Seven Natural Beauty Tricks From Your Kitchen

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7 Natural Beauty Tricks from your Kitchen
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There are many natural beauty tips, tricks, and recipes that you can make at home, and your kitchen contains all the ingredients you’ll need.

1. Oil Cleansing

Use olive, coconut, or almond oil with Castor oil to clean your skin instead of a harsh soap. This will cleanse your skin naturally and keep from pulling out natural oils. My personal blend is 25% Castor Oil (don’t use straight!) and 75% sweet almond oil.

How to do it: Rub a small amount of oil onto dry face and massage into skin for several minutes. To remove, soak a clean washcloth in steamy water and place on face until it starts to cool. Gently use the washcloth to wipe your face until the oil is gone. Softest. Skin. Ever!

2. Natural Bronzing

Until I switched to eating healthy, I never tanned well at all! I used to try all kinds of natural “bronzers” and self tanning lotions (cringe on the ingredients!) in hopes of golden skin. Now, I’m excited to be able to tan easily, but for days when I want a slightly more bronze look, I head to the kitchen…

How to Do It: Mix cocoa powder, cinnamon and arrowroot (optional) until you get a shade you like. For me, this was at least half cocoa powder, about 30-40% cinnamon and a little arrowroot, but experiment to get your skin tone. Store in a small jar or container and brush onto skin for an instant bronze look. Bonus: it smells good! You can also mix this into lotion for a liquid version!

3. Food Facial Mask

No need to drop a lot of money at the spa for great skin, just rub breakfast on your face instead! Many foods are also beneficial for your skin too!

How to Do It: Use honey, plain yogurt or whipped egg whites by themselves or in combination for a great toning facial mask that leaves skin glowing.

4. Naturally White Teeth

Use strawberries (I know they are red!) and baking soda as a highly effective and natural teeth whitener. Oil pulling (swishing oil in the mouth and then spitting) is also an effective way to whiten teeth.

How to Do It: Make a paste of equal parts mashed or pureed strawberries and baking soda. Put in mouthguard or tooth tray and leave on teeth for up to 30 minutes. Repeat a couple times a week until your teeth are as white as you want. To speed things up, swish with 1 TBSP of olive oil each night for 20 minutes and then spit and brush well. This supposedly helps remove toxins too, but I can certainly vouch for its whitening capabilities!

If you don’t want to try this way or are allergic to strawberries, activated charcoal makes a great natural tooth whitener too.

5. Natural Hair Conditioner

For an occasional hair strengthening treat, mix up some other breakfast foods into a natural hair mask. This certainly isn’t one for everyday use, but it makes hair shiny and smooth and even works on really curly hair (according to a lucky friend with lovely curls!)

How to Do It: Mix one banana and one avocado and puree until smooth (great way to use over ripe bananas and avocados!). Add essential oils if Banana isn’t your fragrance of choice. Comb through clean, damp hair and put a shower cap on. Leave on for at least 15 minutes and rinse out in the shower. Go sign up to audition for a hair commercial!

6. Sugar Scrub

Sugar is not good for your body. It is, however, great for your skin! Since your skin doesn’t metabolize and store glucose or fructose like your fat cells do, sugar is a great way to tighten and smooth skin! Sugar scrubs in stores are expensive! Sugar scrubs in the kitchen are not!

How to do it: Mix equal parts of white or brown sugar and olive or almond oil and add essential oils of choice (optional). To exfoliate skin, rub the mixture onto skin and massage in for a couple of minutes. Rinse off with warm water. Enjoy! Here is a full recipe.

7. Natural Microdermabrasion

Ever seen those ads for microdermabrasion (not even sure I’m spelling it right!). Well, they look expensive and I’m leery of the chemicals they might contain. No worries though… the kitchen can help! Baking soda is a very effective natural and gentle abrasive that pulls off dead skin cells and makes skin glow!

How to Do It: Wet face with warm water. Pour some baking soda into hands and massage into your face for at least 3 minutes. It will sting a little (its called abrasion!). Rinse with warm water and pat dry.

What is the strangest thing you’ve tried in the name of beauty? Share below!

Some easy natural beauty tricks from your kitchen including homemade face masks, hair conditioner, tooth whitener and more.

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


98 responses to “Seven Natural Beauty Tricks From Your Kitchen”

  1. Jacq Avatar

    Such a great site Katie, kudos to you for the time you put into it.
    I tried the baking soda microdermabrasion and LOVED it. Only I mixed the baking soda into coconut oil and then did the several minute rub. After rinsing it off with warm water my skin literally glowed, was so soft and hydrated. Just amazing. Don’t forget hands, arms, neck, decol…whatever that chesty bit is called. Ahh, gotta love making your own stuff.

  2. Sharid Avatar

    I appreciate your recipe so much…now I no lonher use store bought deodo…I just use olive oil base baby oil to moisten my under arm follow by dusting it with baking soda…I stay odorless whole day..

  3. Tazeen Avatar

    I m an asian .I am looking for the skin fairness and brightness receipes…could you help me???and also for large pores on skin???

  4. adrienne Avatar

    Hi, going to try the oil as a face wash, but wondering if you have any recipes for SPF face moisturizers during the daytime? Thanks 🙂 hoping this new method gets my face in check. so sick of being a 35yo with breakouts around my jawline…

  5. Crystal Groves Avatar
    Crystal Groves

    For acne treatment I use apple cider vinegar every day and have for years. I get out if the shower daily after washing my face. I use a rag and pour about a tablespoon of acv on it and then put it under the sink to dilute it with a slightly more than equal amount of water. I rub all over my face then rinse the rag and rub again to remove excess. Since I have oily skin I follow up with rose infused witchhazel as a toner. I used to break out all the time along my jawline, now I may get 3 pimples a year.

  6. Cassie Avatar

    I once put mayonnaise on my hair as a deep conditioner. My hair has never felt so amazing! However i only did it once because I just couldn’t take the smell of Mayo!

  7. stellie Avatar

    coffee ground is also an excellent way to get a little colour on your skin when summer is back. (or even when winter is with us and that boosts you to look tanned)
    using coffee ground as a natural scrub is really great, it works marvellously for one thing, it gets the skin super soft and lovely.
    and as I pointed out above, there s a great tanning effect that comes with that scrub.
    I am pretty fair, but when I use coffee ground, my skin is somewhat darker afterwards.
    so using it every other day, will help before getting a true proper tan from sunshine (dont forget the tanning lotion).

  8. Elena Avatar

    Thanks for the great advice. As for oil face cleansing Im using that at night and using raw honey in the morning!

    -Elena Remais

  9. Kim Avatar

    Thanks Katie! Do you have to rinse the oil cleanse off? I use a homemade soap in the shower, then put the oil cleanse on after wards when I’m dry, and follow up with a sea salt spray. At any other time I just use the oil cleanser and sea salt spray. I didn’t think to wipe it off. I also LOVE your suggestion of the Bentonite clay!! I use that about 3 times a week.

  10. Robbie Z, McHam Avatar
    Robbie Z, McHam

    I would like to know if you have a formula to get rid of bugs that are in your
    Kitchen sink I thank they are coming from the drain . I need help.
    Thank you

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