Broke? No problem! We can look great even if we can't afford a luxurious spa or derm treatment.
Yes there are times when we drool over expensive beauty supplies or wish we have lots of money to buy everything that we need for the sake of beauty. Unfortunately for now, that is not the case. The great news is there are many ‘alternative’ ways to look your best even if cash is a bit tight.
For your skincare routine
Girl, our secret weapon is our very own kitchen. Fruits, veggies, yogurt, mayo, and honey are all packed with beautifying nutrients that can help us achieve young and bright complexion.
Here's a quick checklist of our skin essentials:
1. For skin hydration and moisturization - It’s a good idea to use a moisturizing cream that we can apply on both face and body. Here’s a great recipe to try at home:
¼ cup of coconut oil
½ cup of olive oil
¼ cup of beeswax
Here’s how to prepare:
Place all the ingredients in a mason jar. Fill a saucepan with a few inches of water. Heat it on medium fire. Place your jar in the pot with the water but make sure you close the lid loosely. You’ll see that as the water heats the contents will also start to melt. Stir to incorporate all the ingredients until they’re completely melted. Pour it in a jar for storage. Use and apply like a regular moisturizer or lotion.
Vitamin E capsules are also a great alternative. Prick the capsules and use the oil inside as a face moisturizer. Petroleum jelly is also another cheap eye, foot, and hand cream option to prevent roughness and aging in these areas.
2. For exfoliation - Make use of the healing power of coconut oil with sugar as a body exfoliating scrub to get rid of dead surface skin cells. Use the ratio is 1:1. Removing dead skin will give us smooth and blemish free complexion. We can also use this a face scrub but be sure to do it gently. Don’t rub it harshly; just gently do a circular motion to slowly eliminate unwanted skin impurities and dead skin cells.
3. For weekly brightening mask - Avocados, eggs, yogurt, honey, are great mask ingredients as they’re rich in protein as well as vitamins that largely benefit the skin including vitamin E and fatty acids. There are hundreds of homemade face mask recipes and variations to try if you have these ingredients in your pantry.
4. For sun protection - Herbal oils such as coconut oil, olive oil, and almond oil are the best and safest alternative to conventional sunscreens. Coconut and olive oils have the highest SPFs (sun protection factor) compared to other essential oils. Simple slather with these oils before stepping out. Otherwise wear protective clothing or accessories, or simply avoid sun exposure between 10 am and 4 pm.
5. For wrinkle and aging prevention - Simply drink a glass of lemon water each day to get your daily dose of vitamin C. Vitamin C increases collagen production. Collagen is what makes your skin young, supple, and elastic. Also prepare your own vitamin C spritz or serum by simply adding lemon juice to distilled water.
For your haircare regimen
Having beautiful hair is quite easy. Our kitchen is a treasure trove of nutritious hair-boosting items that we can use anytime. Common cupboard items such as coconut oil, apple cider vinegar, baking soda, and honey are all beneficial to your hair.
1. For regular scalp and hair moisturization - Before shampooing your hair, simply apply coconut oil onto your scalp and hair. Massage gently for about ten minutes before rinsing off. Shampoo and condition as usual. Use cold water for final rinse.
2. Weekly hair mask and hot oil treatment - Coconut oil is also a great overnight hot oil treatment. It makes your hair shiny and at the same time boost hair growth. Coconut oil contains linoleic acids for healthier scalp and follicles. Apply coconut oil directly to your scalp and strands. Use a shower cap to cover your hair and protect your pillows from staining. Wash and shampoo your hair thoroughly as usual in the morning.
We can also do hair masks during off days. You can alternately apply a hot oil treatment or a hair mask. Create a schedule that you're comfortable with.
3. As a clarifying rinse - Just add apple cider vinegar to a cup of water. Use it as a rinse. Follow it up with your regular conditioner and then rinse with cold water to close up the cuticles.
Taking care of our hair and skin from the inside is also important. We need to ensure that we have sufficient levels of your vitamins and minerals such as antioxidants, protein, omega acids, iron, folate, B vitamins, and micro minerals such as sulphur and calcium. All of these are quite crucial for maintaining healthy and strong hair and skin.