For the beauty-obsessed, dropping dough on the latest and greatest products isn’t even an afterthought. Yet as purchases pile up, there are times we wish our beloved items would go down in price.
Wishes do come true because there are a few simple tried-and-true household regimens that work wonders and don’t hurt the wallet.
Get ready to channel your inner Lancôme and try out these five do-it-yourself treatments.
Homemade Face Masks
Put that $100 gold-encrusted, caviar-infused facial mask back on the shelf. Making a facial mask is actually as easy as 1, 2, 3.
Honey has antiseptic and antimicrobial properties that are outstanding for healing skin and keeping bacteria and fungus at bay. Honey also works to brighten up the complexion.
Pair that up with organic coconut oil and lemon juice to shrink the pores and it’s recipe for success.
Coconut Oil + Honey Face Mask
Baking Soda + Orange Face Mask
Next up is a citrus treasure that will leave your skin feeling like a baby’s bottom.
Mix orange juice and baking soda into a paste. Spread a thin layer on the face, neck and décolletage.
Leave it on for 20 minutes. If there’s a tingling sensation that means it’s doing its job.
Dampen fingertips and scrub mask in a circular movement for exfoliation. Rinse and admire your fresh-faced glow in the mirror.
Homemade Body Scrubs
For ladies and gents alike, having soft, aromatic skin is one of the main beauty goals of life. What most people don’t realize is that an amazing body scrub can be conjured up by using the simplest ingredients found in the kitchen cabinet.
Here are four easy body scrub recipes for every scent-preference.
Baby Oil Beats Shaving Cream
Now that the body is fully exfoliated, let’s get shaving.
Commercials and pharmacies lead us to believe that shaving cream must be applied when you shave. It sounds simple and logical when considering the name, but it’s actually a farce. It’s also unnecessary and a complete waste of money.
Try baby oil. It’s inexpensive, lasts longer than shaving cream and leaves skin feeling smooth for days. If that’s not enough to sway your mind, it also provides a cleaner shave without those annoying nicks and bumps.
Not to mention, it doesn’t contain alcohol like shaving cream, which means it’s better for skin and seals in moisture.
Put Some Vaseline On It
Vaseline can be used in so many mind-blowing ways. Here are five ways to get the most mileage out of this jelly wonder:
- Blot Vaseline around the eye area to help remove eye makeup without the usual tug and pull.
- After eye makeup removal, leave a little Vaseline on the eyelashes. In a few weeks, they’ll grow!
- In between haircuts, put some Vaseline on split ends and those unruly hairs to keep the coif in check.
- When applying lipstick, place a small amount of Vaseline on the teeth to prevent lipstick transfer.
- After eyebrows are groomed, a tiny blob of Vaseline will lock in the color and stroke. A little goes a long way.
Whiten Teeth Naturally
Grab your favorite oil, preferably a nice olive or coconut oil. Pour or scoop one teaspoon and make sure the oil is melted within the spoon.
Once ready, swish around the oil for roughly 20 minutes and remember not to swallow. When time is up, spit it out, rinse with water and spit again.
Believe it or not, this method has been around for centuries. Using this technique removes bacteria from the mouth, gums and teeth while whitening up teeth enamel in the process. No bleach necessary.