10 Natural beauty fixes for ladies on a budget
If your budget won’t run to bathroom cabinet full of beauty products, there’s no need to despair, because there are more than enough inexpensive, natural products that will do exactly the same job as the expensive store bought items, and they’ll probably do the job a lot better too. Many of the things that you need for inexpensive beauty treatments are probably already sitting in your cupboards. Read on, and we’ll tell you about ten of the best natural beauty products you can use when money is a bit tight.
1. Fight acne with strawberries
The next time you have some strawberries for dessert, save one or two, and you will have an all-natural acne treatment at your fingertips. Strawberries contain salicylic acid, which is the very same stuff that is used in many commercial acne treatments. Strawberries are much gentler on the skin than chemical acne treatments, and they will cost a lot less too.
2. Condition your hair with honey
Honey can be used for a lot of natural beauty treatments and remedies, and just one of the things that you can use honey for is conditioning your hair. Honey is a humectant, which basically means that it will hold moisture in your hair. It also has antifungal properties, so it will help clear up any dandruff too. Simply massage a tablespoon of raw honey into your hair and then rinse out again.
3. Get rid of puffy eyes with potatoes
You won’t need any expensive eye creams when have potatoes in the cupboard. Just cut two thin slices of raw potato and place them over your eyes for five minutes and that will reduce any puffiness. It will also reduce the appearance of dark circles under the eyes.
4. Tame frizzy hair with banana and avocado
Homemade hair masks are so easy to make and they have all the ingredients that are needed to provide a deep condition for very little money indeed. This is a classic recipe that uses nothing more than your leftover avocados and bananas. Mash up the flesh of one banana and half an avocado and massage it into your hair, cover, and leave it sit for around ten minutes, before you wash it out again. It will leave your hair soft and silky and a lot more manageable.
5. Use baking soda as a clarifying shampoo
Baking soda has many uses around the home and in homemade beauty treatments and it is totally natural. Although a lot of the baking soda that you buy today is now manufactured, baking soda, or nahcolite, is found in natural deposits as well, and its use can be traced back to ancient Egypt. If you mix two teaspoons of baking soda with a cup of water and use it for a final rinse of your hair, it will remove product build-up, and it fights dandruff too.
6. Honey for a hydrating face mask
Honey has so many wonderful properties. It has antifungal and antibacterial properties, it’s great for moisturising dry skin, and it contains lots of those age defying antioxidants too. It’s no wonder, then, that lots of people say that the most natural and simplest face mask you can get is simply pure honey. Spread pure honey on your face and leave it on for about ten or fifteen minutes. It will hydrate your skin and it will help fight breakouts as well.
7. Tone your skin with green tea
Green tea makes a great and inexpensive skin toner. You just steep green tea in the usual way and then let it cool. When you apply it to your skin, it feels lovely and refreshing, and it is especially good if you are prone to acne. Green tea is also much gentler on the skin than store bought toners, so if you have sensitive skin, green tea would be an ideal toner for you.
8. Olive oil and sea salt body scrub
We all know that the plastic microbeads found in many body scrubs are harmful to the environment and some countries are now in the process of banning them altogether. For a body scrub that won’t harm the environment at all and will be gentle on your skin, try just using a mixture of olive oil and finely milled sea salt. Mix two parts olive oil with part sea salt and that will remove all the dead skin cells and leave your skin glowing.
9. Replace shaving cream with coconut oil
This has to be one of the simplest ways to save money on beauty products. Forget the expensive store bought shaving cream; all you really need is coconut oil. It works just as well as a store-bought body scrub will, and it will leave your skin beautifully smooth and soft.
10. Remove blackheads the natural way
For a pure and simple way to remove blackheads all you need is some fresh lemon and a little bit of honey. Simply put a few drops of honey onto a lemon wedge and rub the lemon gently over the affected area of skin. Leave it on for about five minutes and then wash off with warm water. It may take a few applications for the blackheads to disappear, but with regular use, you could soon be blackhead free.
What are your favorite natural beauty tips?