The foods we choose to eat on a daily basis can really make or break us. Eating natural, whole foods, whether you strive to eat less meat or are a full-blown vegan, nourishes our mind and body, gives us energy, and helps us maintain the necessary nutrients to thrive. Not only can foods replenish the inside of our bodies (like these 10 disease-fighting foods), many of these can nourish and heal what’s on the outside.  From kitchen to home spa, here are 5 foods that double as DIY beauty products:

1. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is queen when it comes to DIY beauty products. This cooking oil alternative has reached popularity in recent years and has charmed us. This oil doubles as a deep moisturizer; rub a dab of it on dry skin for a lasting moisturizer that penetrates deep below the skin’s surface without clogging your pores. Coconut oil is also great for hair; run a teaspoon through hair for a natural, hair serum that will tame fly-aways and leave your hair radiant and shinier.

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Make a body or lip scrub with equal parts brown sugar (or salt) and coconut oil. Add essential oils like lavender for a whole new level of amazing DIY scrubs.

2. Avocado

We all know that avocados provide the “good fats” in our diet. They also can nourish our face and hair. Make a DIY face mask by mashing half a ripe avocado and adding 1 Tbsp. coconut (or olive oil). Feel free to add some lemon juice into the mix so that the mask mixture can last a bit longer (and, lemons have their own beauty benefits! Read on below.)

3. Lemons

Lemons are great for making lemonade or even Shirley Temples, but they also are great to add to your beauty regime. Lemon juice has, “a natural astringent and antibacterial agent that acts as an exfoliant to help remove dead skin cells faster and prevent clogged pores,” according to LiveStrong.com. Use it to help clear acne-prone areas on your face by dipping a cotton ball/or swab into lemon juice and applying it directly to the affected area(s).

4. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar can do many things: promote healthy bacteria in the gut, relieve gas and bloating, aid in weight loss, and more. It also makes a great DIY chemical-free acne face wash and is used as a natural hair rinse. For your hair, use equal parts apple cider vinegar and water, work it in your locks, and rinse. The 50/50 formula of equal parts ACV and water also doubles as a great natural cleaner for your yoga mat!

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5. Aloe Vera

The aloe vera plant is a great addition to your home and it can be blended into drinks or can make a inexpensive DIY face mask. Aloe Vera is a great moisturizer and contains antiseptics to help clear the skin. Blend up the aloe vera gel with some lemon juice for a quick face gel. Or try blending equal parts aloe vera gel with coconut (or olive oil) for another variety. Add some brown sugar or salt to the aforementioned face mask ideas for a natural scrub.

These are just a few of the many foods in your kitchen that can double as DIY beauty products. Making your own home beauty products are not only cheaper, they are also more natural (since you know what you’re putting into these DIY products). So, think twice before you throw that last ripe avocado from your fridge or that last lemon lying on the table.

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