besan in your pakodis, why not on your skin? For real, gram flour is THE OG exfoliator. Back in the day, when I regularly used it to scrub in the shower, my skin would thank me. I had no tan, and no dry skin. Werk.
Got milk? This ingredient in your kitchen is B-O-M-B!
Milk is a natural cleansing agent. Just mix
- 2 tsps milk
- 1 tsp turmeric powder
- 1 tsp lemon juice.
Apply on your face, leave for 15 minutes and wash off to reveal gorgeous, glowy skin.
Haldi, not only completes our curries, but also our beauty routines. Turmeric is known for it’s antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. So while it might leave you looking a little like Trump, trust me – the pros outweigh the cons by MILES!
Here’s a quick little face mask that will help you with your skin.
- Coconut Oil
- Pinch of Turmeric
Mix all these ingredients and apply to your skin. Wash off after 10 minutes with lukewarm water.
You can also mix turmeric, yoghurt and a little lemon to combat your tan and the pesky acne.
Although there’s tons and tons of other stuff you can use from your kitchen, I’ve narrowed it down to these since they’re pretty basic, and very easy to DIY.
Go ahead. Raid your kitchen. Clean up after, though!