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My 5 Favorite Pantry Items for Healthy Skin and Hair

There have been many a night that I have desperately searched Google in a skin crisis.  A typical search on acne will bring up a ton of options, including items you can find right in your kitchen.  Home remedies are attractive because most times, the ingredients are more accessible and affordable.  I’ve definitely experimented with all kinds of ingredients but find that I keep coming back to my favorite kitchen items to give my hair and skin a boost:

#1 - Honey

Honey has got to be the best kept secret in your kitchen!  It has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory qualities.  It has been used for centuries for healing wounds.  Don’t believe me?  Just try it, trust me. Manuka honey, made from bees that pollinate the native Manuka bush in New Zealand, is in a product that has been FDA approved to heal skin ulcers and wounds. I thought I had finally lost my mind when I decided to start washing my face with honey instead of soap, but it wasn’t as scary as I thought it’d be. However, I found that I wasn’t getting the honey off my face effectively enough so now I just use it as a spot treatment whenever I have a wound or popped bump on my face.  Check out my Instagram @restorednbc for a recipe for a yummy oats and honey face mask.

The darker the honey, the better, and it’s best to use honey that is raw and unheated.

#2 - Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar, or ACV, has a bunch of great properties to help you both internally and externally.  Sugar and I have a love-hate relationship.  If I consume too much, my face becomes a war zone.  Eating food that keep my blood sugar levels stable has helped. ACV has been shown to regulate blood sugar levels and lower insulin levels in diabetes patients.  Drinking about a tablespoon with at least 8 ounces of water makes my skin glow.  It’s also helpful with heart health, weight loss, sinus congestion, and sore throats, among other things.  I’m warning you now, ACV will put hair on your chest.  It’s easier to consume in apple juice.  There are also plenty of people who swear by apple cider vinegar rinses for their hair to stimulate hair growth.  I have tried it and it does help with hair shine but I got tired of walking around smelling like vinaigrette so now I use it strictly to drink.

#3 - Lemon

I would say lemons are the MVP of the food stock in my kitchen. Plus they smell heavenly.  These little gems have a running list of benefits like boosting your immune system, liver cleansing, digestive health, blood health, and help with weight loss.  Lemons are a powerful source of Vitamin C to help your body fight against all kinds of nasties.  It is often recommended to drink warm water with lemon first thing in the morning to flush and detox your system.  Doing this every morning kickstarted a 30-pound weight loss for me.  Lemon can strip the enamel from your teeth so try to drink first thing before brushing teeth or swishing your mouth with water after you drink.  

#4 - Cinnamon

Cinnamon, similar to ACV, is packed with antioxidants and can help regulate insulin and blood sugar levels.  Components of cinnamon have been shown to have anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties, which may reduce infections and help with bad breath.  You can also take cinnamon in pill form.  There are two types of cinnamon, Cassia and Ceylon.  Cassia, which is what we usually have in our kitchen, can be toxic in large doses, so be careful.  I sometimes mix cinnamon with honey and use as a spot treatment to help heal blemishes.

#5 - Olive Oil

Olive oil may be a favorite among people who love to cook but it has awesome benefits for skin and hair too.  Olive oil has three major antioxidants, of which one is vitamin E.  Its qualities help protect against skin aging, help keeps skin supple and protects against environmental damage.  I find that olive oil is too heavy for my face but it is perfect for my hair.  I heat olive oil with a few drops of argan oil, and use as a deep conditioning treatment before I wash my hair.  It helps to protect against heat damage.

Honorable Mention:  Sugar.  Exfoliation helps to get rid of dead skin cells and keep skin vibrant.  Mix 1 part sugar and 1 part of your choice of oil, scrub in the shower and rinse off.  Add more or reduce the amount of sugar based on your desired texture.  You can use regular white granulated sugar, brown sugar, or raw sugar.

What other household products have worked for you?

  • June 18, 2015
  • Tiffany A

I’m Tiffany, and the drastic changes to my skin in my late 20s, led me to start making my own skin products. I've learned that managing my eating habits, stress, and my skin regimen is helping to get my skin back on track. Now I blog about my skin struggles and what I’ve learned along the way. Check out my awesome body butters here.

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