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6 DIY Beauty Products That Can Be Made for Under $1

Who says treating yourself has to cost big bucks?

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This effective toner costs mere pennies. Whisk an egg white, then dab it onto a freshly washed face. Leave it on for about 15 minutes, then wash it off to reveal tight, smooth skin. You can find this recipe and more in the book Homemade: 707 Products to Make Yourself to Save Money and the Earth.

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Irritated eye remedy

If your eyes are feeling irritated, grab two to three rose petals from your garden. Pour a cup of boiling water over the petals and let them steep. After about ten minutes and when the water is cool, strain out the petals. Soak two large cotton balls in the rose water, then place them over closed eyes. Sit back, relax, and let the rose soothe those tired eyes. Learn the best DIY face mask for your skin type.

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Cleansing mask

If you have oily skin, this is the deep cleanser you need. Mix a seven-gram package of dry yeast with two drops of lemon juice and two teaspoons of water to form a paste, adding more water if needed. Pat the mixture on your face, avoiding the eyes. After ten to 15 minutes, rinse the mask off with warm water. Don’t miss these other cheap homemade face mask recipes.

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Face mask

Banana acts as an astringent while honey softens the skin in this cheap-as-heck face mask. Mash half a banana and mix with three teaspoons of honey and two tablespoons of sour cream. Apply to a clean face, avoiding the eyes, and leave it on for ten minutes. Wipe it off with a damp washcloth, then rinse with warm water. You’d never get a facial that cheap at a spa, would you? Check out more DIY facial treatments you can do at home.

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Dry shampoo

In a pinch, this homemade fix will freshen oily hair without taking the time for a full shampoo. Sprinkle about three teaspoons of cornstarch or finely ground oatmeal through your roots, making sure to lift sections to cover your whole head. Rub it into your scalp, then comb through until all the powder is gone. Clean any powder out of your brush when you’re done. Voilà! Second-day hair that looks fresh as ever. These gifts are under $10!

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Bath gel

Unlike the pricey scented gels you’ll find in the toiletry aisle, this version is suitable for sensitive skin. Boil a ½ cup of bottled or distilled water, then stir in a ten-gram package of unflavored gelatin until it’s dissolved. Remove from heat and slowly stir in a ½ cup of baby shampoo. Let it cool for a bit, then pour it into a jar and move it to the fridge so the mixture sets. Once it’s ready, a few teaspoons should be enough to get you clean. If you keep the jar in the fridge, it should last up to one month. Try these other dermatologist-approved DIY skin care treatments.

Originally Published in Homemade: 707 Products to Make Yourself to Save Money and the Earth

Marissa Laliberte
Marissa Laliberte-Simonian is a London-based associate editor with the global promotions team at WebMD’s and was previously a staff writer for Reader's Digest. Her work has also appeared in Business Insider, Parents magazine, CreakyJoints, and the Baltimore Sun. You can find her on Instagram @marissasimonian.