Did you know the ingredients of quite a few natural treatments can be found in your kitchen cupboard? According to health and wellbeing writer, Rosamond Richardson, nature’s very best skin and hair conditioners, for example, reside in the olive oil bottle. Olive oil was used by the ancient Greeks, and possibly even before that, as the foundation of beauty care.
In her book Natural Superwoman, Rosamond Richardson, says that over the centuries, women have discovered that many everyday foods we use in our kitchens have similar beauty nourishing effects. Everyday products such as avocado, yoghurt, milk, lemon, eggs and many other types of fruits, are surprisingly beautifying ingredients. As Richardson aptly puts it, the obvious advantage of beauty products found in the kitchen is that they are to hand, cheaper, and have none of the side-effects which many commercial expensive products may have, particularly on sensitive skin.
So what exactly does Richardson recommend? Here’s a taster:
The lactic acid in YOGHURT cleanses and nourishes the skin. Likewise, using milk or buttermilk as a toner gives it a natural first aid treatment.
Dab small amounts of OLIVE OIL on the skin with cotton wool pads to keep it soft and supple. Olive oil is nature’s best moisturiser. You can also let it soak in your face while in a hot bath.
EGG-WHITES dry and tighten the skin and are excellent for oily skins.
Use EGG YOLKS, honey, glycerine and avocado on dry and sensitive skin.
Rub STRAWBERRY into oily patches on facial skin.
Removing makeup with WHITE VEGETABLE FATS also acts as a deep moisturiser.
Fine OATMEAL is an excellent exfoliant: mix it into your normal moisturiser and massage the skin gently.
If you have a dry skin, homemade MAYONNAISE is your best natural moisturiser from your kitchen. It softens and enriches the skin.
Use SESAME OIL for stretch mark
- regular meals
- balanced diet
- avoid processed food
- light and low (light in calories, low in fat)
If you analyse the basic ingredients of commercial cosmetics, says Richardson, they amount to water, oil, wax, lanolin, alcohols
and glycerine. “So with little trouble, you can make your own. You can care for your skin, and indeed hair, hands and feet, without depending on expensive products that sometimes
contain allergenic substances and can create more problems than they solve… Pamper yourself and feel good without depleting the bank balance” she advises in her brilliant
book, which New African Woman highly recommends.
However, she cautions: “Remember your skin type may vary in that it may be drier in winter or summer, oilier around period time, and can change several times between puberty and menopause.”
Also important to remember is that beauty cannot be perfectly accomplished without good nutrition. To this aim, Richardson believes the best formula is not to be regulated by complicated rules and has devised a rule she calls REAL – a simple, easy to remember formula that can effortlessly be incorporated into any busy woman’s busy lifestyle.
“REAL is satisfying, sociable, stimulates the brain and above all meets your nutritional needs,” she says.
Therefore, ladies, remember to get REAL!