3 Simple Ways to Use Food for Beauty

By Emily Ackerberg, MS, RDN

With the abundance of beauty and skincare products available today, it can be difficult to navigate which are the best picks for us. Considering the vast differences between our skin types and daily routines – it’s nearly impossible to compare how a product will work from one person to the next. Not to mention how pricey some of our go-to products can be!

Fortunately, there are some items you can take straight outta your kitchen that will lead you down the path to clearer skin, healthier hair, and softer + more smoochable lips! ;)

Let’s get into this.

1. Greek yogurt + turmeric face mask

Yeah, yeah, Greek yogurt. It’s everywhere you turn and offered in every flavor imaginable. Next time you’re out buying your favorite kind – be sure to throw in one small container (8 oz.) of the plain stuff. Mix in a teaspoon of turmeric (or as my best friend’s Indian mother refers to it: “yellow powder”) and slather it on your pre-washed face. Leave on for 10-15 minutes and then rinse off with warm water.

Warning: turmeric can leave a yellowish tint on the skin – an extra wash/rinse should take care of any lingering oompa-loompa-esque coloration. 

The lactic acid in the Greek yogurt helps to tighten up your pores and dissolve dead skin cells, while the turmeric has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties that will help to alleviate redness and promote skin rejuvenation. Food + your face = magic.

2. Avocado + olive oil hair treatment

All. Avocado. Everything. Right?! We love it. We stock up, ESPECIALLY when we see that 4 for $5 deal. But sadly, avocados do not have nine lives. They turn browner as we turn sadder and filled with regret for all the missed opportunities. But alas, they can be born again - into a hair treatment! Take your oldest avo and mash until smooth, then mix in 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Dampen your hair a bit and then spread the mask on, focusing on the ends. Gather and clip your hair up, leaving the mask on for 30-45 minutes (a shower cap for mess-protection would be much appreciated at this point). Rinse, wash, condition, done!

Both avocado and olive oil provide extreme hydration for your hair and scalp and will help to repair damaged and brittle strands. Just resist the temptation to sprinkle in any cilantro or jalepeno, alright?!



3. Coffee ground lip scrub

Hold on to those leftover coffee grounds and you’re headed straight into delectably soft lip territory. This is our simplest food-beauty treatment and one of our personal faves. Mix 1 tablespoon of the grounds with ½ tablespoon of coconut or olive oil until it has a paste-like consistency. Then get your scrub on for a minute or two! Rinse, pat dry, admire. The coffee grounds will exfoliate dead skin cells and the oil will get your pout wonderfully hydrated.

Refrigerate and save if you have extra of any of these food-beauty treatments. They can be used for up to a week!

With that, we leave you with our full permission to play with your food.. as long as it gets you beautified in the process!

Cheers to Health, Beauty & Beyond! 

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