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The Kitchen Beauty

Updated on June 14, 2008

I love homemade beauty recipes. Call me frugal, call me experimental, call me delicious, it's your call. When I was a kid, I'd help my mom bake. I loved the feeling of putting my hands in dough, squishing and rolling, what a creative outlet. It felt like pure heaven to me. I also loved seeing and tasting the results.

Later, as I grew older, I got my first job. Back then, I still lived with mommy and daddy, so my financial obligations were pretty non-existent. I did, however, help now and then with groceries and such. It was pretty minimal, but still appreciated, I'm sure.

I loved the produce department. The colors of the fruits and vegetables that were in season at the time was a beautiful site to see. It soon dawned on me, a lot of beauty creams and acne treatments I'd spent a fortune on could possibly be duplicated, or maybe even be a better alternative when using these fresh ingredients. I'm brilliant (ok, so this isn't anything I invented, but I assure you at the time, I really thought I had).

So now, allow me list my top five homemade beauty treatments, that will allow your skin to glow, your hair to shine and your cellulite to disappear.

1. Coffee Grounds/Cellulite No More

After your morning coffee, save the grounds. Place in a small plastic container, mix with about 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Bring it in the shower with you and after your skin has been rinsed completely, take a small amount into your hands or you can use a bath sponge and place on any areas that have cellulite. You can use the extra treatment for knees, legs, elbows, and bottom of feet. Massage gently and let stand for at least 5 minutes. Shower well with warm water. Your skin will feel energized and incredibly soft.

2. Plain Yogurt/Meditative Facial

Plain yogurt is loaded with lactic acid, an ingredient that will leave your skin soft and smooth naturally. Very simply, spread onto your face, massage very gently and leave on for about 15 minutes. This is also a great opportunity to mediate. Clear your mind.

3. An extravagant green hair mask.

You will need half of an avocado, a small jar of mayonnaise and a teaspoon of jojoba oil. In a small bowl you will mash and mix all three ingredients until smooth and creamy. Massage gently into dry hair and wrap with either a warm towel or plastic wrap. Leave on for about 20-25 minutes and then shampoo out thoroughly. You won't be able to stop running your fingers through your hair!

4. Honey/Purity Mask

Honey is known to draw out impurities and has been used by royalty in ancient times. This recipe calls for 2 tablespoons of honey, 2 tablespoons sweet almond oil and 1 drop vitamin E oil. Mix these ingredients well in a small plastic container. Pat onto clean dry face and leave on for about 10 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water and dry gently. Your skin will absolutely glow. This is extremely soothing and will leave a new vibrancy to your skin that you forgot you had. I recommend this at least once a week.

5. Cucumber acne relief

Poor eating habits, hormones gone berserk and stress are just some of the causes associated with acne. A proven very simple method that can help acne sufferers enormously is taking a simple peeled and chopped cucumber, adding a teaspoon of jojoba oil and liquefying in a blender. Smooth onto face and leave for about 15 minutes, it will not only help eliminate your acne but give your skin an amazing smoothness.

There you have it, my top 5 homemade beauty recipes. No need to thank me, just the thought that you'll be more beautiful with less effort and money is rewarding enough for me.



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