Affordable, Home-Made Remedies For Beautiful Skin

In these difficult financial times, the last consideration on our shopping lists are luxury items like beauty products. Unlike some people in the celebrity world, we’re not inclined to go overboard when it comes to taking care of our skin. However, we do want to hold onto young, healthy-looking skin for as long as we possibly can. 

Some simple, affordable ways you can hang onto young skin. 

Your Lips

I've started with the lips because although this is problematic area for most women, we don’t give this part of our bodies much consideration especially in the colder, dryer months.  Being a photographic model, I am only too aware of how important soft, smooth lips are to the overall appearance of a healthy, youthful face. 
Expensive lip balms leave me with chapped lips, a condition which sometimes extends to the soft skin around my mouth, causing it to go red and blistered.  An effective, affordable way to take care of the health of your lips is to keep a jar of Vaseline on your bed-stand and rub a light layer of it on your lips, last thing before going to sleep. Give your lips a light brush with your toothbrush when cleaning your teeth every morning, and again at night.  You’ll maintain perfectly smooth lips with no drying out whatsoever, eliminating the need for expensive lip balms. Use your normal lipstick in the day time and you shouldn’t have a problem with flaky lips.

Your face

As everyone’s skin requires different treatment, it’s important to choose a moisturizer that caters specifically for your needs, and always keep in mind that an expensive cream is not necessarily a good one.  Pay attention to the delicate skin around your eyes and pat eye creams in rather than rub in. 

In the cooler months, it’s important to give your skin room to breathe.  Try to apply less foundation in dry weather, and always remove whatever you’ve put on, to give your skin a rest.  Don’t forget that it’s possible to introduce bacteria into your skin through the constant use of old make-up brushes and applicators.  Now is a good time to change these, and your pillow cases. Make sure you do so regularly.  Pillow cases don’t cost anything (assuming you’re using the ones you already have) and make-up brushes are sold in discount shops for literally next to nothing.
Exfoliation is great, but you need not buy expensive exfoliating creams that may or may not suit your skin type. The most affordable and safest self-exfoliating routine is to use a soft facecloth or flannel. Wet it with some warm water and use a gentle scrubbing motion to remove the dead layer of skin without harming your face. These gentle motions will stimulate your skin cells in the most natural, least abrasive way possible. Wash your facecloth in your normal washing (or hand wash it in warm water if you have sensitive skin). This should take care of any lingering bacteria on it. If you have two or three of these, they should last you for a very long time. Moisturise as usual.
Tip: use the white of an egg to make a nourishing face mask. Rub over the entire face (apart from your eye area) and leave until completely dry. Be aware that while the egg is drying, your face will feel slightly stiff. This is normal. It's just the egg drying off and doesn't impact negatively on your skin at all. Wash off when finished. Enjoy the glow and softness for weeks.

Your hands

If you worry about the way in which your hands are aging and drying out in cool or dry months, it’s time to stop and take a good look as to why this is so.  Are they coming into contact with chemicals you use in your home, extremely hot water, or exposure to the elements?  

Cut down on the amount of chemicals you use to clean your home. I’ve found that a mixture of biological washing powder and soda crystals will work just as well as harsh cleaning chemicals – even in the bathroom. They’re cheap and safe, suitable for use on most surfaces, and I can vouch for their effectiveness.  If you must immerse your hands in hot water, try using rubber gloves.  Keep a bottle of hand cream (water based) near to the kitchen sink to remind you to use it on your hands after you take them out of hot water. Also, remember to wear gloves when it’s cold outside.

Your body

Because our extremities and body trunks tend to have fewer oil glands than our faces, dry skin tends to be more prevalent in these areas. It is also difficult for the top layer of skin in these parts to retain moisture in cooler weather.
What can we do to avoid this situation in our own bodies? After a shower or bath, pat your skin dry and rub in some good water-based moisturizer while it’s still damp.  Remember that exfoliation on the body is equally important as that of the face, as it assists in the removal of dead skin cells.
With the dead cells gone, the skin is free to absorb more moisture. This plays an important role in keeping itchiness away. Pay keen attention to thick-skinned areas like your elbows and knees.  Sometimes it’s these areas that can give away your age, even if you have an otherwise young-looking body.  
In the colder weather, the elbows and knees need extra exfoliation.  I would suggest using a loofah (no amount of expensive creams work as well) for these areas.  This can be done about twice a week.  After exfoliating, an extra top-up of cream, or a layer of Vaseline is the perfect way to keep them soft and moisturized.  It may be a good idea to keep a special pair of pajamas to wear when you’re doing this to avoid getting Vaseline on your bed sheets.

Vaseline also works perfectly for softening the hard skin on your heels. Soak your feet, either on their own or while you’re having a warm bath.  Use a heel scrubber to take off the dry, excess skin, then slap on (you’ve guessed it) Vaseline on your heels.  For your bed sheets’ sake you’ll want to keep a few pairs of bed-socks especially for this purpose.  Make sure that you’re not wearing ordinary socks to bed, as these can sometimes be too tight and can affect blood flow to your feet when your body is perfectly still in bed.  If this is done once every week, your heels should stay baby-soft all through the year, as long as you don’t forget to apply skin cream on them while you do the other parts of your body.

For a more in-depth tutorial see, Home-Made Remedy For Dry Heels


Icy BC March 22, 2010 at 10:41 AM  

Wonderful tips and very helpful for me!

Anne Lyken-Garner is a published author, editor and freelance writer. Her specialities include relationships and confidence building. You can find her inspirational memoir here.
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