Jamie Bitzenhofer has a B.A. with a double major in English and political science. She also has an M.A. with a specialization in Eastern Europe. She spent five years living in Asia and Europe and has recently returned to the US.
I like to bake, and I love to eat what I bake. This is, sadly, a loss-loss situation for my hips. But, I have found one way that my penchant for the sweet stuff can fit into my beauty regime and even save me some dough. I call it the Oatmeal Cookie Recipe because the same ingredients that make a batch of cookies help keep my skin smooth and my pores pretty for cheap.
Do you know that some people swear by oatmeal for treating acne? It also soothes rashes and sunburns. Get the benefits of oats by whipping up a quick and easy face mask. Grind two tablespoons of oats in a coffee grinder or blender. Then, make a paste by adding a teaspoon of baking soda and a little bit of water. Apply it to your face, let it dry and rinse.
Try the trick that Cleopatra and Elizabeth I used, and bathe like a queen. Milk has tons of lactic acid, which is one of those alpha hydroxy acids (like they stick in every beauty product ever). This makes it an excellent skin softener as it sloughs off dead skin cells and aids skin renewal. Pour some milk, or use the powdered stuff, into your bath with the water and enjoy. Simple as that!
Sugar is a great exfoliator for your body. But, store-bought sugar scrubs can cost a fortune. Try this instead: Mix one cup of equal parts regular and demerara sugar (or whatever you have) with half a cup of coconut or almond oil, one teaspoon of vanilla extract, half a teaspoon of vitamin E oil and a dash of cinnamon. Put it into a container with a screw-on lid and it’ll keep for two months.
Next time someone tells you that you have eggs on your face, don’t take offense. Egg is just about the best thing there is for pores. Here’s a simple way to cleanse and brighten your skin: Take an egg white (save the yolk) and beat it with a fork in a small bowl until it starts to froth. Then dab it all over your skin. Let it dry, then rinse.
Now about that yolk, it’s an excellent hair conditioner. Just mix it in a bowl and apply it in the shower after you shampoo. Rinse twice as it can weigh the hair down if it isn’t completely washed out. Also, use lukewarm water unless you want to scramble your head, trust me.
Now, if I could only find something to do with the butter . . .