Frugal beauty

30th Nov 16 | Beauty

Don't spend your wages on beauty products; raid your fridge and cupboards instead for these easy to make skincare basics on a budget.

Frugal beauty

Our beauty regimes often suffer in the run up to the festive period, given that all our extra pennies are spent on buying presents for our loved ones. But if your complexion needs a boost this Christmas, you don't have to break the bank. Read on for our top tips on saving pennies by making your own beauty products.


Coconut oil remains one of the hottest products in the beauty industry, and it's not hard to see why. You can use this as the basis for a gorgeous face wash, simply by mixing a quarter of a cup of coconut oil with two tablespoons of honey and five drops of lavender oil. Mix together with a whisk and funnel into an empty, preferably sterilised container. To use, place a coin sized amount in the palm of your hand and rub together to melt the oils. Apply to the face, leave for less than a minute and then rinse off.


Did you know that vinegar has long been cited as an effective toner? Helen of Troy was a big fan, apparently. It might not smell the best, but it works a treat. After cleansing your face, mix one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with two cups of water and use to rinse your skin. You will feel the effects of this tightening toner almost immediately.


Facial scrubs are a fantastically easy product to make at home. Now we all know about the dangers of sugar in your diet, so if you are cutting down on sweet treats, why not use the sugar in your cupboard to mix into an exfoliator? Mix one teaspoon of raw sugar with half a teaspoon of honey and a splash of fresh lemon juice, adding more if the mixture is too tight or adding more sugar if it's too loose. Apply to the skin carefully, leave for a few minutes and then wash off with a flannel or muslin cloth.

Coffee lover? Use your used coffee grounds to make a scrub out of, combining one tablespoon of the grounds with a tablespoon of olive oil and applying to the face. You can also use this as a body scrub - who knew there were so many benefits to having that morning caffeine hit!

Face masks

On the luxurious end of the skincare scale, face masks are often the first thing to go if we're on a budget. But instead of maxing out your credit card, why not raid your fridge to make a mask out of simple household ingredients? Bananas are a popular choice upon which to base a face mask, and are particularly effective if you have dry skin. Grab a ripe banana, mash it up until it forms a smooth paste texture and then apply it to your face and neck. After 10 to 20 minutes, rinse off with cold water. If you're feeling a bit more adventurous, combine a mashed up banana with two tablespoons of plain yoghurt and honey, which is frequently used as a natural acne remedy. Use the same way and you'll soon see the benefits.

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