Add a few cups of milk to the water of your bad. Lactic acid is a natural softener and will remedy your rough winter skin. For an at-home pedicure, soak your feet in a small basin of milk (any temperature you prefer) before you polish.
Wake your skin up with coffee. A java scrub is a natural exfoliator that will get your blood circulating, slough away dead skin, and reduce the appearance of cellulite. Fitness expert Dale Noelle of TRUE Model Management suggests mixing ½ cup of coffee grounds with olive oil (brown sugar or salt optional for extra exfoliation) and applying the mixture in a circular motion to your body before showering.
When it comes to exfoliating your face, oatmeal is Noelle’s go-to. It strips away dry skin while moisturizing, tightening, and smoothing. Puree ¾ a cup of oatmeal, one egg, ¼ cup mineral water, and ¼ cup of raw honey at room temperature in a blender. Apply to your face and leave for five minutes, or until your face begins to feel tight. Then rinse.
It can be used as makeup remover, an eye de-puffer, and shaving cream. Then there’s your hair: It repairs damage, smooths frizz and flyways, and can add major shine.
Apple cider vinegar makes an ideal natural toner as it balances the skin’s pH. Mix it with water—more for dry skin and less for oily—and swipe over your face with a cotton ball after you wash.
Strawberries will leave your smile brighter and your teeth healthier—no gummy strips needed. Simply mash the strawberries (adding baking soda is optional) and use a toothbrush to spread over your soon-to-be pearly whites. Leave on for five minutes once a week.
Raw honey has been an ingredient in a few of our DIY elixirs already and can be mixed with equal parts olive oil to condition hair and equal parts oatmeal for a deep facial cleanser. But even on its own, honey has amazing powers. If applied to a burn it can decrease the pain, while helping you to heal without scarring. If you aren’t squeamish about stickiness, try honey on your face for an extra-moisturizing, antioxidant-rich mask.