Whether it’s a Valentine’s Day dinner or a hot date with your couch, it’s always nice to look and feel beautiful without breaking the bank. Instead heading to a beauty counter for a $40 face serum from Bloomingdale’s, open the kitchen cabinet and use household items to beautify and get that fresh-out-of-the-spa feeling.
Best Skin & Hair of Your Life: Coconut Oil
Although it is a recent Western trend, coconut oil has been used in India for centuries. It’s rich in proteins and fatty acids, perfect for your skin and hair. You can put coconut oil in your hair before a shower to create a nourishing hair mask and you coat your entire body for all-around hydration. It can lighten up stretch marks as well! Charlotte Cho, owner Korean skincare company SokoGlam, swears by coconut oil and uses it to remove makeup as well. It has even helped her eyelashes grow!
Bye-Bye Cellulite: Coffee Beans + Coconut Oil
Adding coffee grinds to your coconut oil can make for an amazing exfoliating body scrub. Coffee is full of antioxidants and caffeine which pull out excess moisture from your skin. Your skin feels and looks firmer and smoother. In scrub form, it can remove dead skin cells and leave you with a bright and fresh look. NYU freshman, Maddie Neuville uses leftover coffee beans, leaving a jar in her shower. “I don’t even smell like coffee after. It really works like a charm!”
Brighten That Smile: Strawberries + Baking Soda
Michelle Phan, an internet beauty guru, claims that strawberries “contain malic acid, which acts as an astringent to remove surface discoloration on your teeth.” Instead of buying whitening strips filled with chemicals, try a strawberry and half a tablespoon of baking soda. Esme Floyd, author of Beauty Hacks, recommends blending them together and spreading this mixture on your teeth for three to five minutes. Brush it out thoroughly with toothpaste. Be sure not to do it more than once a week as the acid from the strawberries can peel away the enamel on your teeth!
Smell Good All Day: Unscented moisturizer/Vaseline + Perfume
Isn’t it annoying when you spray your favorite perfume on and as soon as you leave your house the smell has vanished? To make the scent last longer, Esme Floyd says to put an unscented moisturizer or Vaseline on your skin before you spray your perfume. The cream can trap the scent making it last longer. You’ll never have to waste so much of your perfume again!
Soften Those Hands: Avocados + Bananas
Got too many avocados and not enough toast? Put it on your skin! Not only are avocados tasty, but they are amazing superfruits filled with antioxidants and vitamins that are perfect for our skin. A great way to use them is to combat dry skin, especially on our hands. Charlotte Cho recommends mashing up half a ripe banana and half a ripe avocado. Cover your hands in this mix and cover your hands in Ziploc bags. Keep it on for ten minutes and then wash it off. Take that drying winter weather!