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These ingredients you can find in your kitchen make natural and safe homemade beauty products. By Shea Rasol.

Splurged a little too much this month? Or are you simply looking for healthier and natural alternatives for your beauty regimen? You don’t have to look further than your kitchen for these common items with surprising uses.

Tea bags

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After a cup of tea, don’t throw away that soggy teabag. Squeeze out the remaining tea and chill it in the fridge for a while before carefully applying it over your eyes for about 10 minutes. The caffeine and tannins in the tea leaves can help to reduce dark circles under your eyes – a mini spa session while waiting for your tea to cool down.

Ice cubes

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The simple ice cube has its benefits too! Take an ice cube (wrapped in a cloth if you like) and rub it on your face to help tighten pores and help soothe acne. The best time to apply it is after cleansing your face and before applying makeup.

Yoghurt

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For flawless skin, try this yogurt face mask routine on a weekly basis. Mix plain yoghurt with honey and leave on your entire face for a good 15 minutes. The lactic acid in the yoghurt and minerals in the honey will help reduce redness or any itchiness. Be sure to keep a face towel handy to wipe off any runny product.

Sugar

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Give those expensive facial scrubs a pass and go natural with good ol’ sugar. Sugar can serve as an great exfoliant when mixed with any type of creamy product. Try a mixture of sugar, honey and essential oils for the face and body. The gentle scrubbing properties of sugar will leave your skin supple and soft.

Bananas

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Looking for a simple and straightforward face mask? Peel a ripe banana and mash it. Apply evenly on the face and leave for 20 minutes. Wash your face with cold water and your skin will thank you.

Coconut milk

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Say goodbye to dull and dry hair, and hello to healthier locks with this traditional Indian secret. Coconut milk mixed with some mashed avocado can help to gently moisturise your hair. Apply it when you head into the shower, leave it on while you bathe and rinse off with a mild shampoo when you’re done.

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