In these financially tough times, it can sometimes be difficult to justify the cost of beauty treatments or expensive skin care products. However, it is still possible to keep skin in tip top condition without it costing a fortune, thanks to a few key ingredients from the fridge and kitchen cupboard.
Since time immemorial, women have developed beauty treatments using the things they had to hand. From Cleopatra and her milk baths to Elizabeth I using egg white as foundation (all the better to hold the poisonous lead based white face powder in place all day) kitchen ingredients have been used effectively. To a large extent, it makes sense to use food stuffs in beauty treatments. We are aware of how nourishing and beneficial many foods are for our skin when we eat them, so it makes a great deal of sense that they can also be of great benefit when applied directly to our skin.
Face masks are one of the most effective ways to nourish and treat the skin and even when making your own face mask it is possible to create one which suits your specific skin type:
In each case, the mask should be mixed, applied to the skin and left for 15 minutes before being washed off with tepid water. Every one of these masks is packed full of active ingredients which act on and nourish the skin, leaving it fresh and glowing. Similarly, tonics, scrubs and creams can all be easily created to suit your skin perfectly.
Although whipping up a DIY beauty product can be simple, the one down side is that because they are made from fresh food products, they do not keep well, often spoiling with a couple of days. To this end, bought products are created so that they have a long shelf life.
If you are looking for a quick, easy and cheap way to brighten up your beauty routine, you don’t need to look any further than the kitchen.