No money? No problem!
Facials, peels and pricey beauty products are popular with celebrities, but most of us don't often have the money or time to spend at a pricey spa once or twice a week. But that doesn't mean us "regular folk" have to forgo all the pampering.
There are plenty of ways to look and feel great without dropping a bundle at the spa or salon. Here's a look at seven DIY beauty secrets to help you save money while still feeling pampered.
1. Glow with homemade bronzer.
A sun-kissed look can cost upwards of $30 or more, but you've probably got all the ingredients for an awesome bronzer right in your kitchen.
Just combine ground cinnamon and nutmeg with cocoa powder and cornstarch. The real beauty is there’s no measuring needed. You can whip up whatever color you desire and tweak your bronzer's hue to match your mood. And don't worry if you get a bit heavy-handed with the colorful ingredients; just tone it down with more corn starch.
2. Cook up a signature scent.
The price tag for floral perfumes can surge into the hundreds, but you can brew up your own floral fragrance for less than half the cost.
Take a trip to your local florist (or grocer's floral department) and pluck one or two of your favorite flowers from the cases. Pluck their petals (about 1½ cups worth) and soak them in warm water for a few minutes. Next, set your petals in a cheesecloth-lined bowl and add two cups of water.
Cover, and let them sit overnight. The next day, grab the corners of the cheesecloth and carefully carry the petals to a saucepan. Simmer and let them cool. Once cold, the mixture will result in a refreshing floral perfume you can pour into a bottle to splash behind your ears, wrists, knees, and anywhere else you want.
3. Treat yourself to a blueberry facial.
Facials are great at helping you feel relaxed while helping to restore and repair tired skin. And one of your body's super foods can also be smeared on your face to exfoliate and rejuvenate your skin.
Just mash up ten blueberries and combine them with one tablespoon of Greek yogurt. Rub the mixture on your face (don't work it too hard — you're not trying to rub it in or scrub), then sit back and relax for 20 minutes to allow the antioxidants in the mixture to soak in. Rinse with warm water and follow-up with your favorite toner and moisturizer.
4. Feed your face breakfast.
Oatmeal for breakfast is good at helping you watch your weight, but this morning favorite can help slough off dead skin cells and rejuvenate your skin's natural glow.
Mix ground oatmeal (for the best effect, tossing it a food processor first to achieve the right texture) with 1/4 cup of warm water and two teaspoons of honey. Scoop it up with a spoon, but instead of gulping it down, slather it on your face. Again, your goal isn't to scrub or aggravate your face, so go easy. Let it sit for 15 minutes, then rinse away with warm water and enjoy the freshness of your skin.
5. Apply a homemade nail strengthener.
This could be the smelliest DIY beauty option, but it's also one of the most effective. Take one bottle of clear nail polish and add one finely crushed clove of garlic. Cap the polish and shake it up, then let the bizarre mixture sit for at least a week. Apply one coat as a base once a week and enjoy tough as nails fingernails.
6. Use a natural makeup remover.
Wiping off mascara and other makeup doesn't have to break the bank. Instead of spending as much as $28 on makeup remover, dab a drop or two of olive oil on a cotton ball and swipe that over your eyes. It's a great moisturizer, so you don't have to scrub away any residue. Plus, a bottle that's approximately three times the size of most makeup removers costs at little as $6 at the grocery store.
7. Deep condition your hair to eliminate split ends.
As long as you've got that olive oil out, massage one teaspoon into dry, clean hair (make sure to pay extra attention to the ends). Dampen a towel and warm it in the microwave for about 20 seconds (it shouldn't be too hot to hold or be steaming, just warm). Wrap your hair in the towel so the oil can absorb into the strands. After about 20 minutes, rinse with warm water.
This article was originally published at Credit Sesame. Reprinted with permission from the author.