Look great this season, raid your kitchen
Ella Tan | On 31, Jan 2015
If you bake and cook, make full use of the ingredients in your pantry. These natural, tried-and-tested beauty care methods using common ingredients are secrets worth sharing.
Extra Virgin Olive* Oil
You probably use this Mediterranean delight for salads and pastas. It’s not only good for your food, it does wonders for your skin and everywhere- hair, face, lips and nails. Rich in vitamins and antioxidants, it’s perfect for nourishing and protecting the skin, leaving it baby soft, smooth and supple. It’s a simple and quick remedy for dry skin as the emollients present draw in moisture – preventing wrinkles and reducing the appearance of fine lines. Olive oil can also be used as a makeup remover.
*Extra Virgin Coconut Oil will work as well
This Indian spice has great cosmetic value. When mixed with gram flour, rose water, milk and ground sandalwood, it becomes the perfect mask. Used as a beauty ritual in Indian wedding tradition, it brightens and softens skin. It also treats cracked heels, inflammation, minor burns and acne scars. If you’re concerned about stretch marks, you might want to try this – mix gram flour and turmeric in raw milk or yoghurt to lighten the appearance of stretch marks. Repeated use of turmeric with chickpea flour may also reduce facial hair growth. One could say that turmeric is basically a package of benefits!
You probably recognise it because bandung’s your favourite drink. But it is also used all over the world, in Middle Eastern and Indian desserts. Rose water is suitable for all skin types. It cleanses and tones, cools and soothes skin. During a hot and humid day, rose water becomes your new best friend because when misted onto the visage, it freshens and hydrates the delicate facial skin. Its soothing properties make it a great after-shave. If you’ve ever gotten your brows threaded at a local parlour, you probably know the cool effects of rose water on irritated skin. Plus, who can resist the scent of roses?