Many commercially made body and hair products contain chemicals such as parabens and silicone-based ingredients that can dry out our skin and hair, causing damage. Switch up your routine by using a handful of ingredients found in the kitchen for a more natural hair and skin treatment. These quick and effective concoctions are some of Martyna Angell’s favourites.

Egg Yolk Hair Masque

Egg yolks are a fantastic mineral and fat source for dry life-less hair. For medium-length hair, mix together 2 egg yolks with 1 tablespoon lemon juice and 2 tablespoons almond oil. Apply to brushed hair starting at the ends and working your way up to the roots. Leave in for 30 minutes before rinsing and following with a gentle shampoo wash and conditioner. Apply this treatment once a week for soft shiny locks. It works wonders on hair that’s exposed to heat and product from styling.

Coconut Oil Hair and Hand Moisturiser

Coconut oil is a great natural moisturiser for hair and hands, especially handy for cooks who tend to over-wash hands leaving the skin tired and dry. To treat dry hair, simply apply melted coconut oil to ends and leave in for 20 minutes before washing off with a gentle natural shampoo. Apply a small amount to hands during the day and in the evening, avoiding excessive sun exposure.

Sugar and Almond Oil Facial Exfoliator

I’m all for cutting sugar in the diet, but sugar granules, especially the unrefined kind like coconut or demerara, make for a fabulous homemade exfoliator. Combine 2 tablespoons unrefined sugar with a tablespoon of lemon juice and enough almond, macadamia or olive oil to make a paste. Apply to face and neck (best to do so in the shower) and massage gently to remove dead skin. Follow with a natural moisturiser. Avoid excessive sun exposure for 24 hours after treatment.

Apple, Lemon and Honey Blemish Blaster

Combine 1/2 finely grated apple with a teaspoon of lemon juice and a tablespoon of active honey such as Manuka. Apply to whole face, paying attention to acne-prone areas. Leave on for 10 minutes then rinse off with warm water and follow with a natural moisturiser.

Full Body Coffee Scrub

Ground coffee works wonders to exfoliate dead skin cells and promote blood circulation in the skin. It is especially good for cellulite-prone areas like butt and thighs. Combine 1/4 cup coarsely ground coffee with 2 tablespoons almond oil and enough water to make a paste. Apply all over body (best to do this in the shower) and massage gently to remove dead skin and promote circulation. Rinse off. Follow with a good natural moisturiser.