Why You Should Ditch Your Skincare For Kitchen Scraps

Finding the right skincare has always been a struggle for me. My face started breaking out when I was in middle school and I was absolutely horrified by what was happening to me. I slathered on traditional acne products throughout high school, but with active use they became less effective. I started experimenting with green beauty products and after many trials, I’ve come to the conclusion that my face loves food as much as my stomach does. I now make it a priority to treat my face with the nutrients that nature provides.

There's no denying the popularity of using fresh food as a beauty treatment, but we aren't talking cucumber slices on your eyes here. Fruits like avocado and banana are effective ingredients popular in both the DIY and clean beauty worlds, but these recipes can certainly be wasteful. 1.3 billion tons of food produced for human consumption is already tossed out each year. With these stats in mind, plus a lemonade out of lemons attitude, we mixed up some skincare recipes out of kitchen scraps that would otherwise go straight into our compost bin. We’re flossin’ instead of tossin’ our food waste today.

🥑   Featuring Destinee Buchanan. Photography by Chelsea Laine Francis. Styling by Fashion Editor Meggie Copeland, with an assist from Victoria Jameson and Jillian Mitchell.  🥑

Reminder: try a patch test on the skin behind your ear or on the inside of your elbow to make sure you don’t have an allergic reaction to these recipes.

Avocado Seed Grain Cleanser

You already knew avocados were the superfood of all superfoods. But did you know that not only can you eat the good fats of avocados, you can use their seeds as well? After being dried out (preferably out in the sun, or you can dehydrate them in an oven), the seeds can be ground up and used like a scrubby grain cleanser. The flavonols and essential oils in the seeds increase collagen and help prevent wrinkles. Plus, the acidic apple cider vinegar helps with acne while the olive oil moisturizes your skin.


1 avocado seed
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

Kitchen equipment

Coffee grinder


  1. Rinse avocado seed clean. Dry out in a sunny spot for 2-3 days or by using an oven. Oven preparation: Bake seeds on a sheet pan at 250 degrees for 1.5 hours, take off outer shell.

  2. Cut the avocado seed into quarters and pulse in a coffee grinder until the seed becomes the texture of a flour.

  3. In a small bowl, combine avocado seed, olive oil, and apple cider vinegar.

  4. Massage the mixture into the skin for 30 seconds.

  5. Gently rinse off with lukewarm water.

Rise and Scrub

Take your morning coffee grounds and green tea bags from your mug to your mug. Both ingredients are beneficial for your skin, especially when used together, since they’re filled with plenty of antioxidants that’ll help reduce redness and prevent blackheads. Add in agave nectar and you’ve got an antibacterial component that treats acne.


1 used green tea bag (or loose leaves)
¼ cup used coffee grounds
4 tablespoons agave nectar


  1. Mix green tea leaves, coffee grounds, and agave nectar.

  2. Gently massage on your face, avoiding delicate areas like the under eye area, and rinse off with lukewarm water.

In the U.S. alone, a consumer wastes more than 200 pounds of food in a year, so these masks are only a small part of tackling the issue of food waste. Compost is another option for reducing the impact of kitchen scraps — you can compost the pieces left from these recipes too! Reusing scraps is a simple way that nutritious foods can have a positive effect on both your skin and the Earth. ☕️🥑🍓🥕

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on February 12th, 2018.