Gelatin: A Thing Of “Beauty”!

gelatin beauty usesAs many of you know, I live in the state of Utah, U.S.A. — Land of GREEN JELLO!

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:


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Hair Mask

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.



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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!



gelatin beauty uses

Exfoliating Cleanser

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.



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Pore Strips

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.



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Face Mask

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.



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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.



gelatin beauty uses

Shampoo Additive

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.



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Hair Gel 

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.



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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?   :-)


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  1. Melissa says

    Here is a question: Do you think it would work with the grated soap based homemade products? i.e. shampoo, liquid hand soap, etc.

  2. Lynn says

    My son has started using baking soda/vinegar instead of shampoo because I refused to buy it anymore. He just asked last night if there is a way to thicken it. I didn’t even think of this! Thank you for making him happy!

  3. Shana says

    When I first saw that green jello mold I thought, oh no! Jillee has disappointed me by posting a how to on jello molds-nooo!!! (I dislike Jello very much, lol). But, I trust you, so I started reading, and as usual, I will use EVERY ONE of these ideas!! How do you do it, my friend, I will never know!! But I am so grateful to have found you and this wonderful site!!!


    • fairy khan says

      Just a little tip well i wanna to use these tips right away too and i happen to remember seeing a bag of unflavored gelatin so i did the face mask well my skin came out extra soft and clean but i lost half my right eye brow hahahaha TOO IMPATIENT so i thought i wud soften it with warm water next time and i thought i will share my experience

  4. SuSu says

    Thanks for all the great posts. Do you know of agar powder will work instead of gelatin in these recipes? I know you can use it as a substitute for food recipes, but wondering if you ran across anything during your research.

  5. says

    Oh my gosh! Another genius idea! I have been ALL OVER the oxygen peroxide uses (did you know that if you use it on your face, it reduces redness?? that was an accidental use)–I’m going to have to check out some of these awesome tips!

  6. Katherine says

    The pore strips work, but it does smell. This is great if you have blackheads on your cheeks, chin, and forehead because the ones sold in the store are usually just for your nose. Even the ones you can apply elsewhere are small (not to mention expensive!). This is great if you have a lot of area to cover but don’t want to spend a lot of money. Just make sure it dries super hard- a lot of people take it off to early and are disappointed.

  7. Brenda DeGood says

    Thanks for all of your hard work, Jillee!!! I am subscribed to your page in every way possible (Facebook, Pinterest boards, and Email!!!) I look forward to all of your great ideas!!! In regards to taking gelatin internally, you brought out a memory that I had forgotten about!!! I distinctly remember my Step-Mother having a package of gelatin on the bathroom vanity. When my preteen self inquired why she had “dessert” in her bathroom, she told me that she drank a glass of water with one Tbs of gelatin dissolved in it EVERY day!!

    • says

      You are welcome Brenda! Thanks for taking time to leave such a nice comment. :-) So glad you like the website! Grandma had dessert in her bathroom! That’s so cute. :-)

  8. Michele says

    Thanks, Jillee. for once again giving us so many fun ideas! I hope you enjoy cooking them up. :)

    Your ideas dominate my Pinterest board “DIY Beauty,” and are a strong presence on “Fab Fixes and Formulas.” You make even my Pinterest boards interesting!