It’s becoming quite a thing now; what to do with your food waste. From compost to crackers, there are so many things you can turn your waste into, part of the fun is in deciding how to use it.
Homemade beauty products are cheap, easy and a sustainable way of looking after your skin. You know the ingredients you’re using, it’s as fresh and natural as it comes and it’s often the best way to get a healthy glow on.
I regularly make my own oil blends for cleansing and moisturising, but when it comes to a little pamper sesh – the food waste bin is a great place to start.
1. Banana masks
When you can’t be bothered to use your brown bananas for baking, or you have ample banana skins – blitz them up and create a yummy face mask.
Banana’s have active enzymes that help to revitalise the skin, as well as nourishing the skin cells with vitamins, magnesium and potassium.
How to: Whilst it works great as a lone mask, if you have other products to use up you could try try adding natural yoghurt, a drop of honey or even oats. Apply to your face and rest for 15 minutes. Wash off with warm water.
2. Coffee scrubs
Coffee is part of my daily ritual and I like to get the good stuff. An independent roaster and organic beans – ground to perfection for my morning aeropress. Yet after making my brew, the coffee granules usually head straight for the compost bin. Cue the coffee scrub… incredible for your skin, great for boosting circulation and for brunettes; an incredible scalp scrub too, which will leave your locks super shiny.
How to: Collect your ground coffee over a few days in a mason jar (but even if you don’t drink coffee, plenty of coffee shops now give away free coffee granules for others to use as compost!), once you have 2-3 days worth, mix in a few tbsp of organic coconut oil and you have yourself a gorgeous body scrub.
3. Smashed avo masks
Whilst you’d be pretty crazy to let an avocado go brown without eating it first, it happens sometimes – and when it gets past the edible stage, it’s just too devastating to throw away.
Cue, the avocado mask. For hair and/or face; the hydrating, moisturising properties of avocados is a great one for dry or tired skin and hair.
How to: Blend the avocado with a little honey for the face or a few tablespoons of water to thin for a hair mask. Smooth onto the skin or hair and let the magic happen for 20 minutes.
4. Herbal tea eye + skin fresheners
If you’re a frequent tea drinker and anything like me, you’ll top up your cup a few times to get the most out of the tea bag before it’s fit for the trash. But next time you’ve finished sipping, send your tea bag to the fridge instead of the bin.
How to: Tea brands with all natural ingredients and blends such as chamomile, rose and green tea are perfect to freshen up tired skin and eyes. Simply place your cooled teabags onto your eyes and lay back for 10-15 minutes. Alternatively dip the bags in a little water and rub the chilled bag over the skin for a refreshing toner.