People need food to survive, we also find pleasure in eating, therefore we make regular trips to the grocery stores and farmers' markets to get fresh produce, dairy, baked goods and different snacks. Next time you're shopping, take a look around you and consider the fact that food has also been used in beauty regimen for ages, and even though there are plenty of cosmetics that are advertised to work magic on you, there are still some great treatments using food, that are worth trying.

Moisturizing creams and lotions are said to keep moisture, but first you have to hydrate from within. Drinking a lot of water will help you, as will green tea which additionally works wonders for your digestive system. If all those moisturizing bath oils and salts are too harsh for you, follow Cleopatra's example and enrich your bath water with milk mixed with honey. Additionally, if you have very sensitive skin, you can add some oats to relieve any rashes and allergic reactions.

Honey is great not only for baths, but it's also a key ingredient of many scrubs. If you'd like to have soft, smooth lips, just mix some coarse sugar with honey and rub it in to exfoliate and moisturize. Add some lemon juice and you'll have a body scrub that will work just as well as it will smell. If you're not afraid of delicious scent lingering around you, mixing up honey, olive oil and lemon juice makes a fragrant moisturizer, which you should keep on for about ten minutes and then rinse off.

Since your face is out there for everybody to see, you may want to try some tricks that are used even by movie stars and models working for top couture designers. For dark circles and puffy eyes, place chilled cucumber slices on your skin and relax. If you're tired, lukewarm chamomile teabags will work on puffiness and red eyes. But remember, as much as natural ingredients and drugstore cosmetics help, nothing beats a good night's sleep when it comes to eye care.

Of course your face is much more than just the eyes, so pick up some fruits and apply generously. For problems with breakouts try sliced and mashed strawberries, simply instead of eating them apply them to your face to let them work their magic. Avocados are a great source of vitamin E, so mash one and apply to your face, and if you have some leftover, you can double up on the vitamin by adding some pepper and eating it on baked mini pita bread.

Food is excellent to make scrubs, moisturizers, bleaches for both your elbows and clothes, so if you'd like to go green or are concerned with all the chemicals you apply to your skin, try making different cosmetics using items from your fridge and pantry. One month should be enough to let you see what works and what doesn't, and since it won't increase your expenses, it might be a fun experiment. You may find that treating your hair with olive oil before shampooing leaves them nicer than any expensive conditioner, or that fresh coffee grinds make not only fragrant beverage, but also an invigorating body scrub.