MILWAUKEE -- Instead of spending big bucks on the latest creams, powders or gels, try using beauty products straight from your refrigerator or pantry.
As a matter of fact, some women go to their kitchen for beauty care.
TODAY’S TMJ4 met Milwaukee Holistic Skin Care Practitioner Susan Schmidt who believes that if you can eat it, it's good enough to go on your skin and hair.
“When you look at a package, if there are 57 ingredients, how much of that is actually getting down into the dermis?” Schmidt asked.
With the help of client Brenda Smoody, Schmidt showed us how the following six items can be used for beauty care: Apple cider vinegar, coconut oil, brown sugar, baking soda, green tea, and castor oil.
Schmidt said apple cider vinegar as a facial toner.
“It can neutralize the PH of your skin,” Schmidt explained.
Coconut oil can be used to shave your legs. Smoody said it’s a great replacement for shaving cream, especially if you’re in a rush.
“If you're in a pinch and you don't want to jump in the shower, I would just put that on,” she added.
Schmidt said if you add brown sugar and baking soda to the coconut oil, then you have a facial scrub.
“The simpler it is [and] the more we can take in, the less our skin has to process and think about it," Schmidt explained.
Green tea can be used to de-puff your under eyes. Schmidt suggested leaving the tea bags in cold water before applying.
“Green tea is known to be a detox [drink]."
“It will actually boost your lymphatic system," she continued.
Lastly, some people swear that castor oil helps their eyelashes and eyebrows grow.
In total, the six items Schmidt used totaled around $40. It will only cost that much, if you don't already have those products in your house.