For example, who hasn’t used baking soda as a deodorizer in the fridge, or put cucumber slices over their eyes to decrease puffiness? Many of these same natural products can also keep you looking your best, most for a fraction of the cost of store-bought lotions, shampoos and other beauty products.
Here are a few of the most popular concoctions you can make to keep your hair and skin healthy and beautiful:
Good for: Colloidal oatmeal — or regular oatmeal ground into a powder in a blender — can be mixed into bath water to relieve eczema (itchy, dry skin).
Limitations: Best for more mild cases; not medicinal so if you have severe eczema, talk to your doctor if you need something stronger.
Can replace: Topical anti-itch creams and non-prescription steroid creams such as hydrocortisone
Good for: Make a face mask using plain yogurt and honey to cleanse your face and smooth your complexion. Leave on for about 15-20 minutes, then rinse.
Can replace: Specialized skin conditioning or cleaning treatments, store-bought face masks.
Good for: Strengthening and deep conditioning hair, alone or mixed with mayonnaise until the mixture is mint green in color.
Limitations: Avocado is a common allergen, so even though you are not ingesting it, ask your allergist if you are allergic.
Can replace: Store-bought, deep-conditioning treatments for hair.
Good for: Deep conditioning and de-frizzing hair, and also can be rubbed on hands and body to soften skin.
Limitations: Let it absorb into your skin before dressing or getting into bed, as oils are messy.
Can replace: Store-bought, deep-conditioning treatments, body oil, body and hand lotion.
Good for: Dabs of toothpaste solve multiple skin issues, including itchy bug bites and blemishes. Also, scrub onto your fingernails to shine and strengthen them.
Limitations: Can be sticky and messy; not as effective for serious acne.
Can replace: Calamine lotion and acne creams.
Good for: Grind them up and mix with yogurt or mayonnaise to exfoliate your face and skin. Almond oil also can be smoothed into hair to tame frizz.
Limitations: Check with an allergist if you are allergic to tree nuts, especially if you plan to put this on your skin.
Can replace: Store-bought exfoliators and anti-frizz tonics.
Salt or Sea Salt:
Good for: Dissolve a cup into your bath to soften skin, and afterward, give yourself a rub-down with dry salt to exfoliate.
Can replace: Bath salts with fragrance or other chemicals.