Anyone who knows me is aware that I love to repurpose things and live as frugally as possible. This trait definitely spills over into my beauty obsession!
Recently I’ve noticed more and more that there are numerous household items that can double as beauty products. All of these items are affordable and are quite likely sitting in your kitchen or bathroom right now.
With a bit of research and some personal experience, I’ve compiled a list of tips and household products with major beauty benefits. I split them up into 6 categories: Skin, Hair, Makeup & Cosmetics, Nails, Teeth & Miscellaneous.
Each category will be its own blog post done in the order above so they’re not too long.
- Cold Pressed Avocado Oil: Contains fatty oil which hydrates dry skin, reduces redness, removes texture, plumps fine lines and wrinkles. It can also help the production of collagen and heal your skin
- Refrigerator: Keep your eye creams, toners and astringent in your fridge. It helps to cool and depuff your eyes and skin.
- Mr. Clean Magic Erasers: These surprisingly remove streaky self tanner lines quite well! Be sure to rinse off after.
- Toothpaste: Spot treat annoying zits with toothpaste on a Q-Tip before bed, they should dry out by morning and be much less noticeable.
- Raw Honey: Raw honey is full of antioxidant properties, antibacterial and hydrating. Apply a thin layer & leave on for 20-30 minutes and rinse. This unclogs pores and clarifies the skin.
- Coffee Filters: These work extremely well as oil blotting papers, and are much cheaper than the actual product. Of course, you get way more product in a package of coffee filters than a package of blotting papers.
- Lemons: Do you have darker skin in areas like y0ur armpit, elbows or knees that you want rid of? Cut a lemon in half and rub it over those areas once a day. Lemons have natural gentle bleaching properties and will lighten skin.
- Soy Milk: Soak a cotton pad in the milk and apply it as you would a toner. Let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes and rinse with cold water. Soy milk contains genistein which helps block the enzymes that can break down the skin and cause aging.
- Aspirin: Soak 5 or 6 Aspirin in a small bowl of water and honey and mix into a paste. Apply to face and let it sit for 20 to 25 minutes & rinse. Alternatively, you can leave out the honey or replace it with your favorite face wash. You can also just use an Aspirin and water paste. Aspirin helps with multiple skin issues such as acne, scarring, dryness, redness and dull skin. This is due to the Salicylic Acid in the Aspirin. This is found in many facial cleansers and moisturizers targeted for acne prone skin.
- Chapstick Original: Nick yourself while shaving? I do. Every. Single. Time. Instead of wearing an unsightly band-aid on your sexy smooth legs (or handsome fresh face, if you’re a dude) add some Chapstick to the minor wound. The Chapstick has a waxy feel and it will seal the cut and stop the bleeding, as well as soothe it. Vaseline works well for this too.
- Cinnamon & Honey: This is another great DIY spot treatment for pimples as both the ingredients have antioxidants and antibacterial properties, and cinnamon also has anti-inflammatory properties to help shrink the pimple.
- Visine: Apply Visine directly to a pimple to quickly reduce redness.
- Mouthwash: Mouthwash can help improve the appearance of bruises. As an incredibly clumsy woman, my legs often look like that of a toddler learning to walk. Not a great look when wearing shorts or skirts and dresses! Soak a cotton pad in mouthwash and dab it on the bruise to improve appearance and clear up the bruise quicker.
- Coconut Oil: Burn yourself often when curling or straightening your hair? I know I do, but worry no more! I’ve discovered that applying a generous amount of coconut oil to the minor burn stops the pain and stinging within a minute or two. I’ve also noticed that I don’t get a burn blister when I apply coconut oil to a burn. PLEASE NOTE: This is for minor burns only!
- Apple Cider Vinegar: Ran out of facial astringent, or just want to go natural and chemical free? Apple cider vinegar is an excellent astringent that prevents breakouts!
- Tea Bags: Place cooled (caffeinated) tea bags on your eyes for 5 to 10 minutes. Caffeine reduces puffiness and can shrink under eye bags.
- Oatmeal: Add 2 cups of oatmeal to a warm bath to releive dry, itchy skin or a sunburn.
- Hair Conditioner: Ran out of shaving cream? Don’t worry, lather your legs with regular hair conditioner and shave away! The conditioner creates a barrier between your skin and your razor the same way shaving cream does.
- Raw Brown Sugar: Make your own DIY body scrub by adding raw brown sugar to your body wash. If you find it’s too abrasive you can add coconut oil which will make it smoother and more moisturizing.
Did you learn something new here today? I hope you did, and I hope you’ll give some of these a try. Let me know in the comments if you found something interesting. If you give any of these a try let me know and keep an eye out for my next post in this mini series!
Lots of love,