The surprising skin care ingredients hiding in your kitchen

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CHAMOMILE TEA BAGS

If you’re plagued by dark and puffy under-eye circles, help comes in the form of a your morning beverage. According to Livestrong.com, tea bags contain two important compounds – caffeine and tannins (anti-inflammatory astringents)– that reduce those pesky, puffy areas. Steep your tea bags in boiling water for five minutes, pop them in the fridge to cool, and then do a little at-home spa with each bag covering an entire eye area. We recommend chamomile because of its added anti-inflammatory properties. Your tired eyes will be instantly refreshed.

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BASIL

We always knew basil was a delicious addition to tomato sauce, but for our hair – yuck! Well, we’re singing a different tune now that we know a little crushed up fresh basil leaves mixed with water creates a paste that’s perfect for repairing dry and dull sun-damaged hair.

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GARLIC

Garlic was once known to ward off Dracula and his buddies, but we’ve discovered cloves of this pungent cooking ingredient can also scare off the unfriendly visitors to our skin – zits! Ayurvedic healers believe the antioxidant properties in garlic can help heal acne scars and prevent new blemishes from forming. You can apply fresh garlic juice directly onto a newly formed pimple, or dilute with water and cleanse with a washcloth. If the smell offends you, simply soak peeled cloves in milk for an hour.

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EGG WHITES

Egg whites are lauded for their health benefits, but we’re currently way more into their anti-aging properties. Used in a mask, egg whites can tighten and firm sagging skin. Simply whip the egg whites in a bowl, whisk, and apply to skin. After thirty minutes, skin will be bright and refreshed, as if you’ve just received a facial. Other benefits of egg whites include oil reduction and whitehead removal. Now that’s what we like to hear!

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AVOCADO

Avocados aren’t just for guacamole. This superfood fights aging and provides intense moisture for dry skin, and can also help get rid of age spots while leaving pores free and clear. A face mask containing the fruit is all you need to benefit from its healing properties.

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BROWN SUGAR

Healthy, radiant skin begins with exfoliation, but there’s no need to spend money on costly scrubs. Brown sugar granules clear away dead skin just as well, if not better, than any drug store product. Combine a half of a cup with a few tablespoons of olive oil and some water, pour the mixture in an empty jar, and you’re good to go.

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SOUR CREAM

It can be hard to find products that won’t irritate sensitive skin, but sour cream, which includes lactic acid, smoothes and nourishes gently. The acid is a type of alpha hydroxyl acid, found in many skin care products, and works to improve skin tone and texture. Apply a tablespoon of the full-fat variety and leave on your face for 20 minutes for a healthy, glowing complexion.

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APPLE JUICE

This kiddie favorite can act as a natural toner and astringent. Apply to the face with cotton balls to tighten pores and restore your skin’s pH balance, restoring moisture to your skin where it needs it.

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CORNSTARCH

For an oily complexion, a loose powder can be a lifesaver, but with just a few swipes of cornstarch applied gently to the skin, there’s no need for a store-brought product. Apply the cornstarch just as you would your favorite setting powder – you can even place it inside an empty compact! Your complexion will stay matte and free of shine all day.

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WASABI

Wasabi is known for being super-spicy, but it can also seriously spice up your lips. Apply a small amount of wasabi paste directly onto lips for a seriously pumped up pout. Who needs injections and fillers when you can get a natural remedy at the grocery store?

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BEER

For fine hair, beer is an easy solution to obtaining thicker strands. After shampooing, rinse hair with a can of flat beer. The yeast plumps up the hair shaft, resulting with a more voluminous style. Just be sure to rinse well with plenty of water and conditioner after!

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ONION

Are you growing out your eyebrows? Onions are the most natural (if not the most pungent) solution. The sulphur in onion juice can aid in speedy regrowth of eyebrow hair, so grind one up and apply the juice to a cotton ball. Rub directly under eyebrows for best results.

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Drugstores and department store cosmetic counters are always hawking the newest beauty product with the latest technology, promising to make hair fuller and shiner and skin smooth and wrinkle-free.

It's easy to get caught up in all the fancy verbiage and scientific lingo, but we often forget that the next best medicine cabinet is actually our kitchen pantry. There are some seriously surprising foods, including egg whites, garlic, and wasabi, that contain healing and revitalizing properties to improve your skin and hair just as well (if not better) than any big-name product from the drugstore can.

Click through the gallery to find out which foods made our cut for the best beauty remedies straight from your kitchen pantry. You won't believe what we found!

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