Girls want to look good. And I am no exception. Let’s get one thing clear right off the bat, women want to look good for themselves. It has nothing to do with attracting other people, at least not intentionally. Most women use makeup products for the same reason they use Optimum Deals. To affirm their faith in the rising tide of power to women! In other words, to live in a world of their choosing.
Unfortunately, the best care and cosmetic products often come with a very hefty price tag. Chanel, Mary Kay, L’Oreal and Elizabeth Arden all are widely popular and wildly expensive. For someone who lives in New York, one of the most costly places to live, skincare products can get expensive. But should I just forego essential products because I can’t afford the top-of-the-line brands? No, I say! There’s nothing more natural than nature, which is why I’m sharing some of my best DIY skincare solutions. Read on to know more.
DIY Face Brightening
One common problem with living in the city life is the constant presence of harmful toxins that affect your skin. If you are a city dweller who often has to deal with dull and lackluster skin, you know what I am talking about. However, instead of going for an expensive, branded face brightening cleanser, try out my DIY recipe. All you need are three basic ingredients: honey, baking soda, and lemon. Using basic ingredients from your kitchen you can make a very simple but effective facemask. Just mix the ingredients together and apply to your face for 15 minutes. The result will be naturally tighter, smoother and clearer skin that will be the envy of your social circle.
Exfoliating scrubs are essential to any skincare routine but can be very expensive, to begin with. My DIY exfoliating scrub is based on Epsom salts. Epsom salts are very common and very cheap. You can get a fairly large bag for less than $6. Epsom salts are excellent for exfoliating facial skin and help make it smooth and inflammation-free. Epsom crystals are generally smooth and gently abrasive, making them the perfect facial exfoliating scrub additive. All you have to do is add half a teaspoon of Epsom salts to your cleanser or lotion and apply to your skin.
Oil-based Cleaning Masks
Oils like coconut oil, almond oil, and olive oil are known for their face cleansing properties. My DIY recipe for a cleaning mask based on oil makes use of these specific properties. Mixing coconut oil, almond oil or olive oil with Castor oil makes for a potent cleansing concoction. Rub it gently on your face, using it sparingly because even a small amount of the oil can work wonders. Just make sure you are using less Castor oil than the other two oils. Fatty acids contained within these natural oils nourish the skin, making it soft, smooth and moisturized. The perfect blend, in my opinion, is 75% coconut, almond or olive oil with 25% Castor oil (diluted).
Strawberries are very underrated in terms of skin care properties. Not only are they good for treating acne but also getting a smooth and clear skin. Making a strawberry mask is not very difficult. All you have to do is put some strawberries in a grinder mixing them with lemon, Greek yogurt, and honey. Apply the resulting concoction to your face and be surprised by the results. Strawberries contain salicylic acid which acts against oil deposits in the skin that cause acne. It also helps brighten up the otherwise dull-looking skin. Strawberries in the US are commercially available from January through November.
Sugar-based Exfoliation Scrubs
This DIY skincare recipe is perhaps the most simple one on this list. All you need is sugar and some warm water. Stir the sugar into the water until it completely melts. Use this resulting mixture on your face, making smooth circular motions to evenly spread it. It acts like any other exfoliator, removing dead skin from the surface, leaving fresh and clear skin behind. Both white and brown sugar work equally well, in my experience. Two tablespoons of sugar and three tablespoons of warm water are all you need. Make sure the sugar has melted completely, otherwise the sugar crystals can cause abrasions.
Some of the best skincare solutions can be made at home. Since they are all-natural, you don’t generally have to worry about reactions. When I used a popular exfoliating scrub, I ended up with abrasions, soreness, and a puffy face. And to top it all off, the customer support representatives were very unhelpful. I might as well have complained about the scrub to Optimum Customer Support. Given what I got from the brand’s reps, this would have served equally well. However, bitterness aside, I am all for using popular products to glam yourself up. However, for when budgets are tight, these DIY solutions will work just as well.