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Tuesday, 01 September 2015 17:15

From Leftover Meal To DIY Beauty Treatments

Written by  Cheryl Mah
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Save money and a trip to the spa by turning your leftover food ingredients into these 7 DIY beauty treatments!

The cost of food ingredients have been rising steadily over the past year and some of us have become more conscious of the amount of money we spend on them. While you still need to put a healthy, nutritious meal on the table for your family, there may be times where you’ll find you have leftover ingredients on your hands.

Rather than waste them by throwing them away, why not turn them into something you can pamper yourself with?


1. Egg White Face Mask

Benefits: As a good source of protein, egg whites can be used to reduce acne and heal your skin; as well as to absorb excess oil so that your skin gets toned and freshens up. It also contains an enzyme that tightens your pores and helps to preserve the natural elasticity of your skin.

Directions: Whip or whisk the egg white until it is foamy and apply a thin layer to your face. Let it dry for 15 minutes before your rinse it off.


2. Coffee Grounds Cellulite Wrap

Benefits: An ingredient found in most cellulite creams, caffeine helps to stimulate blood flow, smooth out your skin and flush out toxins. A-list Hollywood celebrity Halle Berry swears by this homemade treatment!

Directions: Combine about ½ cup of leftover coffee grounds with a tablespoon of olive oil. Spread it on your tummy, hips and thighs (cellulite areas) and wrap them tightly with clingwrap to seal the mixture in. Leave on for 10 minutes and then rinse off in the shower. If you do not have olive oil, combine the coffee grounds with egg whites instead and heat them up in the microwave oven before application.


3. Carrot Hand Mask

Benefits: Brimming with vitamins, nutrients and carotene that helps fight off damaging free radicals, carrots help to nourish and keep your skin young.

Directions: Grind a carrot and mix it with a teaspoon of olive oil (if you have sour cream, add one tablespoon of it too). Slather the mixture onto your hands, leave on for 5 minutes and rinse off.


4. Mashed Potato Face Mask

Benefits: Potatoes can help in getting rid of acne and wrinkles, reducing puffy eyes and the appearance of dark circles, as well as evening out your skin tone.

Directions: Wash your face and leave it damp. Spread the mashed potato (it’s okay to use even if they containing seasonings) evenly over your skin and leave it on for 15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water and apply a moisturiser.


5. Mayonnaise Hair Conditioner

Benefits: Mayonnaise is an all-in-one hair treatment. Ingredients like egg yolks and vinegar that is in mayonnaise repairs and rejuvenates damaged hair by moisturising it, restoring its vitality again.

Directions: Damp your hair with warm water but ensure it is not dripping wet. Coat your hair with the mayonnaise from root to tip, wrap your head with a shower cap and leave it in for 20 minutes before you rinse it out with a diluted shampoo. Mix one teaspoon of vanilla extract into the mayonnaise if you do not like the smell of it. For added nourishment, add avocado, olive oil or eggs.


6. Sugar Face & Body Scrub

Benefits: The fine texture of sugar gently exfoliates your skin without leaving any harmful residue that will clog your pores. Its moisturising properties prevent your skin from drying and it’s also safe to use on sensitive skin!

Directions: Mix a tablespoon of olive oil with two tablespoons of sugar and use it as a scrub while you’re in the shower or when you wash your face!


7. Garlic & Tomato Pore Purifier

Benefits: Both garlic and tomato have antibacterial and antiseptic qualities that can unclog and minimise your pores.

Directions: Mash the tomato and garlic (one clove is enough) and spread onto your face sparingly. Leave it on for 20 minutes and wash your face with lukewarm water. To seal your pores, give your face a splash of cold water.


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