Ever wonder what gives Emma Stone that glow? Baking soda! Actress Emma Stone may have a contract with Revlon and lots of fancy makeup artists, dermatologists, and spa treatments at her disposal, but she recently revealed to ELLE magazine that she uses plain old baking soda out of the pantry to exfoliate her skin. It turns out there’s real merit to the this DIY beauty fix.
According to thebeautybrains.com, baking soda is categorized as a physical exfoliant and its fine yet hard consistency makes it ideal for removing dead skin cells without causing irritation. To incorporate baking soda into your beauty routine, add a teaspoon into your existing facial cleanser, mix well, and gently massage into your skin. The results are radiant!
There are many other at-home beauty remedies we love and involve just a few ingredients that can be found in your kitchen. Here, we round up our top 5.
1. Use fresh pineapples or kiwi skins to exfoliate heels. During the summer, it’s important to keep the skin on your feet feeling smooth and looking moisturized. Cracked heels are an unfortunate distraction from your cute new sandals! So if you are in between pedicures, this is a great smoothing treatment to try. Simply rub sliced pineapples or kiwi skins over the fleshy part of your heels for five minutes, rinse, pat dry, and apply moisturizer. Voila.
2. Coconut oil is a great deep conditioner. Studies claim coconut oil provides shine and helps to penetrate hair follicles to make them stronger. If you have kinky or curly hair, this oil can work as a moisturizing miracle. Also, if you are going from relaxed to natural hair, coconut oil can help to protect new growth so you can avoid breaking or damaging the hair. Apply and wear with a heat cap or, if you’re pressed for time, wear it overnight and put a shower cap on if things get messy.
3. Make a sour cream mask. Slathering your face in sour cream may not sound appetizing, but this thick dairy product actually works double-time to serve as a moisturizing mask and exfoliant. Lactic acid helps to to speed up cell turnover and brighten dull complexions while natural fats restore skin’s moisture. To use, smooth one to two tablespoons of cool, full-fat sour cream in a thin layer over your clean face and neck, avoiding the eye and lip areas. Wait seven to 10 minutes, then remove the mask with a wet washcloth. Splash skin with warm water and pat dry.
4. Olive oil removes eye makeup. If that waterproof mascara just won’t budge, try using a bit of olive oil to help it dissolve. Dab a few drops onto a cotton ball and swipe over your eyes to gently remove eye makeup. Bonus: olive oil also serves as a great moisturizer, so there’s no need to rinse it off.
5. Soften skin with lemons. Take a freshly cut lemon and gently rub on rough elbows and knees. The acid in the lemon will work to soften skin and lighten any dark areas.
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