Make your own beauty products from last night's leftovers

Make your own beauty products from last night's leftovers

Breakfast fodder beauty

As a country we throw away 1.5 million tonnes, the equivalent of a fridge full of food every month. And when it comes to fruit and veg, we're especially guilty of binning more than we need to, especially the bits we can't eat like the skin and pulp, which are far too good to end up at the bottom of the bin. In fact, the benefits all of us know about eating plenty of fruit are even more concentrated when we apply them directly to our skin, meaning it's time to move your fruit bowl into your beauty cupboard.

Bananas make a perfect facemask and it's not just the pulp that does the hard work. The skin, which we'd normally just throw away without a second's thought, is actually full of vitamins A, B and E, which work wonders on keeping your skin moisturised, taut and glowing.  Just blend the pulp and scraped-off skin into a blender to make a paste and then pamper. Keep what you don't use in the freezer with a squeeze of orange added to make it last.

And if you're not a banana fan, avocado makes a great mask too- and what's more avocado can fight ageing and eliminate age spots. Because it's so creamy, it will also give really dry skin an intense refresh as well as leaving your pores clear and healthy.

Cucumbers aren't just for show when you're having a facial. They actually soothe both your eyes and face as well as reducing any puffiness after a hard day.

DIY with dairy

Why waste money on expensive creams when you can cover your face in leftover milk or mayonnaise from your own fridge? It might sound daft but both will leave your face feeling clean, fresh and rejuvenated when you rinse it off off after 20 minutes or so.

Oatmeal is also a star for making you look and feel fresher. Simply mix it with hot water, plain yoghurt, honey and egg whites. 

How do you like your eggs in the morning? On your face might not be such an unusual answer. Egg whites make a great face mask that will tighten pores whilst moisturising your skin. It's especially good if you have oily skin or get whiteheaded spots.  

Do you remember putting lemon juice on your face when you were younger to try and get rid of freckles? Well while that was a bit of an old wives' tale, it is true that lemon juice is good for putting on your face as it's full of vitamin C, A and B. Try mixing with sugar for an exfoliating treatment. On it's own it'll treat spots well too as it's a natural antiseptic.

Berry pretty make-up

Going berry picking anytime soon? The contents of your wicker basket won't just be good for your fruity pies, they'll also make a great addition to your make-up bag.

Blackberries with their colourful juices are perfect for a lip stain that will look lovely and natural, without drying out your lips. It'll also last all day, no matter how much fruit pie you eat! You also get bonus points as you'll be adding antioxidants directly to your skin.

Cherries, like blackberries, make a wonderful lip product too, especially if you suit a darker red colour. And it can double up as a blush for your cheeks.

Raspberries and strawberries do a great job on your lips and cheeks too, depending on the shade you are after, as well as a pretty eyeshadow.

And when you're ready to wipe it all off at the end of the day, use olive oil instead of make-up wipes full of chemicals. And don't worry, it won't leave your skin feeling greasy- it in fact does the opposite by counteracting grease on your skin.

For heavenly hair

A cup of chamomile tea isn't just a good idea to help you unwind before bed. Pouring it over your hair (once it's cooled!) before you shampoo and conditioner will help sort out any fly-away split ends. Don't throw away your English breakfast tea bag either. This works a treat on dark circles under your eyes thanks to the caffeine and tannins it contains- just make you sure you let it cool first.

If you've had a party or get-together, you can make use of any last leftovers of beer in the shower. As flat beer contains yeast, it's terrific for adding thickness and volume to your hair. Simply pour it through your locks after you've shampooed. Just rinse well afterwards to get rid of that brewery smell.

Coconut oil appears in most conditioners but you can get many of the same benefits by using a tin of the stuff from the supermarket. Olive oil is also good for conditioning as well as adding shine.