Cheap Skin Care from the Kitchen!

Skin care can be REALLY expensive and I am always looking for ways to save money.  If you’re anything like me you can’t get out of the cosmetic ailse of any story without picking up the latest eye cream, facewash, or moisterizer.  So, since I am trying to scrimp and save, I thought I’d look around for cheap skin care alternatives that I can make at home.  Try some of them out and let me know what you think!

Normal & dry skin

 First, hydrate skin from the inside by drinking plenty of water. Then buff away flaky cells with an exfoliating mask, and replenish moisture with a thick, potassium- and fatty-acid-rich blend.

1) Exfoliating mask

¼ cup almonds, finely chopped

1 tablespoon rolled oats

4 tablespoons soy milk

1 tablespoon mashed avocado

In a bowl, blend ingredients until pasty. If the mixture is too dry, add another tablespoon of soy milk. Spread a thin, even layer over face, rubbing gently in a circular motion, avoiding eyes. Leave on for 20 minutes, and remove with a warm, wet washcloth. Skin should feel fresh and rejuvenated — not abraded.  Do this once a week.

2) Moisturizing mask

½ large ripe banana

2 tablespoons sunflower oil

In a bowl, mash the banana with the oil; blend till smooth. Apply mixture to clean, dry face, avoiding eyes. Leave on for 20 minutes; rinse and pat dry.  Do this once a day.

Oily skin

An easy solution for oily skin is…egg whites. Proteins in the whites absorb oil and improve skin’s firmness. Or try cucumber purée. Just wash and purée a whole unpeeled cuke; spread evenly over your face.

 Lightweight protein mask

2 egg whites (Or cucumber purée instead)

In a bowl, beat egg whites (or cucumber) until frothy. Apply generously to clean, dry skin, concentrating on the oiliest parts of your face, typically the forehead, nose, and chin. Do not rub in. Leave on for 15-20 minutes, and rinse.  Do this once or twice a week.

Aging skin

1) Gentle daily toner

¼ cup apple cider vinegar

½ cup water

In a large bowl, dilute vinegar in water. (For sensitive skin, use one part vinegar to four parts water.) Apply to face with a cotton ball, avoiding eyes.  Do this daily.

2) Fruit mask

3 prunes

2 cucumber slices

Pit prunes and mash in a bowl until smooth. Spread over clean, dry skin, avoiding the eyes. Once prune mask is applied, place fresh, cold cucumber slices over your eyes to reduce puffiness and dark circles. Leave mask on for 20 minutes; rinse clean. How often>> Once or twice a week.


Before trying one of these treatments, steam your face to cleanse your pores.  Position your face several inches above a pot of boiled water (be careful1), and drape a towel over your head to help capture and direct the vapor. Steam your face for a few minutes and pat dry.


If you try these out, let me know what you think!  Also, if  you have any great skin care ideas that I can create in my kitchen, share them here!