DYI At-Home Beauty Treatments - Beauty Even on a Budget
Do-It-Yourself Lip Scrubs
ll you need to do is mix a tablespoon of coconut oil and a tablespoon of honey. Stir until they form a homogenous mixture and then add two teaspoons of brown sugar. Mix everything together and if you need to you can add some more coconut oil to smooth out and blend the mixture better. Now you’ve done that you just need to transfer the mixture into a clean jar and voila – your organic scrub is ready to use and let me tell you – your lips will be thanking you! The honey and the coconut oil are well known for their moisturizing properties and the brown sugar helps gently remove the dead skin. Enjoy your soft, kissable lips eek! 🙂
At Home Teeth Whitener
What you will need:
Aluminum-free baking soda: whitens teeth and freshens breath (Click here to purchase)
3% food grade hydrogen peroxide*: whitens teeth and fights bacteria (Click here to purchase)
Peppermint essential oil: fights bacteria and provides flavor (Click here to purchase)
Simply mix one teaspoon baking soda with one teaspoon hydrogen peroxide into a smooth paste and add a few drops of the essential oil. Dip your toothbrush in the paste and brush for about 2 minutes before brushing with regular toothpaste.
*Please note that food grade hydrogen peroxide differs greatly from the run-of-the-mill hydrogen peroxide found in the drugstore, which is not safe to ingest as it contains many heavy metals. I bought mine at Whole Foods in the personal care section. It was $8.99 for a 16 oz bottle which admittedly is about five times the cost of the generic drugstore brand. But using it solely for this purpose, I know it will last me quite a long time. Also, if it’s going in my mouth, it want it to me safe, which I’m sure you’ll agree with.
While I first used this paste for a few days in a row, I’ve decided to start using it just once a week for maintenance, sort of like a weekly face mask application. It has kept my pearly whites in tip-top shape and I have not experienced any sensitivity!
DIY "Chemical" Peel
Glycolic acid is a natural derivative of sugar cane and a member of the AHA, or alpha hydroxy family. Applied topically, it acts as a mild chemical exfoliant and is able to penetrate and loosen the surface layer of skin for easier removal. Over time, consistent use of glycolic acid will fade superficial marks and fine lines. Because of this quality, it is a common ingredient in antiaging skin-care products.
The acid is also used to treat acne due to its mild drying effect and ability to keep pores clear. Though numerous glycolic acid products are available on the market, budget-conscious individuals can opt for a homemade glycolic acid peel using cane sugar and other common household ingredients.