In an effort to flatten the Covid-19 curve, Malaysians are advised to stay home as much as possible. While groceries and other important trips are still allowed abroad, other concerns are being put on the backburner.
These concerns usually pertain to our regular facials and spas, which have fallen into the priority list and been put on hold for the foreseeable future.
But don’t worry, these 7 ingredients will come in handy when you need a little bit of shine or maintenance with little or no cost. What’s even better is that they are all available in a safe place in your store!
Instead of spending hundreds on store-bought face masks, you can easily make your own face masks with eggs. Yes, the same eggs you cook for breakfast every now and then!
This DIY egg white face mask is touted to tighten and tone your skin, reduce excess oil, and even provide anti-aging benefits, so there are really more reasons to love this kitchen staple.
method: Separate the egg white from the yolk and place it on a clean face. Leave the egg white mask on for 10 to 20 minutes, then rinse it off with cold water.
Oatmeal is suitable for all skin types and even the most sensitive skin due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Just in case you are skeptical, oatmeal is one of the main ingredients in baby formula because it is nourishing and soothing.
method: Take five tablespoons of ground oatmeal and add water to make a smooth paste. Apply the mixture evenly on your face and wait 20 minutes before washing it off.
Besides being a vital ingredient in chicken curry, turmeric does wonders for your skin. It has anti-inflammatory properties that can help calm redness, reduce the appearance of scars, brighten skin, and even help fight acne.
method: In a small glass bowl, mix turmeric, honey, and unflavored yogurt. Once combined, apply the mask to a clean face. Leave the mask on for 15 minutes, then rinse it off with warm water.
4. Brown sugar
Why pick up cash on expensive retail lip scrubs? You already have ingredients for this delicious homemade lip scrub in your kitchen cupboard!
Brown sugar is an excellent, inexpensive way to get rid of dry, chapped lips in no time. Plus, it tastes good, which is a plus.
method: Mix two tablespoons of brown sugar with one teaspoon of olive oil and apply the paste to your lips for at least a minute. Scrub to get rid of any rough, dry stains. Once done, wipe off the scrub to see and feel the difference.
5. Tea bags
Suffering from puffy, puffy eyes? Next time you bring a cup of afternoon tea, don’t forget to keep the tea bags, especially if it is black tea and green tea.
These two types of tea contain flavonoids and tannins, which provide antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.
method: Once the tea bags are steeped, squeeze the liquid out, then place the bags in the fridge for a few minutes to cool down. Whenever you need some puffiness removal, place the tea bags over your closed eyes for 10 to 25 minutes.
For some, no morning is complete without a cup of steamed coffee. But, did you know that ground coffee can also turn into a delicious-smelling body scrub?
The sand-like texture of ground coffee makes a great scrub in a homemade scrub. The coffee beans gently remove dead skin cells, which helps rejuvenate the skin and boost blood circulation.
method: Mix ground coffee, brown sugar and melted coconut oil together until well blended and enjoy a delicious spa at home.
Besides honey being a classic addition to pies and a healthy alternative to desserts, honey also plays a long-lasting role in natural beauty treatments.
Raw, unpasteurized honey has the greatest potential for topical application to the skin and its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties help treat acne, dark spots, and burns. You can also enjoy smooth lips all day long by using a homemade lip scrub made with sugar, oil, and honey.
method: Mix honey, lemon, and baking soda for an anti-acne mask, or keep a bowl of honey on hand to soak in acne, chapped lips, burns, and minor wounds.
Bear in mind that everyone’s complexion is different, so pay attention when trying new products, even natural ones like this one.
Remember to always take a patch test to check for any allergies.
Once you find out what works and what does not work for your skin, lie back and enjoy a homemade facial and spa treatment!