The skin care industry is a multi-billion dollar business, estimated to be worth USD43 billion per year. There are always new products with new claims to get you the beautiful skin you've always dreamed of. You can spend a small fortune on lotions, potions, creams, toners, masks, scrubs, etc., etc., etc. I was getting tired of spending so much money only to find that some of these products would cause breakouts or just not really do much of anything for my skin. I decided that I would do some research and trials with some back to basic (and cheap!) products for my skin and hair. My wallet and my skin are thanking me-BIG TIME!
I have put together a list of beauty treatments you can try with things you can purchase at the grocery store or drugstore. There are so many natural and simple ingredients you can use in place of commercial beauty products, but I will just focus on my tried and true favourites. Please give them a try and see the fantastic results!
I mentioned lemon juice in my last favourites post. Lemons have natural antiseptic and astringent qualities as well as lightening effects on the skin. I use lemon juice with sugar on a cotton pad every 2nd or 3rd night as a very refreshing exfoliating scrub. I also use lemon juice on it's own all over my face and leave it for 15-20 minutes before rinsing to help tighten pores and to lighten some discolouration.
I use sugar in a couple of different ways. I use sugar and an exfoliating scrub with lemon juice, as mentioned above, or with honey. When I use honey and sugar I can also scrub my lips and it works better than any lip scrub I've purchased. I don't like to use the lemon juice on my lips as it can be drying. I also add sugar to a bit of extra virgin olive oil for a more moisturizing scrub. This too can be used on the lips. You can use the sugar and honey combo to use as a body scrub as well of you can just use your favourite body wash and add a little sugar in the palm of your hand. WARNING!- sugar can be abrasive, always scrub gently in a circular motion.
LIQUID GOLD! This is probably my favourite beauty product from the pantry. I use it either on it's own or as a base for my masks. When I use honey my skin feels so soft, my skin looks so even and I have a really nice glow. I slap this all over my face and leave it on for about 15 minutes, then rinse it with warm water. Surprisingly it rinses away quickly and nicely (not what you'd expect from sticky honey). As mentioned you can add sugar to make a scrub and mask in one and use it as a lip scrub. I also use honey with oatmeal and with Aspirin for other types of masks! I will give some easy instructions and recipes below.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
I love this stuff. I think I use it the most of everything I'm mentioning. It has so many great uses and it is so cost effective considering it's multiple uses. EVOO is very moisturizing. I use it on it's own as a moisturizer at night, sometimes I add a drop or two of glycerin when I need a heavy duty moisturizer. I use it with sugar as a face/lip scrub. I use it with a bit of dish soap to clean my makeup brushes (it takes and oil to get rid of other oils!). I use it as an eye makeup remover. I also use EVOO as a hair mask, saturating my hair for 15 minutes before shampooing. It repairs my dry ends and leaves my hair so soft! You can also use EVOO to soak your finger nails, it will moisturize the nails and cuticles and actually nourish your nails and make them stronger!
Yogurt is great for the skin, it is cooling and calms redness and puffiness. The lactic acid in yogurt acts as a natural exfoliant. Be sure you get the plain unsweetened yogurt. I use this on it own as a mask and I also add honey and oatmeal from time to time. I find if I have active breakouts, the yogurt calms them and reduces the size!
It is worth the $15 coffee grinder you will need for this ingredient. Ground oatmeal can be added to honey or yogurt and applied to the skin as a mask and it will sooth dry itchy skin. It is also fantastic in the bath if you have dry-itchy skin. Be sure to use regular oats, not the instant kind.
Aspirin (ASA) is great for treating acne prone skin. Added to some honey of a bit of water, Aspirin can reduce redness and reduce blemish size. The acid exfoliates revealing soft skin. Be sure to use uncoated Aspirin and moisturize with EVOO afterward.
You can find Glycerin at the drugstore usually where the rubbing alcohol is sold. Glycerin is in almost all beauty products, especially moisturizers. On it's own it can actually dry out your skin, but added to 3 parts water or adding 1-2 drops to a teaspoon of olive oil it will leave your skin soft and smooth and without dry patches. If you have a favourite moisturizer already, you can add a few drops of glycerin when applying to make it an intense moisturizing night cream! One part glycerin and three parts water in a spray bottle will keep for about 2 weeks. This recipe can be used as an all over moisture spray and also as a mixing medium for mineral makeup!
So, as you can see there are so many wonderful and cheap grocery/drug store items to make you beautiful! The best results will be finding a balance that's right for your skin type and sticking to that routine! Let me know your homemade beauty secrets!
I made these as easy as possible 1-3 ingredients only. I used to shy away from homemade beauty regimes because I believed it would be too much work, but with these simple recipes you'll save a bundle and find it so easy to have beautiful skin (and hair)!
Lip scrub- 1-2 drops of extra virgin olive oil or honey and a pinch of sugar
exfoliating face scrub- 1 tsp lemon juice and a pinch of sugar. Saturate a cotton pad with the juice then sprinkle on some sugar. Rub the cotton pad gently over face, avoiding eye area. Rinse (if you happen to lick your lips mmmmm lemonade!)
exfoliating and moisturizing face scrub- 1tsp olive oil or honey and a pinch of sugar
Yogurt Mask- 1/4 cup yogurt on it's own or add 1 Tbsp honey and 1 Tbsp oatmeal. Leave on for 15 minutes then rinse.
Aspirin Mask- 2 uncoated aspirin dissolved in 1 tsp water to create a paste (optional: add 1 tsp honey) Leave on for 15 minutes then scrub, then rinse.