I like my beauty products and food to be organic, as natural as possible and without unnecessary toxic ingredients.

This is why I love to use my organic food for dual usage: for eating and as beauty products too.

That way, I know exactly what I am applying to my skin.

It is also the easiest way to make the switch to using natural beauty products without spending lots of money.

This article will include 5 of my favourite beauty hacks straight from my kitchen!

1. Oats

When it comes to my breakfast, I usually eat overnight oats with nuts and seeds.

Oats are also one of my favourite natural face exfoliators.

This is how I usually do it.

Method

1.    Soak the oats in warm water or in nut milk

2.   Gently wash your face with it (I normally leave it on my face for a few minutes before washing it off – if I have time)

3.   Repeat this simple beauty ritual daily – it will leave your face soft, hydrated and silky smooth

I always choose organic gluten-free oats but I don’t have a favourite go-to brand yet.

However, I have been using a brand called Alara lately which is the first Coeliac Society registered company in the UK.

It has also been certified by the Soil Association since 1988.

 

2. Cinnamon

I love adding cinnamon to my morning porridge for its blood sugar balancing properties.

Cinnamon is also a great lip exfoliator!

This is how I turn my breakfast porridge into a lip exfoliator.

Ingredients

1.   1 tsp of Biona coconut oil

2.   1 dash of cinnamon

3.   Bowl of morning porridge

Method

1.   Mix both ingredients into your porridge

2.   Apply it to your lips   

3.   Gently massage it in and then simply lick it off your lips while you’re eating your breakfast – perfetto!

This is an unbelievably effective way to exfoliate, plump and moisturise your lips.

I currently use Lucy Bee Fair Trade Organic Cinnamon for this.

3. Apple Cider Vinegar

I always keep a bottle of raw apple cider vinegar in my kitchen.

It is such a great multi-tasker!

I will have to write a separate post about all the amazing ways to incorporate it into your daily life because there are simply too many ways to mention here.

But one of my absolute favourite discoveries is using a mixture of RAW Health ACV (apple cider vinegar) with water and pink Himalayan salt as an all natural face toner.

Which I keep in my fridge in one of my small, reusable glass bottles.

I spray my face with it every day after cleansing my face, right before applying my moisturiser.

I have noticed fewer skin breakouts since I started using it and my skin tone has evened out!

I simply can’t live without it.

 

 

4. Coffee

I use my leftover grounded coffee after brewing my morning “cuppa” to make my favourite body scrub.

I keep my leftovers in a glass jar in my fridge for later usage.

I used to mix it with coconut oil, but clogged drains made me realise that it wasn’t the best choice!

I now mix it with olive oil instead (but be very cautious as the oil will make your tub or shower floor slippery).

I keep my body scrub recipe simple, but you can get really creative with it – totally up to you.

Ingredients

1.   Cinnamon (as little or much as you prefer)

2.   1 tsp of coconut oil

3.   Leftover ground coffee e.g. from your morning brew

Method

1.   Blend it until it’s smooth and creamy

2.   Massage it into your skin in circular motions 

3.   Rinse it out with water (I usually do this in the shower)

This coffee scrub is one of my favourite exfoliants – it promotes silky smooth, rejuvenated, and moisturised skin.  And it is super easy to make!

And oh, I try to make sure that my coffee is as healthy as possible so I always buy organic and fair trade. 

5. Cacao

Is there anything cooler than beautifying yourself with a superfood like raw cacao?

It smells amazing and according to researchers, just the mere smell of cacao activates the same neurotransmitters in the brain that are stimulated when you eat it.

I make myself a cacao face mask when I want to soothe redness and reduce blemishes as it has potent anti-inflammatory properties.

Again, I keep it very simple.

Here’s how I do it (you don’t have to be super specific with the measurements).

Ingredients

1.    Cacao powder

2.   Water or green tea

3.   (OPTIONALHoney and/or avocado to further nourish and moisturise your skin

Method

1.    Mix all the ingredients until you get a paste-like mixture (you want to make sure the face mask actually sticks to your face when you apply it)

2.   Leave the face mask on for approx. 10-15 minutes until it’s dry (I usually enjoy a delicious cup of hot chocolate in the meantime)

3.   You can apply Hydrosol to your face mask when it starts to get dry, to keep it moist (as the face mask only stays active while it’s wet) 

4.   Rinse it out with water when you’ve finished using it

I usually use Rainforest Foods Organic Peruvian Cacao Powder or Himalayan Salted Cacao.

Cacao is an abundant source of antioxidants and also has wonderful mood enhancing properties.

Antioxidants protect and repair cells and support healthy, glowing skin by counteracting signs of ageing.

It’s a win-win because you can enhance your beauty by using it on your skin as well as ingesting it.

Anna x

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