Are you laughing about my husband guest posting and writing about beauty aids?

I am. By the end you will be too…

Beauty aids… in your kitchen?

We’ve all heard the saying, “You are what you eat.”

How much truth is there to that saying? Maybe more than you might think.

Just Google “foods used in cosmetics” and you’ll get a surprising number of results. You’ll find out about Innéov the ill-fated joint venture of l’Oreal and Nestlé, two of the world’s largest manufacturers of cosmetics and foods, respectively. This company produced a type of “beauty pill” that claimed to create “beauty from within” by creating the appearance of tighter skin in its target market – women over 40. It seems this company failed to produce products that lived up to the lofty claims and even after 12 years was not able to create a commercial success.

While Innéov might make an interesting business school case study, here at WeTalkHealthy, we are more interested in applying real-life tips and practices to improve our health. That said, you might be more interested in some of the top search results that you can try yourself at home. Of the 30+ tips we found that use foods in homemade cosmetics, we picked a handful of our favorites to share, listed in alphabetical order. Full disclosure: These may or may not include some of the favorite foods around our house.

Apple Cider Vinegar Toner: Be on the lookout for an upcoming article about the benefits of drinking apple cider vinegar. In the meantime, mist or dab a mixture of 1-part apple cider vinegar to 2-parts water on your skin to tighten pores and lock in moisture.

Avocado Face Mask: Mash up an avocado with some honey and hot water to create a face mask that will leave your skin soft and smooth. That, is if you don’t mind passing up a great opportunity for guacamole.

Baking Soda “Toothpaste”: When I was growing up and we ran out of toothpaste, my mom would mix baking soda and peroxide for us to use until she got to the store. My brother and I thought she was crazy, that is, until the big toothpaste companies came out with there versions of baking soda and peroxide toothpaste. I can say, without hesitation, that the store-bought versions taste much better than the homemade version.

Chocolate Face Mask: Speaking of how these things taste, the only one that sounds more delicious than this one is the next one. Mix equal parts melted chocolate, heavy whipping cream and honey. This is supposed to rejuvenate, hydrate and sooth your face; however, I don’t know anyone with the will power to try it.

Honey and Brown Sugar Scrub: Fill a baby food jar two-thirds of the way with honey and add enough brown sugar to nearly fill the jar mix in with a halved vanilla bean. This sticky concoction will keep your skin smooth, not to mention smelling great. Keep it tightly closed (to keep out ants) and near the shower so you can wash off the sticky and keep the smooth.

So, the next time you need a sugar or chocolate fix, consider using it on your skin as a calorie-free alternative.

Post Script:

Nicole was laughing that I decided to write an article about beauty. The funny part is that it all started when I started researching argan oil – the product that has become ubiquitous in our bathrooms at home. I was amazed to find out that it is not only a traditional Moroccan cosmetic treatment, it is also eaten on bread. Funnier than that was the picture I found of goats climbing argan trees to eat the fruits. The traditional way to harvest the argan nuts is from the poop of such goats. That was the funniest part of all – to think that people are treating their hair with goat poo.

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