When was the last time you longingly moved passed the beauty products in a department store, or deleted a spa offer from your email with a sigh? Well guess what? 65% of women use common household products for guilt-free pampering to get that ‘glowing’ look we all crave.
What hidden beauty miracles do you have lying around in your home?
Recent research by the brand Care found that most women will use wonders like lemon juice, honey and mayonnaise for their home beauty products to save money on the pricier commercial treatments.
So what hidden beauty miracles do you have lying around in your home?
1. Ground almonds
As winter draws close, cracked hands come unfashionably back into season. Here’s a remedy that will refresh your mitts in no time. A homemade hand exfoliant is the perfect way to get rid of those unwanted dead skin cells, leaving hands silky smooth. Mix a tablespoon of ground almonds, one teaspoon of lemon juice one teaspoon of clear honey, and two teaspoons of oil (sunflower will do). Rub over hands for a few minutes and rinse off to give your hands some TLC.
2. Dryer sheets
Need a refresher for your hair or want to tame those flyaways? Rub a gorgeous smelling dryer sheet on your hair and you’ll have sleek luscious locks in a jiffy.
3. Cooking spray
Don’t pay over the odds for quick-dry oil on your nails. After you’ve applied your nail polish, take a detour to your kitchen and reach for the cooking spray instead. The original version is best (rather than garlic flavour!). Spray over your polished nails, wipe off gently and voila – dry nails in a flash.
Cocoa – a yummy hot chocolate perhaps? Actually a great way to make your skin glow… but we’re not talking about drinking it! Cocoa is jam-packed full of antioxidants and will keep your skin looking fresh. Mix a third of a cup of cocoa powder with three tablespoons of extra thick double cream, two tablespoons of honey and two tablespoons of powdered oatmeal or oats for a luxurious face mask.
Organic rice can be used for a cleansing toner. (Rice water is, in fact, an ancient Asian recipe and will remove oil and impurities.) Add half a cup of rice to a bowl and cover with water – just about an inch on top. Stir until it turns cloudy. Pour the rice water into a container and use a cotton pad to wipe all over your skin.
Cinnamon naturally brings blood to the surface of your skin making your lips look plumper and fuller. Never mind lip injections – a bit of spice holds the answer! Smooth Vaseline over lips, pat a small amount of ground cinnamon on top and gently rub in. After a few minutes simply wipe off completely, apply more Vaseline or lip gloss and show off your new pout!
Mix two tablespoons of real mayonnaise with one teaspoon of baby oil for a lush dry skin treatment. Smooth over rough elbows and knees or anywhere else you want to leave soft and moisturised. Leave for 20 minutes and rinse off thoroughly with tepid water.
Have you ever dabbed a bit of toothpaste on a blemish? 18% of Brits admitted to having tried toothpaste to soothe their skin – most using it on pimples for its drying properties.
Natural yoghurt can act as a gentle moisturiser and contains lactic acid so you can exfoliate and refresh your skin, whilst hopefully reducing those fine lines. It also can be a fab cleanser and kill bacteria which can lead to acne. Or blend with fresh fruit such as banana and use as a healing face mask.
10. Baby oil
The best eye-makeup remover around. Dab on some cotton wool and use it to remove all traces of mascara and eye liner. Upgrade to a mixture of half almond oil and half rose water if you’re looking for a little luxury in your homemade beauty products.
11. Apple cider vinegar
If you’re looking for anti-bacterial homemade beauty products, apple cider vinegar has been known to give a helping hand to acne-prone skin. It’s said to help balance skin pH. Dab a teeny bit on blemishes at night or mix with equal parts of distilled water for more sensitive faces.
The protein in eggs is said to make hair healthier.
12. Egg yolk
The protein in eggs is said to make hair healthier. The egg yolk contains moisturising fats and is a great way to rejuvenate and hydrate dry hair, plus it keeps your roots nourished. Mix one or two egg yolks until foamy, and add a few drops of essential oils if you like. Smooth through hair after showering, cover with a warm towel, leave for 20 minutes, then rinse with cool water and shampoo.
13. Egg whites
So what to do with the egg white left over? Spread it over your face and leave for 10 minutes until it dries and stiffens for a nourishing face mask.
This fruit makes for another fantastic homemade beauty product as a face mask. Simply mash up one half of the ripened fruit and smear onto freshly cleansed skin. Sit back for 15 minutes before washing off and admiring the results. As avocado is high in vitamin E and C, your skin should feel softer and more nourished in no time.
Oats have an anti-inflammatory property and can help sooth eczema. Pour finely ground oatmeal into the bath to calm and soothe the skin.
16. Lemon juice
Get rid of yellow nails with a bit of lemon juice. It acts as a natural bleaching agent and will get your talons extra white without the hassle or expense of visiting a nail salon.
17. Hair conditioner
Hair conditioner is a great multi-tasker – when you’re low on shaving cream it can double up and prove a great smooth base for sensitive skin.
Nutmeg can be used in this gorgeous smelling DIY face mask that will calm stressed-out skin. It acts as a natural anti-inflammatory so will reduce any redness in the skin whilst exfoliating. Mix a teaspoon of nutmeg and cinnamon with two tablespoons of honey, apply to your face and relax for half an hour. Wash off, scrubbing for extra exfoliation.
19. Green tea
Off somewhere hot and sunny? Need a refreshing face mist? This one’s really easy. Pop one or two green tea bags in cold water for an hour or two, add crushed ice and load into a spray bottle. The spray will cool you down and the antioxidants in the tea will do wonders for your skin too.
20. Baking soda
We’d all love super shiny hair, but we often don’t have the time to try to perfect this! There is a simple solution – use a tablespoon of baking soda instead of shampoo every so often. It removes build-up of hair products and makes hair shinier. Regular use should give you great results.
Now your hair is all wondrously healthy looking you need to tame those flyaways and hold your new style in place. There is something in your fruit bowl that could do the trick. Chop up a large orange or two into a bowl, boil with two cups of water and you’ll begin to see the liquid reducing or going a bit soup-like. Strain through a cloth and pop into a spray bottle. This juicy miracle will hold your hair in place without the use of alcohol in many hairsprays. If you find it too sticky, just add in more water.
If you suffer from acne-prone skin then this is the face mask for you. A skin treatment that can help sort oily/combination skin, get rid of nasty black- and white-heads and de-clog your pores. Asprin contains salicylic acid which you’ve probably seen listed on the back of your expensive spot solutions. Use 5-8 cheap generic crushed asprin tablets or powder depending on how much skin you’re masking, and add to a few drops of aloe vera gel, honey or yogurt.
23. Sea salt
The ultimate body scrub of homemade beauty products. Easy to make and effective. Stir together one cup of course sea salt and half a cup of baby oil, place in a screw top jar and leave for 24 hours. Stir the mixture, massage into the skin and shower off. Good as new!
24. Epsom salts
Half a cup of Epsom salts mixed with essentials oils of your choice make for a cheap and cheerful home pedicure. Dissolve half a cup of Epsom salts in warm water, add some essential oil to help you unwind (lavender is great at the end of a long day), soak for 15 minutes, pat dry and moisturise for revitalised tootsies.
The humble cucumber shouldn’t be forgotten as a natural queen of homemade beauty products. It’s a cheap and easy remedy to alleviate tired eyes, reduce puffiness and dark circles. Just place a couple of slices over your eyes and relax for 15 minutes.
Usually part of your dinner menu, couscous can also be used as dry shampoo. Add around five tablespoons of couscous to 30 drops of lemon essential oil and 20 drops of castor oil. Mix in a blender, massage into the hair and brush out. Best for shorter hair it will give you shiny locks without the need for shampoo.
Ever worried about the harmful aluminium in your deodorant? This homemade deodorant is a natural alternative that can be made using ¼ cup of cornstarch or arrowroot powder, ¼ baking soda and 5 teaspoons of coconut oil. Store in a container or old deodorant stick for easy use. Add a few drops of essential oil for fragrance.
28. Aloe vera gel
Make your own lip gloss with this quick and easy recipe. All you need is one teaspoon of fresh aloe vera gel and ½ teaspoon of coconut oil. Mix until smooth and add a tiny bit of your favourite lipstick for colour. Nourishing for your lips, simple and natural. Pop in a pot or old lipgloss container so you can apply on the go.
If you have acne-prone skin, basil is a natural and inexpensive way to help clear bacteria. With its antiseptic properties it helps improves circulation too. Simply add three tablespoons of crushed dried basil leaves to a cup of boiling water. Leave to cool, strain out the leaves and use a cotton ball or pad to spread gently on your face. Use daily before moisturising.
To add body to hair, reach for the beer to quench the thirst of your tresses. This beauty beverage contains generous supplies of yeast to plump out your locks. Mix ½ cup of flat beer and a teaspoon of light oil and raw egg. Apply to clean, damp hair, leave for 15 minutes and rinse with cool water. Hair will look healthy and renewed.
Disclaimer – Take these tips with a pinch of salt; we’re not medical advisers, simply sharing some savvy homemade beauty tips that could transform your look for less. Remember, you may end up with egg on your face.