Whether you hate shelling out for dry shampoo or are just on the lookout for a cheaper moisturizer, go no further than your kitchen! These all-natural and dirt-cheap beauty solutions are probably already sitting in your pantry.
- Dry shampoo: A much cheaper alternative to the $8 canisters in the drugstore, cornstarch is your best friend if you didn’t have time to shower this morning. Although some people swear it’s best when mixed with a little bit of baking soda, I usually use it straight up (who needs an extra step?). Just pour some into a small bowl, dip your fingers in, and run your hands through your roots. Use liberally and brush through for bouncy, clean hair.
- Face powder: If you find yourself out of powder with no time to run to the store, cornstarch is a great substitute. Apply it with a powder brush and be careful not to cake it on too heavily—a little goes a long way.
- Moisturizing mask: The Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans all used honey on their skin, and for good reason. Honey is a natural moisturizer and blemish fighter. Pull your hair back and apply a thin layer to your face. Let sit for ten minutes before washing off. You’ll notice the difference immediately; your skin will be soft-to-the-touch and glowing.
- Acne treatment: For stubborn acne, apply a dab of honey as a spot treatment, cover with a Band-Aid, and leave overnight. This is particularly effective for inflamed blemishes, as the honey will help to reduce redness and swelling.
- Facial mask: Although slathering raw egg on your face might sound less than appealing, egg is a wonderful treatment for oily or aging skin. Crack an egg and separate the yolk and the whites. Whisk the whites until frothy and apply to your face. Wait ten to fifteen minutes before washing off.
- Moisturizer: Coconut oil can work miracles for stubborn dry skin. Slather some on and in addition to doing your skin a favor, you’ll smell like a tropical island getaway. Coconut oil is best used on your body, but can also be used on your face if your skin isn’t acne prone.
Curious about other homemade beauty options? All natural beauty has a host of recipes to get you started.