We are so used to using the food in our pantry as, duh, food and buying expensive hair and skincare items. What if we told you that you could have amazing hair and skin by just opening your pantry and using common household foods? With these simple ingredient food masks, there will be no more $10 face masks for you!

For Your Hair

EGG WHITE AND LEMON HAIR MASK: OILY HAIR

Did you know that hair products that nourish your scalp can still be considered skincare? This egg white and lemon hair mask is perfect for oily and dull hair. The egg white controls sebum secretion by tightening the hair follicles and reducing the excess oils from your scalp and hair. The citric acid in the lemons strengthens hair follicles and the hair shaft. In addition, lemon juice has antiseptic properties that help fight off dandruff and bacteria. All you need for this natural hair mask is one egg white and one tablespoon of lemon juice. Mix the ingredients and apply to your hair for 10 minutes before jumping in a cold shower.

BROWN SUGAR AND OLIVE OIL HAIR MASK: DRY HAIR

Do you have dry and frizzy hair? This two- ingredient hair mask will bring the life back into your hair. The brown sugar acts as an exfoliator, removing any sweat and dirt. The olive oil acts as a moisturizer, giving your hair a refreshed feel. For this mask, you will need two tablespoons of brown sugar and one tablespoon of olive oil. Mix the ingredients and gently massage the mask into your scalp in circular motions. Rinse your hair then condition and shampoo your rejuvenated hair.

EGG AND OLIVE OIL: HAIR GROWTH

For this mask, you’ll need two eggs and two tablespoons of olive oil. If your hair tends to be oily, use only the egg whites and if your hair tends to be dry, use only the yolk. If you are looking for a combination, use the entire egg but remember to use cold water, so it doesn’t cook in your hair. The olive oil helps moisturize the scalp and hair. When you combine the two ingredients and apply the mask once a week it helps promote growth and volume and is an effective way to strengthen your hair!

For Your Body

BANANA AND COFFEE SCRUB

Although it just sounds like a yummy breakfast, these two ingredients make the perfect body scrub. Coffee is an exfoliating agent and a natural bronzer and bananas are used in skincare to help control and prevent acne. The addition of adding coconut oil as the base makes this a very moisturizing scrub. You will need two bananas, 2/3 cup ground coffee and 1⁄2 cup coconut oil. Muddle the coffee and bananas together and then stir in the coconut oil. Apply to your skin in the shower or bath, and you will be feeling refreshed and smelling delicious all day long.

For Your Face

MANUKA HONEY: ACNE

Almost everyone has honey in the pantry, and it’s the perfect ingredient to help cleanse the skin and take acne head-on. Manuka honey has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties to help heal breakouts fast. Use a damp cloth with warm water and pat your skin to open your pores. Then smear the honey onto a cloth and gently dab onto your face. Let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes and then rinse your face with warm water to break up the sugar.

GRAPES: DRY SKIN

Grapes, especially the red ones, are rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, making them a great addition to your skincare routine. They are packed with Vitamin C and manganese that protect your skin by limiting the production of free radicals. Cut the grapes in half and rub lightly all over your face for 10 minutes. The grapes will protect your skin against sun damage, prevent wrinkles and work as an excellent cleanser for all skin types.

by Julie Walter