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Acne - Here is another homemade skin care product that you can try. This one is for acne. Add 2-3 teaspoons of basil to 1 cup of boiling water. Simmer for 15 minutes. When cool, use a sterile cotton ball to apply to the skin on the face.


After Shave - You can make your own After Shave with only two ingredients- rubbing alcohol and cologne. Just fill a bottle about a quarter full with the rubbing alcohol, and top with plain water. Add just a little cologne to make it smell nice. Shake well, and you are good to go.


Body Lotion - Save a little money by making your own body moisturizing lotion. The main ingredient in lotion is Aloe Vera. Buy a big bottle when it goes on sale. To make it special, add a few drops of your favorite scent.


Deodorant Substitute - Here is another great use for baking soda. Use it in place of deodorant. It is very effective, and is good for people who are sensitive to certain chemicals and fragrances.

Use every bit of your store bought roll on deodorant by turning it upside down when it is almost empty. Keep an decorative jar or vase handy in your bathroom for this purpose.  You can also use baking soda as deodorant.


Dry Air - To moisturize the dry skin we get in the winter from the stuffy house air, take a bath and soak in the tub with a couple of squirts of baby oil. This does a a good job of moisturizing your skin. You can also run a humidifier in your bedroom, but be sure to keep it clean. If you don't have young children, you can fill the bathtub with water, and that will put some moisture in the air.


Elbows and Feet - Here is a homemade solution to dry, hardened skin on your elbows and feet. Rub vegetable oil on them. Another option for your feet: Mash up a banana and add 3 Tablespoons of lemon juice. Rub this mixture on your feet. Then put your feet in a plastic bags, with a rubber band around your ankles to seal shut. Leave on for 20 minutes.


Facial Scrub and Exfoliate - There are many ingredients you can mix from your kitchen for a homemade facial. However, the most popular and economical continues to be plain oatmeal mixed with water. Wipe it on wet, and wash off after it hardens. Or you can use corn starch. Just sprinkle a little in your hands, and add it to the soap when you wash your face.


Facial Masks - There are many facial masks you can make with the ingredients from you cupboard.  You can use oatmeal and honey, or banana and honey.  Mix them together at a ratio of 1:1, apply to your face, let sit 15 minutes, and then rinse.


Hands - Here a an inexpensive treatment to keep your hands soft in the winter. Mix 1 Tbsp each of olive oil, salt and sugar and spread on your hands. Wrap your hands in a towel for 5-10 minutes, and then rinse.


Hemorrhoid Cream -  You can use hemorrhoid cream to tighten up your face. Apply it to your face, let dry, and then wipe off. You can also use it under your eyes to reduce puffiness.


Shaving Cream - Here is a substitute that may come in handy. If you use shaving cream, and run out, try using hair shampoo. Use an inexpensive brand. If you use the same product on your hair and for shaving, you will save space if that is an issue in your bathroom.


Shower Gels - "If you are a "bath person", and need to find something to do with shower gels that have been given to you, here is an alternative use for them.  Use them as soft soap.  Dilute them by half with water, and just add the liquid to a soap dispensing pump.


Soap - Make your own liquid hand soap by mixing some shampoo diluted with water. This also makes a great gift. I got some last Christmas. It was a beautiful shade of aquamarine, and in a glass jar.


Soft Skin - Put a little powdered milk in your bath, and the lactic acid from the milk will remove dead skin.  This will result in softer skin.


Toner - Here's a homespun substitute for facial toner to use after you wash your face.  Use water and cider vinegar, mixed together in equal parts.

 

 

 

 

 

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