Want shining hair and soft skin, but don’t know which products to try? With so many options in the beauty aisle, it’s hard to find reasonably priced and effective products. If you’re tired of paying for products that don’t do what they claim, try some of these lesser-known, tried and true, beauty solutions.
For A Glowing Complexion
Finding effective skin products is a personal process, it’s important to shop for facial products that suit your individual skin type. However, there are some beauty tips that are beneficial for all skin types from dry to oily.
“Lavender oil and water mixed together hydrates skin and makes a great facial mist to refresh your pores,” says stylist Sarah Vollmar of Looks Salon. According to Sarah it can be used at any time of day to brighten and refresh your skin. In terms of oily skin, “Tea tree oil is great for oily complexions and break outs,” says Volmar. “It helps minimize pores and reduces oil production.”
For those with only the occasional pimple, toothpaste is great for drying up zits. “I just dab it on the pimple and leave it on over night,â€ says sophomore Maria Medlarz. â€œAnd when I wake up, it’s gone!â€
Soft, Shiny Hair
“Lemon is actually really good for your hair; it balances the hair’s pH and makes it smoother,” says Vollmar. “I like to make a mask of eggs and lemon juice and put it on my hair once a week to make it easier to maintain, plus it makes it shiny and healthy.”
Using oils such as olive oil, coconut oil, and shea oil as hair masks once a week, also helps to hydrate hair and keep it healthy. According to Vollmar, these oils are called retaining oils because they help the hair follicle retain moisture. By using these common kitchen ingredients, you can achieve healthy hair and save a few bucks!
Pricey body scrubs from the beauty aisle are actually surprisingly easy and cheap to make at home. A combination of an oil to hydrate and either salt or sugar to slough off dead skin cells is the basic recipe for any store brand scrub. Make your own salt scrub by combining olive oil and sea salt, and then massage it onto your skin, suggests sophomore Samantha Allen.
If you have especially dry skin, coconut oil makes a great body moisturizer. At only about $8 a jar, it costs less than most body lotions. Plus, a little bit goes a long way so it lasts much longer, and leaves your skin smelling delicious. “It’s great for the winter time when my skin gets really dry and cracks,” says Allen.
With all of these DIY solutions, you can banish lack luster hair and skin for good, and save a bundle, too!