5 Foods In Your Kitchen That Can Be Used For Beauty Products

May 24, 2012 11:41 AM EDT | By Amanda Remling
Olive Oil
Stock up on the olive oil this summer not just for cooking, but for beauty too! (Photo: Steven Tom)

Believe it or not, you have beauty treatment products in your kitchen...yes, that's right. Not your bathroom or closet, but your very own kitchen pantry or refrigerator is stocked full of beauty products that can cost generally cost you a couple bucks too many.

While it may be beneficial to splurge on some products, we have just the right foods to help you out in a pinch.


Besides being absolutely delicious, the creamy texture of an avocado is also great for making a hair mask. Have thick or color treated hair? This home remedy is a must try.

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Stylelist.com suggests just mashing the avocado, very similar to what you would do to make guacamole. Their tip is to work the mashed avocado into the ends of your hair, letting it sit for 15 minutes before rinsing thoroughly. Stylelist.com doesn't recommend getting the home remedy onto your scalp though.

InStyle.com also shares an avocado hair mask recipe. Their tip is to use only have a mashed up avocado, and to mix it with two egg whites. Leave it on for 15 minutes and then wash and condition, the site explains. The end result should be smooth hair.


Tis the season to be in the sun...and to accidentally get sunburned! The good thing is that if you don't have aloe in reach, you can turn straight to your refrigerator. Plain yogurt is great for soothing the pain of sunburn. The mixture, when applied as a mask, also calms redness, explains Stylelist.com.

Naturalhomeandgarden.com states that the dairy product can also smooth out rough skin and even out discoloration from the sun. If you want your face to feel refreshed, they suggest leaving a mask of yogurt on your face for 15 minutes. Then wash off the mixture with warm water.

Olive Oil

Usually people take measures to avoid oily skin, but olive oil is definitely something you want to be applying to your face.

Believe it or not, olive oil makes a great makeup remover and face moisturizer. According to CiaoFlorentina.com, the vitamin E and antioxidants in olive oil help to hydrate, renew and smooth skin. Using olive oil can also help to heal acne scars as well.

Stylelist.com suggests dabbing a bit of olive oil onto a cotton ball to gently wipe away eye makeup.

Other uses of olive oil include using it as shaving cream for silky skin, cuticle oil to help damage cuticles, and taking a couple drops to use as anti-frizz in your hair to tame and add shine.


Sugar may have gained a bad rap for teeth and acne, but it can also be a great beauty treatment.

If you want to extend your lipstick, the Mother Nature Network suggests sprinkling a little bit of sugar on top of your freshly applied lipstick. After letting it sit, lick it off. The sugar will set the lipstick, extending its wear on you!

Sugar also makes a great exfoliator. Stylelist.com suggests mixing a teaspoon of sugar into your usual face wash, while the Mother Nature Network recommends mixing sugar with canola, almond or olive oil for a loose paste body scrub. Gently rub the mixture into your skin and then rinse off!


Don't eat that banana! It can treat dry feet and even work as a great shaving cream substitute.

Beauty.Knoji.com suggests taking the pulp of a ripe banana and applying to the damaged areas of your feet. After leaving it on for 10 minutes, alternate between rinsing it off with warm and cold water. The site states that after just one application you will have "soft and supple feet."

As for using the fruit as shaving cream, the smell and creamy texture make the banana a perfect shaving moisturizer. Stylelist.com suggests mashing up the banana with a little bit of water to get a "spreadable" consistency. The site does suggest using a cheap disposable razor with this homemade remedy.


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