Whether you're a top-drawer, high maintenance chiquita or down to earth mama, there's room for DIY food-based beauty products in your life. Certainly, men who want to pamper themselves, but don't want to sidle up to the cosmetics counter will see the benefits of using pure food for beauty treatments.
There was a very popular health food store started way back towards the hippie era in Baltimore, where one of the managers cautioned me in hush-hush tones: "You should only apply products on your skin that are safe enough to eat! After all, the skin is the biggest of our organs and you don't want to absorb toxins!" Well, certainly food for thought, pardon the pun.
Carrington Farms has a great collection of ingredients that can serve as the base for -- or be the alpha-omega -- to several kinds of beauty products.
Flax-Chia Blend with organic flax makes for a good scrub added to their Organic Virgin Coconut Oil. If you need something less rich, try it splashed with fruit juice and a dab of yogurt. Flax Packs seeds are perfect for taking beauty on the road and they don't even count against your 3-1-1 carry-on travel bag.
I've read about how one of the super models supposedly braids her hair on weekends, soaking it in coconut oil. My hair's not long enough for that and I don't want to stain my pillowcases, so I put a handful in my hair with a disposable shower cap and wait for a few minutes. It's like a miracle getting out the dryness! It has a delightful bon bon scent, all natural. Their coconut cooking oil is the purest bath oil one could have, plus it's easy to use!
Here are some other suggestions:
- Beachy Waves - Want your hair to have those "just got back from the beach" waves? Fill a spray bottle with warm water, add 1 teaspoon of sea salt and 1 teaspoon coconut oil. Shake until mixed and spray on hair. Then scrunch your hair to create the waves.
- Sun Burn/Chapped Lips - After spending the weekend in the sun, rub coconut oil over the sunburned areas for relief of the burning and to keep your skin moisturized. Plus, it can help prevent peeling!
- Bug Bites - Whether you are spending the night by a bonfire or watching the fireworks, mosquito bites are inevitable. Rub coconut oil over the bites to stop the itching and aid the healing process.