Issue 12  •  Spring 2013

Cheap Tricks

Written by Nakia Jackson
As much as we may want to deny it, looking good is an eternal aspiration. Even Egypt’s pharaohs wouldn’t be caught dead without their makeup cases. Looking good however does not require major gold hoards. If you are interested in saving money, raid the kitchen and medicine cabinet for these cheap beauty tricks:
As much as we may want to deny it, looking good is an eternal aspiration. Even Egypt’s pharaohs wouldn’t be caught dead without their makeup cases. Looking good however does not require major gold hoards. If you are interested in saving money, raid the kitchen and medicine cabinet for these cheap beauty tricks:

Baking soda: Can be used as a gentle scrub or spot treatment for blemishes. For a scrub, mix in water and a few drops of olive oil to form a thick paste. For a spot treatment, skip the oil and add more water for a thinner paste. The baking soda is a very mild abrasive, so if you have sensitive skin, this may be a good option. Baking soda paste has been known to send pimples packing in hours, so rinse off and reapply when the paste has dried.

Cider Vinegar: A rinse to boost your hair’s shine factor. Shampoo as normal, then spritz or sprinkle onto damp hair. Leave on for five minutes, and then rinse thoroughly with cold water. Both the acid in the vinegar and the cold water will help close your hair’s cuticle, making it smoother and helping it reflect more light. For easy use, put it in a plastic bottle (the glass bottle will be difficult to handle with wet hands). You can buy a spray bottle at the dollar store or rinse out a used one. Just avoid bottles that held something you may not want in your hair (residue can be tough to get rid of completely).

Castor Oil: Traditionally used by many South Asian women to promote hair (including eyelash) growth. This is a good alternative to mascara, as the oil will add shine to the lashes. Dip a cotton swab or clean finger into the oil and sweep from the base to the tip. Mascara lover that I am, I often do this before heading to bed. Castor oil can also be used as a moisturizer for added shine to hair, as long as your hair isn’t too fine or oily; or as a hot oil treatment to help repair damaged hair. It’s sold with the laxatives in drugstores, but Indian groceries may stock it with beauty products. Either way, it’s far cheaper than hair or eyelash growth potions sold in fancy cosmetic departments.

Your beauty budget may jingle instead of fold, but there’s no need to shell out big bucks to look good. That said, if you have allergies, test these products before slathering them on (nobody wants an angry rash!).

AND BE BEAUTIFUL TO YOURSELVES!!!!!
 
Illustration by Esther Kim

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