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Naturally beautiful - Homemade beauty remedies

Feed your skin by concocting beauty remedies from food in your kitchen
CATS Classified In The Straits Times - May 6, 2010
By: Goh Mei Yi
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Naturally beautiful - Homemade beauty remedies

While cosmetic brands tout products made with natural ingredients that promise more youthful-looking skin, a glowing complexion and fewer wrinkles, you can whip up homemade potions with food in the kitchen to pamper and nourish your skin. Here are some ingredients which can be used to concoct beauty fixes.

Eggs: Whip some egg yolks for a firming and nourishing face mask. Leave the beaten yolks on your face for about 15 minutes or until the mask hardens, then rinse with cool water. Egg whites are astringent and you can use those instead if you want to tighten pores and reduce inflammation.

Strawberry: Strawberries are rich in alpha-hydroxy acids, which help clear acne and reduce oil. Cut off the stems and chop the strawberries into tiny pieces, then mash into a paste. Apply a layer to your face for at least 15 minutes. Rinse with cool water.

Avocado: Avocados contain fatty acids that soften and moisturise your skin. Mash half a ripe avocado and apply a thin layer to your face and neck. Use as above.

Cucumber: Slice a cucumber and chill them to make natural refreshing eye pads. Leave them on the eye area for 10 minutes or as long as you wish.

Tea bag: This is said to work wonders for tired eyes. Steep two tea bags in hot water, remove from the water, and let them cool. Squeeze the tea bags dry then chill them. When they are chilled, lie down and place them over your eyes.

Oatmeal: Oatmeal has soothing and anti-inflammatory properties. Put a handful of oats in a washcloth and soak it in a basin of warm water until the water turns cloudy. Use this water to cleanse your face and body.

Olive oil: Use this as a cuticle and nail moisturiser. Soak your fingers in it or massage the oil into the cuticles.

Lemon: Lemon juice acts like a mild bleach to remove stains from your fingernails. Halve a lemon and insert your fingertips in it for about five minutes.


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