All women have their tricks to achieve and keep the beauty. Either knowing exactly the stores where you can buy pretty things by a bargain, putting on that special make up and attending a beauty salon are some of those tricks, but you can get even more beautiful with some silly, affordable little secrets that can be implemented at home and will not be considered silly by your pocket!
We compiled a list with some must-have beauty tips to save money, according to the products that are often indispensable and what else you can use to substitute them with a very low cost so, we will have basically two different sections here concerning different beauty care areas: first, face and make up care hacks and hair care hacks.
At the end of each section of our list you can also take a look on the extra benefits of these alternatives and why you can totally stick to them apart from the fact some of them cost near nothing.
Face and Make Up Care Hacks
Primer Fix : Ice
Specially during hot seasons or ambients where the acclimatization increase the temperature, putting on the make up can result in a poor job when it comes to smoothness. That also happens for women who naturally have a skin with more dilated pores regardless of the weather and the room, but the primer has been a great friend to smooth up the skin before the application of the face foundation and powder.
Well, that is a function very simple to mimic at home with low temperatures. Ice here will break the ice and make your skin more rigid and the pores will close. Is a natural reflex of the body to shut down its skin under cold conditions to avoid losing heat for the ambient, so applying ice on your face will make the skin proper and ready to get the make up.
Just roll one or more ice cubes into a cloth or towel and slide it over your face for a while until you see it is getting more rigid and smooth. After a while you can dry your skin with a clean – and not warm – towel and start the application of the make up.
Benefits: Physics and Not Chemistry for Your Skin
Primer applications are naturally chemical compounds that will make their magic to shut down your pores. Obviously it is not anything that light and natural for the health of your skin in the long run and with the face foundation the primer can dehydrate and oxidate a lot of vitamins and natural enzymes in your skin, increasing the skin aging process.
Ice will do that just with the power of temperature oscillation and nothing else. As a plus, you will not have to extra wash your face later, something primers also require to unblock the pores which often requires more chemicals and more damage to the skin.
Exfoliating Scrub or Gel/Lotion : Sugar and Honey
Exfoliation is something really important for women due to the fact we wear make up constantly, as well as when we are not on the pill and our hormones naturally fluctuate throughout the month. Menstrual cycles and make up can be a powerful combo to screw your skin!
Exfoliation is a procedure that helps remove dead cells and debris in general from the pores and prevent acne and reinvigorate the appearance, especially during the days when the estrogen is lower on the blood and we have more dead skin and less firmness.
You can ditch expensive creams or lotions, as well as more abrasive and harsh scrubs for something very natural and as effective as these products: sugar and honey. The first one will work as the physical element to scrub your face and peel off dead skin. It is also soothing for the skin after the abrasion of the solid crystals rub and very easy to remove.
The honey on the other hand plays the cleaning and nurturing role here. Its viscosity is excellent to aggregate the dead skin, while it has a demure acidity that is great to unblock pores. For last, honey is a rich nutrient. It includes several vitamins and amino acids that can help out to revitalize your face after an exfoliating session.
Benefits: Eco Friendly and Less Damaging
All exfoliative processes feature one way or another of aggression to the skin. The abrasiveness of the sugar and honey mix though is much more easy for the skin to cope because the sugar crystals naturally dissolve, avoiding the possibility of over brushing and causing extra damage but the one required to peel off dead cells.
But most importantly, sugar crystals are an eco friendly solution in detriment to the microplastic exfoliating beads that are included in most exfoliative creams. These particles in the end of the day travel from your sink to the bottom of the ocean and intoxicate and damage several sea life forms . Recently the industry worldwide has been pressured to ban the use of such particles, but they are still out there in the market. You can avoid them and save money in the process, the best scenario.
Soothing Creams or Lotions : Camomile Extract / Tea
Is normal if your skin gets irritated or extra sensitive once in a while. Make up, hormones, a natural sensitive skin and hot showers all can contribute to a flare up of redness or swollen. It is a cliche of cosmetics several different formulas of soothing creams, including for the day and for the night combos, and while some of them are in fact really good and effective, you do not have to stretch that far from home to have a solution for that with few expenses.
The camomile extract is largely used in cosmetics of this kind and it is not really hard to obtain at home. You can optionally prepare just a tea with the flowers of the herb and use it as your own soothing lotion while the extract requires a more concentrated and longer infusion. Is important though that you acquire fresh dehydrated camomile flowers to make your infusion and not an average industrial packed bag of camomile teas.
The natural thing will include much more nutrients and the natural oils of the plant. You can toss the flowers with water into your blender and then later heat it to almost the boiling point. Let it rest hermetically closed inside your fridge and apply when cold. You do not need to let it get icy as open pores will be more important to absorb more the nutrients of the infusion. The extract, or the essential oil, demands a more laborious method.
You will solve swollen issues and calm redness skin as the camomile extracts have hydrating and soothing oils to battle inflammations and hashes.
Benefits: Natural And Cheap
Soothing creams can be complicated cosmetic products because they may solve a specific scenario but cause something else. Women with sensitive skin surely have been testing many different creams to find out the one that best suit their needs, because these products are made of many different chemical compounds and the hypersensitivity, to one or another substance, is much more likely to happen with such complex compounds.
Camomile features anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidizing and anti-microbial compounds, which is also very helpful to heal wounds.
The benefits of camomile are so many it is not not only a great natural solution for the skin. It has been largely used also to hair care and, of course, for therapeutic features when consuming it as a tea or its essential oil.
Very popular and easy to find, you can also grow and harvest your own camomile bushes at home and create your own essential oil.
Hydrating Creams: Olive Oil and Papaya
While they are not much expensive, hydrating creams can be a waste of money when you have so many other better options completely organic and natural at your disposal. One of the easiest hacks is to hydrate the skin as there are several different options that can do that job, but we selected two of the most complete.
The papaya is excellent for its combination of several different vitamins and is a comedogenic hydrant, which means it will hydrate the skin without adding to the natural oil of the skin and blocking pores. The papaya also has whitening features that are excellent to remove spots on the skin like eyes dark rings and sun spots.
The olive oil on the other hand is one of the best natural hydrating oil for dry skin. During winter or whenever you skin starts to get dehydrated, one or two drops of olive oil spread across your face will make wonders. As it is a non-saturated oil, it is rapidly absorbed by the skin and features several anti-oxidizing and anti-inflammatory substances that make them so excellent in food. Recently olive oil has been trending as its benefits for skin have been largely approved by many women.
Benefits: Extra Nurturing
These two ingredients are naturally rich in vitamins and many healing substances, but mostly, they are two great way to provide extra nutrients to your skin with a high level of absorption. Many hydrating creams make use of heavy metals and substances that force the skin to open up and they are not easy for people with sensitive skin and a history of allergies to settle down. Also, the cost for these benefits is often expensive if you are making use daily of hydration.
Hair Care Hacks
Hydrating Creams / Conditioners: Olive Oil
Once again you can make use of the blessed olive oil for hydration. People with wild curls, struggling with volume or dry hair can tame the strands of hair with a small dose of olive oil. Have two or three drops of olive oil in your hands and spread it all over both palms, then gently caress your hair to distribute the oil throughout the strands.
While olive oil has a strong profile, it loses fast its smell after a while, specially if you will go out and face the sun. Since it is a non-saturated oil, when it gets in contact with sun light, it will work as a defense barrier oxidizing and losing its properties, suffering the damage your hair would do instead.
Benefits: Strong Barrier
Most hydrating conditioners and creams just add moist to your hair but they do not really nurture it. Really good hydrating hair creams costs a fortune if you are going to use them in a daily basis as they require a heavy formula to really nurture the hair. Olive oil also stands out in comparison with other natural oil, like the super hyped – but not really that great – coconut oil.
The olive oil, specifically the extra virgin, is full of anti-oxidizing substances, it works as a full army of protection in your hair while it can still nurture it with vitamins. This oil is often not that cheap because of its high quality, but compared with top quality hydrating creams, the costs are ridiculously accessible specially because you will use it as a mask.
Astringent Shampoos: Baby Powder
For women who struggle with oily hair, keeping it light and with a good appearance throughout the whole day is a challenge, and washing it too often is not really recommended as the hair will just get oily faster. Astringent shampoos often do a good works to keep the scalp from producing too much oil, but just like hydrating creams, the really good ones are expensive and they do not keep the aspect as great for too long if you are having a long day.
The baby powder is actually an old trick you maybe already know. Otherwise, the tip here is very simple. Just toss some of it on top of your head and spread it around as if you were washing your hair in the shower. Just be careful to do not tangle it with an aggressive move. Then just shake your hair to remove excesses and you will notice immediately the look is much more sober, not shiny and the hair gets some volume.
Benefits: Low Costs
Once again, this is a cheap alternative to control damage. Instead of washing your hair once again with an expensive high quality astringent shampoo, you can opt to just toss something that will absorb the oil and give back balance to your hair. Powder here is a trick, something that works like a sponge. Surely you later have to wash your hair and remove it, but it is a very simple and extremely effective hack that will save you a lot of time and money.
Curls Definition: Avocado and Eggs Mask
Women with curly hair not only have to fight to keep the hair hydrated and nurtured, but also have to spend some time defining their curls so they do not look neglected or end up tangling and breaking hair. There are many products in the market that just add weight to your hair, giving it oily additions but never really fully helping to repair and maintain the curls.
The most expensive and effective products do that work with some daily struggle as they still work like a temporary cover, rather than an effective nurturing solution.
You can create a mask mixing avocado and eggs to make an excellent fixture to nurture your curls with collagen. These foods offer a lot of nutrients to sustain the curls giving the hair strands firmness and repairing damage.
Benefits: Long Lifespan Treatment
Avocado is one of the best things for curly and dry hair as it has a lot of natural oils that give the hair more vitality and strength. The benefits of the application can last for a long a while and you can repeat the procedure several times during the week, for 20 minutes before you get under the shower. The eggs here offer a lot of collagen and vitamins that also restructure curls and repair damage. All this, of course, has a very little cost.
To finish our guide, we can also recommend some extra easy to find home hack food that will enhance your low cost treatments:
Cornmeal and honey: excellent mix to lightening dark armpits and groins, also great for the eyes dark rings.
Carqueja: Also known as Baccharis trimera, its a herb commonly found in Europe and South America, its infusion is excellent for varicose veins.
Milk: bathe your hair with fat milk to remove the water chlorine from the hair and avoid more damage.
Slug: is great to hydrate the hair and skin and works specially well to control the oil production in the scalp.
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