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Cosmetics Out of the Cupboard

You need not go to the drugstore or cosmetic counter to become more beautiful. Sometimes. The best beauty products may be found in your very own kitchen. Try out these natural beauty products.

Aloe Vera. Science today has found that aloe vera has vitamains that are capable of acting through the skin, as well as amino acids, enzymes and beta-carotene. It is most often used as a moisturizer and skin softener, as well as a general healing gel.

Basil. This is an air freshener, insect repellant and fragrance. To some extent, it is capable of masking the odors of onion and garlic in the breath. In skin preparations, it serves the purpose of being antiseptic.

Chamomile. This is often blended into shampoos and conditioners as a softening agent with cleansing properties. Traditional lore has it that when put into an amulet, chamomile fulfills wishes – do you want to look more beautiful?

Garlic. This is the cure-all with just one undesirable side effect: its smell. It is an ideal ingredient to free radicals, removing visible signs of aging of the skin.

Ginseng. This is cited as a miracle cure for everything: from nausea to memory loss. It is also added to a number of cosmetic preparations.

Oatmeal. Oats make a great facial and body scrub. High in Vitamin E, oatmeal adds a glow to tired skin and is an excellent moisturizer and protective, soothing shield.

Banana. This fruit is a fabulous mask for hair and face. It has many conditioning minerals and vitamins and also has anti-aging properties. It has been used through the years all over the world as a moisturizer.

Cucumbers. Make some cream for yourself that has cucumber as its main ingredient. The smell and freshness is amazing! Place slices of cucumber on the eye areas. This will not just reduce puffiness, but it will also sooth you. Grated cucumber, mixed with dried and ground orange peel, and a little water is a very effective natural healer.

Carrot. Carrot is rich in Vitamin A, which is good for the eyes and skin. Lack of vitamin A results in thickening of the skin, loss of texture, aggravation of acne and premature wrinkling of the skin. You can drink the following combinations with carrot: 1) carrot and spinach – 2 glasses; 2) carrot, lettuce and spinach – 2 glasses every morning.

Green beans. Take some green beans, mash them up and add a little plain yogurt. Massage this green mixture into your skin and leave it for 10 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water to get the smoothest skin.

Tomatoes. For oily skin, mash up a ripe tomato and leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse with warm (not hot) water.

Honey. Apply pure honey, (straight from the bottle) to your face and neck. Allow it to set until dry (about 15 minutes). Rinse with very warm water.
Peach and Brandy. Mash up a peach (use ripe, canned or frozen) and mix in a tablespoon of brandy. Leave it on for 20 minutes then rinse off.

Mayonnaise. Apply whole egg mayonnaise on your hair (right from _ jar) for about 20 minutes. Rinse with cool water.

Rose and Lavender. Mix together equal parts of rose, lavender and chamomile. Put this in a tub of warm water and enjoy the scented bath.

Egg and Olive Oil. This gives you an Egyptian facemask. Mix together 1 beaten egg, teaspoon olive oil, 1 tbsp flour, tsp salt and one tbsp whole milk. Mix until creamy and well blended. Spread the mixture over your face and neck and leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse well with cool water and pat dry.

Pickles. Eat some sweet pickle. It reduces your craving for something sweet.

Oranges. Oranges have great benefits. They have 64 calories and are the most filling fruit per calorie. They contain more fiber than one serving of granola, a slice of bread or even a banana. One orange contains 21% of the recommended amount of B-vitamin folate and women who eat them regularly reduce their chance of heart disease by 30%.

Onion juice. A spoonful of onion juice mixed with honey, taken on an empty stomach, helps purify the blood:

Water. Water improves white blood cell functioning by decreasing the concentration of solutes in the blood.

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