DIY beauty products you can make with ingredients from your local supermarketBy Sj.Cliff
A pampering session with the girls doesn’t have to set you back in your finances, or even mean a trek to Boots. An impromptu spa day in your own living room can be easily done with these recipes and all you need are a few everyday items from the local supermarket.
Seriously Simple Face Mask
Promoted by A-listers such as model Shalom Harlow, this moisturising face mask only has two ingredients:
• Two egg whites (10p each)
• 2 tablespoons of plain yoghurt (45p per pot)
All you do is separate the egg whites and mix in with the yoghurt. Apply the mixture to the face, leave for a few minutes and then rinse. Even the novice cooks amongst you can manage this one!
Sweet Facial Scrub
Brown sugar is one of the best natural exfoliants out there; it doesn’t tear the skin like salt or oatmeal. It can also be stored for as long as you want, which allows you to keep a reserve for future or even give it as a thoughtful, non-expensive gift. All you need is:
• 60g brown sugar (£1.49 per 500g)
• 1tbsp olive oil (£2.00 per 500ML)
Mix the ingredients into a paste and apply generously to the face. Massage in circular motions and then rinse off with warm water for rejuvenating results. (An optional addition of an essential oil such as lavender, rose or jasmine could be added for a nicer scent)
Hydrating Hair Mask
A simple way to get super-shiny locks… and without the salon prices. The only two things you’ll need are these everyday products you’ve probably already got in your cupboard:
• 4 tbsp of olive oil (£2.00 per 500ML)
• 2 tbsp of honey (99p per jar)
Just warm the oil in the microwave for about twenty seconds, stir in the honey and then coat your hair from root to tip. Wrap your hair up in a towel or shower cap for about 15-minutes and then wash out as normal for a silky smooth do (this may take a few rinses).
Instant Teeth Whitener
You can get a dazzling smile minus the trip to the dentist or hit to the purse. You literally just need a toothbrush and the wonder product:
• 1tsp of bicarbonate of soda (£1.08 per 200g)
What you need to do is dab your dampened toothbrush into some bicarbonate of soda and brush away. The taste leaves a lot to be desired, and I wouldn’t recommend swallowing any of it – but after just a few repeats of this you can see the brightening effects.
Late nights and hangovers take their toll on your eyes, but that needn’t add to your stress – just stock up on any of these products and you’ll be sorted:
• 2 teabags (£1.15 for 80)
• 2 slices of cucumber (65p)
• 2tbsp of milk (89p for 2pints)
For the teabags; just soak two in boiling water for a few minutes, remove them, allow them to cool and then place one over each eye. Tea is a natural anti-inflammatory, and can ease redness and puffiness around the eyes.
The cucumber is an old-school classic in the world of beauty. The vitamin C and caffeic acid in the cucumber both reduce swelling, and feel especially soothing if cool from the refrigerator.
Cold milk constricts blood vessels and reduces swelling, and the fat in whole milk soothes dry and irritated skin. Pour some ice cold milk in a bowl, soak two cotton pads and place over the eyes.
As you can see, your cupboards hold a lot more potential than just filling your stomach! Why not treat yourself on one of these wintery evenings?
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Lauren is a full-time student, waitress and enthusiastic writer for the GKBC Academy. She’s had plenty of experience battling between brands and her bank balance!