Here's a welcome surprise: Your kitchen cabinets contain a number of cheap alternatives to pricey beauty products. Add these common cooking and baking ingredients to your beauty regimen and watch your beauty budget shrink.
10 Beauty Products Hiding in Your Kitchen
White or brown, sugar is a staple in most kitchen cabinets. Sugar is also a common ingredient in luxury lip scrubs and body exfoliators. Plain old granulated sugar costs less than $1 a pound, brown sugar costs a bit more, and even organic varieties come in well under the $3 mark. Simply add sugar to your regular face wash or apply a little on an old toothbrush as a quick, cheap way to remove dead facial skin.
Cinnamon is an inexpensive, common spice that can be used for a variety of beauty applications. Beauty blogger Michelle Phan notes that cinnamon serves as a quick and low-cost lip plumper. It's a welcome alternative when you want a fuller look but pale at the thought of spending, say, $22 at Sephora for a 0.12-ounce bottle of Bite Beauty Cinnamon Plumping Lip Oil. Just apply a bit of moistened cinnamon to your lips and smile.
This kitchen spice, typically used in Indian and Middle Eastern cuisines, has long been known for its medicinal benefits, such as quashing indigestion and reducing inflammation. In recent years, turmeric has been praised as a viable and low-cost acne treatment; curcumin, an ingredient in turmeric, fights common acne symptoms and prevents breakouts. A 2-ounce jar costs about $4 (it's far cheaper when bought in bulk), but this seems like a small price to pay when commercial treatments such as Proactiv can set you back $20 or more.
Baking soda serves a variety of cooking and cleaning purposes, so there's a good chance there's a box someplace in your kitchen cupboards. Try swapping out regular shampoo for a $1 box of baking soda, which cleans your scalp just as effectively as commercial shampoo. It also reduces dandruff, making it a thrifty substitute for dandruff shampoos, which often retail for $10 and up.
Black tea contains a high amount of antioxidants, which protect against free radicals that can damage the skin. Anti-aging products containing black tea have been popping up in the beauty aisles, and carry hefty price tags; a 1.6-ounce jar of Fresh's Black Tea Age-Delay Cream, for example, sells for $95. Instead, forego expensive specialty products and try a generic box of black tea. There are several ways to incorporate black tea into your beauty regime, such as steaming your face with a brew.