11 Ways to Use Kitchen Staples for DIY Beauty Treatments

If the ingredient list on your favorite skin care, hair, and beauty products has you questioning what exactly you’re slathering all over yourself — or rinsing through your locks — then it’s time to go to the kitchen! It couldn’t be easier to whip up a few beauty-promoting recipes that provide a whole new way of looking at kitchen staples. Channel your inner DIY diva and check out this list of 11 all-natural beauty treatments that might be better than the pricey stuff from the store.

1. Makeup remover

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Wash the day away with extra-virgin olive oil. | iStock.com

Tired of subpar makeup remover that leaves you with raccoon eyes? Well, believe it or not, straight-up extra-virgin olive oil can work as well as most cleansing towelettes, eye makeup remover pads, and soap formulas. And as ModernMom points out, it’s quite economical, too. Simply massage the olive oil into your face and over your eye area with a cotton ball or soft towel and watch as your foundation, lipstick, mascara, eye liner — everything — dissolves away, no scrubbing required! Plus, the olive oil gives your skin a nourishing, all-natural boost of vitamin E every time you use it.

2. Toner

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Tone it up with apple cider vinegar. | iStock.com

Apple cider vinegar isn’t just good for you — and your salads — it’s good for your complexion, too. One Elite Daily writer swears by the stuff, saying it eliminates grease without drying out her skin too much. All you need to do for this all-natural beauty treatment is combine ½ cup organic apple cider vinegar with ½ cup of filtered water. Sweep the toner across your face with a cotton ball. You can adjust the proportions of vinegar to water if you want a slightly stronger or weaker formula.

3. Lip scrub

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Give them some sugar with newly kissable lips! | iStock.com

We all want kissable lips, and a surefire way to get soft, smooth lips couldn’t be easier — or more delicious, for that matter. For a DIY lip scrub, all you really need is brown sugar, honey, and olive or coconut oil. Stir together a tablespoon each of the oil and honey, then add two teaspoons of brown sugar until a paste forms. Gently rub over your lips (and try not to lick them too much!). The sugar gently exfoliates your lips while the oil and honey moisturizes and nourishes your pretty pout. For an extra zing, Feelgood Style says you can add a drop of peppermint essential oil.

4. Face mask for dry skin

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Avocado is a no-brainer as a beauty treatment. | iStock.com/MSPhotographic

We love the glorious avocado, and not just for guacamole and chips. The rich fruit doubles as the star ingredient for a face mask that can help restore hydration and radiance to dry skin. Combine 2 tablespoons of mashed avocado with 2 teaspoons of honey and 1 tablespoon of coconut milk or rice milk until a thick paste forms. It’s best to apply this one in the shower, as it can be a bit messy. Leave it on for about five to 10 minutes before rinsing.

5. Face mask for oily skin

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Squeeze some of that grapefruit juice for your face. | iStock.com/Angelika-Angelika

That grapefruit that you had with your morning coffee doubles as the main ingredient for a face mask that’s especially perfect to remedy acne-prone skin. With vitamin C and phytochemicals, grapefruit acts as an astringent and an antibacterial agent. Plus, vitamin C is essential for collagen production in the skin, which is key to fighting the signs of aging.

To make the mask, simply whisk an egg white until fluffy and then add 2 teaspoons of fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice and 1 teaspoon of sour cream, beating until the mixture reaches a creamy consistency. Apply to the face and neck area, avoiding the eyes, and leave on for about 20 minutes before rinsing off. The egg white will naturally tighten your complexion, too.

6. Body exfoliator

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Coconut oil pairs up with grapefruit for a refreshing exfoliating treatment. | iStock.com

Grapefruit makes a repeat appearance in this exfoliator from Well Beauty Blog, which is made with coconut oil, sugar, and salt. Combine 1 teaspoon of fresh grapefruit juice, 1 teaspoon of grapefruit zest, ½ cup of sea salt, and 1 cup of granulated sugar. Then, mix in about 2 to 3 tablespoons of coconut oil. You can also add 1 capsule (broken open) of vitamin E for extra skin-nourishing benefits. Massage the mixture into damp skin, preferably in the shower, then rinse off. The combo of salt and sugar will exfoliate while the coconut oil hydrates, so you’ll be left with an all-over glow. Just avoid using the scrub on your face, as the salt can be too harsh.

7. Warming face and body scrub

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Cinnamon, spice, and everything nice for your skin. | iStock.com

This particular scrub, featured on Vibrant Wellness Journal, is suitable for use on both your face and body, especially if you have normal to dry skin. Those with sensitive complexions should use with caution, or test for irritation on a very small area of skin.

The key ingredients here are warming spices, including 1 teaspoon of nutmeg, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, and a pinch of ground cloves — so this smells just like the holidays. To the spices, add 3 tablespoons fine turbinado sugar, 3 tablespoons brown rice flour, and 2 tablespoons coconut oil or olive oil. Massage into face and skin, and get set to get glowing!

8. Energizing body scrub

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Don’t throw out those coffee grounds; give your skin a caffeine kick, too. | iStock.com/tab1962

Give your body the same caffeine boost you got from your morning coffee with TreeHugger’s energizing scrub that makes use of all those leftover coffee grounds. Mix together 3 tablespoons of the grounds with 1 tablespoon coarse salt. Massage into your body while you’re in the shower, paying special attention devoted to any rougher patches of skin around the elbows and feet, before rinsing off.

9. Acne treatment

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Honey is a sweet salve to treat blemishes. | iStock.com

Raw honey may just be your sweet answer to blemish-free skin. Honey has natural antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, so it can help to clear up and heal those troublesome acne spots. Just know that, as Allure points out, it won’t always work.

10. Hair conditioner

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Make a “guacamole” for your hair with avocado and mayo. | iStock.com/margouillatphotos

The avocado makes another appearance in a hair conditioner that will help restore moisture and shine to your locks. Simply mix together 1 mashed avocado with ¼ cup of coconut milk or mayonnaise. Work the mixture through your hair from root to tips and wrap in a shower cap or towel for about 15 minutes. Then, wash it off in the shower with a bit of shampoo.

11. Hair rinse

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Bring happy hour to your hair with beer. | iStock.com

There’s no better way to end this roundup of all-natural beauty treatments than with beer! Real Simple suggests bringing happy hour to your hair by combining ¼ cup of beer with ¼ cup of organic apple cider vinegar for a hair rinse that not only cuts through the grease and buildup of hair product, but also restores shine, luster, and vibrancy. Who knew beer could do that, too? Cheers!