Beauty D.I.Y. – Inexpensive Home Remedies for Better Skin
Everyone wants to look their best, but not everyone has the extra money for expensive beauty products and spa visits. This article will show you a few simple steps you can take to improve your skin using products you have around the house.
1. Brown sugar and honey make an excellent exfoliant.
Honey is great for the skin, and is a natural antibiotic, neutralizing harmful bacteria hiding in your pores. While you can use honey alone to help prevent acne, you can increase its power by adding a little brown sugar. Besides smelling great, the crystals in brown sugar work as a natural exfoliant, scrubbing away flakes of dead skin, leaving your skin rejuvenated.
2. Wash your hair with apple cider vinegar.
Modern shampoos and conditioners do a great job of cleaning hair, but in the process, they leave their own chemical residue. This residue builds up in your hair, weighing it down. You can remove this build up using simple apple cider vinegar. The smell dissipates quickly, leaving your hair shiny and clean. You can either ditch your old shampoo completely, or simply alternate it with apple cider vinegar washes a few times per month.
3. Baby shampoo makes a gentle and effective makeup remover.
Baby shampoo is specially formulated to be a gentle cleaner, making it ideal for sensitive areas such as around your eyes. Simply add a dab to a cotton ball or cloth and use it to remove even the most elaborate makeup.
4. A little cinnamon oil can plump your lips and make them fuller.
Cinnamon oil irritates the cells in your lips, increasing circulation and making them plump up and look fuller. To get this look at home, simply mix a drop or two of cinnamon oil with some petroleum jelly to make a lip balm. Apply the balm to your lips whenever you want a fuller pout. The balm will cause your lips to tingle. If you feel burning, your mixture is too strong. Wipe it off and try again using less oil this time.
5. Pepto-Bismol can treat an acne breakout.
Most people have a bottle of Pepto-Bismol in their medicine cabinets for use when you get a stomach ache. What you probably don’t know is that it also contains two drugs that are found in many of the leading acne-fighting products. Those chemicals are salicylate acid and benzoic acid. To treat your face, dab some Pepto-Bismol onto a cotton ball and apply it all over your face. Let it sit for at least 15 minutes, or until it is completely dry. Then rinse your face gently with water and pat dry.
6. Olive oil can smooth rough skin.
If you have areas of rough skin on your body, such as your elbows or knees, try a little olive oil. In addition to healthy fatty acids, olive oil is rich in vitamins A and E, both known for their skin rejuvenating properties. To take advantage of its properties, soak your areas of dry skin in a bath, and exfoliate using a loofah or pumice stone. Once you are out of the bath, massage olive oil into the problem areas. You will notice them becoming softer and more supple.
There are many products around your home that can be used to boost your beauty regimen without breaking the bank. The tips you learned here can not only save you money, they can also save your skin from harmful chemicals. Start scouring your pantry and improving your skin today!