10 interesting and cheap DIY beauty treatments that you can do at home

Ageing gracefully is a laudable goal, but occasionally all of us like to pamper ourselves a bit. Beauty treatments can often be expensive, though, so here are 10 cheap and easy DIY beauty treatments you can do at home.

1. Sugar scrub

A sugar scrub is a great way to exfoliate your skin and leave it feeling smooth and soft. Simply mix together 1 Cup White Sugar, 1 Cup Raw Sugar, 1/2 Cup Coconut Oil, 1/2 Cup Olive Oil, and a few drops of your favourite essential oils, if desired. Massage it into your skin in a circular motion. Rinse with warm water and pat dry. Sugar scrubs work by removing dead skin cells and revealing the softer, smoother skin underneath. You can store the excess sugar scrub in a mason jar or other airtight container for future use.

Bonus tip: You can gently massage this scrub into your lips in a circular motion, then rinse with warm water. This scrub will exfoliate your lips and leave them feeling soft and smooth.

2. DIY face mask
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There are lots of recipes for DIY face masks online, but a simple one is to mix together 2 tablespoons of plain yoghurt, 1 tablespoon of honey, and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice. Apply to your face and leave for 15 minutes, then rinse with warm water. This mask is hydrating and can help to reduce blemishes.

3. Homemade shampoo

You can make your own shampoo by mixing together 1/4 cup of Castile soap, 1/4 cup of water, and half a teaspoon of coconut oil (optional: if you have oily hair, you can remove this oil), and 15-20 drops of essential oils of your preference. These oils can help thicken the hair and help prevent hair loss. You can use citrus oils if you want nice-smelling hair. It’s going to take a little while for your hair to get used to it, but this natural recipe is worth it if you want to transition into a more natural shampoo.

Here’s a video tutorial on how to make your own natural shampoo in just minutes:

4. Coffee body scrub
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Coffee is not just for drinking! It can also be used as a body scrub. Simply mix together 1/2 cup of coffee grounds, 1/4 cup of olive oil, and 1/4 cup of sugar. As with the sugar scrub listed above, massage into your skin in a circular motion, then rinse with warm water. Coffee scrubs are great for exfoliating and can also help to reduce the appearance of cellulite.

5. DIY lip balm
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Chapped lips are no fun, but store-bought lip balms can be expensive. You can easily make your own, though, by mixing together 1 tablespoon of beeswax, 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, and 1 teaspoon of honey. Melt the ingredients together, then pour into a small container and allow to cool. This lip balm is hydrating and nourishing, and it's also very affordable.

6. Homemade facial toner

Facial toners can be expensive, but you can easily make your own at home. Simply mix together 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar and 1/4 cup of water. Store in a bottle and apply to your face with a cotton ball after cleansing. This toner helps to balance the pH of your skin and can also help to reduce the appearance of blemishes. But if you're not a fan of the way apple cider vinegar smells, you can combine it with essential oils or astringent like witch hazel and tea tree oil.

Here's a video of 4 DIY ACV toners you can make:

7. Coconut oil hair treatment

Coconut oil is a great way to nourish your hair and scalp. Simply massage a small amount into your scalp, then work it through your hair. Leave for 30 minutes, then shampoo and condition as usual. Coconut oil is a natural conditioner that can help to make your hair soft and shiny.

Here’s a video of massage strokes to stimulate growth and condition of your hair:

8. Avocado face mask
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Avocados are not just for eating! They can also be used to make a nourishing face mask. Simply mash up one avocado and apply it to your face. Leave for 15 minutes, then rinse with warm water. This mask is hydrating and can help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

9. DIY foot scrub
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Your feet deserve some love, too! Mix together 1 cup Epsom salt, 1 tablespoon olive or coconut oil, and 3-4 drops of peppermint oil. Massage into your feet for 10 minutes, then rinse with warm water. Follow it up with a moisturizer of your choice. The peppermint oil relieves aches and pain while the coconut and olive oils soften the feet and moisturize them. This scrub is great for exfoliating your feet and leaving them feeling soft and smooth.

10. Homemade body lotion

Body lotion can be expensive, but you can make your own at home for a fraction of the cost. Simply mix together 1/4 cup of coconut oil, 1/4 cup of shea butter, and 1/4 cup of beeswax. Melt the ingredients together, then add a few drops of essential oil. Pour into a container and allow to cool. This lotion is deeply nourishing and will help to keep your skin soft and hydrated.

For those who want to make their own body lotion, here's a step-by-step video tutorial:

Next time you feel like treating yourself, try one of these cheap and easy DIY beauty treatments. You'll save money and your skin will thank you!

Got any other suggestions for DIY beauty treatments? Let us know in the comments below!
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