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Five beauty products disguised as food

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The next time that you accidentally smear some avocado on your face while eating a sandwich, you might as well just leave it there and call it a face mask.

When it comes to food, we tend to aim it towards our mouths. It’s a delicious way of obtaining nutrients, but applying food directly to external areas of our bodies can act as an intensive beautifying treatment.

Creating beauty products out of the natural nutrients and textures that can be found in one’s kitchen is incredibly beneficial. Aside from being significantly less expensive than most store bought products, it also lacks the mysterious chemicals that make me wonder if I should be using something to clean my face or my toilet bowl.

Stacy Malkan, author of “Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry, ” said, “Research has shown that many conventional personal-care products contain chemicals of concern that can disrupt your hormones, have been linked to cancer, cause allergies or can damage your skin” according to an article by Washington Post.

My way of avoiding the hazardous chemicals that are hidden in products is to gain control over what I put on my body by creating beauty products in my own kitchen out of ingredients that are so natural that I could eat them.

Sugar and Spice Lip Scrub recipe

If you are looking to exfoliate your lips while making them taste delicious, this is your ticket.

Veronika Dvorakova
If you are looking to exfoliate your lips while making them taste delicious, this is your ticket.

All products that you apply to your lips end up inside of your body, which is why lip products are in no way something to take risks with. This lip scrub is a safe way to remove dead skin cells from your lips, and makes them incredibly sweet and soft. After about three uses, it is likely that the streets will be lined with the bodies of men who fought each other for an opportunity to kiss you.

Ingredients:

1 tbsp. granulated white sugar

1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 tiny drop of vanilla extract

1/8 tsp. melted honey

1/8 tsp. olive oil

1 cute little container to keep it in

Mix all of these ingredients together in a bowl until the sugar sticks together. Pack the grainy mixture into your container. Apply to your lips using a finger and rub it around gently in order to exfoliate.

Olive Oil Makeup Remover

Olive oil removes eye makeup gently and effectively.

Veronika Dvorakova
Olive oil removes eye makeup gently and effectively.

There are many products dedicated to gently removing eye makeup, but none have a briefer ingredients list than mine. Makeup wipes leave harmful residue on skin according to an article by Huffington Post. I can also confirm from personal experience that many other treatments such as using lotion burns and irritates eyes.

Ingredients:

Olive oil

Put a drop of olive oil on a cotton ball and gently rub it around your eye. I have gotten it in my eye in the past, and I am pleased to say that it didn’t hurt at all. Do not use olive oil to remove makeup from your entire face unless you are prepared to wash it with a gentle facial soap afterwards to prevent oiliness.

Soothing and Moisturizing Avocado Face Mask

Once this lumpy green goop is rinsed off, skin is left beautifully smooth.

Veronika Dvorakova
Once this lumpy green goop is rinsed off, skin is left beautifully smooth.

As previously mentioned, you can play off your less than lady like sandwich eating skills as incredibly informed skincare skills by claiming that any avocado that is smudged on your face is a face mask. This face mask is effective in a few ways. For one, it is incredible at reminding you to love your skin  because it is highly unlikely that your skin is uglier than this clumpy green goop. Also, each of these ingredients has its own beneficial properties that allows the mixture to cleanse, soothe, and moisturize your skin.

Ingredients:

1/4 avocado

1 tbs honey

1 tsp lemon juice

1/8 cup uncooked oatmeal

Mash all of the ingredients together as smoothly as possible. Unless you put it in a blender, it will maintain its lovely oatmeal lumps. Spread it across your face as evenly as possible, and let it sit for 20 minutes. If you really want to go for the green monster look, accessories by placing some cucumbers over your eyes to reduce their puffiness.

Mashed Banana Moisturizer

Mashed bananas make a surprisingly fabulous moisturizer.

Veronika Dvorakova
Mashed bananas make a surprisingly fabulous moisturizer.

Do you have crackly elbows? Chalky legs? Or do you think that your hands may be so dry that have begun to form scales? Mash a banana as smoothly as possible, apply it to the dry area, and let it sit for about 25 minutes. Rinse it off with water and gently dry the area with a towel. That part of your body should now feel as soft as the inside of your forearm.

Egg Yolk and Olive Oil Hair Mask

This natural hair mask is a natural way to strengthen and soften hair.

This hair mask is a natural way to strengthen and soften hair.

The idea of putting eggs in your hair seems ridiculous until after it has been rinsed out. They nutrients found in egg yolks both strengthen and condition hair, and the olive oil component of this mixture also acts as a conditioner. The milk also helps strengthen hair.

Ingredients:

2 egg yolks

2 tbs olive oil

2 tbs milk

Whisk all three ingredients in a bowl until they combined smoothly. Carefully incorporate it into damp hair while standing in a shower in order to prevent your floor from being covered in uncooked omelet goop. Massage into your hair and then let it sit for 15 minutes. Rinse the mixture out and follow with shampoo and conditioner.

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Veronika Dvorakova, Art Director/Columnist

A strange mix of creative and organized, Veronika has stumbled her way into the Carlmont journalism program as the local artist. Journalism gives her a...

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