Are you constantly looking for ways to take the time, hassle, and expense out of your beauty regimen? If so, there’s good news. No longer do you need to spend a fortune on high-end salon services like coffee scrubs, dry shampoos, nail work, and others. And if you are privy to a few shortcuts and hacks, you can stop spending on monthly gym memberships and personal trainers. How? By getting back to basics, making some of your own beauty products, and taking advantage of public facilities in most every city. If that sounds too good to be true, check out the following techniques for slicing your beauty and fitness budget.
If you’re a fan of rejuvenating, all-natural coffee scrubs for tired, sun-damaged skin, consider concocting a homemade version that gets the job done equally well. The recipe is amazingly simple and only calls for three ingredients. Combine about six ounces of ground coffee with an ounce or two of olive oil and a tablespoon of coarse sugar or salt. Mix it all up in a resealable jar so you can save the leftovers. This recipe makes enough for about three standard facials or treatment of both arms from shoulder to wrist. After letting the mixture turn into a dark goo, which takes just a few minutes, rub onto the skin and gently massage it with your fingertips. Let is stay there for about 10 minutes and then wash it off with warm water.
One of the big trends in city planning these days is outdoor gym equipment. These safe, versatile workout zones are showing up all over the place, in cities big and small. How can you get the most out of the entire range of awesome outdoor gym equipment? Call your local municipality’s information line and ask where publicaccess exercise parks are located. Many are attached to your town’s most-visited parks, public sports fields, and rec centers. In addition to being openair affairs, each location typically offers at least a dozen pieces of equipment designed to work major muscle groups or deliver a challenging cardio workout.
Banish Hair Static
If you have long, dry hair, static electricity can be a real problem, especially during the winter months. Instead of using pricey shampoos and salon products labeled “special formula” (translation is expensive), head to the laundry room and pull out a dryer sheet. These little squares get rid of hair static instantly. Gently rub them throughout your hair and you’re done. No more static for the rest of the day.
Make Your Own Dry Shampoo
Dry shampoos are a big hit at the world’s trendiest salons, but you can make your ownfor home use for next to nothing. Shop for a brand-name baby powder that has no fragrances or added ingredients. Aim for products that are mostly powder, either talc or corn starch. Use about one teaspoon at a time as you slowly work the powder into your scalp and then pat it out. If your hair is still oily, add more powder in small increments, massaging and shaking it out each time. This technique is a good substitute for shampooing when you don’t have time to shower.