I have really been ignoring my beauty routine lately and my skin has been making me pay for it. I was never very high maintenance when it comes to those things. I am one of those girls that would be perfectly happy using just some concealer on bad skin days and calling it a day. I just don’t get into using dozens of products and spending tons of money for things that may be doing more damage. For this reason, I have been on the hunt for some good, cheap masks and creams that I can make at home with all-natural (mostly) and cheap ingredients. I don’t believe you have to spend tons of money to look good or even to pamper yourself once in a while. All it takes is a little creativity and effort:
Oatmeal Face Mask for Combination Skin
I am just now getting into the healing powers of oatmeal. It really is an awesome product. It can keep your body nourished on the cheap while also providing an amazing ingredient to cleanse the body. I was unfortunately not blessed with radiant, clear skin that would make a celebrity cry. I have the kind of skin that get super oily in some spots then gets Sahara Desert dry in other spots. Oatmeal is one of those cleansing agents that moisturizes and helps remove oil at the same time. I find the following recipe helpful for just about all skin types:
1 Egg White
1 Tablespoon of Oatmeal
Add the oatmeal and a few drops of honey to a bowl and mix together. Add the egg white and combine until a paste is formed. Spread that over your face and leave for about 20 minutes. Rinse face with water.
Almond Oil Hair Mask for Dry or Oily Hair
Once again, oatmeal is the ingredient here that makes it count as well as the almond oil. Almond oil is a super cheap, natural lubricant that can even be used in place of your normal facial moisturizer. They don’t really sell almond oil at my local grocery store so I paid about $10 for a bottle off of the Amazon website. It is very versatile, and I happen to like the smell. This is one of those products where a little goes a long way. I highly recommend this recipe if you suffer from a greasy scalp like I do or have dandruff. It is basically like giving your hair a big glass of water while still helping to control for oil.
4 Tablespoons of Oatmeal
4 Tablespoons of Almond Oil
4 Tablespoons of Milk
Make sure your hair is tangle-free before putting on the mask. I did not do that the first time and it was a mess at the end. Also, if you have more hair, then add more of each ingredient as needed. Combine all the ingredients and mix until a paste is formed. Leave for about 20 minutes Rinse with a gentle shampoo.
Besides the $10 I spent on the almond oil (which will last a long time), all the other ingredients on this list cost me less than $2. I find this a tremendous amount of savings as the cheapest face mask stuff I could find at the mall started at $10 and was basically just chemicalized crap. I am not saying I am going all granola-friendly but I am trying to pay more attention to what chemicals are being directly absorbed in my body. It really is freaky what you can find in just normal cosmetics. I would like to experiment more and report back here in case anyone is interested. I have also wanted to try out a few other things that I have heard people rave about.
For instance, has anyone tried coconut oil? I have heard it is like the best thing since sliced bread and has a thousand different uses. Let me know in the comments if you have. I am always interested in hearing what other people do to stay fresh and clean.