Masks, peels and crèmes take up 90 percent
of the cabinet and counter space in my
bathroom. An unsuspecting kitchen, however,
is one more place I’ve been able to stock
with beauty treatments thanks to some tips.
To calm and soften skin, all you need is
one handful. Grab a handful of the oats and
place them into a washcloth, securing them
with a rubber band. Dip the washcloth into a
sink full of warm water and squeeze it a few
times so the water becomes murky. Splash the
water on your face and let it air dry. The
beta glucan in oatmeal will have a soothing
and anti-inflammatory effect on the skin.
I buy fruit with the intention of eating
it, but goodness knows that rarely happens.
Instead of throwing that over-ripe orange
away, use it to banish dry skin. The acid in
the fruit loosens dead skin from heels,
knees and elbows. Just squeeze the juice
from half of your orange into a bowl with ¼
cup granulated sugar and ¼ cup olive oil.
Rub the remaining half of the orange over
rough spots and follow with the scrub. Rinse
with warm water and pat dry.
One of the most odd beauty tricks I’ve
heard of: dumping a bottle of Vinegar
over your head to liven up dull hair.
Between shampooing and conditioning, pour a
bottle of non-white vinegar over your head. The yeast
and hops plump up the hair cuticle while the
acidity acts as a clarifier. Rinse it out
before you apply conditioner so you don’t
smell like a frat house.
If you and the kitchen don’t fare well
together, fear not. Foods with natural
skin-boosting properties are being used in
spas and salons such as Clip Joint, which
offers facials with ingredients such as
pomegranate and pumpkin.
And while you’re going through your
fridge, you might as well make something for
your stomach to enjoy as well as your face.
Try out the recipe above.
is a beauty remedy
and aid in the
vinegar has long
been used to make
hair silky and
You can use white
but unfiltered raw
apple cider vinegar
“mother” of vinegar.
The mother occurs
of connected protein
molecules and is a
rich source of
enzymes and minerals
that other vinegars
probably do not
contain due to
Vinegar works to
restore luster by
removing build up
from other hair
products. It leaves
hair smooth and
silky and is said by
many to remove
on your hair type,
you may want to use
it once weekly, or
as often as three
times weekly. It may
dryness to hair, so
some people like to
then use a vinegar
rinse. To make a
vinegar rinse, add 1
cup vinegar to 2
cups warm water, add
a a drop of
essential oil if you
like, and work into
Remove old hair from
brush. Make a mix of
half water and half
vinegar, add a drop
or two of your
oil, and soak your
Rinse and brush.
To clean your scalp,
improve its health,
and fight dandruff,
rinse with a
solution of ½ cup
vinegar mixed with 2
cups of warm water
You can add a few
drops of sage oil,
you can also leave
the rinse on for up
to 30 minutes. A
scalp rinse can be
done daily, and
should be done at
least once a week.
Natalie’s Mango Guacamole
1 serrano chili
1 bunch cilantro
2 garlic cloves
Put the cilantro and garlic into a food
In a separate bowl, combine the finely
diced mango and avocado.
Chop only the skin of the chili and add
it to the bowl. If you like your guacamole
nuclear-hot, go ahead and use the seeds and
throw the rest of the chili in the food
Combine the ingredients and squeeze half
the lime over it. Sprinkle with a few
teaspoons of sea salt and mash with a fork.
Note: Eating this can be justified
by saying it contains omega-3s!