Saturday, 30 January 2016

January Kitchen Beauty

As January is the poorest month of the year, and we are all making resolutions anew (how are those going by the way...?), we thought it best to hero thriftiness and healthiness in our beauty post this month.

Looking at products you have in the store cupboard at home, and making them into beautiful, natural home grooming products, just try not to eat them... yum!
natural kitchen beauty products on a budget
As a super rich and nutritious fruit, its no surprise that avocados offer a plethora of beauti-fying qualities. I love to use avocados as a natural hair mask and conditioner, which helps to relieve a dry scalp and frizzy hair in the winter months. Simply mash an avocado and apply to your scalp and lengths after shampooing. This is a great way to use up avocados which have gone a little too far in their ripeness when there is no call for guacamole. Leave for ten minutes (I usually refresh-clean the bathroom or read a book in this time) to let the amino acids and proteins work their healing magic. Be sure to wash out thoroughly.

avocado hair mask
avocado hair mask
Rock Salt
With its incredible antioxidant qualities, good old salt is also a great way to exfoliate your skin. In recent news, exfoliators with non bio-degradable microbeads have come under fire, so why not try to make your own exfoliator at home? Mixing coconut oil or honey with rock salt will give you all of the goodness, whilst being kind to the environment as the salt is biodegradable. Use it before applying tanning products to ensure an even skin complexion.

rock salt for beauty
Manuka honey helps you to heal from the inside as well as giving you an outer glow. Proven to help with digestion by easing inflammation and bloating, this natural sweetener is the perfect ingredient to top your porridge with this winter. It is also fabulous for your skin and helps to boost energy.
Marie Claire have also come up with a fabulous moisturising and exfoliating manuka face mask recipe- yummy! We love Steens Raw 10+ Manuka Honey* which used a cold press extraction process to ensure that all of the goodness stays in! The quality is second to none, all the way from New Zealand!

steens manuka honey
steens manuka honey
vita coco organic coconut oil
Coconut Oil
The food trend of 2015 also provides a huge array of beauty uses, and the better question is what can’t it be used for. Perfect for softening cuticles, a great natural lip balm and the perfect way to get by until you need more shaving cream, coconut oil’s incredible moisturising qualities make it the most incredible multipurpose product ever.

vita coco organic coconut oil
Bicarbonate of Soda
Natures whitening product, brush with bicarbonate of soda to get your pearly whites super bright. People are in debate about the effectiveness of this, but I think it really depends on how naturally white your teeth are anyway. People spend hundreds of pounds on whitening treatments, so it's worth giving it a go for less than £2? You can also add one teaspoon to a glass of water for a budget busting mouth rinse. Finally, if you have sore tootsies, add a good shake into a bowl of warm water and soak for the ultimate ahhhh...

bicarbonate of soda
I'm dying to hear your own kitchen beauty ideas, drop us a comment below, or tweet us @prettyposhomg.


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