As I’m getting older I’m starting to learn the importance of taking better care of myself, including hair, skin, and nails. The only problem is that when you start looking at the best products out there for this and that, the more you begin to see just how expensive it can get to use the products every magazine or beauty site out there recommends. After doing a bit of research in search of alternative products found at home, here are a few little secrets I’ve learned.
Eye Makeup Remover – Olive Oil
Aside from being used for cooking, this is a great product to use to remove your eye makeup. The first time I read this my immediate thought was ‘yeah right,’ but rather than be a skeptic and judge something before even trying it, I decided to test it out for myself. In the past I’ve always used eye makeup remover lotion, which works great but the only problem is that one little bottle can add up rather quickly and before I knew it I was constantly having to order more. After using olive oil, I will never go back to purchasing eye makeup remover lotion again. It is by far the easiest way to remove eyeliner, eyeshadow, and mascara. What’s great is that it’s also a good moisturizer for your skin.
To remove eye makeup simply dab olive oil on a cotton ball, applying it to the eyelids and rubbing gently onto the skin until makeup is completely removed. Rinse face with lukewarm water to get rid of any excess oil, then pat face dry with a towel.
Deep Conditioning Treatment – Coconut Oil
If you’re like most women, myself included, then chances are you’re probably going lighter this Summer. Only problem with lightening your hair is that it comes with one major requirement, which is making sure your hair is constantly moisturized to avoid any damage. Like I’ve said in past posts, there are times when I can’t afford a deep conditioning treatment every single month. When I can’t go to the salon, I either make myself a hair mask (recipe here), use my trusty Aveda products, or just use coconut oil. What I love about using coconut oil is that it’s already in my cabinet, so it’s not like I have to go out and buy anything because I have everything I need at home. A few benefits of using this product are that it helps hair retain its natural moisture, making it stronger, it keeps your scalp moisturized to prevent dandruff, and it also contains Vitamins E and K to keep your hair healthy.
To use, scoop out coconut oil a little at time into the palm of your hands. Rub together until melted, applying generously to the ends of hair, gently massaging through, working your way up to the scalp. Apply as much as desired. Allow oil to sit on your hair for 20 to 30 minutes or longer (sometimes I leave it on overnight). A few other alternatives are putting on a shower cap and applying heat with a blow dryer for 15 to 20 minutes or simply hopping in the shower with cap on and letting the heat work its magic. Once ready, shampoo and condition as usual. Note: I’d recommend shampooing hair twice through to get rid of any excess oil.
Skin Exfoliant and Moisturizer – DIY Scrub
Although I don’t always run into dry skin issues during the Summer, there are times when it is a problem. Before, I’d always grab my lotion and lather it on like no one’s business, until I started making DIY Scrubs. What I’ve learned is that although lotion helps, scrubs work wonders. So how does it help? Here’s how I use it; when I hop in the shower I let the hot water run on my skin for at least 5 to 10 minutes to soften up and get ready for exfoliation. After that, I apply the scrub in a circular motion all over my body. If you’re like me and have to shave every freaking day, then be sure to exfoliate your underarms and legs thoroughly. The scrub in general will help get rid of dead skin cells and the oil will help your razor slide over the skin gently and give you the closest and longest lasting shave possible. Once you’ve tried this you won’t ever want to stop.
If you’re in search of cheaper at home beauty alternatives that won’t burn a hole through your pocket and work wonders then definitely give these a try. And, if you think of any alternatives that have helped you out, please share. I’d love to learn a few new beauty tricks!