Let's face it, beauty supplies can be expensive. Take a walk down the beauty isle and take note of the prices and then consider that each product is meant for something specific: wrinkles, dry skin, oily skin, acne-prone skin, puffy eyes, dark spots, moisturizers, exfoliants, toners...well, you get the idea. By the time you are finished you will have spent a pretty penny for items that may not work.
Making your own beauty products will save you money, because many times you already have the ingredients in your kitchen and you can experiment and find what works best for you. Another bonus is no chemicals - you know exactly what you are putting on your skin. So let's get started.
Cleanse: Believe it or not, Milk is a pretty awesome facial cleanser. All you do is put a bit of milk in a bowl, dip a cotton ball in and wipe your face in a circular motion. For best results let it sit for a few, then rinse off.
If desired, add a bit of honey to the milk, this is especially helpful for dry skin.
Exfoliate: Chances are you have already heard that baking soda makes a great household cleaner, but it also makes for a great weekly exfoliant and is great for blackheads. Baking Soda helps neutralize the skins PH so eventually there will be less oil. It also works great at getting rid of that layer of dead skin. All you need is equal amounts baking soda and water. 1 Tsp. of each should do.
To use, just wet your skin with warm water, not to hot. Make a paste out of the soda and water and then gently apply to your face in a small circular motion. Rinse with warm water.
Baking soda also does a fabulous job at removing buildup from your hair. Most stores carry it for less than a $1 or $2 so the price can't be beat!
Tone: Vinegar, whether it is white or the apple cider variety works wonders as a natural toner. You may not like the smell, but it goes away pretty fast. If you have sensitive skin you may want to dilute the vinegar with water. To use, cleanse your face, then dip a cotton ball in the toner and apply to your face and neck. Be sure to avoid the eyes.
Lemon juice also works great as a toner, it really does brighten the skin up but be extra sure to use sunscreen if heading outside. Skin can burn even quicker! Lemon can also be used as a nail whitener.
Mask: Oatmeal- egg masks are great for normal skin, just mix one egg with 1/2 cup instant oatmeal. Apply it to your face and let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes, then rinse. An alternative is just plain egg white. Beat the egg white until it's bubbly, apply and let sit for around 25-30 minutes and rinse. Oh, and eggs are another item that your hair will love!