I love spending money on good quality skincare! I cringe at the idea of knowing just how much, but I think it’s so important to look after your skin every single day. In case you didn’t know, we only have one chance to do it right!
BUT what if I told you it didn’t have to cost you any more than a few groceries? Let me shine some light.
In life, the more pure, organic and original anything is, the better. Yet we happily spend hundreds or yoyo’s every year on skincare products with a million different ingredients no one has ever heard of. Wouldn’t it be much simpler if we could make our own? If we could know exactly what was in them, and be able to reach for the ingredients in our own kitchen cabinets??
Raw honey is amazing in so many ways. The sweet stuff has antibacterial powers so strong that it can help breakouts and the anti-inflammatory properties soothe irritated red skin and rashes. In addition to it being super hydrating! Honey is one of the best natural sources of nutrients, enzymes, vitamins and skin-boosting acids.
You need to use raw honey as opposed to regular because raw honey is unheated and unprocessed meaning its nutrients are intact, unlike processed honey.
As a Cleanser or Mask: Simply slather it on with your fingers. I recommend putting it on your face while you shower. Some will drip but most will stay on until you really try to wash it off.
As an Exfoliator: Mix two tablespoons of honey with one tablespoon of baking soda for your face OR add two cups of honey to a bath, soak for 15 minutes, then add one cup of baking soda for the final 15 minutes for full body softness.
As a Cuticle Moisturizer: Mix one teaspoon of honey with one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and one teaspoon of coconut oil. Let your cuticles soak it in for at least ten minutes before washing with warm water.
As a Hair Conditioner: Mix raw honey with coconut oil and leave in the lengths of your hair for 20 minutes.
I’ve been using coconut oil for cooking and my hair for years but recently I have discovered it does wonders for my whole body! It’s literally better, and cheaper than any moisturizer I’ve ever used! It penetrates the skin better than other oils making it super moisturizing whatever way you use it. It is also said to reduce wrinkles and prevent premature aging. Yay for that!
As a Moisturizer: A little goes a long way, warm it between your hands and massage it into the skin. It should take a few minutes to absorb but you shouldn’t need to wipe any excess off.
As a Cleanser: Coconut oil cuts grease! Use a cotton bud to apply the oil, let it sit for a few minutes before washing off with warm water.
As an Exfoliator: Add a little lemon juice to your oil and massage into the skin. You can also place a hot towel over your face for a few minutes to really open up your pores and allow the mix to work its cleaning magic.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Consumed, ACV is an amazing detoxifier. It cleans the liver and balances gut bacteria. But just like coconut oil, it has lots of uses ON the body as well as in. It is said to be a great cleanser for skin and a cure for bad acne due to its anti-fungal properties. The acids also help to remove dead skin making it the perfect gentle exfoliator.
Facial Toner: Mix one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with two cups of water. Swipe the mixture over your face using a cotton ball. The acids will stimulate circulation, as well as minimize pores.
Dandruff Treatment: Mix together equal parts apple cider vinegar and water. Massage into the scalp and let it soak for a minute before shampooing. The acidic properties will balance the pH levels of your scalp. You should see a difference after the first wash but continue to do this for a few washes.
Avocados are the yummy home to vitamins A, D and E that penetrate the skin when used as a mask. These vitamins help to not only boost collagen production but can also soothe sunburned skin. The anti-inflammatory properties of avocados work the same when applied to the skin as eaten, so stock up!
Whip up a face-mask with fresh avocado combined with essential oils, honey or coconut oil.
As a Scrub: Add coconut sugar or pink Himalayan salt for a face scrub.
For a Soothing Mask: Add the juice of a cucumber, and of course, cut two slices for your eyes!
Sometimes all you need is to get a little buzzed to feel good, but vodka belongs in your beauty cabinet just as much as on your bar. Believe it or not, vodka can act as a non-irritating toner to tighten up pores. It’s also the perfect antiseptic treatment for spots!
Use a lightly soaked cotton bud to dab over the skin.
You will find me in Sephora every Friday after I’ve been paid, but I’ve been saving SO MUCH money by using these natural products I always have in my kitchen. Meaning more money for makeup!! I loved writing this post and learned a tone while doing the research. There are so many more ingredients I didn’t include because I just found so many. If you liked this type of post I’ll do a part two sometime with the rest!
I’m off now to soak in some coconut oil & honey while watching the new season of Pretty Little Lier’s!