We all want to feel beautiful.  Whether we put a lot of stock into our looks or not, I believe every woman wants to be confident in the way they look.  I also believe that it doesn’t have to cost a fortune to get yourself that little boost when you look in the mirror.  These days, it’s easy to be swayed by expensive creams that promise to give you age-defying skin, or steeply priced subscriptions of cleansers to get rid of your acne.  The truth is, many of the things you have in your kitchen right now can do the job just fine.  Try out these simple recipes before you buy your next jar.

For Your Face

Easiest moisturizer in the world, and I’m sure you have it in your pantry: Olive oil.  This one is centuries old and comes with the added boost of creating a barrier to help protect your skin from sun damage.  Don’t love the smell of olive oil? Trade it out for coconut oil, same benefits, sweeter smell.  Both boast antibacterial properties and will moisturize deep within your skin without any greasy residue.  Just give it a few minutes to sink in before you apply anything else.  My other favorite has to be an avocado mask.  A little goes a long way with avocado, so it doesn’t take much.  After you’ve carved out most of the avocado for your lunch, gently rub the inside of the peel along your face.  Let it sit for about 15 minutes and then rinse.  Avocados are full of great fats and vitamins A, D, and E, which help your skin retain moisture and double as an anti-ager.

If acne is the issue, I’ve got you covered there, too.  There is a reason so many skin care products include honey.  Honey is naturally anti-bacterial, which makes it perfect for fighting acne and cleaning pores.  Simply add a tablespoon to a little water to thin it out just enough to apply easily to your face.  Give it 15 minutes to do its magic and rinse.  If you’re looking for something to do a little healing and add moisture, mix the honey with yogurt instead of water.

For Your Hair

It’s easy for hair to dry out thanks to the weather and the torture we put it through.  But, adding the moisture back in is easy.  So, I don’t want to sound like a broken record here, but it’s avocado to the rescue again.  Avocado wins because of all the treatments I’ve tried, it left my hair the least weighed down afterward.  This time, don’t eat it, though.  Mash up an avocado and throw in a few drops of peppermint essential oil for a pleasant scent.  Wash your hair as usual, then squeeze all the water out that you can with your hands.  Apply the avocado and oil to your hair, coating it completely.  After 20-30 minutes, rinse it out and style as usual.  If you aren’t terribly worried about your hair getting weighed down, add an egg yolk for extra moisture.

Runner up goes to coconut oil.  This one you should try on the weekend, though, as it can feel a bit heavy.  Start the first time by just rubbing a little in the ends of your damp hair.  If you can, try a complete mask of it for your hair, coating every strand, and sleep on it (protect your pillow, of course!).  Giving your strands the entire night to absorb the oil gives long lasting results.  Shampoo the next morning, and voila!  However, do this when you don’t have anything to do the next day.  If your hair is fine or thin, it’ll be very weighed down.  No point in going through the effort just to need to shampoo it three times to wash it out and canceling out the benefits.

If frizz is more your battle, try rinsing your hair with a little apple cider vinegar.  Cover your wet hair in ACV and let it sit for 30 seconds or so.  Rinse with cool water and then style as usual.  If the smell of the vinegar is too much for you, dilute it first with a bit of water.  The scent will dissipate.

For Your Body

It can be easy to focus too much on what we put on our body and forget that what we put in is just as important, if not more.  No, it’s more important.  We’re all busy, and it’s so easy to just eat for the sake of not being hungry.  Here are a few things you should be eating and drinking to help yourself glow from the inside-out.

  • Healthy fats: think avocados, eggs, dark chocolate, salmon, nuts, and extra virgin olive oil.  These kinds of fats contain omega fatty acids, which are the building block of keeping your skin healthy and hydrated.  They help create a barrier that keeps in hydration and makes your skin look plumper and younger. Supplements are a great option if you need them.  Most of these are also great sources of protein, which is the building block of collagen.  These foods are great for your hair and nails, too.
  • Tomatoes.  Bet you didn’t know that tomatoes help increase your skin’s natural SPF.  Orange peel has a similar property, but I don’t think I could eat that.  Of course, don’t skip the sunscreen, but extra sun damage protection is never a bad thing.
  • Green Tea.  Aside from being great for jump-starting your metabolism in the morning, green tea may increase the elasticity in your skin.
  • And of course, hydrate.  Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.  Limit your consumption of sugar drinks, alcohol, and caffeinated beverages, and alternate between them and a glass of water.  I always suggest investing in a nice reusable water bottle and knowing how many times throughout the day you need to fill it up.

Happy pampering!