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Subject: Homemade exfoliator and conditioner
Date Posted: 4/18/2009 1:09 PM ET
Member Since: 6/6/2007
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Don't buy expensive exfoliators!  make your own....I don't use this on my face because I have sensitive skin but you probably could.  I use it for feet, arms, legs ,etc....Get a plastic container with a lid - add sugar ( a cup or 2 and any cheap moisturizer (don't spend a lot on that either!) mix it together with a spoon so it's not too runny but also not too dry.   I use it while I'm in the shower and just rinse it off - feels really good.

IDon't buy expensive leave in conditioner! I have super dry hair so sometimes want to leave conditioner in after I shampoo or need to just add some during the day.  Use any conditioner (don't spend a lot on this either) and put it in a recycled spray bottle (I never throw them away) and add some water.  It needs to be thin enough to be able to spray so just adjust as you need to.  

 

 

Date Posted: 4/18/2009 2:13 PM ET
Member Since: 1/17/2007
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Baking soda makes for a nice scrubby part of a facial exfoliator, too!

Date Posted: 4/18/2009 4:16 PM ET
Member Since: 3/31/2009
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My sister-in-law puts a dab of conditioner in a spray bottle and fills it the rest of the way with water, too.  She uses it for her little girl's hair, to keep it from being snarly - a detangler.



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Date Posted: 4/18/2009 5:23 PM ET
Member Since: 5/10/2005
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I have been amazed at how effective apple cider vinegar is as a detangler.

I'm actually using a vinegar rinse in place of conditioner.  It detangles the hair, is cheap, and seems to work very well even in our very hard water--something the conditioner seemed to not be handling well.

Date Posted: 4/20/2009 7:15 PM ET
Member Since: 3/19/2009
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i was at an expensive salon a few years back, I won a free spa day. I had a body treatment where they used regular body wash that they added sea salt and baking soda.  Thats it!  Felt wonderful.  I've used this at home the only thing is you can't mix too much for future use as the sea salt can start to break down.

Subject: Facial mask and exfoliator for acne-prone/oily skin
Date Posted: 4/26/2009 11:47 PM ET
Member Since: 2/6/2008
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In a small bowl, place two uncoated aspirin (Walgreens sells them for $0.99 for a bottle of 100 tablets) and add two or three drops of water.  No more than that because you want the aspirin to disintegrate into a powder, not turn into soup.  It'll take a minute for the aspirin to fall apart; you can give it a nudge with your fingertip to help it along.  When it's all broken down into a fine dry powder, add a teaspoon or so of honey.  Mix until it's blended thoroughly (it's going to be grainy), then slather it on your face and under your chin.  Let it sit for ten minutes.  Heck, turn it into spa hour and use Jane's sugar/moisturizer scrub on your body and feet while you wait for the honey mask to do its thing.  Wet your fingertips and gently rub the mixture in a circular motion for about 30-60 seconds.  Rinse with warm water, pat dry, and apply an oil-free moisturizer or aloe gel if you don't typically use moisturizer.

Aspirin is a form of salicylic acid and honey has antimicrobial as well as moisturizing properties.  As I said, Walgreens sells a 100-tablet bottle of uncoated aspirin for $0.99 while a bottle of honey (it doesn't have to be the super-expensive kind) costs around $3- $4.  If you use this mask once a week, you'll pay all of $0.08- $0.10 per mask for fifty weeks.  No more expensive commercially-made facial scrubs!

I've also made foot scrubs using brown sugar and honey.