When it comes to busting beauty boo-boos, natural remedies may take a little more time than their chem lab counterparts, but the benefits are manifold. Here are some common beauty problems, whose solutions may just be waiting in your kitchen.
Give cellulite a caffeine kick
Are your thighs starting to resemble prunes because of all the dimpling? Try a coffee scrub! Warm half a cup of caffeinated coffee grounds (fresh coffee grounds work better than used ones, and decaf won’t do), mixed with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, in the microwave for 10 seconds. Scrub all over your cellulite spots, and then wrap in plastic wrap. Leave on for 20 minutes before you remove plastic and then wash off. Repeat twice a week, and start seeing results in a little over a month!
As a stimulant, the caffeine in coffee dilates blood vessels, increases circulation and reduces water retention, all of which may also help smooth the rumpled look of cellulite. The antioxidants in coffee may help to release toxins, which is not only helpful for cellulite, but for healthy skin in general. And we all know what a great moisturiser olive oil is.
Brighten your smile with baking soda
Want to flash your pearly whites? Mash one ripe strawberry with ½ tablespoon of baking soda. Brush your teeth with the mixture for a few minutes, then rinse your mouth thoroughly, and follow up with your regular toothpaste. You may need to floss to get the strawberry seeds out of your teeth.
Strawberries contain malic acid, an ingredient that acts like an astringent and can help remove surface stains and some of the plaque buildup. The sodium bicarbonate in baking soda can also help remove surface stains on your teeth. It is recommended that you not do this more than twice a month.
Bright-eyed with mint and cucumber
This might sound like half of a summer mocktail recipe, but the reasons that make those drinks so refreshing is precisely why this is a great eye mask for the aftermath of a late night. Take about five sprigs of fresh mint and half a cucumber and purée in the blender. Dip a cotton ball in the mix and dab around your eyes. Lie back with your eyes closed for about 20 minutes before you wash it off.
The peppermint increases blood circulation, while the cucumber soothes away irritation, leaving you feeling minty fresh and relaxed.