Now that you’ve finally managed to whip up your batch of cookies, you’re left with a handful of ingredients that you’re stuck not knowing what to do with. But before you toss them out into the trash, you might just be able to make your very at-home spa treatment with these leftovers. Gone are the days where you have to worry about wasting them when you can, in fact, treat yourself to some serious beautification for your spa day at home.
Besides, if you’re guilty of going for that grocery run ever-so-often, we’re pretty sure that you might have all these ingredients stocked up at home already. Ahead, we’ve gathered a list of at-home beauty treatments that you can try with your leftover cooking or baking ingredients.
1. PORE MASK
1 egg white
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon of honey
Dealing with large pores can be unsettling and though you’ve gone through a myriad of solutions to fix your pore-blems, you’ve yet to find one that actually does the job.
For a switch up, try this at-home pore shrinking mask. All you need is an egg white, a teaspoon of lemon and a teaspoon of honey. Mix these ingredients in a bowl and whisk them together — forming a light whipped texture. Then, apply it onto your face, avoiding the areas around your eyes and mouth and leave it on for 5-10 minutes or until your face feels tightened before rinsing it off with warm water. You’ll find that your skin will feel tighter and brighter!
2. LIP HONEY SUGAR SCRUB
1 teaspoon of honey
2 teaspoons of sugar
This simple recipe is so easy, we could do it with our eyes closed. Aside from moisturising and hydrating your lips with your favourite lip balms, it’s always a good habit to exfoliate your lips every now and then. With a recipe that demands no more than two ingredients — namely a teaspoon of honey and two teaspoons of sugar — this sweet blend is sure to give you soft, supple lips all day ’round.
Simply mix the two ingredients together and scrub it onto your lips — leaving it on for the next 10 minutes before rinsing it off with a wet washcloth. Not only will it remove dead skin, but it also leaves your lips feeling moisturised.
3. OATMEAL FACE MASK
1/2 cup hot water (not boiling water)
1/3 cup oatmeal
2 tablespoons plain yoghurt
2 tablespoons honey
1 small egg white
You’ve got a tin of oats sitting in your kitchen drawer and you might not be able to finish it all. Fret not, this recipe works best if you’re looking to clear that tin and give your skin a little pick-me-up at the same time. Enter this highly raved oatmeal face mask.
Firstly, with half a cup of hot water, add your oatmeal and mix it together. Once the mixture has settled, add 2 tablespoons of plain yoghurt, honey and one small egg white — ensuring that the mixture is well combined. Follow up by adding a thin layer of the mask to your face and letting it sit for 10 to 15 minutes before rinsing it.
4. BANANA FACE MASK
1 RIPE BANANA
1 TEASPOON OF NATURAL YOGHURT
1 TEASPOON OF HONEY
Before you start making another batch of banana bread, consider using them for this at-home beauty treatment instead. Bananas have been known for being a good source of vitamins and they work for a lot of skin types — dry, combination and oily — especially if you’re using those leftover ripe bananas. For a nourishing mask for your combination skin, consider mashing up a banana and add a little natural yogurt and honey to the mix.
Layer on the mask on your face and leave it on for 20 minutes for the mask to work its magic. Then, rinse it off thoroughly before following it up with your usual skincare routine.
5. APPLE CIDER TONER
Apple Cider Vinegar
While we do have our own cabinet of skincare essentials to pamper our skin with, experimenting with new ingredients in your kitchen might just spice up your beauty routine — in a good way of course. In this case, we’re zooming into our bottle of Apple Cider Vinegar aka ACV. Now if you have sensitive skin, we suggest you skip this, but besides that, this Apple Cider Toner can improve the texture and appearance of your skin, when used correctly.
With anti-inflammatory properties, ACV consists of acetic acid and alpha hydroxy acid — which comes with an exfoliating effect that promises to slough away dead skin while promoting cell turnover.
All you need to do is to simply pour a quarter cup of ACV into a container, followed by an equal part of distilled or filtered water to dilute the solution. If your skin is more sensitive, be sure to add more water into the mixture. And that’s it! Now you can use it after cleansing your face and before following it up with a moisturiser.