My Top 10 Self Care Hacks For Under $20
Updated: Feb 20
Everyday, people are looking for the greatest products or remedies to make themselves look or feel better, but usually the products that are ranked the best are the most expensive and not everyone can afford to even try them, because who knows if they'll even really work just because of the brand name? My whole life, I have been one of those people always trying to figure out what's best for my hair, skin, body, and mind so I feel like I should share my personal head to toe & inside out self help DIY tips that cost under $20. :)
*Please take note that these are my personal tips and some may not work for your skin type. I have normal, olive toned skin, so if you have for example, very sensitive and/or pink skin that easily sunburns and/or are prone to breakouts, some of these MAY NOT work for your skin. Please consider your skin type and ask your dermatologist if these recommendations are okay for your skin type prior to trying these remedies. :)
1. For a home made toner, acne treatment, and/or in-grown hairs
Mash several aspirin pills and put them in a small bottle mixed with part witch hazel & part rubbing alcohol, and always shake before using. This remedy makes for a great toner and make up remover to really get dirt out and tone your skin before applying moisturizer as well as an acne healer. It's also good to treat and prevent ingrown hairs.
2. To make your skin look refreshed & glowy
Ever experience your face feeling dry and sucking up the moisturizer just seconds after applying it? It's not pretty!
For a natural glow, I mix about two drops of Vitamin E oil with a half dime sized amount of moisturizer to give me that dewy glow, more so on my cheeks. Don't be afraid of looking too shiny, because once you apply make up over your moisturizer, your skin will absorb your moisturizer and you'll end up with just the right amount of glow.
For a refreshed look, splash your face with ice cold water about 10 times after cleansing as it tightens pores and skin like a toner would and it will make your skin look much more vibrant as opposed to red and blotchy after washing your face with warm-hot water.
3. For unwashed or over shiny hair
I think we've all accidentally put too much serum in our hair before and caused it to look like it hasn't been washed in days or maybe we skipped a few days of washing, because we haven't had time to wash it knowing it takes forever to style it. Yeah I'm that girl. Well, this solution is super easy.
All it takes is some baby powder or body powder. Rubbing it into your scalp and hair to absorb that extra moisture and to give it a clean feeling.
You can buy some at the dollar or drug store, so stop buying expensive dry shampoo that just leaves residue in your hair and feels icky. Yuck!
4. To get rid of split ends
For split ends, I typically do this when my hair is dry and straight so I can see the dead ends better.
I take my hair in sections and twist from root to ends. Then, I cut all the hairs sticking out that have white tips at the ends. I use moroccan oil, olive oil, or coconut oil, and leave it in my hair over night on my ends about once every week or every other week.
For a more detailed version of this, feel free to watch my tutorial here.
5. Dry, rough feet to silky, smooth soles
Typically, people go to the salon to get pedicures when they feel their feetsies need some attention, but nail spas can't really help TOO much with the dry skin on our feet no matter how much paraffin wax or callus remover they put, so we need to give it extra TLC at home. Don't be deceived by pumice stones or cheese grater looking contraptions, as they can actually be too abrasive and get rid of the layer of skin we need to protect our feet causing cuts and more time needed to heal.
To make your feet smooth as a baby's bottom, do this procedure before going to bed.
1.Soak your feet in warm water for 5 minutes and use a gentle scrub all over your feet, primarily focusing on the rough areas. Soaking your feet will get the skin soft enough to prep for exfoliation and remove dead skin.
2. Rinse & dry your feet and wrap your finger with a napkin or tissue and scrape the rough areas. It sounds gross, but I swear it works and besides, your feet are clean at this point and it's in the privacy of your own home.
3. Rinse and dry your feet again and rub your feet with olive or coconut oil.
Wearing sandals a lot or shoes without socks, and walking barefooted can cause a lot of dryness so be sure to put on some moisturizer on your feet before putting on your flip-flops or every night before bed.
6. Feeling down, tired, and need a quick pick-me-up?
Most people can feel depressed, lonely, or down, and sometimes they can't think of a single reason why. Usually we feel our worst in the mornings and need a boost to fully wake up and feel good. There are several things I do to kick those "off" moods to the curb.
1. Forget coffee & energy drinks. No one actually NEEDS them. It's all in your head. Instead, stretch throughout the day, especially right when you wake up. Stretching relaxes your muscles, brings oxygen to the brain which wakes you up, and it releases toxins out of your tissues.
2. Start your day by opening all the curtains or blinds in your house to let light in. Darkness affects our mood big time and can bring us down, so make sure there's plenty of light around you.
3. Meditate or turn on some music and make sure it's something upbeat, not sappy slow jams or I'm-angry-at-the-world metal music, but something you can dance or bob your head to while getting ready or making breakfast, as that will boost your mood and help you ignore the things that might frustrate you easily, such as traffic, a bad meeting with your boss, or even the ugly weather outside.
4. Eat some tangerines or spray some tropical air fresheners around you. Research shows that the smell of citrus triggers our happy moods and makes us feel more energized so go on and sniff those oranges in the fruit aisle! :)
7. Good-Bye Cellulite & Dry Skin! Hello Soft, Supple Goodness!
Coconut oil is good for sooo many different things such as cooking, bad breath, dry hair & skin. One of my favorite uses of coconut oil is for my skin. I use it as a moisturizer right after showering to lock in moisture and I also use it with coffee grounds as an exfoliator in the shower. Exfoliating in the shower is a great way to remove dead skin cells revealing smoother skin and a great way improve blood flow in areas that may have cellulite.
According to Health, "cellulite occurs when underlying fat deposits begin to push through layers of collagen fibers, or connective tissue, under the skin (often in the buttocks and thigh areas, but also on arms, stomachs, and other common trouble spots, as well). Connective tissue can be weakened by hormones, lack of exercise and muscle tone, excess fat, and poor circulation, says New York City-based dermatologist Cheryl Karcher, MD."
*Fun fact! You can typically tell which areas on your body have poor circulation just by checking which parts of your body feel colder to the touch than the rest of your body, in a normal room temperature.
What I Do:
Because I have cellulite on my thighs due to poor circulation, I use a dry brush before getting in the shower starting at my feet working in light-medium strokes up my legs to my stomach, buttocks, back, arms, and chest. I especially focus on my thighs. Always end at the heart. This helps improve circulation and remove toxins from your body. I then use a home made exfoliator in the shower to really get the blood flowing.
Coconut / Coffee Exfoliator:
Combine 2 table spoons of used coffee grounds & 2 table spoons of coconut oil. Mix until you get a good paste / cream like texture. Apply in the shower in a circular motion over dry rough areas and over areas where you may have cellulite. Apply once or twice a week to not over-exfoliate and not damage capillaries. Coffee has caffeine which is known to help with circulation as well, and the coconut oil acts as a bind and a softener for your skin.
8. For Pearly White Teeth
No need to get your teeth whitened at the dentist for hundreds of dollars nor even use whitening strips. There are two remedies I use and of course one is used with coconut oil.
1. Swish around some hydrogen peroxide in your mouth once or twice a day for 30-60 seconds, and your teeth will really become whiter and brighter. It's actually one of the first ingredients you'll see in teeth whitening products and it really does work alone. Aside from whitening, hydrogen peroxide is also great for oral hygiene, because it kills bacteria. So pull out that brown bottle from your first aid kit and keep it next to your toothpaste instead!
2. You know those Carbon Coco ads you always see but for not the greatest price? I made a tutorial video on how to whiten your teeth with just a couple capsules of charcoal powder. You can then freshen your breath with coconut oil & peppermint oil.
9. For a nice tan without UV ray damage, streaks & $$$ of spray tans
I'm olive toned skin, so I can look pretty fair and yellowish in the winter, but I can tan really quick in the summer. However, there's no way I'll wait 5-6 months to get some color. I avoid using tanning beds now, because of the obvious health risks and I hate how most self tanners or spray tans can be pricey, fade quickly, smell badly, and can make you orange. I know... I'm picky, BUT there is finally a great, cheap solution!! (I'm pretty thrifty in case you haven't noticed yet.)
Ok, so this one's not an actual remedy, just a cheaper solution! I've been using the new and improved Jergen's Natural Glow Moisturizers. They finally smell so much better and they give a nice color gradually instead of looking like orange fake & bake and they don't streak! They carry a quick 3 day moisturizer that works AWESOME if you need a tan for a special occasion coming up, instead of waiting 5 days to a week to see some color.
I mix it with a scented body lotion just to make sure it masks any tanning odor, and I also mix some with my facial moisturizer to enhance color on my face, because that's ironically the whitest part of me. I now swear by this product and what's great is you only need to use it a few times a week to keep the color!
10. Home made antibiotics
One word...GARLIC. It works wonders to help cure illnesses such as the cold and even body aches. I did research on it when I was sick with the flu and apparently garlic works as strong, if not stronger than penicillin. I read that it even helps fight viruses such as HIV, herpes, and the flu. Amazing!
What I do when I feel I'm coming down with something is take a garlic clove or two and slice it up. They say it's best to chew it to really get the juices out, but that is too potent for me, so I just swallow the slices of garlic like a pill and follow it with lots of OJ and/or tea.
I hope you like my personal self help tips and perhaps they will help you someday!