There is an unexpected perk to 1: having problematic skin and 2: being a self employed penny pincher. I’ve learned to take care of my skin without spending a lot of money.
One of the easiest ways to have soft, glowing skin is to get a facial, yet unfortunately it’s also one of the more expensive things out there to do. Never fear, with some household items, products under $10, and about 30 minutes to kill, you can get the dewy skin and save your money for bikinis.
Alas, I present to you, the DIY at home facial I’ve perfected over the years.
*This is geared towards combination skin that’s out in the sun.
1: Steam Skin. - Make a tea by boiling about 2 heaping tablespoons of Swiss Kriss in a pot filled with about 2-3 quarts of water. Take the pot off the stove, place a towel over your head and hang your head over the steam for about three minutes. Rinse your face with cold water. Swiss Kriss is a herbal laxative tea (so don’t drink it afterwards) that opens up and clears your pores, and helps A TON with breakouts. I started using it when I was 13 when a dermatologist recommended it.
3: Exfoliate Skin. - With a damp face, take 1 tbs normal, plain white sugar and rub in circular motions across face until it dissolves and becomes a sticky paste ( about 2 minutes) then keep lightly scrubbing for a little bit. The dissolved sugar is glycolic acid. Cool huh? Rinse face with warm water…after licking lips :)
4. Slap on a mask -Use an under $10 one from the drugstore, or if you are feeling adventurous, look up a homemade recipe. I just used the Salma Hayek Nuance Exfoliating Gel mask…and it rocked, even though I still don’t look (or sound) like Salma. Homemade avocado masks are my go to in the au natural dept.
5. Hydrate and glow - Here’s a great trick, I use La Mer Creme. Super expensive I know, but I get it for free. How? Go up to the counter and ask for a sample. I like the “I’ve heard this stuff is amazing, but I really can’t fork over $120 without trying it out, do you have any samples?” line. The little sample tubs can last a long time. (Thanks Mom for the tip)
Now, if we can figure out a DIY Massage that’s just as effective, a spa day would cost less than $20.
Skin pic found at: The Style Addict