Friday, March 25, 2011

25 of the Best Inexpensive Home Remedies to Achieving Beautiful, Healthier Skin, and Hair

*Thanks to my Mom, my friend Lauren, many beauty books and amazing websites for helping me come up with this huge list. We have tested each and every one of em so enjoy and I hope they work for you as much they have worked for me! :)



1. Baking Soda
Baking soda has many uses, removing odor from refrigerators, stinky shoes, brushing your teeth, mixed with water to form a paste to dry a pimple, or massaged through hair to get rid of the old gunk left over from styling products. If you're looking for an exfoliant alternative, rub it on your elbows or knees to help those dry and rough areas on your skin.

2. Toothbrush
On average we are supposed to use a new tooth brush every 3 months, so why waste the old ones? The toothbrush is an all-purpose tool, it can be used to comb through clumpy mascara on your lashes, eyebrow grooming, applying hair dye touch-ups, (my favorite) exfoliating flaky lips (with vaseline), and can also be used to scrub pencil sharpeners, tweezers, and combs!

3. Honey
Did you know that honey is anti-bacterial? It makes a pretty decent zit zap too, especially on nasty, red blemishes. Apply a little bit to your blemish every night before bed and place a band-aid or tape on top. It's also good for soaking up that oil on your skin (T-zone). Honey is actually a common ingredient in most face masks as it's stickiness holds the ingredients all together. Honey is also a surprisingly good lip moisturizer, mix it with a bit of sugar and rub, then lick off!

4. Sugar
Like baking soda, sugar also makes a great exfoliant, and a really sweet one too! I have an old jar of exfoliant scrub by True Blue Spa that ran out of, so I rinsed it and put about a cup of sugar in there and once a week I pour some in my hand, mix it with a little water and scrub my knees and elbows with it, especially when the seasons get colder. You could also try mixing honey with sugar or even brown sugar for a scrub as honey is excellent for your skin.

5. Bath Salts
They don’t just make your bath smell good. Bath salts are soothing and relaxing on those sore muscles, you can massage it onto damp skin before you settle in the tub. Doing this will help your skin absorb moisture more easily. :)

6. Frozen Food
For aches, pains, swelling, bruises, burns, irritation from waxing, a bag of frozen peas or blueberries can be applied as the shape can nicely mold around any part of your body to help any kind of irritation.

7. Tea Bags
No, this isn't a remedy for the male genatalia. If you keep wet tea bags (black, green, or chamomile) you can put them on your eyes every morning to reduce puffiness. They can also soothe mild burns and bruises. Chamomile is especially great for reducing irritation . You can soak a wash cloth in warm chamomile tea and apply it to your skin after a bikini wax!

8. Clay Masks
In my opinion, every girl should own at least one of these. Its good for soakin up excess oil on your face, chest, or back too! It can also dry up pimples and soothe itchy bug bites.

9. Yogurt
Plain low fat and non fat yogurt also makes a great alternative to clay masks! It makes my skin feel soothed, tight, dry, soft, silky and makes pores appear smaller. Its also perfect for an itchy, flaky scalp in the winter. I leave mine on for about a half an hour, rinse and my flakes are gone!

10. Kraft Miracle Whip (ew, I know)
Did you know that elbows have almost no oil glands? Miracle Whip is a great alternative to a moisturizer, although I dont recommend putting it on your face as it is more extreme than most moisturizers which makes it really good for that stubborn, flaky skin that won't go away.

11. Coritzone
Got beard burn? Sometimes getting too close and kissy leaves you with a red chin the morning after. I promise you that cortisone cream is your best solution.

12. Sweet Almond Oil
Inexpensive and perfect for soothing skin irritation after facial waxing or Nairing. Sometimes moisturizers can only make it worse and believe me, been there...done that! It's also an eye make remover, skin, hair and cuticle softener so try it out :)

13. Neosporin, Calamine Lotion
Neosporin Original First Aid Antibiotic Ointment and calamine lotion can calm down your blemish redness over night, try putting a bandaid over it and see the difference when you wake up in the morning.

14. Garlic, Potato and Kiwi
I've never actually tried this but I read in a book somewhere that these work. Secure a thin slice of potato with a bandaid on your pimple at bedtime and remove it in the morning. Apply garlic twice a day can also treat your pimples, just make sure it isn't an open pimple or it will most likely burn. Just cut a clover of garlic in half and dab it on. Kiwi slices and grated potatos can also help dark circles.

15. Jell-O
Soaking your feet in Jell-O everynight helps sweaty, stinky feet.

16. Visine
Visine is another good alternative for taking the red out of a pimple. First put a dab on the pimple, then using a clean, small brush or your ring finger, (wash your hands, too!)stroke a bit of concealer on it and blend the edges out, blot and you're good to go.

17. Elmers Glue
If your blackheads aren't too deep, try putting Elmer's Glue on them, wait for it to dry and peel it off.

18. Duct Tape
Years ago my mom said she heard on the news that duct tape could remove warts and my first thought at 10 years old was ah hell no...I later found out that it isn't used at like a waxing strip. I put it on my toe every night before bed and it took it off in the mornings before school. I don't know how it works, but the wart slowly shrunk and that nasty little thing was gone within a month. No visible scar leftover either! :)
19. Crest Whitening Strips
They also whiten your yellow-ish nails!

20. Ice & Pepto-Bismol
They say that ice is always effective in the beginning stages of cold sores, but so is pepto-bismol, give it a shot!

21. Moisturizer & Body Oil
If your perfume fades throughout the day, mix a little in with a fragrance-free moisturizer and rub on your skin so it lasts all day. Is your hair lacking luster? Put a little body oil in your palms, pat and rub together and work slightly and evenly through hair. Be carely not to use too much, ya grease ball.


22. Blotting Papers, Tea Tree Oil, Baby Powder, Cornstarch
Greasy roots? Blotting papers actually work for your hair too, keep them in your purse, rub them on greasy roots after a long day before hitting the town at night :) A little bit of tea tree oil can be added to your shampoo if your hair is naturally greasy all over. Things like cornstarch and baby powder can be a quick fix on your roots, you can section out your hair and apply with a blush brush, kabuki brush, or whichever brush you prefer. If you have darker hair or red hair, these might fade out your natural color and shine...so I personally reccomend Treseme's dry shampoo (7 bucks) OR you can dip your brush in a matte bronzer or blush so it looks less harsh.

23. Fabric Softener
Work in a stinky place? Or are you surrounded by cigarette smoke and have no time to shower? Rub a fabric softener sheet in your hair to get rid of all of those nasty stinkies...You can also stick a sheet of it in your hair brush, which is an awesome remedy to get the static out of your hair!

24. Saran Wrap and Grocery Bags
When dyeing your hair, or doing any kind of treatment it's always good to cover the head to hold and absorb everything into your hair. I mean, of course shower caps are inexpensive but if you ever run out or forget to pick some up at the store then your solution is Saran wrap and grocery bags. They can be tightened and sealed on your head with a hair scrunchie or and a clip and it's that easy :) (Thanks, Mum!)

25. Olive Oil
Are you in need of a conditioning treatment and you dont have any shower caps? Look no further than your own kitchen! Coat your hair in olive oil, clip you hair up if its long, and wrap your head in Saran wrap or put a grocery bag over your head and tie with a hair tie or clip it to close it and keep it tight in the back. Next, run a blow dryer over it for a few minutes to hold the moisture, leave it on for 30 min, then shampoo and condition. Olive oil also makes an amazing conditioner and makeup brush cleaner. :D

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