When the Winter Olympics were held here in 2002, one of the HOTTEST pins being traded was the Green Jello pin! :-) We know our gelatin!
But I had NO idea there were so many OTHER ways to use gelatin that have nothing to do with cooking…and everything to do with BEAUTY! :-)
Gelatin is a natural product extracted from animal skin and bone and contains collagen-like characteristics that strengthen skin elasticity as well as protein to strengthen hair and nails.
Here is a collection of beauty recipes containing this wonder ingredient:
Improve your hair’s strength and shine while protecting your hair from split ends and breakage with a gelatin hair mask.
Blend 1 tbsp. unflavored gelatin, 1 cup water, and 1 tsp. cider vinegar. Massage the gel-like mixture through shampooed hair, leave it in for 5 minutes, then rinse.
Super Strengthening Nail Soak
Put 1/2 oz. (1/2 packet) of plain gelatin in a small mixing bowl, and pour 1/2 cup boiling water over the gelatin. Mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon or a disposable stirrer. Soak nails for 10 minutes. Then rinse well.
Pour any unused gelatin mixture into a resealable container and it will keep in the fridge for about 2 months. Next time you want to pamper your nails, warm it in the microwave for a couple seconds. It will be melted quickly and be ready to use!
Add 1/2 teaspoon of cornmeal to 1/2 teaspoon of powdered gelatin to form a mixture. Apply to wet face and gently massage into the skin for exfoliation. After few minutes, rinse face with warm water.
Make your own homemade blackhead removal mask. Mix 1 tablespoon of powdered gelatin and 1 tablespoon milk in a microwave safe bowl. Heat for about ten seconds and apply to nose area with the help of a brush. Leave on face for ten minutes and then peel off.
Add 1/4 cup of powdered gelatin to 1/2 cup hot water. Stir thoroughly. To this liquid add 1/4 cup of lemon juice. Apply mixture to face with cotton ball. After ten to fifteen minutes, rinse off with warm water.
Oatmeal Honey Mask
A homemade oatmeal mask with soothing properties. Add 1/2 cup of cooked oatmeal to 1/4 cup of liquid gelatin and 1/2 teaspoon of honey. Mix ingredients together and apply to face. Leave on for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water.
For strengthening hair, increase the protein content of shampoo with gelatin!
Gelatin is a great way to instantly thicken hair. It coats each strand and gives hair volume after the first use. Pour one package of unflavored gelatin into your normal shampoo. Shake well and use as often as you wash hair. The gelatin shampoo will add texture to thin hair.
Dissolve half a teaspoon of gelatin in 1 cup warm water. Add more gelatin as needed to reach the desired consistency.
Fragrance with a few drops of your favorite essential oil (optional), and your hair gel is ready for use. Store hair gel in the refrigerator between uses.
Beauty From The Inside . . .
And even though this post is focusing on the BEAUTY benefits of gelatin…I couldn’t publish this without at least mentioning the other HEALTH benefits. Many studies have shown that taking gelatin internally can reduce the loss of bone collagen, reduce the damage caused by osteoporosis and keep your bones strong and straight. The recommended dosage is drinking a beverage of 2 heaping tsp. of unflavored gelatin powder added to 1/2 cup of fruit juice.
Now doesn’t all this information make you want to go find that little box of gelatin lurking in the back of your pantry and do something BEAUTIFUL with it? :-)