Beauty products can be expensive. We frugal gals don’t like to spend money frivolously. What can be more frugal than using things you already have without having to go out and buy it?
Using the items you have in your kitchen is not only frugal and thrifty, but it’s a more healthy, natural way to care for your skin. There are so many health benefits when you consume natural items. There are also benefits when you put them on your skin. Some have antiseptic and antibacterial properties as well.
Here are some frugal and natural beauty tips from the kitchen.
Cucumbers always come to mind when I think about natural skin care. I can picture old movies and tv shows where ladies have their hair wrapped up in a towel, goop on their face and cucumber slices on their eyes.
Make cucumber water. Get a pitcher of water and add thin slices of a cucumber. Leave in fridge for a few hours or overnight. Strain the cucumber out and use the water to rinse your hair and wash your face.
Avocado has great moisturizing effects. You can mash it up and use it in masques or use it in hair treatments for shiny hair.
White sugar can be used as a base to your scrub. It can be used to slough off dry skin on the face and body. Just make sure not to scrub too hard on sensitive areas like your face. However, on rough skin like your elbows and heels, you can put a little muscle in it. Just be sure to keep your eyes closed while rinsing it off of your face. And, let’s be real, if it gets in your mouth, would you complain?
Just put it in a bowl and mix with a liquid like water or honey until it’s a wet sand consistency. You can also mix other ingredients to it.
Cinnamon can be used as a lip plumper. See ideas here.
Honey is a great skin moisturizer. You can put in on your face alone or use it as a base for a masque.
When Autumn comes around be sure to utilize the abundance of pumpkins hanging around. They are high in vitamins A, C, and zinc. Pumpkins contain enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids (AHA’s) that basically exfoliate without scrubbing. These enzymes and acids will gently remove dead skin to reveal smoother, brighter skin. Discard the pulp (the stringy gross stuff attached to the seeds) and use the “meat”.
Strawberries are another source of AHA’s. You can simply cut a strawberry in half and rub it on your skin. You can also mash it and add it to scrubs and masques.
Tea has been used since ancient times. There are antioxidants that will benefit you both inside and out. Use teabags over your eyes to reduce puffiness and refresh. Cut open a green tea bag and add it to your cleanser or masque.
Oatmeal is an ingredient you find in products that help skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. Use a coffee grinder to pulverize the oatmeal into a powder. Add it to a bath so the milky water can soothe your skin. You can also incorporate it into a masque.
Mix and match
You can mix and match the ingredients together to make a treatment according to your needs or what you have on hand. I would recommend refrigerating what you make immediately in an airtight container and don’t keep for more than a few days.
Frugal Tip: Do you juice? If you do, use the pulp that you would normally throw away to add to other ingredients to make a masque or scrub.