10 Kitchen Ingredients You Can Use As Beauty Products

We’ve all hod those days where we’ve run out of our favourite cleanser and can’t remove those layers of makeup or have a huge pimple and no pimple cream. Well now instead of having a major beauty breakdown you can just head to the kitchen and whip up a little something to feed your face with.

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Chamomile tea bags:
We all have those mornings where we wake up after a few too many wines and our eyes are dark and puffy. The good news is you can fix this by simply putting some used chamomile tea bags in the fridge for an hour then cover your eye are for 5-20 minutes with them. Then you’ll look refreshed and ready to face the day.

 

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Banana: Not only is this fruit good for you to eat it also makes a great face mask! Bananas are very soothing and help add moisture to your skin, just mash up a banana and put it on your skin for 10-15 minutes then wash it off with warm water.

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Coffee Grounds: Coffee grounds make a great exfoliater, they help get rid of stretch marks and smooth out your skin. Just mix a handful of coffee grounds with coconut or olive oil and scrub it over your problem areas when in the shower, wash it off and then you’ll instantly silky smooth skin.

 

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Avocado: If you have an over ripe avocado sitting in your kitchen, don’t throw it out just mash it up and put it through your hair and on your face leave for 20 minutes then wash it off. The healthy oils and fats in the avocado will make your skin and hair super soft and healthy.

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Milk: If your skin is feeling tired and dull splash some cold milk on it and leave to sit for 5 minutes, then wash off and your skin will feel instantly fresh and awake.

 

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Garlic: Throw away that Clearasil, all you need is a clove of garlic to zap and unwanted zit. When you feel a pimple coming up just cut some garlic in half and dap it on the problem areas before bed then it should be gone by the morning.

 

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Egg Whites: Egg whites are great for firming your skin and fighting the signs of aging. Just take some egg white and rub it over your face, leave to sit for 10-20 minutes then wash it off with warm water.

 

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Apple Cider Vinegar or Apple Juice: You can use either of these as a toner to help balance the PH levels of your skin and restore its natural moisture. Just put some of the juice or vinegar on a cotton ball and whip it over your face then follow with your usual moisturiser.

 

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Grapefruit: The hydroxyl acids in grapefruit acts as a natural exfoliate. If you have any rough patches on your skin like your elbows or feet just cut a grapefruit in half and sit the area of skin in the grapefruit for at least 5 minutes.
Green Tea: Green tea has antimicrobial properties that help fight the bacteria that cause acne. You can either use some cooled green tea as a face wash or toner. Or place a cold used tea bag on the problem areas on your face for 5-10 minutes.

The Most Delicious Anti-inflammatory Smoothie Ever

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The smoothie is one of the easiest and most nutritious meals you can make if you use the right ingredients!

Turmeric is one of the healthiest spices you can have due to it’s huge range of health benefits. One of the main health benefits is that it’s a natural anti-inflammatory. Consuming turmeric each day will help your body fight off disease and also help your body repair and ease any inflammation like period pain.
So we have created this berry turmeric smoothie recipe that is just as tasty as it is healthy!

Ingredients

1.5 cups coconut water
1 cup frozen strawberries
¼ pomegranate seeds
small handful of walnuts
1 tsp vanilla bean paste or powder
2 tsp turmeric powder

Topping

1 tbsp tahini
extra pomegranate seeds and walnuts

Method

Wiz all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Pour into a cup, drizzle with tahini and add other toppings. Enjoy!

4 Ingredient Healthy Snickers Balls

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Yes you red that right, you only need these 4 healthy ingredients to make your own snickers balls. They taste just as good if not better than a store bought snickers bar and they are way better for you!



Ingredients

3/4 cup crunchy peanut butter (organic if possible)
3/4 cup dates
½ cup cashew butter
150g dark chocolate or make your own (see instructions at the end of this recipe)

Method

Put the peanut butter and cashew butter in separate bowls and pop in the freezer for an hour. To make the ‘caramel’, place the dates in a food processor with 1 tbsp of water and blend until the dates form a smooth paste.

Take the peanut butter out of the freezer and roll it into 10 separate balls. Take the cashew butter out and, taking small amounts (just over a teaspoon in size), press it onto the peanut butter balls, then roll into a ball again. The cashew butter does not need to cover the whole ball; it is fine if a lot of the peanut butter is still showing.

Take teaspoon sized amounts of the date mixture and press that onto each ball and roll into a ball again. This can be quite messy so rubbing some coconut oil on your hands beforehand will stop the date mixture from sticking to your hands.

Place the balls in the freezer while you melt the chocolate. Place some water in a saucepan so it’s about 4cm full and bring it to the boil. Place a glass bowl over the saucepan with the chocolate in it. Use a spatula to stir it around until it melts, remove from the heat and leave to cool for about 20 minutes. Stir it occasionally so the chocolate doesn’t go hard again.

Remove the balls from the freezer and dip them in the chocolate so they are completely covered, then place them on a flat plate or tray. Once all the balls are covered pop them in the freezer for at least 2 hours, then they will be ready to eat!

10 reasons you should be eating Tahini

10 reasons you should be eating Tahini

Tahini is a paste made from ground sesame seeds. It’s extremely versatile and can be used in cooking sweet and savory dishes. Even better, it’s packed with essential vitamins and minerals!

There are two main types of tahini: hulled and unhulled. Unhulled tahini is best as it’s made from the whole sesame seed, leaving its nutritional value intact. Hulled tahini is stripped of many of its nutrients.

10 health benefits of tahini:

  • It’s rich in minerals such as phosphorus, lecithin, magnesium, potassium and iron.
  • It’s a good source of Methionine, which aids in liver detoxification.
  • It’s one of the best sources of calcium out there.
  • It’s high in vitamin E and vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5 and B15.
  • Helps to promote healthy cell growth.
  • Prevent anemia.
  • Helps to maintain healthy skin and muscle tone.
  • It has 20% complete protein, making it a higher protein source than most nuts.
  • It’s easy for your body to digest because of its high alkaline mineral content, which is great for assisting in weight loss.
  • It is high in unsaturated fat (good fat!)

Some great ways to include this amazing food in your daily diet include:

  • Make a salad dressing with tahini, olive oil, apple cider vinegar and fresh turmeric
  • Mix it into a stir-fry
  • Mash it up with some avocado like in this recipe
  • Blend it with some garlic and chickpeas to make a delicious hummus
  • If you feel like a sweeter option try making these protein balls or these cacao balls