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Constantly running to your local drugstore or department store cosmetics counter is both time-consuming and expensive. So instead of paying big bucks to look your best, open your cabinets and cupboards and make your own cosmetics. By combining a few simple and inexpensive ingredients, you can conquer many beauty battles. I’ve tried all three of the following recipes, and they work like a charm…
1. Dry skin: Make your own body butter
It’s no secret that body butters are loaded with all the essential ingredients for super soft skin. Here’s how to make your own scrumptious body butter at home with a few simple ingredients full of anti-oxidants and powerful moisturizers:
Add 1 cup of softened coconut oil, 2 teaspoons of baker’s cocoa powder, and 1 teaspoon of cornstarch into a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, dissolve 1 packet of plain gelatin in 1 cup of cold water and then combine the mixtures from both bowls. Using a high-speed electric mixer, mix on high until creamy and then place the mixture into the refrigerator for five minutes.
That’s it. Your homemade body butter that will keep for up to two weeks in the fridge for a fraction of the cost of Estee Lauder or Oil of Olay.
2. Wrinkles: Make your own skin revitalizing cleanser
Good cleansers are the building blocks of fabulous skin. They’re expensive at the cosmetics counter, but here’s how to make your own from just three food items…
Combine 1 cup of soy milk with ½ cup of rolled oats and 1 tablespoon of olive oil and then dump the mixture into your food processor or blender, blending until creamy.
This cleanser will keep for up to three weeks if stored in an airtight container in your fridge. For best results, use every night on your face before you moisturize.
3. Breakouts: Make your own acne treatment
Honey is nature’s answer to expensive anti-bacterial preparations you buy in your local drugstore. Not only does honey have natural bacteria-fighting properties, it also attracts moisture, which keeps even the most delicate skin from drying out. Here’s how to make it…
Combine ¼ cup of honey with ½ cup of tepid water and 2 tablespoons of mild liquid soap (the best kind is baby soap). Pour the mixture into an easy-to-use container with a spout. Use nightly in place of your normal facial cleanser, rinsing thoroughly with warm water.
You’ll see an improvement in your skin within a few days. This preparation will keep for up to two weeks if stored in a closet, away from your bathroom or other sources of moisture.