Looking beautiful doesn't have to be expensive, and we mean it.
We know it's hard to resist all the ads and marketing of products that celebrities, models, and influencers vouch for. But just because you want to achieve that beautiful glowing skin doesn't mean you have to go broke doing it.
And remember, when you buy one beauty product, it never ends there—it starts there. You may continue to buy that product, only to end realizing it's not practical to continue to maintain it in your routine.
So, what would be the better alternative?
Look at what you have in your pantry and, if you have one, your garden. They are gold mines if you know how to use them well.
Not sure how? Don't worry; we got you covered. Read this blog to find out how you can turn natural home products into thousand-dollar price-tag-worthy beauty secrets.
Honey was—and still is—the bee's knees!
Before all the brands that you love gained fame, honey was everybody's go-to product.
Wanted natural lip gloss? Honey. Natural makeup remover? Honey. Natural moisturizer? Yes, you got that right—honey.
People would slather it on their face, and it would work simply because honey has antibacterial properties and antioxidants that do wonders for anybody's face. Honey is also a humectant that will retain the moisture on your face, perfect for dehydrated skin.
Honey is the most affordable and eco-friendly mask that everybody has access to. To make a homemade honey mask, simply find raw or unpasteurized honey, slather a tablespoon of it on your face, and leave it on for 20 minutes.
Once your timer goes off, wash off with warm water, and voila! You now have glowing, beautiful, moisturized skin.
Virgin Coconut Oil
Another one of nature's wonder products is coconut.
There's not one part of the fruit that you need to throw away; from the seed to root, every part of the coconut can be used for something. And one popular usage is for beauty products.
We're more than confident to say that you've heard about the wonders of virgin coconut oil (VCO). Virgin on a jar of coconut oil simply means it is unrefined and more than likely, high quality. It has its many benefits for the body, but there's an equally long list of benefits for your face and hair as well.
A natural remedy to dry, damaged hair is treating it with virgin coconut oil. Take a good amount, approximately a tablespoon of VCO for each section of your hair. With VCO on your hands, run through one section at a time and comb through to really distribute the oil.
Wear a cap or wrap your head with a warm towel and leave it on for 15 minutes—or overnight. Wash with a gentle shampoo after, and watch your hair shine bright.
VCO doesn't smell the best. But once you see your hair come to life after a few weeks, you definitely won't mind smelling like a coconut all day!
Virgin coconut oil can even be used as a natural oil-based makeup remover to get all the waterproof makeup off your skin in a blink.
At least one product line in every Asian beauty company has aloe vera as a star ingredient. The Eastern beauty industry has analyzed every part of the aloe vera plant apart to really extract all the magic from this gooey plant.
But you don't have to buy those products if you have just one aloe vera plant in your garden or even in your living room.
Celebrities like Victoria Beckham, Cameron Diaz, and Jennifer Aniston have been known to apply generous amounts of aloe vera gel on their faces. Why? Because it's an anti-aging, moisturizing, sunburn-soothing, acne-preventing, pore-reducing gel of magic!
That's actually quite an impressive list of benefits coming from a clear, slimy gel from a relatively inexpensive plant.
To get the beauty regimen like A-listers, just cut an inch from your aloe vera plant, extract all the slimy gel from your cutting, and let it sit in your fridge for an hour or so. Not only is this going to be wonderful for your skin, but it will also be a cool, refreshing face mask.
Slather it on, leave for 20 minutes, and wash off with warm water.
Yes, this superfood is not just perfect for a healthy diet but also for naturally beautiful skin.
Oatmeal has been known to possess anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants that we know are great for the skin—we're talking to you, acne-prone reader.
The texture might not be something you will appreciate in the beginning, but it's easy to get used to and will also help prevent you from touching your face every few seconds while you're wearing it.
For oily skin, mix equal ¼ cup oatmeal, a tablespoon of honey, and 2 to 3 tablespoons of plain yogurt, slather on generously. Do not be shy; just make sure you don't make a mess wherever you are.
As with the other natural at-home beauty products, leave them on for 20 minutes and wash them off with warm water. Continue on with your usual beauty routine.