I am starting to get a little alarmed at the prices of cosmetics, and how much we women are prepared to spend each year. I haven’t managed to find any up-to-date South African figures, but a UK website lists the following rather frightening statistics:
12 – the average number of cosmetic products a woman applies to her skin every day
2 Kilos – weight of chemicals from cosmetic products absorbed through the skin by an average woman in a year
175 – the number of different chemicals it’s possible to put on your skin everyday
£3,000 – the average amount we spend every year on beauty & skin products in the UK. (Approximately R36 000 per year or R3 000 per month)
98% – women say they ‘feel better’ wearing make-up
£182,528 – the amount spent during an adult lifetime of beauty products and treatments (Approximately R2.2 million per year!)
Now while I cannot for a single second BEGIN to think that South African women are spending R3 000 per month on skin products, I have to wonder if we have not all gone a little overboard.
Take, for example, the fact that a leading cosmetics house is now selling lip exfoliation products for over R200 a tube. Add this to the cleanser, toner, moisturizer, eye cream and face mask (not to mention neck cream, cleansing mask, exfoliator and eye make up remover) and you are rapidly heading towards at least R1 000 (if you buy your beauty products from Clicks or Dischem) and double that if you use a product such as Estee Lauder or Clinique. Not to mention Dermalogica.
Now don’t get me wrong, I am a firm believer in taking good care of your skin, especially when it comes to using moisturizer with an adequate SPF, but I also draw the line at throwing good money away when a few simple products at home will suffice. I would far rather you save your money and treat yourself to a facial as and when you can afford it.
Herewith a few homemade remedies that will suit both your budget and your beauty needs:
Homemade Lip Exfoliator
Place a small amount of caster sugar in the palm of your hand, add a drizzle of olive oil to form a paste and then gently rub into your lips in a circular movement. Best done before bedtime so that the olive oil can sink into your lips overnight. You can also use this to exfoliate and moisturize your hands.
Baking Soda Mask to Fight Acne
All you need are two ingredients. Baking Soda (NOT baking powder) and water.
Mix a little together in your hands after washing your face with a mild cleanser and apply gently to your skin. Once you’ve coated your face with the baking soda and water mix, let it sit while you do other things around the house, or relax and read a book.
Yoghurt and Honey Mask
• 1 T Yogurt
• 1 T Honey
To Make: Add the two ingredients together and apply to a clean, moist face. (You can also add some softened carrots to the mask for an additional vitamin boost).
To Use: Pat this mask onto the skin for a moisturizing, penetrating, hydrating, soothing application
Buttermilk Hair Conditioner
½ cup buttermilk
1 cup plain yogurt
1 egg yolk
1 tsp raw coconut oil
• Combine all the ingredients and apply to the scalp.
• Let it sit in the hair for 30 minutes and then rinse thoroughly.
Please also send me details of any inexpensive or natural remedies that have worked for you!