From Fridge to Face
By: Randi Ragan
Increasingly, the beauty products we use are coming under scrutiny as being full of toxic chemicals that have been linked to cancer, hormone disruption, and a host of other problems. Indeed, there are common beauty products that contain the same ingredients as found in car wash degreasers and oven cleaners, a large percentage of which are extracted from petroleum (mineral oil, paraffin waxes). The average American woman who wears conventional lipstick on a regular basis, will swallow about 10 pounds of petroleum by product in her lifetime!
My basic philosophy about the beauty products I buy for my face, skin, and hair, is that if I can’t eat them, then I wouldn’t want them on my body. All your personal care products are absorbed into your blood stream and end up in the same place as the food you eat.
Herewith, a list of healthy “skin food” items that will keep you safe and beautiful:
1) Face Cleanser: Soak a cotton ball with cold milk. Milk removes dirt from pores and brightens the skin.
2) Facial Exfoliater: Make a paste with oatmeal or oats mixed with milk/water and orange peel.
3) Blemish Remover: Dab honey on blemishes to dry them up. Honey also lightens blemishes.
Dissolve 2 or 3 aspirins in a ¼ cup of Apple cider vinegar, dab with a cotton ball.
4) Face mask: Yogurt, and mashed strawberries, or banana, or papaya, and honey.
Lemon juice mixed with egg whites (good for oily skin).
5) Hair Conditioners: Mayonnaise or egg yolks, mixed with mashed avocado
· To promote growth & shine: rosemary essential oil mixed with warm olive oil
· Tame your frizzy hair by rubbing coconut oil into your hands and applying sparingly onto your hair. You don’t want to overdo it – too much will make your hair look greasy
· Rinse your hair with baking soda to get rid of shampoo build-up and styling residues. Rinsing your hair with lemon juice will bring life and shine back to dull hair; it will also streak it and lighten it naturally when exposed to sunlight.
· Apple cider vinegar mixed with water will give your hair shine and bounce
6) Teeth Whitener: Mix equal parts salt and baking soda. Wet toothbrush and dab into mixture, then scrub teeth.
7) Cracked heel skin and foot conditioner: Rub very course sea salt mixed with cold olive oil over affected area. Soak in grapefruit juice for tired achy feet.
8) Body Exfoliator: Orange juice, sugar, cold olive oil
9) Tired, puffy Eyes: Take two black tea bags that have been steeped, squeezed out and chilled in fridge. 10) Sunburn: Use 4 or 5 large family sized Lipton tea bags, steep in bath water. Soak whole body in tea bath. Dry skin: rub Flax Seed oil on affected area.
Randi Ragan is Owner and Founder of GreenBliss EcoSpa, Los Angeles’ award-winning eco-friendly spa and wellness service. Randi is the Contributing Editor/Health and Wellness of CocoEco Magazine, and regularly writes, blogs, speaks, and consults about green health, wellness and beauty.