Spending less and looking good!
10 Ways to Save on Natural Skincare
by Amy Radhakrishnan
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Skincare products can be expensive. Fortunately, there are many alternatives available, often found in your kitchen cabinet, which will ensure gorgeous glowing skin without the price tag. Here are 10 frugal alternatives to skincare.
1. Body/Facial scrubs
A tub of body scrub would only last you a month or so, which can quickly escalate your expenses. To avoid this, use granulated sugar instead. Simply run it through the grinder once so that you still retain the coarseness of the sugar crystals. Make sure to use the scrub on the body as it might be too abrasive for the face. Another alternative is steel rolled oats. It is excellent at sloughing off dead cells and is gentle on facial skin.
2. Makeup remover
Use regular olive oil as a substitute for your makeup remover. Simply dab a cotton pad in a little olive oil, swipe over face and eyes, let it sit for a minute, and then wipe off. The oil will loosen even tough waterproof mascara. You can also use raw milk to remove dirt and grime from the face.
You can make your own shampoo by combining dishwashing detergent liquid and baby oil in the ratio of 3:1. The baby oil protects your hair from damage and keeps it soft, while the soap will wash off residue and buildup from the scalp. You could also try an herbal alternative, such as acacia root.
Use regular mayonnaise instead of expensive conditioner. A dollop is enough for a full head of hair. Leave it on for a minute and then rinse as usual. Honey is another great alternative as it is a natural humectant that attracts moisture.
5. Hair removal
Make your own wax at home by combining equal parts sugar and lemon juice. Bring the mixture to boil and then let it set. You can then go ahead and use this homemade wax like any of the store bought versions. You can use strips of cloth from old used clothes to save further on wax strips. Waxing is a better alternative to shaving as it pulls out hair from the roots, resulting in a cleaner finish.
Blackhead removal strips are extremely expensive. Instead, try using Elmer's glue. Simply coat your nose or any other area you wish to remove blackheads, with the glue. Let it dry and then slowly peel off in the opposite direction of application. So, if you applied the glue downwards, once it dries, simply pull the layer in an upwards direction. This method is very effective for removing blackheads and whiteheads.
7. Night cream
Olive oil is an excellent substitute for expensive night creams. Wash your face as usual before retiring for the night. Take a few drops of olive oil and gently massage it into your face. The oil deeply nourishes the skin while helping to eliminate free radicals, which result in aging. For added antioxidant benefits, you can even add a few drops of lemon juice to the oil.
8. Face mask
For an anti-aging face mask, combine equal parts ground oatmeal, honey, yoghurt and cocoa powder. Let it remain on the face for 20 minutes and then rinse off with warm water followed by a splash of cold water. For dry flaky skin, combine equal parts honey and lemon juice. Let it remain on the face for 15 minutes and then rinse off with cold water.
9. Skin serum
Instead of expensive skin serums, you can make your own using Vitamin C tablets. Simply take about eight Vitamin C tablets and crush them to a fine powder consistency. Stir the powder into 10 ml of distilled water. Pour the solution into a dark glass jar and let it sit overnight to allow the Vitamin C to dissolve. You can start using the solution the very next night. Make sure to store the jar in a dark place away from direct light.
10. Hair straightening
Shampoo your hair as usual. Follow it up by rinsing your hair with a cup of milk. Let the milk remain on the hair for 20 minutes. Then rinse off. When the hair is semi-damp use a wide-toothed comb to detangle your hair and let it air dry. You will have straight, shiny, frizz-free hair.
Reviewed June 2017
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