Living On A Budget

Topic Personal and Off Topic // Author Elizabeth Quinn // Dated 22nd of Oct, 2016.

Cleanser and scrub ingredients from your kitchen

Autumn is here and it's that time of year when our thoughts turn to Hallowe'en and then on to Christmas, it's not surprising that we find we don't have the same time nor money that we would normally have, it's not just the gifts that we have to buy but extra heating food etc..., everything that entails us having a good Christmas. The colder weather alone can take its toll on your skin, so what better time to save those extra pennies and start making your own beauty treatments yourself and save a small fortune. You can easily make these recipes at home whenever you want them.

Facial Cleanser

Raw honey fights bacteria and antioxidants lock in the moisture. Cinnamon has antiseptic properties that can be good for acne. Mix 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon with 3 tablespoonful of raw honey for a acne-fighting mask. Spread the mixture on clean, dry skin and then leave for up to one hour before rinsing with warm water. Acne scars could dry out and skin with feel rejuvenated.

Facial Scrub

Sugar is a natural source of glycolic acid and is used to treat sun-damaged and ageing skin. Combine ½ cup of brown sugar with ¼ cup of olive oil or you can use coconut oil. Gently rub 1 tablespoonful of sugar scrub on your face, body and feet for really silky skin. Rinse well with warm water. Store remaining scrub in an airtight container. You can use this scrub up to twice a week.

Have you got these in your cupboard

Facial Mask

Avocado's healthy fats help to improve skin texture and reduce fine lines. To make this mask, remove the pit from half the avocado and scoop the flesh out into a bowl. With a fork start mashing the flesh until it is smooth and creamy, if you intend to save some of the mixture for later add a teaspoon of Lemon juice to prevent it from turning brown, otherwise you can mix in a variety of ingredients such as 1 tablespoonful of honey, the juice of half an orange or a raw egg white. Using avocado alone is just as effective.

Apply a thin layer of your mixture using your fingertips, gently rubbing into your skin until your face is fully covered. Leave on for at least 15 minutes or until the purée is completely dried. Rinse your face gently with warm water to remove the mask.

Facial Toner

Witch Hazel is a common ingredient in many skincare products and can be found in your local pharmacy. Alcohol-free witch hazel used as a daily toner is a gentle way to reduce pores and inflammation on pimples. Using a cotton ball, apply to your entire face avoiding eye area. Allow the witch hazel to absorb into your skin before applying moisturiser or make-up.

I hope you have found these recipes useful, and would appreciate any comments you might have on them.

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