Our 5 Favourite Healthy Ingredients That Aren't Just For Eating!
Your beloved morning coffee might smell so delicious you want to put your face in it, but have you ever thought about doing just that? When it comes to natural, homemade beauty products, your store-cupboard staples have a lot more uses than you might think. Be kind to your skin and try out our 5 favourite ingredients for making DIY treatments nice enough to eat...
Coconut oil; throw it in a shake, mix it into protein balls, fry your pancakes in it… rub it on your skin? As well as being a delicious addition to your diet, it’s oily nature and antibacterial qualities makes coconut oil a great moisturiser, particularly for dry skin. And it's talents don’t stop there – it also takes off stubborn eye make up and makes a great hair mask.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is one of those things that can sit in your cupboards for months, only used sporadically in recipes or dressings. Find a new use for that bottle and try mixing 1-part vinegar with 2-4 parts water for an all-natural toner. It might sound like a bizarre suggestion but apple cider vinegar is antiseptic and antibacterial, and helps balance the natural pH of the skin.
If you're anything like us you love your oats in a big bowl of protein zoats, preferably eaten from bed! However, you might be surprised to hear that they are also great for your skin. Try this face mask from Deliciously Ella, which combines a couple of tablespoons of oats with ½ a banana and 1 tsp of honey, for the ultimate evening pamper session. Just try to fight the urge to lick it straight from your face!
Take getting in your greens to a whole new level by feeding them to your skin instead! This anti-oxidant bursting green tea powder doesn’t only make a great addition to protein balls (Try our Game, Set & Matcha protein balls, here), but it also makes a wonderful, bright green face mask and helps to fight free radicals. So give your housemates a fright and try out these recipes from Bustle, here.
Looking for an excuse to make another cup of coffee? Well the grounds from your favourite morning pick-me up happen to make an awesome DIY exfoliating scrub. Combine a cup of coffee grounds with 2-3 tbsp sea salt or sugar and make your next shower smell like heaven: just scrub it over your entire body and rinse it off for super smooth skin - simple!