How to Make Edible Beauty Products

Photo: Jack Fussell Did you know the same fresh, natural foods that you eat everyday can do wonders when applied to your skin? Fruits, vegetables, seeds, grains, and fats contain numerous vitamins, minerals, and essential oils that help keep your skin soft, smooth, even toned, and pimple free. Edible facial masks and body products are fun, easy to use, and much cheaper then department store brands, and Marcus is all about using leftovers, so why not use these ingredients in a totally different way? All you have to do is follow these simple tips and recipes to start to see the difference between store bought and homemade skin care. 

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Cleanser. Use milk to clean your face in the morning, the lactic acid will gently exfoliate the skin making it smooth and supple. To formulate a purifying mask for face and body, add 1/2 cup oatmeal to a blender or food processor and mix until it becomes a powder. Add 2 drops of almond oil, 1/4 cup of milk, and 1 egg white, and continue to combine until the liquid forms a thick mash. Apply the mask to your face, let sit for 20 minutes, then wash off with tepid water.

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Exfoliate. Take a couple of packets of sugar and add two of drops of coconut olive oil to create a paste. Gently rub the conction into your hands, elbows, knees, and feet, rinse off with warm water. A great exfoliate for the face consist of instant oatmeal mixed with water. I suggest using the instant kind for the face and the old-fashioned variety for the rest of the body. Mix one cup of course sea salt with two drops of vitamin E oil, and 1/2 cup mint or peppermint tea, rub the mixture into the skin, and wash off in the shower.  Cut a lemon in half and rub it into your face, neck, and chest. Let sit on the skin for five minutes, then wash off with cool water. This one will burn a little, but will take off any dry patches that have accumulated.

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Masks. The first treatment I want to mention evens out the skin tone, and rubs off any dry patches. First, you take honey and apply it to your face and neck, and let sit for ten minutes. Next, take a cotton ball that has been soaked in fresh grapefruit juice, and apply it on top of the honey. Let the mask sit for 5 more minutes, then wash it all off with cold water. The second mask I want to touch on keeps the face plump. All you do is mash up a couple of strawberries, mix it with plain yogurt, and put it all over your neck and face. This last mask is great for pulling the skin very tight, and making the pores invisible. What you do is separate the white of an egg, and place it into a bowl (keep the yolk and put it in your hair to boost shine). Put the egg white all over your face, neck, and behind your ears. Leave it on your face for ten minutes, then wash off with very cold water.  And voila, your skin will appear tighter and younger looking instantly.

One thing you must know before putting anything natural or unnatural on your skin is what type of epidermis you have. I have normal to dry skin, so I use a lot of foods that are nourishing and softening, but if you have oily or combination types you will want to use drying foods like citrus and sea salt. If you’re having trouble with your skin maybe you should switch to something a little more natural like honey from your local bees or milk from a farmer outside of the city. I think you will be amazed at the difference it will make for your skin and your bank account.