Homemade Hygiene

With the recession, there is much ado about frugality and saving money.  A lot of people do not realize that many costly beauty items found in stores are completely unnecessary – you can mix up your own potions, masks, treatments, and whatnot using items most people already have at home.  Here are a few of my favorites.

Baking Soda Scrub

Baking soda is the best!  To use as a facial cleanser, just mix a bit in your hand with water (or you can mix it with your favorite facial soap) until it is a paste.  Scrub gently.  Baking soda is great for exfoliating and absorbing oil.

It has many other uses, too.  You can mix it with hydrogen peroxide to make an at home, inexpensive tooth whitener.  Again, mix with the peroxide until it is a paste and brush it gently on your teeth.

Aspirin & Honey Mask

Aspirin masks are so easy to mix up, and very very cheap.  They supposedly help to heal and clear up blemishes, and I’ve noticed that my skin feels nice and firm after using one.  To make, dissolve a small number of aspirin tablets (use pure aspirin) in a little bowl or dish.  Add the water slowly – you do not need very much!  The aspirin will quickly dissolve into a paste.  You can use the aspirin and water mixture as is, or add honey or yogurt.  I like honey, though I’ve never tried yogurt and cannot attest to the results.  Apply the mask to your face and rinse it off after it begins to flake and fall off (about 10 to 15 minutes).

Sugar & Baby Oil Body Scrub

Sugar and baby oil combined make a lovely body scrub that both exfoliates and moisturizes.  Use 3 parts sugar to 1 part baby oil.  If you mix it in a container with a lid, it will keep for awhile.  You will just need to shake it up before the next use.  Apply to body and rinse, voila!  Caution: this can make your shower kind of slippery.  Also, do not use sugar cubes!  I like to use raw sugar, but you can use regular granulated sugar if that is what you keep on hand.

Olive Oil

Olive oil is a wonder substance.  It can be used for a lot of things besides eating.  It works particularly well as a conditioning, moisturizing hair treatment.  To use on hair, apply a small dollop and leave on for about 30 minutes.  Rinse or shampoo out.  I like to shampoo afterwards, as my hair is pretty fine and can look greasy if I do not.  But, it is not imperative that you shampoo directly afterward if you rinse thoroughly.

Olive oil also works well as a skin moisturizer (on face as well as body), and I love the smell.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has many uses, just like olive oil.  Use it as a hair mask (follow the same instructions as for olive oil) or as a face moisturizer.  I rub some on my face every night before bed, and I am quite pleased with how it works out.  It comes as a solid in a jar, but quickly melts with skin contact.  Coconut oil also works great at soothing small cuts, rashes, and other irritations.  It smells nice, too, though I am pretty sure it tastes horrible!

Salt & Castor Oil Face Scrub

Mixing salt with castor oil makes another soft, moisturing scrub.  The salt helps remove any dead or dry skin, while the castor oil has moisturizing and natural cleansing properties.  Mix about a small amount, about 3 parts salt (you can use iodized or coarser table salt, whichever you prefer) and 1 part castor oil.  I find I need to wash with soap afterwards, as the castor oil is a bit heavy.  After using this, my skin feels smooth for days!  Works well on feet, too.

I hope these little tips are helpful!  If anyone knows of any other good ones, please let me know.  I am always hot to find out about new, cheap beauty tricks!

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