Handy kitchen essentials are all you need - coconut oil to add a little moisture to your summer hair and ground almonds in your shower gel for an instant body scrub...
Forget about those crazy-expensive eye creams and lush-but-pricey body exfoliators, here are 12 swaps you can make that won’t cost you a penny. Not convinced? They could save you more than £170 a year! #WINNING.
USE COCONUT OIL AS A FACE MASK
Beauty swap: an expensive face mask for coconut oil, saving at least £22
If you have the trusty ol’ Vita Coco Coconut Oil in your cupboard, don’t just use it with your veggies. Apply this natural treat as a face mask to help get your skin summer ready.
MIX COFFEE GRINDS WITH SHOWER GEL AS A DIY BODY SCRUB
Beauty swap: body scrub for coffee grinds, saving £11
To create a free body scrub and pamper session, mix in leftover coffee grinds with your usual shower gel and use in the shower.
USE LEMONS TO STRENGTHEN NAILS AND GET RID OF DISCOLOURATION
Beauty swap: nail strengthener for lemon juice, saving £9
This wonder product is a great nail strengthener. Rest hands in a bowl containing lemon juice and warm water to remove any leftover colour.
LEMONS WILL ALSO LIGHTEN HAIR
Beauty swap: purple shampoo for lemon, saving £16
Get your summer hair on point by spritzing it with lemon juice helps to naturally lighten it instead of paying out for highlights. This fruit bowl favourite can also lend a helping hand if you’re unhappy with your current shade of blonde, correcting brassy tones without the price tag of purple shampoo. Result.
COCONUT OIL TO SOOTHE DRY SKIN
Beauty swap: body moisturiser for Vita Coco Coconut Oil, saving £13
Whether it’s on the face or body, coconut oil works as a calming moisturiser, working equally well on sunburnt skin or winter dry patches.
GROUND ALMONDS MIXED WITH COCONUT OIL AS A DIY FACE SCRUB
Beauty swap: face scrub for kitchen essentials, saving £6
Avoid splashing out on a facial scrub by making your own completely natural alternative – simply add a small amount of ground almonds to coconut oil (or brown sugar if you have a nut allergy), mix, then gently rub onto your sin before rinsing off.
PLACE MASCARA IN A BOWL OF HOT WATER TO HELP GET TO THE LAST OF IT
Beauty swap: new mascara for existing one, saving £9
Make the most of your mascara by popping the closed container in a bowl of hot water and leaving for a few minutes. It will loosen up the very last bits. and make it super easy to apply.
USE COCONUT OIL AS A HAIR MASK
Beauty swap: hair mask for Vita Coco Coconut Oil, saving £14
For those with dry hair, masks are a must. Instead of splashing out on salon-priced products, leave Vita Coco Coconut Oil in the ends of your hair overnight to re-hydrate and after your morning shower you’ll be ready for the summer!
DON’T HAVE CURLERS? RUN STRAIGHTENERS OVER PLAITS
Beauty swap: curlers for existing straighteners, saving £38
If you don’t want to splash out on a pair of curlers, the easiest and quickest way to achieve curls is to plait your hair and then run your straighteners over the plaits, leaving gorgeous waves without the cost of a new hair tool.
STORE BEAUTY PRODUCTS IN THE FRIDGE
Beauty swap: replacement lipstick for longer lipstick life, saving £16
Keeping beauty products such as eyeliner, nail varnish and lipstick in the fridge extends their shelf life and ensures that you don’t waste money buying a new lipstick after your last one melted or snapped. Keep your favourite products at their best for longer. You’re welcome.
USE SPRAY COOKING OIL AS A QUICK-DRY NAIL SPRAY
Beauty swap: quick dry nail spray for cooking oil, saving £3
If you’re fed up of nails taking too long to dry, there’s no need to splash out on drying sprays. Instead, spritz a bit of spray cooking oil over your nails. Once dry finish with Vita Coco Coconut Oil over your hands and fingers for an extra moisturising layer.
CHILLED GREEN TEA BAGS V PUFFY EYES
Beauty swap: eye cream for chilled green tea bags, saving £15
Eyes aren’t looking their best but you don’t want to splash out on eye cream? Grab some green tea bags from the cupboard, soak them and then chill – for the perfect budget eye mask.