Fall is one of the most beautiful seasons of the year, but what happens to our skin, hair, and nails as a result of the weather change is not so glorious. Between chilly temps and whipping winds, it becomes increasingly difficult for a girl to retain shiny tresses and a glowing complexion. But, instead of investing your hard-earned cash on a new collection of products, we suggest you make your own - thrifty-girl style.
To help you out, Kelly Ryan O'Brien and Jill Badlotto of Chicago Blogger Network told us about seven amazing beauty bloggers who were willing to share their favorite homemade recipes for getting gorg on a dime. Not only are these DIY formulas easy to prepare, they're all natural, too. See ya later, drugstore products. Looks like Mother Nature just stepped in to save the day.
Refinery29Megan Jedlinski, the Stylish and Scatterbrained
Moisturizing and Strengthening Hair Mask
"I love my ombré locks, but I don't love the dry and damaged effects that come with it -especially in the fall! This moisturizing and strengthening treatment works wonders and is just the trick to keep my hair looking and feeling healthy through these cool, dry months!"
1/2 cup avocado
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 tbs coconut oil
1 tbs honey
1/4 cup water
1. Combine ingredients in blender or mix well with spoon.
2. Shampoo hair and rinse. While hair is still warm and wet, apply the mixture to hair from roots to ends.
3. Once the mixture has been generously applied and massaged into the scalp, wrap hair in a warm, damp towel or plastic shower cap and let sit for 15-to-20 minutes to allow the hair to absorb the nutrients.
4. Finish by rinsing hair in cool water (to lock in the moisture and close the cuticle), apply hydrating conditioner and rinse again.
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Refinery29Laura Platt, Bright and Beautiful
Vanilla Sugar Scrub
"A homemade sugar scrub is an easy way to exfoliate and repair dry skin. It leaves your skin absolutely glowing. Plus, the combination of sugar and vanilla smells heavenly."
2 cups brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup almond oil
1 tbs pure vanilla extract
1. Mix all ingredients together until smooth.
2. In the shower, apply sugar scrub onto skin and rub in a circular motion. Rinse.
Refinery29Renee Bolton, Beauty School Scarlet
Exfoliating Skin Conditioning Face Mask
"This gentle exfoliating mask will help even out your skin tone in a snap. In addition, Stevia is an excellent antioxidant that helps combat dryness."
¼ cup of baking soda
¼ cup of Stevia in the raw
1 tsp of raw honey
1 tsp of 100% apple juice
½ tsp of 100% orange juice
1 drop of tei-fu essential oil
Mix all of the ingredients together and apply a generous amount to the face and neck. Leave on for five-to-10 minutes before rinsing.
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Refinery29Monica Modzelewski, Caravan of Style
Split End Treatment
"The Chicago wind can really do some damage to my hair. I use this treatment once every two weeks to keep my long hair shiny and healthy in between hair cuts."
2 tbs olive oil
2 tbs coconut oil
1 ripe avocado
1. Mash avocado and add both the olive and coconut oil; mix until it forms a paste.
2. Rub the mixture into your hair from mid-shaft to your ends; avoid your roots.
3. Leave it in your hair for 20 minutes, then shampoo and condition normally.
Refinery29Nicole Pearl, The Beauty Girl
"This homemade treatment for hyper-pigmentation is perfect for fighting those pesky dark spots and uneven skin tone from a summer in the sun."
1 Airborne powder packet
A few drops of vitamin E
Moisturizer of your choice
1. Mix the Airborne powder packet with a few drops of vitamin E into your regular moisturizer.
2. Apply to your face (but don't get too close to your eyes). You may feel a tingling sensation. The vitamin C in the airborne is what helps brighten the skin, while the drops of vitamin E provide a soothing effect.
3. Leave on for a few minutes before rinsing off.
"Pumpkins are rich in vitamins A and C, as well as various enzymes that can help nourish and brighten the skin."
2 cups of pureed (if cooked fresh) or canned pumpkin
4 tbsp unflavored yogurt
4 tbsp honey
1/3 cup ground almonds
1/4 tsp olive oil
1. Mix all of the ingredients together and apply to clean, moist skin.
2. The enzymes are most active when moist, so let the mask sink in for at least five-to-10 minutes - ideally, in a warm tub or shower.
3. Remove the mask with a warm washcloth.
Refinery29Zahra Sandberg, Love Zahra
"This mask will keep your skin glowing even when there is little to no sunshine outside."
1 tbs gram flour (You can get it on Amazon or at a local Pakistani/Indian grocery store)
1 pinch turmeric powder
Whole milk - enough to create a mask consistency
1 tsp rose water
1. Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl, making sure to put just enough milk to make a thick consistency.
2. Apply mask to face and neck, letting dry completely before washing off with cold water.