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Beauty Boy: The beauty of food
Joshua R. Waller
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Published: Monday, September 26th, 2011
One of the new trends that is becoming a lot more prominent in beauty products is creating cosmetics made from natural ingredients. There are a few reasons why this is becoming such a big thing in the beauty industry, such as reporters injecting fear into society (e.g. news reports of lead in your lipstick), but it also has to do with our social values. We all know that using natural products is cleaner and better for our skin, and that it reduces testing on animals. Some of these natural cosmetics even contain ingredients that you could possibly be eating on a daily basis.
Some of the best face masks are made strictly from everyday items that can be found in your very own kitchen. For a mask that is going to help firm and freshen up your skin, egg yolks are the key ingredient. All you need to do is whip up a few egg yolks, spread over your face and let it sit until it has hardened. You can then wash it off using Avène Thermal Water, leaving the skin firm and rejuvenated.
For those who have oily skin or a problem with acne, strawberries are your new best friend. Using products such as Oxy pads or Clean & Clear can severely dry out the skin, causing it to produce more sebum, which in the end means more acne. Strawberries are a natural source of salicylic acid – the main acne-fighting ingredient in many products – but they don't dry out the skin. Mashing up a few strawberries (without the stems) with plain yogurt (which is extremely smoothing to the skin) and letting it sit on the face for about 15 minutes can help clean out the pores and reduce oil secretion. Who knew you could take something as simple as breakfast and use it as a part of your acnefighting regime?
The most common natural ingredient found in cosmetic products, especially in eye care, is the cucumber. Cucumbers are known for having a cooling agent as well as being a key ingredient to reduce puffiness and dark circles. Products such as Yes to Cucumbers and Boots Essentials use cucumbers as a main ingredient in their soothing eye gels. You could also take the most natural route and slice up a cucumber yourself. Place two slices over your eyes and let them sit for about 10 minutes.
Even though using natural ingredients for your beauty regime may be cleaner, there are still precautions you have to take. When applying anything around the eyes, you have to be extremely careful because the last thing you want is getting egg yolk or strawberries in them. Make sure to never use natural ingredients that you have an allergy to, because chances are, it will really irritate your skin. And, just like the rules in the kitchen, never use rotten food, whether it is for dinner or a part of your beauty routine.