In a tight economy, beauty products are often one of the first “victims”. There just isn’t enough money left over after you buy the groceries to allow you to splurge on many beauty products. So, why not use some of those groceries for beauty products instead?
Raw eggs, for example, make a great skin care and hair care product. Eggs are rich in protein, which strengthens hair follicles and increases hair volume. Just blend an egg or two into a bowl and add a little to your hair as you would a conditioner, rinsing after you’ve worked the egg through your hair.
If you have some egg mixture left over, apply a little to your clean face for a 5-10 minute facial mask that will leave your skin tight and smooth. Still have a little egg mixture left? Pour it into your bath. You will notice much smoother skin in only a few days.
You can also use egg whites and egg yolks separately for several beauty treatments. Wanting to get rid of under-eye bags for a special occasion? Whip an egg white until foamy. Apply a thin layer to the under-eye area and let dry. Then add a second layer, again allowing it to dry, followed by your usual makeup. This is a temporary “eye-lift” that will last several hours!.
Add the foamy egg white to some oatmeal to create a facial mask that will work wonders on acne. Just mix the egg white and oatmeal until it forms a paste, spread on your skin, and let dry. Rinse with warm water followed by a cool water rinse.
What to do with the egg yolk? Add a teaspoon or two of olive oil and beat the mixture, then add it to a cup of water and pour over hair for a great oily hair conditioner. Rinse the mixture out of your hair with cool water.
Another grocery store item that can be used in a wide variety of beauty regimens is baking soda. You can add baking soda to water or liquid soap for use in removing stubborn odors from your hands like onions or garlic. Add a little baking soda to your usual shampoo to create a “super-shampoo” that removes build-up from hair sprays, mousses, or other leave-in hair products. Or add baking soda to a little water and soak your brushes and combs in it. Again, it removes the build up from hair spray and other hair products.
Dry, itchy skin? Add baking soda to your bath to soften skin, or mix with baby oil in the bath to relieve that “winter skin” dryness. Mix with water to form a paste that you can spread on chapped elbows or heels. A baking soda paste will also do wonders to relieve the itch and burn of sunburn or windburn.
Baking soda used to be a common ingredient in toothpastes. If you don’t want to brush your teeth with it, try mixing it with water for a mouthwash or an overnight soak for your toothbrushes, mouthguards, retainers or dentures. Or make a baking soda paste on a toothbrush to scrub mouthguards or dentures.
These are only two of the many grocery products that can be used in your hair and skin care beauty routines. Save money and still get great results with these skin care and hair care product substitutes.
Health N Beauty – Say No to Wrinkles, Try Egg Whites – http://healthnbeauty.today.com/2009/04/07/say-no-to-wrinkles-try-egg-whites/
Beauty Care: Eggs for Skin and Hair – http://tiv-tiv.blogspot.com/2008/09/beauty-care-eggs-for-skin-and-hair.html
How Stuff Works: Uses for Baking Soda – Health and Beauty – http://health.howstuffworks.com/uses-for-baking-soda-health-and-beauty-ga.htm
Baking Soda Beauty – http://shine.yahoo.com/channel/beauty/baking-soda-beauty-13-reasons-to-move-it-from-your-fridge-to-your-medicine-cabinet-411351/