Pantry beauty remedies

Pantry beauty remedies: home spa with ingredients you have in your kitchen?

Simple products that you have at home can be included in your beauty routine to make your skin, hair and nails look better, and the best of all is that you needn’t overspend!

The beauty business is a growing industry that offers an overwhelming range of products such as creams, gels, serums, infusions, powders –you name it: the list is endless. There is a good chance that you find in their formula some natural ingredients such as natural oils, honey and fruit extracts. But they are also packed with synthetic additives like emulsifiers, preservatives, fragrances and artificial colors.

Natural beauty products seek to enhance your natural beauty, not cover those so-called imperfections. You are perfect the way you are; you don’t have to change the way you look to be pretty. That is why we are going back to the basics; let’s aim for nutrient-rich foods to lead a healthier life.

Without further ado, let’s have a look at 7 pantry products that can make your skin glow:

Powdered milk

Rich in lactic acid –an alpha-hydroxy acid– is capable of removing dead skin cells and prompt new regeneration. You can try to experiment with different milk powders to exfoliate your skin naturally.

Bonus: DIY exfoliating milk bath

Throw a cup of powdered milk into your bathwater to smooth your skin and if you are feeling super luxurious, add some flowers as an extra treat. 

DIY exfoliating milk bath.

Baking soda

Bicarbonate of soda –aka “baking soda”–  is one of my favorite beauty products of all times, it’s inexpensive and very versatile.

You can use it in a foot bath to neutralize bacteria, mix it with water to make toothpaste, you can also try mixing a teaspoon of baking soda with your regular shampoo to exfoliate your scalp once a month or use the same mixture as a mild face scrub!

Try a DIY face scrub with some shampoo and baking soda.


Apart from being delicious to eat, honey is antibacterial, moisturizing and anti-inflammatory. When applied to the skin it is a humectant –retains moisture– and emollient –prompts soft skin–, so it is an excellent ingredient for your face masks.

Apart from being delicious to eat, honey is antibacterial, moisturizing and anti-inflammatory.

Bonus: DIY hair mask

Mix two tablespoons of honey with one cup of yogurt and one teaspoon of coconut oil. Apply to your hair, leave for 10 minutes, rinse thoroughly then shampoo and condition as normal. The result: super silky hair!


Oats are great for all skin types, and they contain plenty of saponins –a natural cleanser to help unclog the pores. They are anti-inflammatory, so they can help to soothe itchy skin.

Bonus: DIY anti-inflammatory paste

As oats are low-irritant and anti-inflammatory, you can try soaking oats in milk, mix to a paste and apply to the itchy skin, then rinse with warm water.

Bonus: DIY anti-inflammatory paste

Olive oil

Olive oil is amazing for the skin because is rich in vitamins A, E, D and K. You can use it to remove your makeup, you can comb your hair with a few drops of olive oil for super healthy hair and you can try it as a moisturizer –mind you: use it sparingly on the skin because it can clog your pores.

Be sure to use extra virgen olive oil as it is the purest.

Brown sugar

Its grainy texture makes it a great exfoliator, it’s high in vitamin B –an antioxidant that helps protect your skin from UV rays.

Sugar lip scrub.

Bonus: DIY brown sugar scrub

Mix a spoonful of brown sugar with honey to exfoliate your facial skin or grab a teaspoon of brown sugar and mix with a little almond or olive oil as a lip scrub!

Chia seeds

Chia seeds are high in omega 3, and the oils in chia seeds give your skin a hydration boost.

Bonus: DIY chia seed face mask

Mix honey and mashed strawberries together and add chia seeds and apply it for 10 minutes to your face.

Chia seeds are high in omega 3, and the oils in chia seeds give your skin a hydration boost.

Reasons why you should go for DIY natural beauty routines

It is inexpensive, you can get creative, and the most important is that it is greener: you’ll be sparing the environment from unnecessary packaging.

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Cathy Mason

Cathy has spent most of her professional life discovering homemade beauty remedies, old and new. Using her extensive knowledge of natural ingredients, Cathy will provide expert advice on how to tackle everyday skincare problems with straightforward natural lotions and potions. + info

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