Inexpensive DIY Beauty Hacks

Store bought beauty products can get quite pricey depending on how much you’re willing to spend and the ingredients you’re willing to put on your skin.  The solution for me has been DIY beauty products and I have to say they work just as great.

Not only are homemade beauty products inexpensive, they contain natural ingredients as well.  I’m comforted in knowing exactly what I’m putting on my skin.

Here are some of my favorite DIY beauty hacks:


Face toner –

Use a cotton ball or pad to apply some apple cider vinegar to you face.  I suggest diluting it a bit to make it more suitable for sensitive skin.  My skin tends to get a bit red after apply this ACV mixture so be aware.  It’s great at cleansing and reducing the pores on the face.

Face moisturizer –

Mix 4 parts coconut oil or hemp oil with 1 part castor oil, then transfer this mixture into a dropper bottle.  Dab a few drops of the oil mixture on wet fingers and lightly apply or rub onto your face.  My face usually gets pretty oily from this, so I wait 5 minutes or more before I splash my face with cold water to close the pores and then pat dry.

Or you can apply a few drops to your hand and rub between both hands then pat on your face for a more gentle approach.  I don’t think it’s necessary to wash off in this case.

Also, if you use hemp oil make sure you refrigerate the mixture once it’s made, since it’s important to keep hemp oil in the fridge.

Aloe face mask –

Cut off a piece of aloe leaf.  I use about a square inch piece for each application, so you don’t need to cut off much.  If you cut off more than needed store the unused portion in your fridge to keep fresh for the next application.

After you cut off a piece to use, then cut off the barb end of the one side and then cut off the top portion as close to the top as possible.  With the fleshy square piece cut the flesh in a crisscross fashion to release even more aloe juice.

Now take that piece and apply it to your entire face.  If the piece feels like it’s getting dry, then score the fleshy part once more to rerelease lingering juice and again apply it to the remaining areas on your face.  Leave it on for at least 20 minutes and then you can rinse it off.

Banana face mask –

Take a banana peel and rub it on your face or other area on your body you would like to reduce any scarring or acne.  We’re always eating bananas at my home, which makes this easy to do this mask after breakfast during lazy mornings.

Bronzer –

Pour a bit of cocoa powder in an old, but clean, makeup container to use as bronzer.  I like to apply my DIY cocoa bronzer after I’ve applied a translucent face powder.  If you don’t have any on hand or want to buy a box, then do what I’ve started doing and purchase a small quantity from Winco’s bulk section.


Conditioning hair rinse –

After you shampoo your hair pour some ACV on your hair in place of conditioner.  Let it sit a few minutes before rinsing and then letting your hair dry naturally.  Look forward to some shiny locks!

Dry shampoo –

Simply pour some cornstarch into a small jar and apply this loose powder with a medium makeup brush to your crown and where you part your hair.  Or if you’re a brunette, like me, combine some cornstarch with unsweetened cocoa in a jar.  I like to use old makeup sample jars and powder makeup containers to store my mixtures in.  Then mix or shake all ingredients together.

Experiment on your own to come up with the perfect cornstarch/cocoa ratio for your hair color.  For red hair try adding some cinnamon or even nutmeg in place of or in addition to the cocoa to fit your hair tone.  And for really dark hair I suggest trying solely cocoa powder or adding a small amount of cornstarch to the cocoa for the right dry shampoo that matches your hair color.

I also suggest using this dry shampoo in the evening before you go to bed.  It tends to look better overall when slept in, especially if the mixture is a little lighter than your hair color.  I often times forget this step in the evening or am just too tired to do so by the time I’m getting ready for bed.  So no worries if you decide to apply your dry shampoo in the morning.

Hair mask –

Scramble up an egg with a tsp. of coconut oil, a little oil works perfect for my hair.  Apply the mixture with your hand or a large makeup brush to your hair (I’ve only ever done this to my hair dry, but I’ve heard of applying it to wet hair as well.)

Let the hair mask sit for 20 minutes.  I also use a plastic grocery bag to wrap my hair in to keep the moisture in and keep it from dripping.  Just make sure you puncture a hole or two in the top of the bag to avoid it getting too hot.  Then rinse.


Body moisturizer –

Apply some raw virgin coconut oil to your hands, feet, or other areas of your body that are in need of a bit of moisture.  If you use it on your feet I advise that you put on socks and wear them until you wake up or rinse them off to ensure you don’t get stains anywhere or slip on tile.

Sugar body scrub –

Combine some sugar with coconut oil or your favorite oil.  I’d say about a 4:1 ratio, so 4 parts sugar & 1 part oil.  Store the mixture in an air sealed container in the fridge for up to a month.

You can keep the scrub in your shower if you wish, but I feel like it last longer if kept in the fridge when not in use.  Grab a bit with a scoop (more sanitary, again) or your hands and apply with a rubbing motion to exfoliate the skin on your body.

Salt body scrub –

Combine 4 parts salt, instead of sugar, with 1 part coconut oil or your favorite oil.  This mixture is perfect for diabetics and those who would rather not use sugar.  Same rules apply as above:

Store the mixture in an air sealed container in the fridge for up to a month.  You can keep the scrub in your shower if you wish, but I feel like it last longer if kept in the fridge when not in use.  Spoon out a bit and apply with a rubbing motion to exfoliate the skin on your body.

I love saving money and these homemade beauty products have been real life savers to my beauty routine.  So if you hate forking over money for skincare and makeup like me, then I think you’ve also found the solution to saving money while looking good.

Comment: Do you make any of your own beauty products?  Are you in love with them like I am with these beauty hacks?

Tawnya is the founder of The Dancing Dollar, a blog about frugality & personal finance.  She writes about how frugal living can help other individuals & families live [happily] below their means.  She & her husband are on the path to pay off their home in less than half the time.  Click here to learn more.