5 Foods That Make Great Beauty Products
- Sunday, 17 April 2011
In my pursuit of an organic lifestyle, I often think of the mantra associated with cosmetics multi-millionaire Helena Rubinstein - “Don’t put anything on your face that you wouldn’t put in your mouth”. In fact, it really does form the cornerstone of my personal care routine – not least because up to seventy percent of what you put onto your skin can find its way into your body!
One way you can reduce exposure to any potentially harmful chemicals is to raid your kitchen cupboards and see what food products you can find there to reuse in your personal care regime. In this way you can be confident that you’ll be reducing your exposure to toxins, primarily because there are different laws governing the testing and approval of food products as compared to cosmetics and food testing and labeling is much stricter than that of cosmetics.
Making sure you use best quality organic ingredients for your skincare can also save you money, as by using these ingredients for multiple applications, you won’t have to spend money on some of the ten to twelve cosmetic products that the Environmental Working Group’s Cosmetics Database site suggests we might use on a daily basis.
The news just keeps getting better! You’ll also be doing your bit for the environment, by saving on the energy used manufacturing and transporting all of the many varieties of cosmetics, whilst reducing waste by producing and using less packaging.
Here are my top 5 edible ingredients which you can put to alternative use on your skin.
Sesame Oil : Sesame oil is thought to have anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties and I’ve found its many healing properties invaluable to my organic personal care regime. Just make sure you buy the unrefined, cold pressed version and not the toasted variety! Two of the more unusual applications for sesame oil in my bathroom are for nasal rubs to help reduce cold symptoms and blocked sinuses and as a mouthwash and gum massage to help prevent gum disease.
Baking Soda : So as well as baking cakes, you’re probably already using your baking soda (bicarbonate of soda) to clean your kitchen and bathrooms. Have you thought about using it as a tooth whitener as well? Just dip a damp toothbrush into some bicarb and brush to see sparkling white (and squeaky clean) teeth.
Coconut Oil : This natural vegan product is doing the rounds as a health food but I’m more likely to be found with a jar of...