How To Use Your Leftovers For DIY Beauty


One person’s trash is another person’s…beauty treasure?! Yes, it’s true! At this very moment your garbage might contain a slew of skincare goodies you’re putting to waste. So before you takeout the trash, check this list first to uncover the benefits of disposables (like eggshells and coffee grinds) and then reuse, reuse, reuse! And they say our culture is wasteful.

Coffee Grounds
Uses: face and body scrub, cellulite treatment, eye de-puffer

Coffee not only gives you a jolt in the morning, it can reawaken your cell growth too. Use your old grounds (cooled to room temp, of course) as a mild exfoliate for your face and body–the grainy texture will slough off dead skin cells to reveal a fresh complexion. Add a bit of sugar if you want a deeper scrub, and some oil if you’re in need of some moisturizing. Buffing with coffee grinds is also said to reduce the appearance of cellulite by promoting circulation-so drink an extra cup for your thighs! Puffy eyes? Coffee can help with that too! Place some grinds under your eyes and rinse away after a few minutes for a fresh, alert look.

Banana Peels
Uses: acne treatment, teeth whitener, skin soother, hydrating facial mask

Banana peels are incredible for treating acne. Simply cut a small piece of peel and rub the inside over the affected areas and you should see some results in about a week. Do the same thing to your teeth for a few minutes each day for a whiter smile. But that’s not all–banana peels can also help bring relieve when applied over warts, bug bites and psoriasis outbreaks. A super quick trick for a hydrating facial: apply several strips of peel to your entire face, leave for an hour and voila! Instant radiance.

Uses: facial mask, acne spot treatment, nail art embellishment

We all know how great eggs are in DIY hair and face masks–and the shells have a use now too! Eggshells can help moisturize and replenish the appearance and texture of skin. Take a few shells and turn them into a fine dust either in a food processor or by putting them into a ziplock bag and smashing with a rubber mallet. Add some water and an egg white to the dust, whisk together and apply to your face. Let it dry, then rinse off. Your skin will feel tighter, smoother and refreshed. Another trick: peel off the super thin skin on the inside of the shell, and apply to a blemish or patch of blackheads. After it dries, pull it off and rinse–it has an exfoliating and skin-clearing effect. Lastly, and perhaps most unexpectedly, you can use shell pieces in your nail art! Create a mosaic effect over polish or a natural base and seal with a top coat. This especially makes sense to try around Easter when you have a plethora of beautifully dyed shells that you’d normally toss out.

Wine Corks
Uses: Smokey Eye Liner (trust me on this one!)

Some people use old wine bottles as vases and decor, but did you know that the cork can actually be used as eyeliner? It might sound old school but you can use this trick to get perfectly kohl-rimmed smokey eyes in a pinch. Let me preface this by saying I highly suggest you try this before drinking the wine from said bottle, or else things might get ugly. All you have to do is simply burn the cork with a lighter for a second, then blow out to extinguish. Let it cool for 30seconds then using your brush, finger, or the cork, lightly smudge the cork around your eye. It must be something about the cork creating nice smudgable ash, but it really works!

Are you into DIY beauty? What are some of your fave tricks and recipes? Share them below!

Peace Love and Lipgloss xx


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