Once in a while, you need to make a little magic in a pinch. Perhaps you have no time to run to the nearest Sephora, or maybe you’re just running low on pennies between paychecks. Either way, it’s good to have some do-it-yourself beauty hacks in your arsenal that can save you time and money.
Making your own beauty products is fun and affordable – you can easily find most ingredients in your local grocery store or market, and some you may already have at home. And the best part? There’s no need to worry – they are all vegan-friendly and cruelty-free and help us to cut down on packaging waste as well. Good for you, animals and the environment!
Read on for some of my all-time favorite tricks and tips to give you a bit of inspiration. Cycle some of these into your regular routine, and you’ll feel like a DIY Pro in no time!
1. Makeup Removers + Skin Cleansers
You can very quickly make your own makeup removers and facial cleansers by using natural oils like coconut or almond, which have been known to soften wrinkles and improve skin tone. There’s no need to pre-wash or wet your skin, just use a quarter-sized amount and massage over your face for a minute or two. Soak a washcloth or cotton ball in warm water and then gently wipe off. The excess oils will soak into your skin and are a great nightly moisturizer to boot. This even works on stubborn eye makeup and mascara, but make sure to use an extremely gentle touch!
If you have oily skin, don’t worry – adding oil can actually help to reduce excess oil when used regularly. And if you don’t like the feel of leaving oil on your skin, wipe off with a cotton ball soaked in witch hazel, a herbal extract which has been used to treat acne and other skin problems throughout the ages.
PS. If you haven’t already started using coconut oil in your beauty routine, now is a great time to start! It can be used for a great variety of beauty hacks to pamper your skin, hair, teeth and body.
2. Face Masks
Home spa night, anyone? It’s easy to make DIY facial masks at home – look no further than your kitchen! Oatmeal is great to soothe sensitive skin and coconut and avocado for dry skin.
Papaya, strawberries mixed with lemon can have powerful skin-lightening properties, excellent for treating sun spots or old acne scars. An experiment combining with a little agave nectar, coconut oil or soothing chamomile tea to suit your skin type. Apply to skin and relax while it does it’s magic, then gently rinse off with warm water.
3. Body Scrubs
I always love to add a good body scrub in the shower or when I’m doing a home pedicure. Again, for a spa-quality scrub and smells delicious, head back to your pantry and grab salt, white or brown sugar, oatmeal or even coffee! Mix with coconut or olive oil and your favorite essential oil, and voila! You’ve got a naturally glowing complexion.
Coconut oil has also been proven to be extremely beneficial for gum health and whitening teeth. Mix with baking soda, a bit of stevia powder and peppermint, clove or cinnamon essential oil for a healthy, natural alternative to whitening toothpaste.
5. Dry Shampoo
Running late for work but out or your favorite hair products? You can make your own dry shampoo in a minute, by combining ¼ cup of organic cornstarch or arrowroot mixed with 1T baking soda. These ingredients are readily available in your grocery store and will absorb the oils of not-so-fresh hair, and you can customize with 1-2 T unsweetened cocoa powder to adjust to dark hair.
Blend, then add a small amount into your palm and rub or tousle through your hair as needed. Remember that less is more! Save the rest for another time – it can be stored in an old spice jar or recycled glass container.
Another tip? You can also customize your new dry shampoo with a great scent by adding a few drops of your favorite essential oil.