Beauty treatments are generally considered a luxury since they tend to come with a hefty price tag. However, beauty brands are some of the world's worst culprits for marking up their products, as often they can cost very little to produce (obviously this doesn't apply to all beauty products, but £500 for a pot of seaweed is just plain unacceptable). We've got eleven of the simplest homemade beauty product recipes, covering everything you need for the ultimate home beauty kit. Prepare for a healthy body and an even healthier bank balance!
1. Sugary Minty Lip Scrub
½ teaspoon of olive or jojoba oil1 teaspoon of caster sugarA drop or two of peppermint extractMethod
Mix these ingredients together and rub onto the lips, massaging for a few minutes. Lick off and enjoy the taste of peppermint as well as super smooth lips!
2. Almond and Orange Body Scrub
A handful of almondsPeel of one orangeA cup of either olive or rapeseed oilMethod
Mix all of the ingredients together in a blender. Apply to the body and massage gently into the skin. Rinse with warm water.
Note: Avoid this scrub if you suffer from body acne.
3. Strawberry and Honey Face Mask
IngredientsFour medium-sized strawberriesOne teaspoon of honeyMethod
Mash the strawberries up using a fork, and add the teaspoon of honey. Massage into a clean and wet face, rubbing in a circular motion. Leave for 10–15 minutes, then remove using a warm, damp cloth. For best results, use every day for a week.4. Avocado and Pineapple Face Mask.
4. Avocado and Pineapple Face Mask
½ ripe avocadoThree small chunks of fresh pineapple¼ limeOne tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil½ tablespoon of honey½ teaspoon of raw cider vinegar
Cleanse your skin by applying ½ teaspoon of raw cider vinegar to a cotton pad, and rub gently over the face. Avoid the eye and lip area, and if you have sensitive skin, dilute the vinegar with water first (note that redness and a tingly feeling is common with this step).
Blend the avocado and pineapple until smooth but textured, and squeeze the lime into the mixture. Using a fork, add the olive oil and honey until well mixed.
Apply the mask to the face with a cotton pad or fingers, and leave for 10 minutes. Remove most of the mask leaving just a thin layer, and boil some water on the hob. Whilst it is heating up, massage your face in small circles using your fingers.
Once the water is boiling, remove it from the heat and hold your face over the steam (careful not to get too close!), using a towel over your head like a tent to trap the steam and create a mini facial sauna.
Enjoy for three minutes, and then remove the excess with warm water.
5. Yoghurt, Orange and Lemon Moisturiser
One cup of plain yoghurtOne tablespoon of orange juiceOne tablespoon of lemon juiceMethod
Mix the ingredients together well, and apply to the face using a cotton pad or your fingers. Leave for one or two minutes and rinse with lukewarm water.
6. Tomato and Cucumber Toner
IngredientsOne cucumberOne tomatoMethod
Blend your (chopped) veggies in a food processor until smooth. Pat the mixture onto your face using a cotton pad or your fingers. Leave on for five minutes, and then rinse with warm water.
Note: For oily or acne-prone skin, use every day for the best results. And since this mixture will keep for four days in the fridge after, that should be easy-peasy!
7. Cocoa Dry Shampoo
IngredientsTwo tablespoons of arrowroot powderTwo tablespoons of organic cocoa powder (Note: blondes should omit this ingredient – unless they fancy turning brunette!)Method
Combine ingredients and apply to the roots using a make-up brush or similar. Working in sections, brush the powder through the hair until the oil has been absorbed. Repeat if necessary.
8. Honey Hair Conditioner
- ½ cup of honey
- Four tablespoons of olive oil (Note: reduce the amount if your hair is on the oily side)
Mix the honey and oil together. If you have a bottle with a squeeze top lid, use a funnel and pour the mixture in. If not, use a jug to pour the mixture onto the hair in small amounts.Massage into your hair until it's evenly covered. Cover your hair with a shower cap and leave for at least 30 minutes. The mixture may drip, so either plug the shower cap with cotton wool, or wrap a towel around your shoulders (either way the result will be worth it!). Follow this process by shampooing and rinsing your hair thoroughly.
9. Avocado Hair Mask
IngredientsOne egg yolkOne teaspoon of extra-virgin olive oilOne teaspoon of honey½ an avocadoMethod
Mix together the egg yolk, oil and honey. Mash the avocado using a fork, and blend with the rest of the mixture. Apply to your (wet) hair, starting at the ends and working your way up. Let it soak in for 15–20 minutes, then rinse, shampoo, and rinse again.
Note: If your hair is particularly oily, don’t apply to the roots.
10. Sugar Scalp Scrub
IngredientsTwo tablespoons of olive oilTwo to three tablespoons of brown sugarMethod
Mix together well, but do not heat the oil as this will melt the sugar, thus eradicating the ‘scrub’ part of this recipe. Wet your hair, and if you have other styling products in it, apply conditioner to make it easier to work with. Separate the hair so you can reach the scalp, and scrub in a circular motion for five minutes or so. Rinse well, then shampoo and condition hair as normal.
Extra natural skin scare tips:Using body scrubs two to three times a week is enough to keep your body well exfoliated.All of these recipes can be made in batches and kept in the fridge in an airtight container. If you can, add a date with a sticky label and make sure you use them within three or four days.Know your skin! Unless otherwise stated, these recipes are suitable for all skin/hair types, but if you do have sensitive skin, be gentle when using the scrubs and abrasive ingredients.Source: Save The Student