Better Skin Is In Your Kitchen
Odds are, you’re paying too much to look good. And you’re making it too complicated.
When you look at $$, Americans (both male and female) spend $16-$165 dollars every month on topical skincare products[*].
The average American man is exposed to 85 unique ingredients every day. The average American woman? 168[*].
Skincare can be a lot simpler.
I mean, what’s the leading cause of dry skin?
In all seriousness, I’m very passionate about what we eat and how it affects our health. After all, what we put into our bodies, is always reflected first on our skin. I talk a lot about foods you can eat for good skin, so today let’s switch it up and talk about foods you can apply straight to your face (and body) for glowing skin.
My skin philosophy is: if I can’t eat it, I won’t put it on my skin.
This is actually not at all limiting. There are so many ingredients you can find in almost all grocery stores that are phenomenal for your skin. And while it may seem crunchy-granola, how can you hate on saving money and simplifying your routine?
Affordable Kitchen Staples to Apply to Your Skin:
- Oils for Hydration
- Honey to Fight Pimples
- Spices for Antioxidant Properties
- Sugar as an Exfoliant
- Apple Cider Vinegar as a Toner
Olive oil, avocado oil, and coconut oil are my three main moisturizers. Here’s why:
- Both avocado and olive oil contain essential fatty acids that dry skin needs
- Olive oil has alpha-tocopherol, beta-carotene, lutein, and squalene, which all have antioxidant properties[*]
- Cleopatra (THE Cleopatra) made the first anti-wrinkle cream from olive oil, milk, incense, and juniper[*]
- In rats, it has been shown that applying avocado oil to your skin may help to increase collagen synthesis[*]
- Coconut oil may help to protect your skin from the damaging effects of the sun[*]
Now, it’s a common misconception that applying oil topically will make your skin oily. This is not true, but if you’re switching from using a conventional moisturizer to oil, there can be an adjustment period. So if you notice small breakouts or congestion in the first few weeks, don’t worry, it’s temporary.
Known as a “food of the gods”, honey is a devil to bacteria, specifically bacteria that can cause acne and pimples. Honey is especially effective if combined with cinnamon powder as a paste, applied straight to the main offenders[*].
Raid your spice drawer. The same cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and ginger powders you use in cooking can give your skin antioxidant properties. Take that skin aging and redness.
I add these spices to oils or a mask to allow the antioxidant properties to soak into my skin for longer than 2 seconds.
Those exfoliant gels and cleansers you buy in the store more often than not have plastic microbeads in them. Though tiny, these microbeads are destroying our oceans[*].
The safer, cheaper version that’s not bad for the environment is sugar. Yes, sugar. Often vilified, it makes a heck of a scrub. I mix it with coconut oil in a 1:1 ratio and use it to say bye-bye to any dead skin cells. You can even get wild and add coffee grounds, spices, or lemon juice.
Note: I only use this on my body and lips. It’s too harsh for the rest of my face.
Not just for salad dressing and wellness shots, ACV is a great post-cleanser toner if you struggle with oily skin. You can mix ½ cup ACV with ½ cup water in a bottle pour a teaspoon onto a cotton pad, and apply to your face.
Yes, the vinegar smell does go away after about 30 seconds. I always follow this up with a moisturizer (and we’re back to part 1).
These affordable kitchen staples are some of the most accessible beauty secrets out there.
If you don't feel like experimenting in the kitchen, I've made two fully edible skincare products. Straight from my kitchen to yours, there's a Mushroom Face Mask & Tonic, and Superfood Serum. You can rest assured that if it's not clean enough to eat, I won't put it on my skin or in my skincare.
What kitchen staples do you use? Post using #EatYourBeauty on Instagram so I can see!