Home is where the beauty is

Inspired by our theme of health, we decided to try out some homemade healthy beauty treatments to see if they were truly effective and worth the effort.

All three treatments were made with products and supplies found in our kitchen, so grocery shopping  and a trip to the drug store were not necessary for this endeavour. We broke each creation down and reviewed its quality in the aftermath of the trial-runs.

1. Oatmeal face mask

Ingredients: 1/3 cup of oatmeal, 1/2 cup of hot water, 2 tbsp of honey, 2 tbsp of plain yogurt, 1 egg white.

Directions: Mix the hot water with the oatmeal and let it sit for two to three minutes. Mix in the egg white, yogurt and honey and stir until it’s all blended. Apply a thin layer to your face and let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse it off with warm water.

Review: The texture of the mask definitely leaves something to be desired. It was still very chunky and little bits of oatmeal kept falling off. About five minutes in it started to tingle, but this may have been because of the use of flavoured vanilla yogurt as opposed to the plain yogurt the ingredient list called for. It was tougher than expected to rinse off, but the skin instantly felt smoother after using it. The yogurt moisturized while the oatmeal soothed. Overall, the treatment was worth having stray pieces of oatmeal left around the hairline.


2. Coffee grounds scrub

Ingredients: 2 cups of raw coffee grounds, 1 cup of raw sugar, 2 tbsp of coconut oil, a few drops of vanilla extract.

Directions: Mix the coffee grounds, raw sugar and coconut oil together. When relatively smooth, add in a few drops of vanilla extract. Put into a container or mason jar for storage and use on body when showering.

Review: The scent of the body scrub is awesome and smells better than most store-bought scrubs on the market. The scrub provides instant relief for dry or irritated skin, so no lotion is required after showering. The one downfall was the mess. The coffee grounds make for a messy tub, but other than the clean-up, this concoction gets two thumbs up.


3. Hair repair treatment

Ingredients: 2 tbsp of coconut oil, 1 tbsp of virgin olive oil.

Directions: Mix coconut oil and olive oil in a small bowl together. Apply mixture from root to tip and pull your hair into bun. Put on shower cap if you have one. Leave for 15-30 minutes.

Review: It was necessary to shampoo hair twice due to the density of the oil, but the hair definitely felt thicker and more nourished. In the future, when putting the mixture in your hair, we recommend applying it about two inches away from the scalp to avoid excessive oil at the hairline.