Thanksgiving is around the corner, so we want you to be aware of the nutrients payload that your food extras deliver to nourish skin and hair for pennies!
Fade age spot with parsley
The herb contains unique compounds that act as a gentle bleach to break down dark spots, says holistic skincare experts. And the brightening benefits get a boost when combined with skin-lightening lemon and redness-reducing honey!
Try it: Mix 1 tsp. Chopped parsley, 2 tsp. Honey and 1 tsp. Lemon juice. Dab onto spots; rinse after 15 minutes. Repeat twice a week for results in three weeks.
Smooth wrinkles with nutmeg
The spice’s compounds ‘plump’ skin to help fill in fine lines. Mixing it with yogurt (it buffs away dry skin) will leave your complexion looking youthful.
Try it: Mix 1/2 tbs. Nutmeg and 1/2 tbs. plain yogurt. Massage onto dry skin and let sit for 15 minutes; rinse. Use three times a week for results in a month.
Slim legs with cranberry
Cranberry’s vitamins A and C rev collagen production to help firm leg skin. Mix it with coffee grounds (caffeine acts as a diuretic to flush out the fluids that cause bloat) and olive oil (it moisturizes) and legs will look slimmer and silkier in seconds.
Try it: In a bowl, combine 1/2 tbs. Mashed cranberries, a tbs. Coffee grounds and 1/2 tbs. Olive oil. Massage the mixture onto legs; rinse after 15 minutes. Repeat two times a week to reduce swelling and soften skin long-term.
Soften elbows with sweet potato
The orange spud is packed with vitamins that penetrate the parched patches of elbow skin to hydrate from deep within. Combining it with coconut oil (its lauric acid locks water into skin’s surface) and sugar (its granules polish off dead flakes) softens skin instantly!
Try it: Mix 1/2 tbs. Sweet potato puree, 1/2 tbs. Coconut oil and 1 tbs. Sugar. Rub the mix onto damp skin for a minute; rinse.
Pretty from head to toe with apple cider vinegar
The pantry staple works wonderfully for more than just salads. Apple cider vinegar can also solve a whole host of beauty arghs. It’s an astringent that constricts pores to limit skin’s oil production, it has antifungal properties that kill the yeast that causes dandruff, and it’s an antiseptic, making it a great foot or underarm deodorant in a pinch. What’s more, its anti-inflammatory properties help to heal bruises fast. Simply soak a cotton swab with the vinegar and dab it on where needed.