I'm on a budget, a very tight budget, and I am frugal as can be with anything that isn't food lol. Body/skin care upkeep can get pretty expensive, and if you are a product junkie like myself, self control is a must. I've been doing a lot of research lately on natural, DIY, alternatives to buying my favorite drugstore or luxury products. The conclusion I've made from this research is that shea butter, activated charcoal, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, your favorite oils, and indian healing clay are amazing multi-use alternatives for body and skin care. Below I will be listing a few of my personal natural mixes and ones found online that I have incorporated into my daily life or will very soon.
Detox Charcoal + Tea Tree Soap (found online) - I usually use african black soap to wash my body, but creating my own soap with products I have around my house is a must try. Check out this article I found with details on how to make it. Here!
Ingredients: activated charcoal, tea tree oil, shea butter
Toner Oil (personal) - I use this mix on my arm pits, bikini area and face to help with dark spots/skin, tender ingrown hairs, and cleansing for areas that get daily wear and tear (LOL). Please don't forgot to take care of your bikini area and arm pits as you do your face.
Ingredients: shea butter (any oil), lemon juice, apple cider vinegar
Clay Deep Conditioner (personal) - I leave a deep conditioner in my hair for an hour plus before I wash. My hair hates shampoo and feels very dry and brittle so I try to stay away from poos as much as possible. The indian healing clay and small about of activated charcoal does an amazing job of cleaning my scalp and hair without stripping the nutrients/oils. The clay deep conditioner leaves my course, tight, curls, soft and bouncy as can be.
Ingredients: indian healing clay, activated charcoal (small amount), shea butter (any oil of choice)
Foot Detox - I use this detox once or twice a week to get a deep penetrating cleaning and release of toxins. My feet sweat from working out and hot weather, so I like to go the extra step in taking care of them. They feel so soft after.
Ingredients: activated charcoal and tea tree oil
Body Scrub - As you can see my obsession with activated charcoal continues. I use this body scrub for every inch of my body. Dry, dead skin be gone!
Ingredients: activated charcoal, brown sugar, olive oil (any oil) (lemon juice is a great add to this mix)
Detox Drink - I drink a cup of water every morning with activated charcoal in it that has a few drops of apple cider vinegar in it from my ACV shots. This drink helps flush out toxins and waste from the body.
Ingredients: cup of water and activated charcoal
ACV Shot - My mornings start off with a rough bang, two spoonfuls of apple cider vinegar. These shots help with bloating and my digestion problems. It tastes like shit and will definitely wake you up.
Ingredients: two spoonfuls of apple cider vinegar
Face Mask - I use a clay face mask weekly to suck all negativity, oils, dirt, and toxins out of my face lol. Very important now that I am starting to wear make up more frequently. Naturally, I have oily skin in my T-zone areas and this mask helps reduce the oils and tighten my wide pores.
Ingredients: indian healing clay, activated charcoal, water, rose water, your favorite oil (apple cider vinegar can be added to the mix to switch it up a bit instead of rose water)
As you can see I didn't go too much into detail in ingredient size or time because everyone's skin is different. I would highly suggest trying out these mixes on your arm, hand or even your neck to make sure you aren't allergic to anything. Below are the list of main ingredients with links to their benefits.
Please check out Hey Fran Hey's video on activated charcoal to get an inside scoop on my newest obsession. Here!