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Everything But The Kitchen Sink – Beauty Tips From the Pantry

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Living on a budget doesn’t mean you have to look badly. There are numerous natural remedies and beauty regimes that cost mere pennies.  Not all of these remedies smell good or come in pretty bottles, but they do work in a pinch or as part of your daily routine.

What ever your reason, natural alternatives, no animal products (with the exception of dairy), saving money, a fun experiment, these beauty tips will save money.

Here is a list from my own research – please feel free to add more.

Turmeric:

Seems to reduce fine lines

You can make a paste-like mask with milk, honey, yogurt and/or raw egg (our favorite).  Set the mixture on the skin for about one minute and rinse thoroughly with warm water.

Cons – Strong pungent scent, may stain your sink/clothes and leave a tint on your skin for a short while

Pros – Skin will look more youthful, vibrant and shiny.

Raw Egg:

I keep in in the fridge and put on before my shower.  The cold raw egg reduces puffiness and fine lines, adds a nice glow to my skin (personal note: I use cage-free eggs).

Cons – Strong pungent scent and must wash hands thoroughly with hot water and soap after touching this mixture. You have to dump the mixture after about a week.  Can be highly troublesome because of the raw egg – be very careful about the surfaces you touch.

Pros – Seems to take years off of the face and make skin more hydrated.

Oil and Sugar Exfoliator:

This mixture is best used sparingly in the Winter months, when skin is severely dry and over-exposed to harsh elements (dry/cold Winter air and hot water from showering).  If you have acne-prone skin, it’s probably best to stay away from this mixture or use only once or twice per Winter.  Other skin types can benefit from more frequent use.  Pour a small drop of Olive Oil on to the palm, mix with white or brown sugar.  Scrub mixture gently on to skin and wash off within minutes.  You can also rub on lips before a shower to rid yourself of dry skin.

Cons – can be bad for acne as the oil exacerbates pimples.

Pros – Gets rid of dry skin, adds a nice shine and diminishes the look of fine lines.

Baking Soda as a Tooth Whitener and Product Build-Up Remover:

Most people are aware that baking soda can be used to occasionally brush teeth for fresh breath and whiter teeth.  Some dentists claim that using pure baking soda can be too harsh for one’s teeth.  It does seem to lightly remove stains from teeth.  It can also be used with Shampoo to remove product build-up from hair.  While showering (with wet hair), take your shampoo and add a tablespoon or so of baking soda to the mixture, lather in the hair and rinse.  If the first day of this mixture does not work completely, try another day.  It’s recommended that you only use this twice a month or so.

Cons – Can dull the shine of one’s hair.

Pros – You will notice less frizzy hair from product build-up.

Conditioner for anti-frizz cream:

If you are prone to frizzy hair, you’re aware of how costly anti-frizz products can be.  As a quick fix, you can take a light conditioner and mix it with a small amount of water (just to make it slightly more watery), adding it to your hair once you’ve finished washing it (while it’s still wet).  By adding the water, you dilute the extreme nature of the conditioner so it’s not overly heavy (thereby causing your hair to frizz even more).

Cons – can cause lots of buildup and get on your skin (face, neck, etc).

Pros – can be a nice (cheaper) alternative to anti-frizz hair creams or be used in a pinch if you run out.

More tips via this video from BetterLiving.tv

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