Kitchen Pick-Me-Ups

image1I looked at the calendar this morning and it occurred to me that in less than two weeks, I will be heading back to work. The dog days of summer are slowly coming to an end; there are back to school commercials on every channel, the sun is setting earlier, and I’m harvesting veggies from my garden- all signs that it is early to mid August. Soon, my cut-off shorts, t-shirts, make-up free face, and two-day, unwashed, top-knotted hair will no longer be my signature style and I will have to return to the reality of looking somewhat polished and put together.

I could treat myself to an afternoon at the spa or pick up some fancy creams and scrubs from the drug store to help kick start my beauty regime but I have come to realize that some of the best beauty treatments can be made right at home with ingredients you already have. I love these because they are quick, easy to make, can be done during nap time, and cost you next to nothing.

-When we were kids, my mom used to rinse our hair with beer once a week to reduce build up and to make our hair shine. Sounds weird right? Believe it or not, it works! I simply shampoo and rinse, pour the beer on my hair (let it sit for a couple of minutes to let it work its magic) and rinse, then I add my conditioner to just the ends of my hair. The result is shiner and lighter hair.
-Is your hair super dry and fried from chlorine and the sun? Just add mayo. Yup, mayonnaise will nourish your hair and make it super-soft and hydrated. Simply coat your unwashed hair in some mayo, wrap with plastic wrap, wait about twenty minutes, rinse, and wash your hair like you normally would. Voila! No more dry hair.

-For as long as I can remember, I have used egg whites on my face to get rid of excess oil and to reduce the look of pores. Mix an egg white with a zip of lime or lemon juice and apply to the face. Let it sit for 20 minutes or so and rinse off with warm water. Your face feels tighter and so much cleaner.
-I don’t often get many blemishes on my face but whenever I do, it’s always at the worst possible time, generally before a huge event that I want to look my best for. Just add toothpaste! I can’t even believe how well this trick works. After I wash my face before bed, I dab a little bit of toothpaste on the blemish and by morning, it is significantly smaller and the redness is gone.

-The sun, sand, bare feet etc. can take a huge toll on your skin during the summer. The fix? Mix equal parts of olive oil and sugar together and apply all over your skin. When your finished, jump into the shower to rinse and wash as you normally would. The sugar exfoliates any dead skin away and the olive oil hydrates leaving your skin feeling super-soft.

Try some of these during nap time or when you catch a few minutes to yourself. The results are awesome and are just the pick-me-ups you need to get back on track after a summer filled with fun in the sun.