Cheap & Easy DIY Spa Recipes
We’ve already gone over the health and cost benefits of DIY shampoo and conditioner. Beauty, however, is more than just hair. Sure, you can get budget beauty buys with coupons, but you’ll be surprised at how easily you can whip up your own remedy from ingredients you already have in your kitchen cabinet. Many of these ingredients can be bought in bulk (and on sale). With these recipes, you can make your kitchen or bathroom into a spa more easily, cheaply, and naturally than you ever have before.
Honey Face Mask
- 1 to 2 tbsp honey
- Optional drop of tea tree oil for problem skin, chamomile oil or tea for dry skin
Massage the honey (and essential oil if you want it) onto your face and rinse with lukewarm water after 10 minutes. Honey was classic beauty Cleopatra’s secret to youthful skin. It’s moisturizing, antibacterial, and contains antioxidants. Try buying darker varieties like Manuka honey; they purportedly have more benefits.
Yogurt Face Scrub
- 2 tsp plain organic yogurt (full fat for dry skin, skim for oily skin)
- 2 tsp almond meal or oatmeal (about a handful of almonds or oats pulsed in a food processor)
- 1 tsp honey
Instead of wasting money on plastic microbeads (which just pollute the ocean), use almonds or oatmeal to exfoliate coarse skin. The yogurt stimulates blood flow and honey is legendary for its antibacterial, antioxidant, and moisturizing properties. Combine the ingredients and massage gently onto face, rinsing with warm water.
Apple Cider Vinegar Toner
- ½ oz organic unfiltered apple cider vinegar
- 3 oz water
- 5 plain, uncoated aspirin tablets
As discussed in the shampoo and conditioner article, apple cider vinegar balances the skin’s pH, making it the least acne- or dryness-prone. Most alcohol-based toners simply strip the skin of its oils, making our pores produce excess sebum. Fill a glass bottle with a plastic cap with the ingredients and shake before use. Use sparingly to areas with acne, rough skin, or large pores. Store in a refrigerator.
Sugar Hand Softener
- ¼ cup coarse brown sugar
- Enough olive, vegetable, or baby oil to make a paste
Are your hands still scaly and unhappy since winter? Mix the ingredients together with your hands and massage for one minute. Rinse with warm water.
Avocado Hair Mask
- 1 avocado (or banana)
- 2 tbsp honey (or olive oil)
Mash the ingredients in a bowl and massage into your hair and scalp. Slap on a shower cap for 30 minutes and wash as usual.
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