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40 Inexpensive Beauty Remedies That Are Easy to Find

19. Tea Tree for acne Tea tree oil is known for its antibacterial properties. It stands to reason, therefore, that it is an effective treatment for… Simi - May 22, 2017

19. Tea Tree for acne

Tea tree oil is known for its antibacterial properties. It stands to reason, therefore, that it is an effective treatment for an acne outbreak. It goes to work immediately, attacking the bacteria that cause acne. This treats the existing outbreak and also prevents further outbreaks. Clogged pores cause pimples or blackheads. Our pores become blocked by our exposure to particles in the air our skin is exposed to.

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Tea tree oil cleanses and unblocks clogged pores. Clogged pores are a breeding ground for acne-causing bacteria. That’s why it’s essential to keep them clean. To apply tea tree oil, follow this procedure. Place a couple of drops of tea tree essential oil on a wad of cotton wool. Dilute it with a few drops of a carrier oil such as coconut oil. Dab the solution onto the spots where you have acne or clogged pores.

20. The organic cocoa powder as a natural bronzer

Have you ever looked at your skin and thought it could do with a little bit more of a bronze tint? But what to do, since you don’t have a bronzer in your makeup drawer. Fear not, because help is at hand in your grocery cupboard! Yes, that’s right, your pantry holds the perfect bronzer to finish off your look. Take a walk to the kitchen and look for some organic cocoa powder, some cinnamon, and powdered sugar. If you don’t have powdered sugar, some baby powder will work just as well.

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Now you need to find the right combination of these three ingredients to complement your skin and create the bronze tone you’re looking for. It might take a bit of experimentation, but once you’ve figured it out, it’ll become a makeup staple. And, best of all, you’re going to smell fabulous!

21. Aloe Vera Gel for a moisturized face

Aloe vera has healing and soothing properties that are great for skin that needs a little tender loving care (TLC). It is an effective moisturizer because its compounds keep the skin supple and retain the skin’s moisture. You can buy Aloe vera gel from a health store. But you can also make your own. It’s a lot easier than you think. Grow your own Aloe vera. It’s a hardy plant that doesn’t require intensive care. Harvest some of the leaves. If you peel back the skin, you can squeeze the gel out yourself.

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You need about one tablespoon of Aloe vera gel. Combine it with three tablespoons of water. Filtered water is best. Make sure you mix the two ingredients well. Massage it into your facial skin. If you do this every day, you’ll soon see your skin looking more moisturized and glowing with health.

22. Gelatin for a clear complexion

Gelatin combined with activated charcoal makes an effective mask that can clear your complexion and leave it looking bright and beautiful. You can buy powdered gelatin from your local store. Buy activated charcoal capsules from a health store. Gelatin works well is because it comes from the skin and bones of animals. This makes it extremely rich in protein.

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You’ll need a pestle to crush the activated charcoal into a fine powder. If you don’t have a pestle, put the activated charcoal into a plastic bag and apply your rolling pin to it! Mix one tablespoon of gelatin with some warm water until it dissolves. Add it to a bowl containing the activated charcoal. Stir the mixture. It forms a gel-like substance. Put it on your face and leave it for about 30 minutes. The mask will set, and then you can peel it off.

23. Baking soda and Vinegar for soft heels

Let’s face it, we subject our feet to a lot of punishment. We spend plenty of time letting our feet carry our full weight, doing lots of walking and standing. And sometimes we put them into less than comfortable shoes! Is it any wonder the skin on our heels becomes tough and often cracks? Expensive foot creams sometimes don’t what the promise.

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If you want soft heels, try this beauty hack. You’ll need warm water, baking soda, and vinegar. Start with two cups of warm water in a bowl. Add two tablespoons of baking powder and one table of vinegar to the warm water. Mix the ingredients together. A cream-like substance will form. Before you apply the mixture to your heels, make sure you’ve given them a thorough wash. Use the mixture on your heels twice a day for optimal results and great looking heels.

24. Baking Soda as red spot remover

If you catch too many rays, you’ll have red patches of sunburn on your face and body. Not only are they not that attractive, but they can also be painful too. Instead of using fancy after-sun creams and sprays, try this simple beauty hack. Making your mixture depends on how bad your sunburn is and how many areas of your face and body are affected. You need water and baking soda.

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 Mix them together until they form a paste. Apply the paste to the affected areas. Allow the skin to soak it up for 20 minutes. Then gently wash it away. Use the mixture twice a day for the maximum effect to get rid of those red patches as soon as possible. Why baking soda, you may ask. Baking powder is a natural anti-inflammatory. This helps to heal the skin that was damaged by over-exposure to the sun.

25. Potatoes for bright armpits

Dark patches around your armpits form easily. But luckily, the solution is quite simple. Take a stroll to the kitchen and get yourself three or four large potatoes. That’s right! The good old potato can come to your rescue. Put your potatoes into a blender with a little water. Blend the potatoes to release the juices they contain. One of the substances you’re going to get from doing this is called catecholase. This compound lightens the skin in the armpit because it acts as a mild bleach.

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Apply this mixture to the dark areas around your armpits. Keep it on for 20 minutes. Afterward, rinse your armpits with warm water. Do this daily, and your armpits will be lighter and free of embarrassing dark spots or discoloration. As a bonus, remember that potatoes have antioxidant properties. These will help with wrinkles and stretch marks in the armpit area.

26. Coconut oil and Honey for strong nails

Brittle or weak nails that break all the time can ruin the look of your hands. Instead of expensive supplements, try this simple hack to make your nails stronger and healthier. You’re going to need some coconut oil, honey, and lavender oil. Put one tablespoon each of honey and coconut oil into a bowl. Add a few drops of lavender essential oil. Put this mixture in a container that seals tightly.

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Use a nailbrush to apply the mixture to the surface of your nails. Allow it to soak in. Follow this regimen daily, and you’ll soon see an improvement in the health of your nails. Coconut oil is effective in the treatment of brittle or weak nails because it contains nutrients that stimulate nail growth. It’s also an antifungal agent. The honey complements the glossy effect that the coconut oil makes.

27. Ginger and Cosmetic clay for a healthy body

If you feel your skin needs some soothing and smoothing and you’ve got some cellulite you’d like to reduce, try this hack. You’ll need ginger and cosmetic clay. Ginger is readily available in your grocery store. Cosmetic clay might involve a trip to your local beauty store. It’s best to buy freshly dried ginger. You’ll need to grind it into a fine powder. If you can’t access a mortar and pestle, think outside the box to find a way to crush that ginger!

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You need two tablespoons of ground ginger. Mix this with five tablespoons of cosmetic clay. Add ten tablespoons of water and stir until all the ingredient combine. Apply the mixture to affected areas such as your tummy, waistline, upper arms, and hips. Wrap the areas you covered with clear polythene. Wait for ten minutes. Then take off the polythene and wash the mixture off.

28. Coffee grounds to remove circle under eyes

Dark circles under your eyes are an indication of not enough sleep or stress. They are hard to conceal when applying your makeup. The best way to not have this problem is to get enough shuteye. But if you have dark circles under your eyes, you can use coffee grounds to remove them. You’ll need some coconut oil as well.

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Coffee, as you know, is full of caffeine. Caffeine is a substance that has anti-inflammatory properties, and it soothes the skin. Coconut oil is known for its anti-aging properties. They reduce the appearance of wrinkles. They also go to work on the discoloration around the eyes that dark circles create. Combine 3 tablespoons of coffee grounds with three tablespoons of coconut oil. Apply the mixture on the affected area. Rinse it off after a while. You’ll need to do this a few times a week to see the benefits.

29. Castor oil, Aloe Vera for thick eyebrows and eyelashes

If you want longer eyelashes and thicker eyebrows, then this is the beauty hack for you. Your shopping list is comprised of castor oil, Aloe vera gel, and Vitamin E oil. You can make your own Aloe vera gel by squeezing it from the plant’s leaves. Vitamin E oil is sold at pharmacies.

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The best way to apply this hack is using a mascara bottle. If you have an empty mascara bottle, wash it well and keep it for this beauty hack. Put one tablespoon of Aloe vera gel and one tablespoon of castor oil into the bottle and shake the mixture well. Add a few drops of Vitamin E oil. Let the solution stand for a day before using it. Using the mascara brush, apply the solution to your eyelashes and eyebrows in the evening for a month. It’s important that you do it every night.

30. Cooking salt for clean hair

You may feel that your shampoo is not cleaning your hair as well as it should. You can augment it with some cooking salt. Get cooking salt at your local grocery store. Add two or three tablespoons of cooking salt to your shampoo. Shake it well to make sure the salt mixes with the shampoo. Apply the shampoo to your hair as you normally would. Keep it in your hair for five minutes before rinsing as usual. You can do this each time you wash your hair.

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Cooking salt has long been used as a preservative. In ancient times, it was regarded as more precious than gold! The reason it preserves food so well is that it has antibacterial properties. Any germs on your scalp don’t stand a chance against some cooking salt. It also cleans the roots of your hair.

31. Vaseline (Petroleum Jelly) for firm breasts

Time waits for no man (or woman). Your breasts lose their firmness as gravity sets in. But all is not lost. There is a way you can add a little firmness to your breasts without a visit to the plastic surgeon. This beauty hack is so simple, it might seem too good to be true. But it’s inexpensive and easy, which makes it worth trying. What is it? Plain old Vaseline.

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Apply pure Vaseline to the areas around your breasts and gently massage it into the skin around and on the breast. The best time to do this is at night before you go to bed. In time, you’ll see your breasts regain some of their former firmness. The reasons Vaseline will work to firm your breasts are simple. First, it helps the skin to retain its elasticity. Second, it is an excellent moisturizer.

32. Ice

Frozen water to keep beverages cold may not sound like much of a beauty hack. But it’s good for your skin. Applying it to the skin stimulates the circulation. This tightens the skin. Ice can shrink a pimple so that it’s easier to conceal. It’s also good for puffy skin around the eyes as it reduces the swelling. You can also apply ice to an area you’re about to tweeze. It reduces the discomfort and allows you to get on with it.

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A warm shower or bath opens the pores of your skin. This is good for them, but you don’t want them to remain open for too long. That’s how germs and dirt get in. Rub an ice cube over your face as soon as you get out of the shower or bath, and it helps to quicken the process of closing the pores.

33. Sea Salt and Rose Water Lip Scrub

Luscious lips are essential to finish off your look. The lips are an important focal point of the face. Lips often become chapped and dull if you don’t look after them. If you want to give your lips a boost, try this sea salt and rose water lip scrub. You make it by putting a pinch of sea salt together with a few drops of glycerin. Add a little rose water and mix the ingredients well. Apply this mixture to your lips and rub it gently to activate its exfoliating properties. Don’t rub too hard, as this can hurt your lips.

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Rinse the mixture off with warm water. Your lips should look smoother, pinker, and plumper. If you also want to brighten the color of your lips, you can add a couple of drops of lemon juice to the mixture. This will be a refreshing and rejuvenating part of your routine. It’s great for morning time and night time!

34. Avocado Hair Mask

Gorgeous, sleek-looking hair doesn’t need to be a reality only after a trip to the salon. Our hair becomes dry if we stick only to regular shampoo and conditioner. Split ends are inevitable. Many of us also have to live with a bit of frizz too. There are plenty of beauty hacks you can use to make your hair glossy and healthy-looking. One of them is an avocado mask. You can make your own avocado mask using your regular conditioner. Use one avocado to make this mask. Mash the avocado and mix it with your conditioner.

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Apply this mixture to your hair and leave it on for 30-45 minutes. Then wash it out by rinsing your hair as you normally would. When you dry your hair, you’ll feel the difference immediately. Your hair will be sleeker and softer. You’re going to be runway-ready thanks to the humble avocado.

35. Apple Cider Vinegar and Coconut Oil Mouthwash

It’s important to regularly use mouthwash to disinfect your mouth and keep it clean and healthy. Bacteria lurk in the mouth, causing infections and cavities. These result in a sometimes unpleasant trip to the dentist. Instead of expensive store-bought mouthwashes, try this simple DIY mouthwash. It is effective and inexpensive too.

Take a tablespoon of coconut oil and put it into your mouth. Rinse it around your mouth, making sure it reaches all the areas of the mouth. Don’t swallow it! After a few minutes, spit the coconut oil out. The coconut oil draws the bacteria in the mouth out. Next, take a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and mix it with water. Put it in your mouth and swish it around as you would with a normal mouthwash. Apple cider vinegar has strong antibacterial properties, so it’s good for your mouth.

36. Beets Lipstick

If you want to experiment with a natural lipstick, try this beauty hack. If you want to enhance the natural color of your lips, try beets. They create a natural look that will make you the envy of your friends. There are also a million other uses for beets. many nutrients in few calories, reduces blood pressure, improves athletic performance, fights inflammation and improves digestive health as well as many more benefits.

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Beets? Yes, beets. Here’s how you use beets to make a lipstick. Cut up some raw or roasted beets and rub them over your lips. It gives the lips a lovely, long-lasting tint. There’s an art to getting this right. If you miss the lip and hit the chin, you won’t achieve the desired effect! Don’t cut big pieces of beet as they may be difficult to use when applying them to your lips. Rather have a couple of pieces that are smaller, than one big piece. Cut them in a shape similar to that of a tube of lipstick.

37. Mango and Shea Butter Lotion

A good body butter is essential to keep the skin supple and moisturized. It’s an absolute must for those who have very dry skin. There are many variants that you can buy in stores. They can, however, be very expensive. Using this beauty hack, you can make your own body butter.

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You’ll need to buy a few body butter variants to make this effective mixture. You need shea butter, mango butter, and cocoa butter. You’ll need a bit of coconut oil and almond oil as well. Combine all these ingredients to make a body butter that moisturizes your skin and keeps it hydrated. You can also add a couple of drops of your favorite essential oil to add to the aroma of your body butter. That way, you get to choose the fragrance that you like. Some favorites are rose and lavender, both of which are soothing.

38. Grapefruit and Sea Salt Body Scrub

A body scrub is an exfoliant that will polish the skin. It does this by removing all the dead skin cells and dirt particles the skin picks up from the air. An exfoliant should gently remove these cells. It’s important to be gentle on your skin when you’re using a body scrub. If you’re too rough, you can damage your skin cells. If your skin is properly exfoliated, it will look fresh and bright.

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You can make your own body scrub with grapefruit and sea salt. Sea salt is coarse which makes it a good exfoliant. Combine it with grapefruit juice and a carrier oil. The best choices are olive oil or macadamia oil. Either of these oils will work as they are very good for the skin and its complexion. Applied correctly, this exfoliant is perfect for all areas of the body, especially the legs and arms.

39. Apple Cider Vinegar Toner

A good toner is essential for the health of your facial skin. It tightens the skin and prevents the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. If you take a look at the range of toners you can buy, it seems endless. Each boasts special ingredients and make promises about the results they’ll deliver. But did you know that you can make your own toner with apple cider vinegar? It manages and corrects the pH balance of the skin. And it’s also effective when you’re having a breakout of pimples.

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The downside? The smell. Apple cider vinegar has a powerful smell. It may take some getting used to. What makes apple cider vinegar a better option than store-bought toners is the fact that it doesn’t contain any chemicals. This makes it a healthier option for your skin. If you can get over the smell, that is!

40. Coconut and Almond Oil Conditioner

A good conditioner is necessary to maintain the health of your hair. It reduces frizz, split ends, and dryness. There are any number of conditioners on the market for you to choose from. But many of them contain chemicals that may do your hair more harm than good.

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Here’s a beauty hack for you to try. Make your own conditioner mask to give your hair a moisturizing boost. You’ll need some coconut oil, almond oil, jojoba oil, and Vitamin E oil. These should be available at your local store or pharmacy. Use the coconut oil as a base and add in the other oils. This conditioning mask can be used a couple of times a week. Apply it to your hair and leave it for one hour before rinsing it out. It’s the perfect mask to use before you spend time in the sun or go swimming.

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