4 beauty hacks in your kitchen
Let’s be honest, beauty may come from within but it’s strictly maintained with a costly routine of lotions, scrubs, rubs and anything from a tub. Save yourself a few extra dirhams and switch your usual stock of store bought potions to at-home cures created straight from your cupboards. Whipped up in three minutes or less these easy to conquer recipes will give you chemical-free, red carpet results on a barely there budget.
On The Lighter Side
The Remedy For: Discolouration, shaving shadows and dark spots on the skin
2 teaspoons Baking Soda
½ lime juice
1 tablespoon Greek Yoghurt
Used to brighten teeth and remove stains, baking soda is an all-natural illuminator. Paste this cooling, soothing and moisturising mixture on your elbows, knees and under arms to remove any dark shadows and soften tough skin for a minimum of 10 minutes a night and wash off in the shower. Avoid aerosol deodorants as much as possible (they dry out the skin) and try to maintain the routine every other night for at least two weeks to see maximum improvement.
Locks & Key
The Remedy For: Dry, over processed hair that looks lifeless
1 mashed, over ripe avocado
3 tablespoons almond oil
1 egg yolk
Is there anything the humble avocado can’t do? This nutrient packed veg is a goldmine of protein-rich oils, vitamins and moisturisers that help sink into rough, heat-fried hair and leave it looking as smooth as butter. Teamed with rich almond oil and shine-enhancing egg yolk it’s the most hipster-approved hair recipe you’ll ever come across. Apply a fresh mix onto just-shampooed hair, wash off with lukewarm water to avoid a scrambled egg mess and leave to air dry.
The Remedy For: Stubborn cellulite and water retention
500 grams brown sugar
250 grams ground coffee beans
2 table spoons cinnamon powder
300-400 grams coconut oil (depending on how thick you like your scrub)
Whip up a batch of this Starbucks-smelling scrub, place it in a sealed jar and keep it in permanently the shower. Not only will it help you maintain your tan thanks to the colour-sealing coconut oil but the energizing coffee beans and tingly cinnamon powder will help prevent those unsightly orange-peel dimples and reduce water retention in your upper thighs. Massage it well all over the body, concentrating on your hips; try your best to avoid licking it off your own hands and wash off with warm water.
Spot The Difference
The Remedy For: An angry red blemish that won’t go down
½ teaspoon rose water
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
These ying and yang ingredients attack stubborn spots from two angles. Mix together and dip a cotton bud into the solution, dabbing directly on the spot. The calming rose water quickly works to reduce redness and dilute smell of the vinegar whilst the acidity of the apple cider vinegar constricts the blood vessels, forcing the zit to shrink and expose the head. Best dabbed on before you go to bed, let the concoction work its magic over night and wake up to perfectly pimple-free skin.