Learn how to make your own beauty products, including exfoliant, scrubs, toner and more!
The terrible state of the economy is affecting everyone. We are all extremely hesitant to buy any non-essentials at full price.
Because cosmetics and skin care products are typically considered to be non-essentials, so it might be tempting to skimp on these types of products. However, if you are like most people, you probably find it difficult going out in public with dry or oily skin.
Fortunately, there is a solution to this problem. It is possible to create beauty products yourself out of things you probably already have lying around the house.
If you are looking for ways to save money, but you want to maintain your beautiful, healthy skin, consider making some of these products yourself:
Facial Scrubs and Exfoliators
Most exfoliator recipes call for granulated or brown sugar mixed with oil. The sugar gently rubs against your skin and removes dead skin cells, leaving you with a fresh face.
To make a lemon sugar face scrub, squeeze out the juice from half a lemon into a small bowl. Add two tablespoons of salt. Add sugar until the mixture is thick and moist.
Experiment with your own recipes. Add granulated or brown sugar to essential oils, olive oil, apple sauce, cocoa butter, milk, honey, cinnamon, or oatmeal. Use these scrubs on your hands and feet as well.
Face masks are perfect for drawing toxins and dirt out of your skin while also moisturizing. For masks to work correctly, spread the mask all over your damp face and neck. Leave it on for fifteen to twenty minutes and then rinse with warm and then cold water.
To create a cucumber facial mask, blend together one tablespoon of non-fat dry milk, half a peeled cucumber and a teaspoon of plain yogurt.
Honey masks are also very common. Try mixing a grated apple or a ripe avocado with a fourth of a cup of honey. If you do not have honey, try using yogurt instead. For a simpler mask, mash up two bananas and spread them all over your face.
Toners tighten your pores after cleansing your skin so that it is more difficult for dirt to find its way in. Tightening your pores is also useful for retaining moisture if your skin tends to be dry.
The easiest and cheapest way to tone your face is to rinse it with extremely cold water. After you clean your skin or rinse off a face mask, run cold water over a clean wash cloth and then lay it over your face.
Another great way to make your own toner is to boil water that contains your favorite herbs, such as chamomile, basil, lavender, mint, or any of your favorite essential oils.
After the mixture boils for about ten minutes, refrigerate until it gets cold. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and spray your face after cleansing.
Bath soaks can be the perfect remedy for a long day at work. Mix ten drops of lavender essential oil, one and a half cups of whole milk and one-third a cup of honey to create a luscious lavender and honey milk bath soak.
Next time you are feeling sick from a cold or the flu, add the following ingredients as your tub fills with water: two cups of Epsom salt and three drops of eucalyptus and rosemary essential oil.