Whether it's a matter of wanting to save some hard-earned dollars, being too lazy to dash out once after running out of a beauty product, or simply just having an itch to go the all-natural route, home DIY beauty tricks have become increasingly popular throughout the years.
And it turns out that certain chemicals found in store-bought products aren't even good for skin, so people are actually spending more money hurting their skin or their hair than they are helping it become gorgeous and bright.
In fact, according to Her Money, some products such as lip scrub, day cream, face masks, and cuticle cream aren't even necessary to buy, along with even more products available at drugstores. Why? It turns out, all those products are either completely unnecessary or can be replaced with something most people already have sitting at home.
Of course, it's not just a matter of what people are putting on their hair and skin that'll be the only tricks of the trade to maintaining a year-round glow—what a person eats is also extremely important for overall health. Combine that with these DIY tricks and anyone can be on their way to concocting their own products without breaking the bank! Here are 20 fantastic beauty tips that are handy to know about—no matter what skin or hair sitch someone is in.
20 Want A Plumper Pout? Use Peppermint Oil
Want a fuller pout but aren't willing to spend serious money on lip-plumping glosses? Make your own! According to Thrifty DIY Diva, simply use peppermint oil to fake a pout of full and lush lips.
The peppermint helps to stimulate the circulation under the lips, creating a "swelling" effect, thus making them look fuller!
Putting it on is simple too, all you need to do is grab a Q-Tip and dab one to two drops of peppermint oil on it, rubbing it across your lips. Alternatively, feel free to put some drops of peppermint oil directly into your tube of favorite lip gloss.
19 Use Lemon Peels To Treat Nail Polish Stains
We've all taken off a dark shade of nail polish, only to realize the residue has stained our nails and fingers, making them very unsightly to look at. Marie Claire has a solution for us all, and it only calls on a lemon peel. Simply rub some on the spot you have the stain and it'll come right off! It even turns out that soaking the tips of your nails in lemon juice can also make them whiter, too. Another bonus is the delightful citrus smell, which is definitely more appealing to the nostrils than pure nail polish remover.
18 Instead Of Fancy Teeth Whitening Kits, Use Baking Soda To Make Teeth Whiter
With all the kits on the market and teeth-whitening tools that influencers are always promoting on social media, it's easy to fall under the impression that you have to spend the big bucks for some pearly whites.
But as it turns out, you can DIY your way to a perfect smile at home using two ingredients that you most likely have already laying around!
As per Marie Claire, try mixing one tablespoon of baking soda with three drops of hydrogen peroxide then use it as a toothpaste. Your teeth will be completely pristine and perfect in no time—no expensive products required!
17 Vaseline Is A Multipurpose Beauty Tool, So Don't Go Anywhere Without It!
Who would have ever guessed that petroleum jelly, usually known by its brand name Vaseline, is a beauty hack with countless possibilities? You can buy a small to-go pot of this perfect tool, and use it in so many different ways. According to Marie Claire, you can use it to prevent dye from staining your skin by using it as a barrier around your hairline, ears, and neck when dying or otherwise treating your hair. It can also be used to tame unruly eyebrows, or you can slather it on your feet followed by slipping a pair of fluffy socks for soft feet while you sleep!
16 Apple Cider Vinegar Is Phenomenal For Spot Treatment
One of nature's most highly dependable products is apple cider vinegar, used by beauty gurus for years.
According to Stylecraze, it turns out that vinegar is extremely effective in zapping many strains of bacteria—including bacteria that cause acne.
The two ways you can use this miracle product to help your skin are either by applying it topically by diluting it with some water, or orally, by adding a teaspoon of it to your morning drink. Make sure you're buying the organic ACV "with mother," as that's the best kind to successfully fight any sort of spots you may have!
15 Keeping Some Beauty Products In The Fridge Can Actually Make Them Last Longer
Not all of us are blessed with a mini-fridge at home where we can store all our beauty products, but you can definitely clear some space in the corner of your fridge for some of your cosmetics! As per Marie Claire, you obviously you don't have to store everything, but nail varnishes, eyebrow & eyeliner pencils, and lipsticks can all benefit from being stored in the chilled section.
Utilizing this trick will make your polishes last longer, as well as strengthen your lip and eye pencils, thus making them firmer and easier to use, giving you crisp and sharp lines.
14 Coconut Oil And Honey Are A Dream Team Face Cleanser
The dream team duo of coconut oil and honey really proves that some things are better off together than they are solo. Many people have tried using simply coconut oil as a makeup remover and found it to be ultra-greasy. Meanwhile, honey tends to be a bit messy when applied on its own, too.
What it does have, however, are antimicrobial qualities, helping clean your face and fight acne without stripping your skin of natural oils.
As per Refinery29, once you put these two products together, they make for the best cleanser. Simply mix one tablespoon of honey and one tablespoon of coconut oil and rub the mixture on your face!
13 Use Honey As A Facemask
Honey on its own also makes a fabulous face mask—just combine it with some oat flour so it's not completely running down your face. As per Refinery29, with the honey's antimicrobial qualities, your skin will be left squeaky clean yet moisturized, while the oat flour will help exfoliate your face entirely. Mix the two together and you'll be glowing! Once you mix your three tablespoons of honey to two tablespoons of oat flour, apply it to your face and let it sit for fifteen minutes, then wash it off. Try not to lick the honey off your face during this time as that'll be tempting, too!
12 Chamomile Tea Makes A Fantastic, Gentle Toner
Ah, chamomile tea. The type of tea that's used to soothe you after a long day when ingested can also soothe your skin when applied topically.
According to Refinery29, use a chamomile bag as an all-natural toner—it'll leave your skin feeling squeaky clean, soft, and completely soothed and calm.
All you have to do is soak a bag of chamomile tea in a cup of hot water for 15-20 minutes, wait for it to cool down slightly, then take a cotton pad, soak it in the tea, and wipe on your skin. The bonus is you actually have a tea to drink after, too!
11 No Money For An Expensive Acne Treatment? Go Chop Off A Bit From That Aloe Plant
Aloe vera, used for centuries to treat various burns, is a miracle plant, and more than just a pretty succulent you keep in your home. As reported by Refinery29, besides treating burns, it's actually useful to heal acne stars and apply as a spot treatment, too. Be wary, however, it can be slightly difficult to remove, smells awful, and sticks to absolutely every surface.
What you'll have to do is remove the aloe vera leaf from the stem, slice it open, and scoop out two tablespoons of the gel. Next, mix it with some baking soda so it forms a paste, and then proceed to dab it onto any blemishes and leave overnight.
10 Olive Oil And Sugar Make For The Perfect Body Scrub That Isn't Too Abrasive
Want a body scrub that isn't too harsh on your skin but isn't too light either? Try a mix of two tablespoons of olive oil and one tablespoon of sugar. Still not rough enough? Add more sugar. If you made it too rough, add more olive oil.
According to Refinery29, all you have to do is scrub the mixture all over your body, let it sit for a bit, and then rinse it off.
It's also a perfect excuse to skip lotioning up after your shower since the olive oil will definitely keep you slick and sufficiently moisturized!
9 Lather Up With Coconut Oil To Glisten Year-Round
Coconut oil is a miracle oil that beauty gurus swear by worldwide. As per Refinery29, it's fantastic to use in the winter since it's on the heavier side and does an incredible job moisturizing your skin. Leaving you with a glistening sheen, all you have to do is scoop it directly out of the jar and slather it on your body. If you don't feel like using it as a moisturizer, it also makes a phenomenal chapstick, moisturizing your lips in the harsh winter. Feel free to buy a small plastic canister from a drugstore, or re-use one you have laying around, and fill it with coconut oil to use on the go!
8 Rosewater, Aloe Vera, And Lavender For A Bouquet Of Fresh-Smelling Hair & Keeps Curls Bouncy
If you're a girl blessed with curly hair, you can definitely appreciate a curl refresher that'll leave your curls looking lush and full even the next day after washing your hair. As noted in Refinery29, a curl mist of three tablespoons of water, one tablespoon of rosewater, two tablespoons of aloe vera juice, and two drops of lavender oil is a simple yet strategic recipe.
It will leave your hair smelling like a deliriously sweet bouquet, all without making your mane feel tacky or parched.
The best part about using this concoction is that a little goes a long way, so it'll last you a good while too!
7 Before Brushing This Off, Consider Apple Cider Vinegar As Deodorant
It definitely sounds crazy to rub apple cider vinegar on your underarms to keep sweat at bay. But as it turns out, the vinegar smell evaporates in a matter of a few minutes but keeps fighting odor-causing bacteria in your underarm area. As per Gerson, most drugstore deodorants and antiperspirants contain aluminum and are home to unpronounceable chemicals and synthetic fragrances, so all-natural is the way to go. They also block your ability to sweat which is a problem, as sweating is one of your body's natural means of detoxification. Smelling like a salad for a couple of minutes in the morning helps your body keep detoxifying as the day goes on, so slap on some ACV instead!
6 Make A Rosemary Coconut Oil Spray That'll Keep Hair Less Frizzy Than Drugstore Hairsprays
According to Hello Glow, drugstore hairsprays are known to make your hair frizzy and static—definitely not the look you're going for in this day and age.
It turns out that rosemary oil is a fantastic ingredient to use in hair products.
It stimulates hair follicles, encouraging hair growth and strengthening hair shafts all while helping prevent a dry and flaky scalp and creating volume.
Simply take two tablespoons of coconut oil and melt it, then add to a spray bottle along with two cups of distilled water and three to four drops of rosemary essential oil. Then, while making sure to shake well before each use, simply spritz it on damp or dry hair.
5 Use Mayonnaise To Protect Hair, Like Blake Lively
Who would have thought that Hollywood maven Blake Lively swears by a condiment found in most fridges to keep her lustrous mane shiny and immaculate? According to Marie Claire, it turns out, her mother taught her to put mayonnaise on the bottom half of her hair before showering. What this DIY trick does is keeps the mid-lengths and ends protected while you're shampooing, so the soap can't strip all the natural moisture and dry it out. Just make sure you rinse your entire head of hair thoroughly after shampooing, as you certainly don't want the sandwich-favorite condiment in your hair all day.
4 Drink A Large Bottle Of Water In The Morning Immediately After Brushing
This beauty hack is so easy to do yet completely rejuvenates you and is fantastic for your skin.
It's also one that Cameron Diaz swears by every morning.
She told Marie Claire, "Every night before I go to sleep, I fill up a big glass bottle with water and put it on my bathroom counter. First thing in the morning, right after I brush my teeth, I drink it. Because I know that during the night, while I am sleeping, all of that breathing in and out exhales a lot of moisture from my lungs. Imagine how much water you can lose during eight hours of breathing! Because we can’t replenish it while we are sleeping, it’s important to rehydrate once we wake!"
3 For Long Lashes Let's Make Our Own DIY Eyelash Serum
In a world of eyelash extensions and falsies that some of us wear on the regular, all a girl wants is long and lovely lashes! According to Hello Glow, you can actually DIY a lash conditioning treatment to regularly encourage lash growth and strength—the natural way.
Known for its various proteins, castor oil has been used for years to improve hair thickness and strength. Simply grab a clean glass container and add one teaspoon of castor oil mixed with one teaspoon of coconut oil. Then, take two capsules of Vitamin E and pierce them, draining them into the container. Mix and shake well. Lastly, using a disposable mascara wand, dip it into the solution and apply to your lashes nightly.
2 Make A DIY Bubble Mask To Shrink Pores And Tighten Skin
Beauty guru Farah Dhukai is a legend among the Youtube and IG communities for her DIY approach to skincare. One of her favorites is a bubble mask she makes herself which is used to shrink pores and tighten skin. As Farah told BuzzFeed, "I love this one because you can really see and feel the results immediately after you wash it off!"
Simply make it with two ingredients: egg whites and sugar.
Since sugar is a natural exfoliant and works to draw moisture into the skin, combine that with the egg whites, which are high in skin-healing protein. Simply mix the egg whites from one egg with one tablespoon of sugar and whisk by hand, then proceed to apply it to your face!
1 Get Rid Of Dark Under Eye Circles And Promote Lash Growth With Shea Butter
Another hack by beauty queen Farah Dhukai is using shea butter to grow longer lashes and improve the skin under and around your eyes. Look for African shea butter or any unrefined kind since the vitamins and fatty acids condition the lashes and nourish your skin. "It's great for reducing dark circles!" Farah explained to BuzzFeed. Not sure where to find unrefined shea butter? Hunt it down either on Amazon, at Whole Foods, or in-person at any natural bulk store. Remember to proceed with caution and avoid this natural hack if you have any sort of nut allergy!
Sources: Marie Claire, Refinery29, BuzzFeed