Did you know that you can make your own beauty products? It’s true! You don’t need a science degree to whip up your own concoctions—all you need is a little bit of time and a few household items. DIY beauty products are great because they can outlast their store-bought counterparts, and they can save you money. You can also make them with natural ingredients, saving your body from a chemical overload. So, are you ready to dive into DIY?
Here are six easy and affordable beauty recipes to get you started:
Deep cleansing creams, super hydrating lotions, vitamin-packed moisturizers—they all claim to miraculously hydrate your skin, but what they really seem to do is wring out your wallet. With this easy and all-natural moisturizer recipe, you won’t have to worry about choosing the right facial lotion again. Just mix one half-cup of coconut oil with one teaspoon of Vitamin E oil and five or six drops of your favorite essential oil. A little bit goes a long way, so you won’t run out of it quickly.
Beachy Hair Spray
Want those beautiful beach waves, but don’t live near the coast? With this three-ingredient salt spray, you can have wonderfully wavy locks anywhere, any time of year. Start with 10 ounces of boiling water and add one teaspoon of aloe vera gel and two teaspoons of Epsom salt. Why not sea salt? Sea salt will actually dry out your hair more than magnesium sulfate, or Epsom salt. The spray works perfectly with these three ingredients, but you can add a few more for extra benefits. A teaspoon of lemon juice and a teaspoon of alcohol will lighten your hair like it’s been in the sun all summer, while a few drops of essential oils can give the spray a sweet or flowery scent.
We all want a gleaming set of teeth, but whitening procedures and tools can be costly and time-consuming. Not to mention that the chemicals used can damage your enamel, causing tooth sensitivity and sometimes pain. But with a few household products, you can have a set of pearly whites in no time. Just mix one teaspoon of baking soda with two teaspoons of hydrogen peroxide. Add a few drops of peppermint or cinnamon oil for a fresh, clean taste. Since baking soda can be abrasive to your enamel, brush with this only once a week and then follow up with your regular toothpaste.
Washing your hair every day can strip its natural oils, so it’s best to wash it every other day or less. And when life gets in the way, you may need to skip the shampoo for an extra day (or two…or three…). In times like these, dry shampoo comes in handy. With two simple ingredients, you can make your own. Just mix one-fourth of a teaspoon of cornstarch with four or five drops of your favorite essential oil. If you have dark hair, combine two tablespoons of cornstarch with two tablespoons of cocoa powder before adding in the essential oil. Then, just brush a small amount through your hair with an old makeup brush or comb.
Over the past few years, deodorant has become a controversial beauty product. Because it may contain aluminum and other harsh chemicals, some experts believe it could be linked to serious health problems, including cancer. To save yourself from weighing the pros and cons of store-bought deodorant, go ahead and make a homemade version — it’s easier than you think. Mix together one-eighth of a cup of baking soda with one-eighth of a cup of cornstarch, then slowly mix in two to three tablespoons of coconut oil. If you like the texture of store-bought deodorant, keep the mixture refrigerated. Otherwise, you can rub it on like a lotion.
Zits be gone with this quick and easy recipe! All you need is a little coconut oil and a little tea tree oil. Both have antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, so they can fight those pesky pore-clogging germs. Just mix four to five drops of tea tree oil in one-eighth of a cup of melted coconut oil. Let it set and then rub a little bit on your problem areas. Store in the fridge to keep a thick consistency.
If you can’t get enough of beauty products and skincare, you may want to embark on a career as an esthetician. At Salon Success Academy, you can learn the latest skincare science and techniques through our Esthetician Program. To learn more, call 877-987-HAIR (4247) today!