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Homemade beauty treatments that actually work

Pampering yourself doesn’t have to entail breaking the bank. Here are some unbelievably simple recipes for the perfect homemade beauty kit!

Beauty treatments are generally considered a luxury since they tend to come with a hefty price tag.

However, beauty brands are some of the world’s worst culprits for marking up their products, as often they can cost very little to produce (obviously this doesn’t apply to all beauty products, but £500 for a pot of seaweed is just plain unacceptable).

Being a student shouldn’t mean you’re unable to afford to be good to yourself! Don’t we all deserve great skin and hair without burning a hole in our pocket? We say yes.

We’ve got eleven of the simplest homemade beauty product recipes, covering everything you need for the ultimate home beauty kit. Prepare for a healthy body and an even healthier bank balance!

Homemade skin care

Sugary Minty Lip Scrub



Mix these ingredients together and rub onto the lips, massaging for a few minutes.

Lick off and enjoy the taste of peppermint as well as super smooth lips!

Almond and Orange Body Scrub



Mix all of the ingredients together in a blender. Apply to the body and massage gently into the skin. Rinse with warm water.

Note: Avoid this scrub if you suffer from body acne.

Strawberry and Honey Face Mask



Mash the strawberries up using a fork, and add the teaspoon of honey.

Massage into a clean and wet face, rubbing in a circular motion. Leave for 10–15 minutes, then remove using a warm, damp cloth.

For best results, use every day for a week.

Avocado and Pineapple Face Mask




Cleanse your skin by applying ½ teaspoon of raw cider vinegar to a cotton pad, and rub gently over the face. Avoid the eye and lip area, and if you have sensitive skin, dilute the vinegar with water first (note that redness and a tingly feeling is common with this step).

Blend the avocado and pineapple until smooth but textured, and squeeze the lime into the mixture. Using a fork, add the olive oil and honey until well mixed.

Apply the mask to the face with a cotton pad or fingers, and leave for 10 minutes. Remove most of the mask leaving just a thin layer, and boil some water on the hob. Whilst it is heating up, massage your face in small circles using your fingers.

Once the water is boiling, remove it from the heat and hold your face over the steam (careful not to get too close!), using a towel over your head like a tent to trap the steam and create a mini facial sauna. Enjoy for three minutes, and then remove the excess with warm water.

Yoghurt, Orange and Lemon Moisturiser



Mix the ingredients together well, and apply to the face using a cotton pad or your fingers.

Leave for one or two minutes and rinse with lukewarm water.

Tomato and Cucumber Toner



Blend your (chopped) veggies in a food processor until smooth. Pat the mixture onto your face using a cotton pad or your fingers. Leave on for five minutes, and then rinse with warm water.

Note: For oily or acne-prone skin, use every day for the best results. And since this mixture will keep for four days in the fridge after, that should be easy-peasy!

Homemade hair care

Cocoa Dry Shampoo



Combine ingredients and apply to the roots using a make-up brush or similar.

Working in sections, brush the powder through the hair until the oil has been absorbed. Repeat if necessary.

Honey Hair Conditioner



Mix the honey and oil together. If you have a bottle with a squeeze top lid, use a funnel and pour the mixture in. If not, use a jug to pour the mixture onto the hair in small amounts.

Massage into your hair until it’s evenly covered. Cover your hair with a shower cap and leave for at least 30 minutes. The mixture may drip, so either plug the shower cap with cotton wool, or wrap a towel around your shoulders (either way the result will be worth it!).

Follow this process by shampooing and rinsing your hair thoroughly.

Avocado Hair Mask



Mix together the egg yolk, oil and honey. Mash the avocado using a fork, and blend with the rest of the mixture.

Apply to your (wet) hair, starting at the ends and working your way up. Let it soak in for 15–20 minutes, then rinse, shampoo, and rinse again.

Note: If your hair is particularly oily, don’t apply to the roots.

Sugar Scalp Scrub



Mix together well, but do not heat the oil as this will melt the sugar, thus eradicating the ‘scrub’ part of this recipe. Wet your hair, and if you have other styling products in it, apply conditioner to make it easier to work with.

Separate the hair so you can reach the scalp, and scrub in a circular motion for five minutes or so. Rinse well, then shampoo and condition hair as normal.

Extra natural skin scare tips

  1. Using body scrubs two to three times a week is enough to keep your body well exfoliated.
  2. All of these recipes can be made in batches and kept in the fridge in an airtight container. If you can, add a date with a sticky label and make sure you use them within three or four days.
  3. Know your skin! Unless otherwise stated, these recipes are suitable for all skin/hair types, but if you do have sensitive skin, be gentle when using the scrubs and abrasive ingredients.

What about your old clothes? You could give them a new lease of life too!