Magazine article New African

Beauty Treatments in Your Kitchen: Did You Know the Ingredients for Quite a Few Natural Treatments Can Be Found in Your Kitchen Cupboard? According to Health and Well-Being Writer Rosamond Richardson, Nature's Very Best Skin and Hair Conditioners, for Example, Reside in the Olive-Oil Bottle. It Was Used by the Ancient Greeks, and Possibly Even before, as the Foundation of Beauty Care

Magazine article New African

Beauty Treatments in Your Kitchen: Did You Know the Ingredients for Quite a Few Natural Treatments Can Be Found in Your Kitchen Cupboard? According to Health and Well-Being Writer Rosamond Richardson, Nature's Very Best Skin and Hair Conditioners, for Example, Reside in the Olive-Oil Bottle. It Was Used by the Ancient Greeks, and Possibly Even before, as the Foundation of Beauty Care

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In her book Natural Superwoman, Richardson says that over the centuries women have discovered that many of the everyday foods we use in our kitchens have beauty-nourishing effects. Everyday products, such as avocado, yoghurt, milk, lemon, eggs and many other types of fruits, have pleasantly surprising, beautifying ingredients.

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As she aptly puts it, the obvious advantage of beauty products found in the kitchen is that they are to hand, cheaper, and have none of the side effects which many commercial expensive products may have, particularly on sensitive skin.

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So what exactly does Richardson recommend? Try these tips.

Dab small amounts of olive oil on the skin with cotton wool pads to keep it soft and supple. Olive oil is nature's best moisturiser. You can also let it soak into your face while in a hot bath.

The lactic acid in yoghurt cleanses and nourishes the skin. Likewise, using milk or buttermilk as a toner gives it a natural first-aid treatment.

Rub a little lemon juice into oily skin to tone and refresh. This is great for scaly elbows too.

Egg whites dry and tighten the skin, and are excellent for oily skins.

Rub strawberries into oily patches on facial skin.

If you have dry skin, home-made mayonnaise is the best natural moisturiser from your kitchen. It softens and enriches the skin.

For a great skin toner, rub the inside of watermelon, banana or papaya (pawpaw) skin onto your face.

Use sesame oil for stretch marks.

Removing make-up with white vegetable fats also acts as a deep moisturiser.

Cucumber whizzed in the blender gives a juice that is a brilliant skin freshener. …

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