Homemade Beauty

Written by Neal F. Litherland. Posted in Featured, Health & Wellness, Pennies Saved & Pennies Earned

Published on July 02, 2012 with No Comments

Simple recipes for products that cost a lot more in stores

Looking good has never been cheap, but have you ever tallied just what you spend on health and beauty products?  Have you ever wondered if there wasn’t a less expensive way? Well, there is! Just cut out the middle man and mix up your cosmetics and beauty care products yourself.

Even if you’re not a crafty sort of person and cooking is something from which you try to steer clear, the recipes for homemade beauty products are simple. What’s more they’re cheap, costing pennies on the dollar compared to commercial products purchased from the store.

So if you can get the same, or better, results for less money without paying the overhead for expensive chemicals and flashy advertising, why not do it?

Oatmeal mask

If you’re a fan of the beauty mask to help keep your face moisturized and healthy, try a whole egg, a ½ cup of cooked oatmeal and a tablespoon of olive oil. Mix these components together and then spread the results on your face and neck. Let them set for 15 minutes and then wash the mixture off with warm water. This will help keep your face looking younger and feeling less dried out.

Natural hair conditioners

Conditioners help keep your hair’s moisture in, letting your tresses remain luxurious and silky. Rather than handing over a ten spot at the store, there are lots of items in your kitchen that will have the same effect. For instance:

Rosemary:   Pour a few drops of rosemary essential oil into your hands and run it through your hair once you’ve finished washing.

Mayonnaise:  When you’ve finished showering and shampooing, comb a ½ cup of mayonnaise through your hair. Let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes, wrapping your hair in a towel if necessary. Shampoo the mayonnaise out when you’re finished. This will help lock moisture in and keep your hair shiny.

Eggs: Eggs are a part of a wide variety of homemade beauty recipes. Simply beat an egg yolk until it’s frothy, add a teaspoon of baby oil and beat the mixture again. Pour it into a cup of water and then massage it through your hair and into your scalp. Rinse out thoroughly when you’re done.

Dry skin

Dry skin is the bane of good looks, leading to tightness, flaking and even premature aging if left untreated. Moisturizing lotions are easy to make and they can be made from many different materials, depending on your preferences.

Mayonnaise and baby oil:  This treatment is simple to make and easy to use. Mix 2 tablespoons of real mayonnaise (not that fake stuff, that won’t do at all) and 1 teaspoon of baby oil. Smooth this mixture onto your knees, elbows, face or wherever you have dryness. Let it sit for 20 minutes or so. Rinse it off with lukewarm water.

Avocado:  Avocado is well-known for its moisturizing properties. Cut one open and gently rub the fruit onto dry or sun-exposed skin for a rush of moisture. You can also take fresh avocado peel and press it against your skin. Either way, let it sit for 15 minutes before you rinse off and pat dry.

Yogurt:  Yogurt, in addition to being a cool and tasty treat, can help treat all sorts of skin problems. Yogurt is a good moisturizer.  It can help keep your pores open and clean. Rub some yogurt onto your skin and let it sit for 10 to15 minutes before washing off and patting dry. Yogurt is also useful for fighting acne; a daily treatment can help keep your skin clean and clear.

These are only a handful of the things you can make to help keep you looking great. Whether you need make up removers, teeth whiteners, shiny hair or clearer skin, the tools for the job are probably already in your home.

For more suggestions for homemade beauty products, visit www.realsimple.com, www.ultimate-cosmetics.com and www.natures-health-foods.com.

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About Neal F. Litherland

All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Chronicle. Neal Litherland is a Valparaiso resident who has been a freelance writer for several years. A graduate of Indiana University, he holds a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice. He offers advice on money-saving tips using common-sense tactics. He welcomes suggestions and comments. Contact Neal: neal@thechroniclenwi.com.

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