London; the reality is that any student on a budget can make it through the year alive. However, it’s often said (by hot men in bars, mostly) that students stand out like sore thumbs, which without a doubt is all down to lack of funds. No one (apart from our own ‘species’) really understands the sacrifices we make when moving into halls/student housing or more to the point, how miserably broke we actually are.
There’s no disbelief that if we students could afford to pay fortnightly Mani’s and Pedi’s, we would. And if we could afford a weekly blozza, we definitely would! Instead, pitifully, we rely upon beauty magazines and blogs as an attempt to keep our locks bouncing and fingernails shinning. With that in mind, Secret Salons is a great website which narrows down your search for beauty salons closest to you along with their best deals. A delightful little tool for when loan day arrives!
But until that day, however near or far, we’ve extracted 5 beauty DIY ideas to refrain you from losing any dignity in an attempt to look glamorous 24/7:
- If you’re in a constant tackle between dry skin and breakouts, then a strawberry mask is what you need. For this treatment, you’ll need 3-4 strawberries (steal from flatmate, if required) and 1/4 cup of plain yoghurt. Mash together to make a smooth paste and then spread all over the face. Leave for ten minutes and then rinse. The yoghurt is great for calming down any irritation, while the salicylic acid from the strawberries will get straight to work on your spots.
- With our body producing new skin cells nonstop around the clock, exfoliating is essential for a fresh looking face. We are recommended to exfoliate a few times a week and we have the perfect DIY solution. Try mixing a cup on sea salt with 1/4 cup of olive oil and half a table spoon of fresh lemon juice. Make sure you mix well and apply evenly.
- Need an excuse to hold a party? Well now you have one, as this treatment require a bottle of beer of two (and we all know how much booze gets left behind from parties.) Beer is the perfect solution for DIY shampoo as the protein will provide a strengthening film on your precious locks as well as boost the overall body from vitamin B found in hops. A quick shampoo and rinse is recommended first though.
- As we get older, we unwittingly admit that our Birthday and Christmas presents aren’t as exciting as they used to be. Who needs pamper gift sets and bath salt anyway when we can make our own? Pour a cup of milk and a few drops on olive oil into your bath water and it will work wonders on your skin. This solution also makes a great footbath. Winter boots don’t exactly do wonders to our feet do they now?
- And last but not least, if you suffer from blemishes or dark pigment on the skin, try juicing two lemons and one cucumber into a paste and then apply to the areas of the skin for half an hour. The two make a strong antioxidant of Vitamin A and C which will help repair the skin.
And there you have it, Voilà! 5 simple DIY beauty treatments which all include ingredients bound to be on one of your flatmates cupboards. Enjoy!
Sian Jayne is a freelance copywriter who loves to write articles on DIY beauty and fashion, whilst studying for a Marketing degree.