You can tackle natural, holistic skin and body care in a few ways.
You can go with a bare-basics approach (“Level One” in the Purely Primal Skincare Guide), or climb up the ladder of skincare luxury and discover the more exotic oils and ingredients that are – let’s be honest – a little harder on the wallet.
There are times I’ve seriously considered going without heat, light and air conditioning just so I could buy some of the more exotic skin care oils. (Some people collect shoes. I collect essential oils.)
But just because you want to remain budget-conscious doesn’t mean the effectiveness of your routine has to suffer. You CAN make your piggy bank happy AND establish a skin care routine that’s effective.
These are three of my current favorites for your budget-conscious, natural skin and body care arsenal.
#1: Redmond Clay
This clay is particularly wonderful and has stood up to rigorous testing – meaning it will be added as a recommendation in the Fall 2013 update to the Purely Primal Skincare Guide! Clay carries a negative charge, and since most substances considered toxins to the skin carry a positive charge, clay is able to draw those toxins out. Not only is Redmond Clay well-sourced and incredibly effective, it’s also extremely affordable.
This clay can be blended (or “hydrated”) with water or apple cider vinegar and applied like a mask to the face. Allow it to set, and rinse away just before it has dried completely. Make sure you have an hour or so to relax afterwards so your skin can enjoy a few clean, de-stressed moments.
This clay can also be used to soothe burns, as a spot-treatment for pimples, and as a natural, holistic acne treatment.
Price: around $10 for 3 – 6 month supply (depends on frequency of use)
#2: One-ply toilet paper (seriously).
I used to hate cheap toilet paper – now I love it!
Remember those blue “oil blot” papers from the drugstore? I used to buy them all the time – until I realized that cheap, 1-ply toilet paper can do the same job at a fraction of the price!
1-ply toilet paper is perfect for oil blotting, and excellent for dabbing away just the right amount of excess makeup after you apply foundation. The only downside: if your skin is extremely sensitive to chemicals, you may want to steer clear. Most toilet paper is bleached, and although I’ve never heard of anyone reacting poorly, it’s still possible.
Price: dirt cheap. Seriously. And you can get it anywhere!
#3: Epsom Salts (Magnesium Sulfate soak)
Magnesium is a vital mineral that is essential to every cell in our bodies. Yet it’s one of the most common nutrient deficiencies in the modern world! Sulfur, found as the Sulfate in this Magnesium Sulfate soak, is also essential for health at the cellular level. Epsom salt soaks are incredibly soothing to the skin, mind, and body – and they’re super affordable!
You can find Magnesium Sulfate Epsom Salts almost anywhere, including Amazon (I like these, but you can get ’em cheaper) or your local drugstore. You can buy them in larger amounts – 20lbs or more – or you can start smaller. Soak in a warm Epsom Salts bath twice each week, or simply soak your feet. You’ll notice the difference!
Add a few drops of lavender essential oil to enhance the relaxation.
Price: $3 or less per bath (or cheaper, depending on where you purchase them!)
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Thanks for reading – here’s to happy skin and a full piggy bank!