Oh, the dreaded time has come! It’s officially that time of the month, and you’re about ready to jump out the window in frustration. Never fear! Here is a survival guide to help you get through it, and look fabulous while doing so.
The Egg Facial – For All Skin Types
Eggs are such a powerhouse when it comes to DIY beauty! They are essential for a super quick, easy facial. And it’s something that almost everyone has in their home! If you’re in a big hurry then just using the one ingredient will give you excellent results. If you have oily skin, using the egg white will brighten and tighten your skin for a temporary face lift! Girls with dry skin can opt to use the egg yolk which will really moisturize your skin and help you look more alive. If you have normal/combination skin, you can use the whole egg for both benefits!
Now if you have a bit more time on your hands and you want to add one more ingredient to really step your facial up a notch then follow this recipe. For oily skin, mix that egg white with a few drops of lemon juice for great brightening results, and to help remove dark spots or scars. Dry skin mix the egg yolk with olive oil for a radiant glow!
Baking Soda Facial Scrub
This scrub is especially good for those with acne prone skin. But it isn’t too harsh so it can be used by all skin types. Just mix 1 tbsp baking soda, 1 tsp honey, and a few drops of olive oil. If you want it to be a bit more exfoliating you can also mix in a bit of white or brown sugar.
Korokke – Japanese Potato Croquette
- 4 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into quarters
- 1 cup green onion, finely chopped
- 1 carrot, finely chopped
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 eggs, beaten
- Flour and breadcrumbs for cooking
- Canola oil for frying
- Boil potatoes in a pot of water until softened.
- Drain the water.
- Thoroughly mash the potatoes until they are sticky.
- Heat some oil in a pan and sauté the carrot.
- Mix mashed potatoes, green onion, and carrot in a bowl.
- Add sesame oil, soy sauce, and salt and pepper to season. Mix well.
- Let the potatoes cool.
- Make small round patties out of the potatoes.
- Coat them in flour, then eggs, and lastly break crumbs.
- Deep fry until browned.
An extremely simple recipe with few ingredients, but the result is absolutely delicious! This chicken is a huge hit with everyone in my family, young and old.
- Two small chicken breast
- 7 tbsp soy sauce
- 6 tbsp mirin
- 4 tsp ginger
- Corn starch for coating
- Canola oil for frying
- Mix soy sauce, mirin, and ginger in a small bowl.
- Marinate the chicken with the mixture for 45-60 minutes
- Preheat oil in a deep pan
- Remove chicken from marinade and lightly coat chicken with starch
- Deep fry until cooked through
Brown Sugar Scrub
Another super simple, but luxurious DIY recipe. This recipe is similar to a really expensive body scrub that my mom loves. I told her that I could probably recreate it with even better results, and I was right! The version I made is much gentler on the skin, and lacks the oily residue the store bought one has. And unlike the store bought version, you can also use this on your face! It’s a great exfoliate but isn’t too harsh for the face. Honey is great for healing pimples or scars, and olive oil is really great for moisturizing as well as anti-aging.
All you need is:
½ cup brown sugar
2 tbsp honey
1 tsp olive oil
Mix all those ingredients together and you’re good to go!
Oatmeal Facial Scrub
This is probably the best DIY beauty recipe out there. Why? It’s super easy, but it feels unbelievably awesome on the skin. There’s only one ingredient! Oatmeal. Super simple right? All you need is plain oatmeal and some water. Mix half a cup of oatmeal with ¼ cup of warm water, or more or less depending on your preference. Then use it as a scrub, or cleanser! It’s especially nice in the morning because it’s nice and gentle. This recipe is perfect for sensitive skin and leaves the skin feeling unbelievably soft!