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This has been a highly requested and highly anticipated blog post! We have a lot of ingredients in our kitchen that we can work with for cooking, baking, and topically for your face, body, and even hair! So I round up a list of ingredients that I think need some attention. Here are my first 10 ingredients for you, so let’s go!
Turmeric is available in ground spice or in supplements, as well as beauty products. Turmeric is the bright, yellow-orange spice, and is related to ginger. It gets its health benefits because of curcumin, a bioactive component.
- Antioxidants and anti-inflammatory components. These characteristics provide the glow and luster to the skin you’re in need of. It helps to revive your skin and bring out its natural glow. As a result, this can also help psoriasis.
- Heals wounds. The curcumin found in turmeric can help heal woulds by decreasing inflammation and oxidation. It lowers your response of your body to cutaneous wounds, resulting in healing quicker.
- Helps reduce acne and acne scarring. The anti-inflammatory properties target your pores and calm the skin.
- May help a range of other conditions, such as eczema, alopecia, and other skin issues
Risks of Using Turmeric
- Careful about the dosage, type of product you use, and how it will react to other medications
- Turmeric has low bioavailability, meaning your metabolism burns it off quickly and body doesn’t absorb much
- Applying to skin: can temporarily stain or leave a yellow residue. This is NORMAL. But if you’re allergic, direct skin contact can cause redness, irritation and possibly swelling.
- ALWAYS TEST ON YOUR FOREARM FIRST! And do not use turmeric on your skin if you’re allergic to spices in your food.
Mask Ideas with Turmeric
- For acne and antibacterial concerns, combine turmeric with warm water and honey.
- For hyperpigmentation and wrinkles, combine turmeric with yogurt and lemon juice for extra nourishment and brightening effects.
- For irritation, mix turmeric extract with aloe vera gel for natural soothing effects.
- For antioxidant power, simply combine turmeric with water (you may add a small amount of almond or rice flour to make this mask thicker and easier to apply.
- You can mix Greek yogurt, honey, and turmeric together and apply to your face. Keep the mask on for 15 minutes and then wash off with water.
Eggs can be used as a deep cleansing treatment all over the face, and body. Egg yolk is rich in vitamin A and proteins. This goes without saying, if you have any intolerance or allergies towards eggs, avoid using this topically as well!
- Protein is good for firming the skin up
- Shrink or tighten pores
- Absorbs excess oil
- Nourishes/Hydrates dry skin
- Revitalizes nails
- Gets rid of puffiness and dark circles
Risks of Using Egg
- Allergic reactions: itchiness, rash, hives, and breathing difficulties from egg whites on your face
- Egg intolerance: may cause inflammation and gastrointestinal discomfort when eaten. If you use topically as a mask, you still risk getting some in your mouth
- Skin irritation: regardless of any allergy or intolerance, you can still develop a sensitivity to it! As a result of it you may experience mild itching, redness, or bumps after using egg whites. If so, stop using them immediately, and cleanse your face
- Other infections to be aware of: if you have any cuts, scrapes or wounds, avoid using raw eggs on your face, as it could cause secondary infections
DIY Egg Masks
- Egg white face mask: separate egg white from yolk, apply on clean face, let dry, rinse with warm water
- Egg white nose strips: separate egg white from yolk, can add lemon as well, rip tissue paper and soak in mixture, apply on face, let dry, and remove.
- Exfoliating body scrub: grind shell of boiled eggs, mix with teaspoon of salt, and honey. gets rid of dry, dull skin. can use loofah or your hands.
- Dry skin nourishing face mask: egg yolk, tablespoon of honey, two drops of oil (almond, olive, avocado works).
- Oily skin face scrub: whole egg, oatmeal. welcome to add honey, and other ingredients if you want, apply on clean face. scrub gently for a few minutes and wash off.
- Nails: strengthens soft brittle nails; dip fingertips in a mixture of egg yolk and milk for 10 minutes. helps prevent nail cracking, peeling, and promotes nail growth
- Eye treatment: helps with puffiness and dark circles; dip soft brush in egg white and apply around eye area. let dry, and rinse with cold water
3. Raw Milk
Milk is an essential dietary supplement hat makes bones stronger, playing a vital role in physical and mental growth. However, raw milk makes for a great beauty supplement as well. In summary, the lactic acid in milk will help reduce pigmentation, heal dry skin, hydrate skin, heal acne, and relieve sunburns.
Milk can be also be found and used in skin toners, moisturizers, cleansers, anti-acne agents, anti-aging agents, baths, and used as a natural sunscreen.
- fights dark spots and acne marks/scarring
- treats dry skin by providing a deeply nourishing treatment
- collagen booster; firmness to worn and facial tissues (provides elasticity)
- natural sunscreen; helps protect skin against sun damage
- variety of nutrients are found in raw milk
- vitamin a, vitamin d, vitamin b6, biotin, protein, vitamin b12, lactic acid, potassium, calcium, magnesium, selenium
- source: Bellatory
- vitamin a, vitamin d, vitamin b6, biotin, protein, vitamin b12, lactic acid, potassium, calcium, magnesium, selenium
DIY Milk Mask Ideas
- Few drops of lemon juice to milk, add rose water if you have dry skin
- milk, honey, rose water
- lemon juice, cucumber juice, milk
- bathtub mixture: 1-2L of milk, rose petals, and a few tablespoons of lemon juice
- milk, lavender, honey with oats, ground almonds or ground coffee
- Youth Boosting Mask: Milk, Honey, Banana, Yogurt, Lemon
Avocados are a superfood, and is also a great ingredient to incorporate into the skincare regime. It contains a high concentration of healthy fats, therefore preventing inflammation. When applied topically, monounsaturated fats have anti-inflammatory properties that soothe and calm irritated skin.
- soothe and calm irritated skin (redness or sun damaged skin)
- moisturizing benefits (for skin and hair as well)
- avocado oil is fantastic at deeply hydrating dry skin and protects against harmful UV rays
- contains lineolic and oleic acids which are known for their ability to restore skin back to health
- rich in vitamins A, D, and E
- Vitamin E: helps with acne scarring and hyperpigmentation, reduce appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- avocado oil contains a mix of fatty acids including omega 3 and omega 6 (therefore strengthening your skin’s barrier which is essential to prevent redness and infections)
- Nature’s sunscreen
DIY Avocado Mask Ideas
- Hydrating Mask: Avocado, Honey & Yogurt. Mix, apply for 15-20 minutes or until hardened, and rinse with water
- Glow Mask: Avocado, banana, and egg yolk. Mix together to form paste, apply for cleansed skin, leave on for 15-20 minutes before rinsing.
- Acne Mask: Avocado, egg white, and lemon. Whisk egg white until frothy, mix with mashed avocado, and lemon juice to create paste. Apply to cleansed skin, apply until dry, and rinse with water. (Avoid this mask if you have sensitive skin due to the acidity of the lemon)
- Facial Scrub: Avocado, lemon, sea salt (or brown sugar). Mash avocado, mix with lemon juice, and 3-5 tablespoons of sea salt. Apply to freshly cleansed skin, dampen skin, and massage gently over face and neck, avoiding eye area. Take your time to massage and remove all dead skin before rinsing thoroughly.
- Hair Treatment: Avocado, Coconut or Olive Oil, and/or Egg Yolk. Mix together preferred ingredients. Apply after shampooed hair, massage into scalp and comb through hair from roots. Leave on for at least 30 minutes before rinsing with warm water. For deeper treatment, apply mask and cover with shower cap and leave on for as long as possible (1 hour or more).
5. Brown Sugar
Brown sugar is a popular type of sugar known for its healthier benefits and different properties than regular white sugar. Due to the molasses content, brown sugar contains certain minerals, such as calcium, potassium, iron and magnesium.
Brown sugar is made by allowing some of the sugary molasses to remain in its structure, thus enriching leaving final product in a more natural state that is not enriched with industrial additives (such as sulphur dioxide, phosphoric acid, calcium hydroxide, and activated carbon). Those additives are not needed to be present in the sugar, and their presence disturbs the smell and the color of natural sugar. Additionally, industrial process that removes all traces of molasses removes almost all presence of calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium and phosphorus, that can all help your body reach mineral equilibrium.
Benefits For The Body
- moister and denser product (great for food recipes)
- variety of flavours and textures
- contains Vitamin B which protects your skin from aging effects
- temporarily boost your body’s energy for short periods of time (temporary strength and wake up)
- prevent cold
- treat uterine infections
- improve digestion
- reduce flatulence
- aid in weight loss
- traditional medicine claims brown sugar to lower menstrual cramps
- can suppress the inflammatory symptoms of asthma
Benefits for the Skin
- acts as an exfoliator; removes dead skin cells and dirt or grime left, without harming skin’s barrier
- create a smoother skin and lends a youthful glow
- contains anti-bacterial properties and glycolic acid
- rich in antioxidants
- protects from harmful toxins
- body polisher
- cane brown sugar is rich in Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA). This compound can penetrate your skin and can break down the compound that binds the skin cells (promotes cell regeneration and rejuvenation)
Cons of Brown Sugar
- weight gain
- yeast infections
- If you have acne-prone skin, then it’s better to use scrubs less frequently
- Scrub mildly and use ingredients that aren’t too abrasive on your skin (avoid coffee grounds) and put tea tree oil in your scrub
DIY Brown Sugar Masks
Brown sugar added into ingredients acts as an exfoliator/body polisher! You can always make it in bulk and store as shown in photo.
Different Ingredients You Can Mix with Brown Sugar:
- Preferred oil type (coconut, avocado, almond, olive)
- Coffee grounds
- Mashed peaches
- Tea tree oil
Note: You can use this mixture all over your body such as hands, legs, arms, chest, neck, face, and lips.
Honey has many practical uses. Raw, unpasteurized honey has the most potential for topical application.
- raw honey balances bacteria on your skin; making it great for acne
- great for acne prone skin and autoimmune skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis
- speeds skin’ cell’s healing process and reduce inflammation
- natural exfoliator; takes off dry, dull skin, revealing new skin cells
Cons of Honey
- Allergies! If you have allergic reaction to pollen, celery or other bee-related products, steer clear or using honey on skin
DIY Mask Ideas
- Acne/Psoriasis/Eczema: Spot Treatment or mix Raw Honey with Cinnamon for a powerful antioxidant and antimicrobial combo
- Lightening and Brightening: Unpasteurized, raw honey itself. Welcome to mix with purified water to dilute
- Can use as a cleanser itself! (I’ve done this before and it works really well)
- Radiance: Honey & Lemon
- Hydrating: Honey & Yogurt, Honey & Avocado
- Nourishing & Exfoliating: Honey & Oatmeal
- Face Exfoliator/Scrub AND LIP SCRUB: Honey, Brown Sugar
Other Ingredients You Can Mix with Honey
- Oil of your choice (almond, olive, coconut)
- Matcha green tea powder
- Baking soda
- Apple Cider Vinegar
Lemons are known for their detoxifying effects, especially when they’re cut into your drinking water. Lemons are a rich source of Vitamin C and Citric Acid. With the health benefits of eating lemons, it is popular in skin treatments for acne and age spots. With lemon, it should be noted that it can cause damage to your skin, more than good.
- Acne treatment: astringent qualities due to acidic levels
- Decrease inflammation and oil that contribute to acne formation
- Citric acid, a type of alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), can help breakdown dead skin cells leading to noninflammatory forms of acne like blackheads
- Antimicrobial effects and antifungal effects
- Skin or hair lightening
- Psoriasis and dandruff treatment
- Increased collagen
Side Effects of lemon
- skin irritation due to the extreme acidity
- excessive dryness, redness and peeling of skin
- phytophotodermatits, a type of skin reaction to citrus fruits, as well as parsley, celery, and carrot plants
- Consider the alternative treatments, such as aloe vera, rosehip oil, and zinc
ingredients you can mix lemon with:
- Apple Cider Vinegar
Many of us rely on coffee in the morning, but coffee can have many great benefits we aren’t even aware of! So don’t throw away your used coffee grinds just yet! Coffee is a great source of antioxidants. Topically, you can use coffee grounds as a mask, a scrub or a paste.
- Cellulite reduction
- Calming effects
- Anti-aging benefits: decrease appearance of sun spots, redness and fine lines
- Vitamin B3 (niacin) for skin cancer
- Anti-inflammatory effects
- Acne treatment: anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties
- Dark circles
- After-sun care
- Scrub (Face, Body): coffee grounds mixed with olive oil
- Dark under eye mask: coffee grounds with olive oil. leave under eyes for 5-10 minutes without scrubbing and rinse.
- Aftersun care: brewed cup of coffee diluted with cold water. Use soft cloth or paper towel in this mixture and dab on affected areas
9. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is typically used when you need relief from sun exposure or skin sensitivities. However there are many benefits to aloe vera!
- contains antioxidants, enzymes, Vitamins A & C, anti-inflammatory
- treats burns, acne and dry skin
- works better on superficial acne rather than cystic or deeper acne
- enzymes exfoliate the skin to make it appear smoother
- moisturizes skin
- anti-aging; helps with fine lines and wrinkles
- you can consume aloe internally as well (many drinks contain aloe vera)
- helps support collagen in your skin
Cons of Aloe Vera
- overuse of aloe vera gel causes skin to dry out
- skin can become too oily or too dry depending on skin type
Ingredients You Can Mix With Aloe Vera for Masks
- honey + aloe vera: hydrating
- almond oil + aloe vera: treats dry, flaky skin
- rose water + aloe vera: fights skin infections, restores skin’s natural colour, helps with discolorations
- tomato juice/tomato + aloe vera: reduces acne scars, cleanses skin, fights breakouts, tones skin
- egg + aloe vera: improves skin firmness, moisturizes, nourishes, increases elasticity,
- shea butter + aloe vera: exfoliates dead skin cells, prevents breakouts, rejuvenating oily skin, moisturizing dry skin
- brown sugar + aloe vera: removes dead skin, dust and dirt, dissolves excess oils, restore skin’s natural glow, shrink whiteheads + blackheads
- basil + aloe vera: kills germs, prevents breakouts, moisturizes, tone tired skin
Other ingredients include:
- vitamin E oil
- coconut oil
Oatmeal is generally safe to be used on the skin. It is naturally rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and lipids. Oatmeal has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help to treat dry skin and remove dead skin cells. Oats also contain compounds called saponins, which are natural cleansers.
- Soothing and softening
- Soak up the excess oil on your skin
- Help treat acne
- Remove the dirt and oil that clogs pores
- helps reduce skin inflammation making ideal to treat skin conditions
- has been found to protect the skin from irritation caused by Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS)
Risks of Oatmeal
Oatmeal is generally VERY safe. In extremely rare cases, it may worsen a skin condition like eczema. If you experience redness or irritation after an oatmeal face mask, seek medical advice and stop using oatmeal on the skin.
DIY oatmeal mask ideas:
Some ingredients you can mix with oatmeal are as follows:
- Milk, Oil (Coconut, Almond, Avocado), Yogurt, Apple Cider Vinegar, Honey, Cinnamon, Banana, Eggs
There are many oatmeal masks that you can do! Play around with oatmeal mixtures, and use whatever you like! Many of them can be mixed together. For instance:
- Oatmeal with honey
- Oatmeal with milk and cinnamon
- Oatmeal with yogurt
- Oatmeal with coconut oil
- Oatmeal, banana, almond oil, honey, egg
- Oatmeal, apple cider vinegar, honey
That’s all folks! I hope you enjoyed this week’s blog post! Let me know what masks you try in the comments below!
Stay tuned for next month’s list of another 10 ingredients you can use!
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Pris Wong xo