At last check, Americans spend $7 billion a year on beauty products. Even a beauty buff like me thinks there are better ways to drop a bill (can we say, “tropical getaway?”). So save some dough by playing chemist in your own kitchen.
That’s exactly what Charlene Tello did to make a series of skin-brightening treatments. A Master Esthetician at Dave’s Health & Nutrition, Tello suggests cooking up the following homemade mixtures for maximum pampering on a pauper’s budget.

Facial Scrub – “This helps exfoliate dirt, oil and dead skin cells to keep your skin clean and rejuvenated.”
                1 ripe banana
                ¼ cup sugar
                ¼ ground oats
                Add essential oils as desired
Facial Toner – “This has anti-aging properties, and is also very hydrating to the skin.”
                3 ½ ounces witch hazel
                10 drops rose essential oil
                10 drops chamomile essential oil
                10 drops geranium essential oil
                Combine in 4-ounce spray bottle and mist over clean face

Facial Mask – “This is very nutrient-dense, filled with vitamins A and C, and is very cleansing and nourishing to the skin.”
                ½ cucumber, peeled
                1 egg white
                ½ teaspoon lemon juice
                ½ teaspoon lime juice
                1 thick slice of apple
                Several mint leaves
                1 drop lime essential oil
                Combine all ingredients except oil in a food processor until smooth. Add the essential oil last and mix well. Refrigerate for 10 minutes.
                Apply a layer to your clean face and neck area and leave it on for 20 minutes. Rinse well with warm water.
                Use immediately, however, mixture will stay good if kept in the fridge for 1-2 days.

Now that you’re a beauty-making maven, go get yourself something nice with the money you would have saved on lotions or creams. OK, maybe that defeats the purpose…

You can get in touch with Charlene by calling 801.446.0499.