In this crazy world where multi-tasking has become a badge of honor, one ingredient wonders seem perfect for those weeks when you are on the go and just, well, exhausted. You can grab one ingredient and get glamour-to-go.
I wouldn’t care about all the fancy packaging, just if a beauty treatment worked. Because most of the natural products are so effective, and women began embracing these one-ingredient remedies – even dubbing them ” the wonders of the beauty world.”
There is no prep work, and you’ll never have to make last- minute spa appointments again. After learning about these quick fixes, you’ll wonder why you spent so much money on those department stores brands.
But let me just offer up one little warning by saying that many of the recipes can be quite messy. Rubbing tomato on your face isn’t cute, but your skin will be, once you wash it off. Trust me; the results will outweigh the mess.
① Orange Infusion
A slice of orange is better than vitamin c serum for the face. Not just it is a fraction of the price but its also the best way to get Vitamin C. In this case, you’re going straight to the source. Sure, you can pay a couple of hundred dollars for a fancy bottle, but who knows how diluted it is before it finally reaches your skin?
Peel a whole orange, then take a slice of the orange, cut off the very top, squeeze it and the pulp will come out. Rub it all over your face. You’ll have pulp on the face but allow your skin to eat it up.
Keep it on for 20 minutes. There’s strong support behind Vitamin C research and how it can reverse the aging process. C helps stimulate collagen, decreased wrinkles and created a gorgeous glow.
② Strawberry Hill
They are tasty and they are amazing for the skin. Strawberries will do wonders for your complexion. They have tons of vitamin C, which is a great skin restorer because it helps produce the big C – Collagen – exactly what we crave.
People would pay thousand of dollars to pump up their skin with bovine collagen and the human stuff. By putting strawberries on the face, we’re doing it naturally. Think of it as a natural injection without all the chemicals or pain.
Place 5 strawberries in a blender and turn it on high for 1 minute or until smooth (you can also add a squeeze of lemon if you’d like). Then cover the entire face and neck with the mask and let it sit for 20 minutes.
Wash it off with lukewarm water. For those with sensitive skin, it can be a bit strong. I often recommend following it up by soaking a cotton ball in a tablespoon of buttermilk and spreading it all over the face. Then wash off and apply moisturizer.
Beauty Tip: Feel free to substitute blueberries or blackberries instead of strawberries, they’ll work just as well. I often put together a blueberry – strawberry mask. It can be a little messy, but it works. The antioxidants found in these fruits can protect the skin cells.
③ Garlic -to -go
I love garlic. I don’t mind the smell. It smells strong because it is strong. GARLIC wards off blackheads and acne and does wonders for the complexion. We can put up a strong odor in the name of beauty.
Garlic is also one of the best natural antibiotics. The highly odorous clove has strong medicinal power for the skin. When I was a teenager, my grandmother consistently put garlic on my skin to get rid of acne, and it worked.
Even as an adult, I immediately get out the garlic when a pimple starts to appear. I regularly put it on the side of my nose to get rid of blackheads as well. I find garlic is also good for chasing away acne.
Cut open 1 clove of garlic and rub it on a pimple or an area where you want to get rid of blackheads. If you have a little extra time, squash a clove of garlic and boil a cup of water (it will only take you 10 minutes).
Throw the entire smashed clove in hot water. It becomes a garlic tonic and is a brilliant cleanser to use after washing your face (before applying night cream).
④ Divine Avocado
Talk about green goddess. Avocado can be used to treat a number of skin problems. It is a great antioxidant for the skin. Not to mention it is fantastic for the hair as well. – think of it as a deep conditioner.
This is one of the fruits that can take care of the hair and face since it is great for dry skin. Ancient Aztec, Mayan, and Incan beauties believed avocado could work magic on the skin. They were right. Avocado is rich in vitamins, minerals, and natural oils.
Mash up 1/4 of a skinned avocado with a fork and blend until it’s completely smooth. Run it through your fingertips and apply all over the face for 15 minutes.
Rinse off with lukewarm water. Once you are through with this mask, you’ll be ready to take on the world. And don’t forget, even if an avocado is overripe, you can still use it on your hair or face.
If you’re having a slow weekend, then do a double dose of avocado. You can simultaneously put this nourishing fruit on your hair and face. Sure, it’s a little messy, but by the time the avocado is all off, you won’t believe how luxurious you feel.
⑤ Egg White
In this recipe, you’ll use the egg white but save the yolk and shell for other fabulous recipes. Egg whites are fabulous as a tightening mask. In fact, when you apply them on your face, it will begin to feel a little uncomfortable after a few minutes as the egg whites begin tightening the skin. Don’t worry. Besides shrinking the pores, it gives your face an overall lift.
Crack 1 egg and separate the egg white. Beat egg white with a fork until they get foamy. Then spread them all over your face. It will take about 20 minutes for them to dry.
Wash off the mask with cool water to reveal tighter pores and firmer, refreshed skin. (Don’t forget to save the yolks in the refrigerator and use them in your hair.
Now take a tablespoon of buttermilk and a cotton ball and apply it all over your skin. Rinse with lukewarm water after a few minutes.
⑥ Milk it
I love goat’s milk. The goat’s milk is making a comeback with research showing its many benefits. It’s an ideal moisturizer and very calming for the skin since it has many nutrients to rejuvenate the face. Not to mention its ideal weapon in the fight against acne.
I like using goat milk as a cleanser after a facial or in a bath. Those with eczema say it has magical properties. In ancient Egypt, Cleopatra was apparently a big fan and bathed in goat;s milk. Although I think its a great product, I’m not crazy about the smell.
Apply 1 tablespoon of goat’s milk to the skin after using any masks. Leave on for 5 minutes and then wash off with lukewarm water. You can use this milk as a daily cleanser.
⑦ Yummy Yogurt
I’m not surprised its been called ” the natural wrinkle remover from the dairy case”. I love yogurt. Yogurt is the most popular fermented milk product.
Since yogurt has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, it is excellent for cleansing the skin. Also, the lactic acid in yogurt soothes, softens, and tightens the skin.
Remember, Lactic acid is an alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) which is brilliant for rejuvenating the skin. Sometimes, I’ll even mix a teaspoon of ground orange peels in with a couple of tablespoon of yogurt to make an exfoliant that has a dose of vitamin C. But we all know that yogurt is not bad with nothing on it as well.
Apply 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt to your skin at any time. Spread it with a cotton ball and leave for 15 minutes. Wash it off with lukewarm water and apply moisturizer.
Beauty Tip: Yogurt is also good as a hair conditioner. The active cultures in it can help fight off dandruff. Add a little honey and throw it on your hands and feet as well – it’s an excellent moisturizer. Let’s face it; yogurt is good for everything from head to toe.
⑧ Pumpkin Paradise
When you are carving those Halloween pumpkins, dont discard the inside quickly. The inside of a pumpkin is full of antioxidants and vitamins. According to a report of Duke Univertsity, when Vitamin C is applied directly to the skin, it can keep the skin elastic fibers or collagen from breaking down (and pumpkin has a ton of Vitamin C).
Spa and cosmetic companies are offering up, and an array of pumpkin facials and pumpkin scrubs since this vitamin-rich veggie is good for everything from exfoliating the skin to giving it a glow.
Cut 1/4 pumpkin (with the skin still on into small pieces. Remove the stringy stuff along with the seeds. Place the pieces in a glass baking dish, skin side up and fill it with 1 inch of water, cover it.
Cook pumpkin for 30 minutes at 350 degrees or until it gets soft. After taking the pumpkin out of the oven, let it cool. Cut the skin off the cooked pumpkin and the throw the rest into a food processor or blender. Mix it in high for 2 minutes until it has a mashed-potato-like texture. Apply the mixture to the face for 15 min and rinse off with tap water.
While I suggest fresh pumpkin, the canned stuff will do just fine.
⑨ Raw Honey Face Moisturizer:
Honey is the ultimate moisturizer – it keeps the skin moist and dewy. Some Hollywood beauties swear by it. Its fantastic in helping the skin stay young and healthy.
Honey can attract water, which helps plump the skin. It’s ideal for sensitive skin since doctors often instruct patients with allergies to consume it to build up their immune system. Honey will minimize the appearance of facial wrinkles, and the antioxidants in honey will do wonders on the skin. I believe every woman over forty should use honey on her face each and every day.
Apply 1/2 teaspoon raw honey in a thin layer all over the skin and leave on for 20 minutes. Make sure you wear a headband, so it doesn’t get all over your hair). Wipe the honey off with a warm washcloth. Then apply a cleanser and follow your routine.
Beauty Tip: Raw Honey is good for those pimples you could help but perform surgery on – the ones we actually make worse. Put a drop of honey on your finger and place it on the pimple.
Now, put a band-aid over it (obviously best to do at night). Honey will aid in fighting off the bacteria, keep the skin sterile and speed the healing. It will work wonders by morning.
Mayo is the ultimate condiment. Women are willing to put it in their hair to make it soft and shiny. What makes mayo so fattening is what makes it so healthy for the hair. It’s basically made up of oil and egg yolk.
The various fat-soluble nutrients in the mayonnaise have a deep conditioning effect on the hair. Always use regular mayonnaise, none of the low-fat stuff.
Apply 2 tbsp mayo to your hair. Don’t put it too close to your roots or it could leave the hair very oily. I prefer putting around the top and working down. Then draw it your ends until the hair is thoroughly coated.
Pile the hair on top of your head, put plastic wrap on the top of your head to hold the hair in place. Take a hot towel from the dryer and wrap it around your head over the plastic.
The heat will aid with deep conditioning. Remove the towel and plastic wrap after 10-20 minutes and shampoo your hair as usual.
If the ends of your hair are damaged, do this once a week. If your scalp is naturally oily, you might want to add mayo only to the ends of your hair for weekly treatments.
⑪ Tomato Time
It took me a while to warm up to the idea of using tomatoes on the face since they’re so messy. The thing is they are very effective. This is the greatest remedy for oily skin. It tightens the pores and kills bacteria.
Tomatoes are very rich in vitamin C and perk up the skin. Some cosmetic companies sell expensive creams and lotions with lycopene – an antioxidant found in tomatoes. But they sell these products laced with some other ingredients and preservatives. Why do that when you can go straight to the source?
Cut a tomato in two and rub one-half on your face, working the pulp into the skin (it’s a bit messy). Let it stay for 10 minutes. It’s best to concentrate on areas where you want to attack blackheads and oil or reduce pores. Rinse with cool water (which is very crucial since the high acid content in tomato can make the skin a little sensitive).
Optional: Add 2 squeeze of lemon (for sensitive skin, substitute orange since it’s less acidic.)
⑫ Banana Babe
Bananas are ripe for creating good skin. They have certain enzymes that are ideal for skin care. Even the peel is good to rub on the skin. Because of their soothing properties, bananas are often used for reducing inflammation.
Simply put, banana makes the skin soft and supple. This fabulous ingredient will leave any skin feeling refreshed and pampered. But don’t just relegate bananas to the face – they are ideal for conditioning the hair as well.
Mash 1/3 of the large banana until smooth. Spread it all over the face and leave on for about 15 minutes. The skin will begin to feel tight. Rinse with lukewarm water then splash your face with some cool water. Pat your skin dry. This is a very refreshing mask and will make your skin feel amazing.
Papaya is used in a number of trendy creams, lotions, shampoos, scrubs and salves. Even the skin of the papaya can be used to wash one’s face. Papayas contain enzymes and antioxidants that battle premature aging.
They do a fantastic job of exfoliating the skin as well. Did you know that papaya has also become a leading ingredient in skin whitening products because it contains papain? Papain is a natural enzyme that promotes skin renewal.
Apply it to the face, and it diminished wrinkles and nourished the skin with vitamin A, which accelerated the formation of new cells. Also, it is rich in vitamin C, which is an antioxidant. Papaya plumps up the skin and reduces the look of fine lines and wrinkles.
Cut a papaya in half and remove the seeds. Scoop out the flesh and place it in a blender on high for 1-2 minutes. Apply the mixture to the face and massage lightly. Leave it on for 15 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water. Softly pat the skin dry.
Pineapple is perfect for the skin. It moisturizes and has those marvelous alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) as well as enzymes. These purify the skin while adding moisture and have the antiaging properties as well. Cosmetic companies often use pineapple in their products since it’s a natural exfoliate.
Rub a piece of fresh pineapple all over your face. Leave on the skin for 10-15 minutes. You’ll begin to feel the skin tighten. The pineapple juice will tighten the skin and pores.
It may make your face a little pink for a few minutes, but you’ll love the glow. Rinse with tap water. You can do this weekly or even daily.