Put Your Thanksgiving Leftovers to Work as Anti-Aging Products

Body scrub ingredients

The meal has been eaten, the dishes are clean and now you are facing a fridge full of leftover food. Instead of figuring out how to face down the mountain of goodies that threaten to tempt your taste buds and waistline, why not put those leftovers to good use? Many of the things you use for holiday baking and cooking also make great anti-aging products for your face, body and hair!

Eggs Now that the pies have been baked and the rolls have been made, you may have more than a few leftover eggs. The whites make a great facial mask! Toss out the yolk and whisk the white until it froths. Spread the mixture over your face, avoiding the eye area, and relax while it dries. Rinse with warm water and Voila! Instant facial!

Cookies Did your holiday plans involve making cookies? If so, the ingredients to a great body scrub are sitting right in your cupboard. Here’s an easy recipe: ½ cup ground almonds, ½ cup ground oatmeal, ½ cup packed dark brown sugar, ¼ cup almond oil, 1 tsp. vanilla extract. Mix into a paste and either use on yourself or put in pretty decorative jars to give as gifts! Add cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg for a seasonal scrub.

Fruits and Nuts Is your hair as stressed as you were while cooking the Thanksgiving meal? There’s no need for dull, aged hair. All you need is a hair mask made from leftover fruits and nuts! This recipe will bring back that healthy shine and make your hair look healthy and glowing. Ground ¼ cup of leftover walnuts in a food processor. Mash a banana, and combine with the ground walnuts and ½ tsp. olive oil. Heat the mixture over low heat until warm. Spread on damp hair and wrap in plastic wrap and leave it to set for 15 minutes. Rinse, style, and enjoy the compliments!

Sweet potato How do we love sweet potato? Let’s count the ways! Sweet potato pie, casserole, pudding…facial? Here’s how. Take 2 ounces of cooked mashed sweet potatoes and add 1 Tbsp oatmeal, 1 Tbsp raw sugar, ½ tsp. olive, almond, or other oil and a pinch of nutmeg. Mix it all together to make a thick paste, adding more oatmeal for thickness or more liquid to thin it. Apply to face and neck, and leave on for 5-8 minutes. Rinse with warm water, and pat skin dry.

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