Who says you need to head to the salon to feel and look good? You actually do not have to spend a fortune at all! Forget about booking an appointment, it is time to take the DIY route. Whether you are just bored at home or looking for something to do with your girlfriends on your next sleepover, a good old beauty pamper session is always the right idea. Not only will it bring out your natural beauty, but it is also a great way to relax and bond with the people you love. To help you out, here are some of the cheapest, fool-proof beauty tricks that you can try doing in the comforts of your home.
Depuff Your Eyes with Tea Bags
Tired of waking up with dark puffy eyes? Here’s a little secret: you can magically soothe your eyes with your morning tea bag and all you need is a quick trip to the kitchen! Black and green tea contain caffeine which helps reduce puffiness, dark circles, and inflammation. This works because caffeine constricts the blood flow around your eye area. If you want to try this out, first put the tea bags inside the fridge as you will be using the tea bags as a cold eye compress. Make sure to also wash your hand and face before putting the tea bags over your eyes. It is also recommended for you to avoid using tea bags that are bleached and have staples.
DIY Sheet Mask
Sheet masks are perfect for that ultimate at-home spa experience. Each mask is designed to target specific skin concerns by nourishing your skin with serum and other extracts. It is also the 7th step in the highly raved about, Korean, 10-step skincare routine. The social media influencer, Kryz Uy, mentions on her website that you do not have to apply a sheet mask every day as it is the longest step in the skincare routine. However, if you can afford to spend around 15-30 minutes every day, then applying a sheet mask daily is encouraged. If you are running out of your favorite sheet mask, you can use a clean cotton gauze or muslin cloth, but make sure you cut the holes for your eyes and mouth. Next, soak the gauze or cloth in your favorite serum or ampoule for at least 5 minutes. Now, just place it over your face and voila, you have made your own sheet mask.
Homemade Banana Facial Mask
Unlike sheet masks, a facial mask is in a paste form. They are often used either to moisturize or detoxify your face. With just a few ingredients from your kitchen, you will be able to whip up something good for your skin. If your skin needs a quick pick me up, you can combine a tablespoon of honey, a small drop of lemon juice, and one ripe banana in a jar. You may either use your sanitized makeup brush or your fingertips to apply it over your face. Let it rest on your face for about 15 minutes then wash it off your face. This combination is good if you have oily skin as it will remove excess oil and moisturize your face at the same time. If your skin is extra dry and sensitive, replace the banana with an avocado.
Sugar Scrub for Your Lips and Body
Exfoliating your lips is as important as regularly exfoliating your body. If you have dry and flaky lips, you can easily smoothen them out and achieve a kissable pout by making your own lip scrub. Just combine a teaspoon of coconut oil, honey, raw sugar, and a dash of lemon juice. Using a toothbrush, apply the honey mixture on your lips and scrub gently. After scrubbing, rinse off the mixture and apply your favorite lip balm. If you do not have lemon juice or honey, coconut oil and sugar would suffice. Alternatively, you may also combine a small amount of bicarbonate soda with water. The same sugar mixture may also be used to exfoliate your neck, face, and entire body. Just make sure to scrub gently and rinse the mixture thoroughly with warm water. Lip scrubs are recommended to be applied once a week while you can use the body scrub every other day.
As you can see, it is possible to have a luxurious spa experience at home with just a few ingredients. All it takes is a dash of creativity. Although natural beauty treatments are generally safe, be sure to do your research before you apply anything to your body, and only use ingredients and products that are suitable for your skin type.