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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Ten DIY Beauty Products*

Budget skincare is great, and it's nice to know that a little pampering doesn't have to cost the earth. However, cheap products can sometimes mean cheap ingredients, and if you have sensitive or eczema-prone skin, this can make for a far less pleasant experience! Many cheaper products are loaded with sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS), which can cause irritation, or preservatives such as parabens, which can build up in your body.
Luckily, there is a way to get hold of all-natural products without spending a lot – with a little elbow grease you can easily make many of your own at home! Below are ten skin-friendly beauty products you can make from the comfort of your own kitchen.
Ten DIY Beauty Products
1. Body wash
Believe it or not, this is really easy to make at home, and you might even have some of the ingredients already. The best thing about this recipe is that you can customise it with your own favourite scent! Here's what you'll need:
• 227g Castile Soap (a gentle cleanser which can be had online for a few pounds) 
• 340g Raw honey 
• 3 teaspoons of oil (olive, or similar) 
• 50-60 drops of your preferred essential oil – you could try bergamot for a mood boost, peppermint to cool you, or chamomile to calm you. 
Simply mix these ingredients together in a plastic bottle, and shake before use.
2. Shampoo
Making a substitute for shop-bought shampoo is also surprisingly simple. By mixing a teaspoon of baking soda with a cup of water, you can clean your hair the natural way – add a few drops of an essential oil to achieve your preferred scent. The only thing to bear in mind with this shampoo is that it can be quite drying, so should only be used a few times a week.
3. Thickening Shampoo
If you have fine hair, you can adapt the above recipe to give it a natural thickness boost. All you need to do is add a handful of finely blended oats, and voila – make sure you rinse thoroughly!
4. Conditioner
Next on the list of shower products you can make yourself this rich conditioner. You will need:
• Half an avocado
• Half a banana
• 2 tablespoons of olive oil
• 1 egg
• 1 tablespoon of honey
To make the conditioner, blend these ingredients together well. The mixture should be applied to dry hair, avoiding the roots, and left for 10-15 minutes before being thoroughly rinsed out. The natural oils in the avocado and banana will moisturise your tresses, whilst honey is great for shine.
Avocado Hair Conditioner Recipe
5. Oily Hair Treatment
If you find your locks are a bit oily, this simple trick could be perfect, and chances are you already have everything you need.
For this treatment, boil 2 tablespoons of loose-leaf black tea in water for 10 minutes, and allow it to cool before working the mixture through your hair and rinsing.
6. Exfoliator
This natural body scrub is gentler on your skin than the cheaper shop-bought products, and is easy to make. Mix a teaspoon of granulated or caster sugar with 1-2 drops of water, and 1-2 drops of your favourite essential oil. Use the scrub a couple of times a week and rinse thoroughly for best results.
7. Face Wash
With a small investment, you can make your own soothing face wash. You'll need:
• 85g Aloe Vera Gel
• 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
• 2 Tablespoons Water
• 1 Tablespoon Liquid Castile Soap
• 5-10 Drops Essential Oil of your choice
To make the wash, simply combine the ingredients in a clean jar and shake well – also give it a shake before each use.
Homemade Face Wash Recipe
8. Face Masks
You can make yourself a gentle, acne-friendly face mask with just a few food items you probably already have stashed in your kitchen. Simply blend a banana with 85g of natural yoghurt, and 2 tablespoons of honey. Apply the mask, avoiding the eye area, and leave for 10-20 minutes before rinsing.
9. Toner
Apple cider vinegar has been used on skin for centuries, and is as effective today as it has ever been. By mixing 1 part apple cider vinegar with 2 parts water, and 5-10 drops of essential oil, you can make a gentle and effective toner.
10. Food for Good Skin
It's important to look after yourself from the inside as well as the outside, and there's a lot you can do to improve your skin without the help of expensive vitamin supplements.
  • Stay hydrated – consuming plenty of water allows your skin to retain its brightness and elasticity.
  • Foods high in vitamin C, such as blueberries and oranges, help your skin to heal blemishes.
  • For eczema-prone skin, try:
    Foods high in vitamin E such as avocados and hazelnuts
    Omega-3, which can be found in oily fish, soy beans, and spinach
Beauty on a Budget
Hopefully these recipes have given you some inspiration – with a little time and effort, they could save you a bundle in the long run. Small steps like this can make a big difference to your finances – especially when debt is involved. As the cost of living rises, more and more of us are borrowing to keep up. Shelter even found, in one study, that 1 in 3 people on a low income are borrowing money just to pay their rent. Luckily, debt help is out there, and in the meantime, enjoy saving some pennies with these quick and easy recipes!

Have you ever made any homemade beauty products? What are your favourite recipes? I'd love to hear if you give any of these a go!

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