Sunday, 15 March 2015

My Top Low Cost Natural Beauty Tips

Princess Dreaming
Saving money is becoming a very important part of life today for many of us. It’s something we are teaching our children and something that is at the forefront of a lot of minds when it comes toshopping. So, what’s the first thing to get the heave-ho when the ends aren’t really meeting? For me, it is, unfortunately, beauty products. I have tried downgrading to the lesser known brands and shopping around for cheaper alternatives, but it isn’t working for me. I find I react to some of the ingredients in the cheaper face creams, and my unruly hair violently objects to cheap shampoo….

So, I have been experimenting with natural alternatives, made from ingredients I found around the house. This is a really fun way to spend some girly time with friends and doesn’t have to cost much at all. It can also provide some handy hints for the potless students in your life, or those high maintenance teenagers. I have my work cut out taming my frizz, so I'm starting with hair!

Hair Flair

For brunettes, try a few sprigs of rosemary from the garden, infused in a jug of boiling water, which has been allowed to cool. Pour over your hair during the final rinse for added gloss and shine to your locks.

Sprigs of Rosemary and a Jug of Water

To tame your frizzy mane, I highly recommend… beer! Ok, I will admit, it does honk a bit, but the trick is to boil about 300 ml on the stove (to remove the alcohol), until there’s only about a quarter of it left, then mix it with about twice as much of your usual (hopefully fairly aromatic) shampoo. Lather through your hair, then rinse, as normal. It is wonderfully softening and leaves even my hair a lot more manageable.

A selection of ales and sweets

Lip Tips

Coconut oil has become a popular superfood for the health-conscious. It boasts a wealth of health benefits, and actually tastes pretty good too. If you happen to have any in the cupboard, don’t under estimate its ability to stand in for your regular smoothing serum. A little drop goes a long way for smoothing and styling wayward strands and it smells divine!

Exfoliating lips is a must for the perfect pout. Soft, kissable lips are the staple of the confident smile, and the basis for the barely-there make up trends that are often popular. To find your inner pucker, try a little petroleum jelly on an old toothbrush and gently buff for a glowing grin. Another favourite of mine is brown sugar, mixed with a little olive oil, to form a paste. Massage into the lips with a fingertip, and the sugar will slough away dead skin cells, while the olive oil provides the moisturising magic.

Skin Wins

The banana is an unsung hero when it comes to facial treats. Who would have thought such a humble fruit could provide so much goodness for our skin? It’s so easy, no real preparation is required, just smash it up with a masher and smooth onto your skin. Like any face mask you can buy, it’s full of vitamins and nutrients and after around fifteen minutes, you can rinse it away to reveal radiant, vibrant skin.

Avocado is another super-fruit. You can make a lovely exfoliating facial treatment with half an avocado, a couple of tablespoons of oatmeal and a tablespoon of honey. Add some lemon juice if it’s a bit too stiff. Massage into the skin for a few minutes, before rinsing away. This is a lovely wake-up treat, that’s sure to refresh and invigorate even the most (hungover) careworn complexion.

Helping Hands

Our hands are said to be the most age-revealing part of the body. On constant display and in and out of all sorts of unforgiving situations, they need all the help they can get! If you invest in one beauty item this year, make it a pair of cotton gloves. Not overly expensive, these will make any treatments work twice as hard, as they provide warmth to concentrate the effects. Even a very basic baby lotion or even hair conditioner can work wonders if applied generously and left overnight in a pair of cotton gloves. If you don’t have gloves, you can actually use socks. Provided they’re clean, obviously! To tackle those pesky cuticles, and brighten the look of the skin on your hands, mix some sugar with your usual hand soap, to provide a deep cleansing, exfoliating experience.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my beauty bargains, I’d love to hear some of yours!



Awesome Before Autism said...

I am totally going to try the rosemary idea!! I love the smell of coconut so that one's a major yes here!

Lucy Zelazowski said...

I love these fabulous natural tips Lucy, I use coconut oil for cooking, I will try it as a hair serum.
Wow what a lot of hair you have, it's amazing xx

Anonymous said...

im going to try a few of these ideas, hands do age quick and I also have afro hair just not as long.x suej1601

angela hamilton said...

ooohh fab ideas!!! I am going to try these! x

Jen Walshaw said...

These are ace tips, do come and link up with our #Fabulously Frugal linkie

beautyqueenuk said...

I love using coconut oil on my hair, it works wonders for hydrating and moisturising x

Erica Price said...

Some good tips. I can usually get away with the cheaper versions of things, but I like to keep it natural.

Kara Guppy said...

Not sure about using beer on my hair - what a waste lol

Laura Side Street said...

Oh wow some great tips - especially the natural lip tips as I have found winter very harsh on them - thanks for sharing

Laura x

Christine Taylor said...

Fab tips Lucy, they all great. I'm not sure which one I should try first x

Tina Holmes said...

Always keep saying I'm going to make my own scrubs but I never get around it to it. Some fab ideas there though!

Michelle K said...

Interesting tips! I'll definitely have to look into some of them xx

Cherished By Me said...

I use coconut oil to replace many of my skincare products and use it occasionally on my hair, great ideas here though. Thanks

Beautykinguk said...

Some great tips there and wow, your hair really does flair out doesn't it!

Globalmouse said...

I have a friend who regularly uses coconut oil on her hair and I've often thought I should give it a try.

Agata Pokutycka said...

What a great post. I will have to try your beer idea.

tinkertink2010 said...

I still lol at that photo of your hair! Mine is a bit of Sudocreme on a spot - I wish I had known this as a teenager!

gina caro said...

Some fantastic tips there, thank you for sharing on #ThriftyThursday. I went 'No Poo' on my hair for 7 months. I really wanted to continue but I just couldn't get it to work for my hair type :( I'm going to try some of your tips

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Heather Reading said...

I love your natural tips (and your hair lol) I keep meaning to try the coconut oil. Not sure I'd be able to resist drinking the beer !

sparky61 said...

Love the lips tip :-) will be giving that a go

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