1-Ingredient Beauty Fixes

Tackle dry skin, grimy fingernails, age spots and more with these simple beauty fixes that require just one kitchen ingredient.

| July/August 2015

  • Nourish your skin, hair and health with versatile coconut oil.
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  • Honey offers many benefits to the skin.
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If you are looking for seriously simple solutions to minor cosmetic problems, look no further than the kitchen cupboard. A number of basic kitchen ingredients offer nutrients and vitamins known to aid in the nourishment and care of our skin and hair. And, although all of these ingredients can be mixed into more complex beauty blends, they’re also powerful enough to use all by themselves. Forgo expensive hair or skin treatments and instead rely on the power of nature with these six basic kitchen ingredients that nourish skin, hair and nails.


We have many reasons to load up on this citrus fruit. Naturally energizing, lemon is rich in vitamin C, an essential nutrient for skin and hair. This aromatic fruit also contains skin-strengthening B vitamins and inositol, and has natural bleaching properties that make it a great tool for lightening hair or age spots.

Use lemon to:

Lighten hair color. Work just enough lemon juice into your tresses until well-saturated, then expose your hair to the sunlight for about 30 minutes. Thoroughly rinse and follow with a moisturizing conditioner.

Whiten fingernails. Rub a lemon wedge over the surface of your nails to reduce a grimy appearance, then follow up with your favorite lotion. Don’t try this if you have hangnails or cuts around your hands, as the fruit’s strong acidity will cause stinging.

Reduce the appearance of age spots. Take a clean cloth and dip it in a bowl of lemon juice. Dab the solution directly onto the spot you wish to tackle and let it sit for half an hour before rinsing. Don’t sit in the sun while letting the solution soak, as lemon juice makes skin more sensitive to sunlight. If your skin is sensitive, dilute the lemon juice in an equal part water.

Coconut Oil

A multitasking ingredient that’s useful in both the kitchen and bathroom, coconut oil is amazingly versatile. Rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals, coconuts are incredibly nutritious—coconut oil possesses healing properties beyond most other dietary oils. Although coconut oil is a creamy solid at room temperature, it becomes more pliable when scooped up in our hands and warmed by our body heat.

7/8/2015 8:18:46 AM

although I'm all for apple cider vinegar as a hair rinse, I'd not recommend it in equal parts with water. It's much to astringent in those quantities. I've been a 'no poo' believer for quite awhile, with hair to my waist and at age 58-washing with 2 TB baking soda in 2 cups water, then rinsing with 2 TB apple cider vinegar in 2 cups water made a world of difference in my natural honeyed silver hair. A weekly treat with coconut oil in the ends keeps it stronger, shinier, and healthier than it has been in years.

6/23/2015 2:25:21 AM

Instead try some beauty products from https://zapteka.com/category/beauty

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