The normal lipstick that I get from the local Target usually costs me somewhere between $5-$12 depending on how frugal I need to be that week. However, these lipsticks have tons of harmful parabens which were originally put into our food and cosmetics to keep the food from growing fungus or bacteria. Studies have now shown how harmful these parabens really are (some of the names of these parabens are propylparaben and parahydroxybenzoate) and have been associated with creating cancerous cells.
To avoid all of this I decided to try beets. Not only are beets a great source of energy and great for your blood pressure, but beets are also known for its infamously brilliant red color.
Here is a quick recipe on how to make your own natural lipstick out of beets. But I decided to try a quick and easy method. I went to the farmers market and picked up 4 beets costing a total of total $1.50 and cut them up into slices. I applied the juice from the sliced beets to my lips with a brush, lightly at first creating an original “lip stain”. Add a very small dab of Shea Butter for shine. Viola! It lasted the whole morning.
The next day I decided to put a few of the slices in a paper bag and take it to work. After lunch I reapplied and the color lasted the rest of the afternoon. These slices can last up to 10 weeks in the fridge but slicing and using as needed is always best to maximize freshness.
This is definitely not only healthy for my skin but easy on my wallet.