Go to any supermarket, grocery store or mall and you will always find a section which sells beauty products. All over the world, the beauty products industry generates billions of dollars in sales per year. This goes to how big a role beauty products play in the lives of the general consuming public, especially women.
But what if you would like to retain that youthful glow or maintain the beauty of your skin – yet you don’t want to pay that much for skincare or beauty products? The good news is that there are plenty of costless beauty products that you probably didn’t know about which you can whip up right in the comfort of your own home. That is exactly what we will learn more about here.
First, what are the statistics related to the consumption of beauty products in the US market? Take a look at a few numbers based on the surveys of Statista.com:
- For 2013, there are two companies which serve as the leading online health and beauty retailers in the US:
Sally Beauty Holdings = 3,787 operating stores
Bath & Body Works = 1,559 operating stores
- For 2013, hair care products accounted for 24% of the revenue of the cosmetics and beauty products industry. For 2011, the total revenue amounted to $53.7 billion for the same industry.
In a casual survey at Temptalia.com, survey respondents were asked how much, on average, they spend on beauty products. The answers are as follows:
40% = $26 to $75
26% = $25 or less
21% = $76 to $150
5% = Over $250
12 No-Cost Beauty Products You Can Whip Up at Home
If the average person spends $26 per month at least on beauty products, that adds up to more than $300 per year. If you don’t to spend this much, but you still want to look your best, what can you do? There are plenty of no-cost beauty products that you can get through a few nifty tricks, or whip up right in the comfort of your own home. Take a look at our top 20 list.
1. Use coconut oil as wrinkle cream.
One of the most versatile items that you can use for many beauty-related purposes is coconut oil. Beauty experts recommend applying coconut oil to the affected area during bedtime. Gently massage the oil onto your skin, and it is best to use it alone, without mixing it with any other natural ingredients. Coconut oil has moisturizing and anti-aging properties, making it an almost no-cost beauty product that you can whip right in the comfort of your own home.
2. Whip up some egg cream to ease those into lines.
Another easy solution for wrinkles is egg cream. Here’s the recipe:
- 1 egg white
- 1 teaspoon of rum or brandy
- 2 tablespoons of cucumber juice
- 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon of sodium benzoate
Beat the egg white and mix the rest of the ingredients. Apply to the face as needed, and the leftover mixture can be stored in the refrigerator for later use. This is a do-it-yourself solution for those who are looking for non-chemical based wrinkle creams.
3. Use honey and almonds as a facial scrub.
If you’d like to restore the youthful glow of your skin, make a honey-almond facial scrub. Place a couple of tablespoons of almonds in a blender or food processor until the nuts are finely ground. Add the following and mix well until a thick paste is formed: ½ teaspoon of honey, ½ teaspoon of flour and 2 teaspoons of milk.
Avoiding the eye area, use as you would a regular facial scrub. After a few minutes, rinse with warm water and pat dry. Just make sure not to over scrub so that your skin will not turn dry – two to three times a week is ideal. Also, don’t forget to moisturize afterward to retain the suppleness of your skin.
4. Conduct an at-home spa session by making aromatherapy bath salts.
For this, all you need is two cups of Epsom salts which can be bought really cheap at drug stores or supermarkets. Add a few drops of your favorite aromatherapy oil – it could be lavender, jasmine, vanilla, sandalwood, rosemary or even eucalyptus.
Place in a container and shake, then add half a cup of baking soda and shake it again. Use when taking a bath and store in an airtight container. Instead of buying pre-packaged aromatherapy salts which can be quite expensive, this will save you a lot of money.
5. Replace your drugstore brand toner with lemon.
If you have acne-prone skin, use lemon juice as a natural toner. The acidic properties of lemon make it a natural astringent and restore the pH balance of your skin. Mix half a cup of lemon juice with a cup of distilled water, 2/3 cup of witch hazel and shake the mixture inside the container. Use as you would a regular toner, by applying the liquid on a cotton ball.
6. Use mayonnaise, avocado or hot oil as a hair conditioner.
Depending on the natural texture of your hair, you can use natural ingredients like mayonnaise or avocado. Real mayonnaise can be applied to dry hair, after which you need to cover your locks with a plastic cap. Wrap in a warm, damp towel which you can leave for half an hour. Wash as usual, and this will leave your hair ultra-shiny.
If avocado is your ingredient of choice, peel the fruit and remove the pit. Mash it and mix with a suitable amount of mayonnaise, then apply to wet hair. It can also be used as a conditioning hair wrap.
7. Treat dry hair with almond oil.
Castor and coconut oil can be combined and massaged into the roots of your hair. After the application, wrap a towel turban-style into your head and leave for thirty minutes. Wash with a mild shampoo, and it will make your hair softer and smoother.
8. Make an herbal facial scrub.
Another facial scrub that you can use is herbal in nature. Combine a cup of rolled oats, half a cup of cornmeal and half a cup of dried herbs. The herbs can be anything from rose petals to lavender or mint – as long as the leaves are dry.
Mix the oatmeal and herbs with clay or sugar using a clean coffee grinder or mortar and pestle. Once you achieve a fine paste-like consistency, place some in the palm of your hand and apply evenly onto your face. Gently scrub the mixture onto your face using circular motions and rinse. Moisturize afterward.
9. Use an herbal steam mixture on your face.
Bring a 3-quart pot of water to a boil, then remove from the heat. Add the herbs and place the bowl or container on a flat surface. Drape a towel over your head and let the steam bathe the skin on your face and neck. Once the towel is damp, you can also apply that on your face and neck. The herbs and steam will open up your pores, stimulate blood circulation and improve the appearance of the skin on your face.
10. Use lavender as a hand salve.
If you’re typing away on your computer almost eight hours a day, your hands do need some tender loving care. Prepare a lavender hand salve to pamper your hardworking hands. The ingredients are as follows:
- 8 ounces of lavender-infused sweet almond oil
- 1 ounce of grated beeswax
- 4 capsules of vitamin E
- 10 drops of rosemary and lavender essential oils
Using a double boiler with low heat, heat the infused oil. Add the beeswax and stir the mixture until it is melted. After removing the pan from the heat, stir in the contents of the vitamin E capsules and the drops of essential oils. Once the salve has cooled completely, you can apply it on the back of your hands.
11. Make a facial mask to lift and tighten skin.
If you have skin that’s prone to developing blemishes, cleanse it and make a facial mask. Combine a couple of tablespoons of plain Greek yogurt and one tablespoon of fresh lemon juice. Apply to the face and neck, let dry and rinse with alternative warm and cold water. This is an excellent natural facial mask that helps lift and tighten skin.
12. Whip up a foot soak.
If you’re wearing high heels all day or if you’re always gearing up for a long walk, whip up a foot soak. Simply mix half a cup of Epsom salts, the zest of one lime and three drops of essential oils on a tub of warm water. Soak your feet for about thirty minutes to one hour, relax and enjoy.
As you can see, there are plenty of kitchen staples and everyday ingredients that you can use to whip up a beauty product that you would otherwise be paying good money for. The bonus is that most of these natural ingredients do not contain allergens or harsh chemicals, so you can achieve the same results without having to pay much.
Which among these cheap beauty products are you looking forward to using?
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