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Recession-Proof Beauty!!



CB108271Economically speaking, we know that times are hard but that does not mean that your skin has to suffer for it. In the next series of posts, I will help you learn ways to save BIG and look great while doing so. I call it “Recession Proof Beauty”.


If this new economy is stopping you from splurging on your favorite beauty items, you will be glad to learn of ways you can reuse the items in your fridge.

Every beauty regimen should include: Cleansing, Exfoliating, and Moisturizing, and all three can be achieved with the help of Oatmeal, Coffee, Milk, and many more.

The most important products in Kitchen-based recipes include:

Oatmeal: Help in smoothing skin and improving its complexion.


Coffee contains Magnesium and Vitamin E, as well as antioxidants and antibacterial agents that aid in improving your skin.

Milk: great for moisturizing skin.

Oranges: loaded with Vitamin C, oranges contain natural astringents that aid in controlling oily skins.

Yoghurt: makes an excellent cleansing and moisturizing agent for the skin.

Almonds: usually used to correct dryness and scaling of the skin, makes an excellent exfoliator when properly grounded.

Bananas: Packed with Potassium, bananas are known to work wonders as an anti-wrinkle treatment.

Honey: help in soothing out wrinkles, clearing pores and loosening skin. Also a great natural astringent and moisturizer.

Avocado: Packed with vitamins Rich in vitamins A, D, E, potassium; acts as a natural moisturizer.

Lemon: acts as a natural astringent that aids in improving skin’s complexion.

Egg: acts as a great anti-wrinkle agent.

Strawberries: contain natural acids which gets rid of dead skin cells

At-Home Beauty Recipes:

1. Want to fight wrinkles?

Banana 4 Wrinkle mask: Mash 1/4 banana until it becomes very creamy. Spread all over face and leave on for 15-20 minutes then rinse with warm and cold water.

2. Oily Skin?

Orange scrub: 1/2 of an Orange + 4 Tablespoon of cornmeal.

Squeeze orange juice (including pulp) into a bowl with cornmeal. Mix until a paste forms and then apply unto your washed face, scrub for 2-3 minutes, rinse and moisturize.

3. Dry Skin?

Yogurt and Honey Mask: 1 Tablespoon Yogurt +1 Tablespoon Honey

Mix both the yogurt and honey and apply mask to a clean face. Leave for 5-7minutes, and rinse.

4. Looking for great exfoliators and Face scrubs?

Coffee-Scrub: 3 Tablespoon Coffee (caffeinated) grounds +1 Tablespoon Salt (optional)

First start by brewing a fresh pot of coffee, get the remaining grounds and put it in a small bowl with the salt. Wait for coffee grounds to cool for 20minutes, when done, scrub over body and face while in the shower, rinse and then moisturize.

Strawberry Paste: 8 Ripe Strawberries

Mash strawberries till pasty, smooth on to face with fingers making sure you are not touching the eye area. Leave on for 10 minutes then wash afterwards.

Oatmeal Scrub: 3Tbsp Oatmeal + 3 Tbsp double cream.

Mix ingredients until you form a paste, apply to face in a circular motion before rinsing off.

Almond Face Scrub: 2 almonds + 1Tsp Lemon juice + 1 Tsp honey.

First start by grinding almonds, mix ingredients and apply to face in a circular motion. Then rinse off and moisturize.

5. Looking to Revitalize SKIN collagen, tone and Texture?

Carrots and Avocado Mask: 1 avocado + 1 carrot + 1 egg + 3tbsp Honey

Slightly bowl the carrots so you can mash them. While mash the carrots, mash the avocado, add egg and honey. Mix until pasty then spread gently over your face and neck. Leave for 10-15 minutes, then rinse with cool water.

**REMEMBER to discontinue if your skin gets easily irritated or is allergic to any of these ingredients.

Be sure to check out the second part of Recession-Proof beauty that include Makeup saving tips!


  1. Qed

    February 26, 2009 at 12:47 am

    am officically a bellanaija addict…and i wont go to rehab NO! NO!. Cant understand why am finding it difficult to connect to the site

  2. yummymummy

    March 5, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    this all sounds really good, girl, but some of it is unclear. for instance the coffee scrub. you say caffeinated but should it be your regular Nescafe instant coffee??

  3. Azara Azara

    March 17, 2009 at 10:22 am

    Sorry about the confusion, but for the coffee scrub I mean using coffee BEANs not the instant coffee. Hope that helped!

  4. Ariana

    April 1, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    I’ve learned a few things from this recession – (1) the importance of saving (2) the importance of not spending money frivilously on overly priced makeup. After getting to the bottom of each and every makeup product I owned (which mostly came from Sephora) I was forced to find replacements that were less expensive. I don’t have time to brave the crowds at walmart, so I do a lot of online deal hunting. Most of my stuff now comes from Ebay shops or specialty cosmetics stores online. I found a great site called Coono Babe. Their makeup is really inexpensive and really great quality. Of note are their lip glosses and face powders. An added bonus – they offer free shipping on all orders. Check them out!

  5. pkmelody

    January 8, 2010 at 7:21 am

    I use coffee straight out the can, and mix it with an egg white, after it dries then use a warm cloth to wipe it away , your skin will be mad soft

  6. vida

    January 14, 2010 at 3:09 am

    i want to increas weight becaus i have loss so much weight

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