Want to know how to save money on beauty products? Stop using them. A lot of them are probably toxic, anyway.
That’s what I did. I have VERY acne prone skin. Even in my 30s, my skin has been more often than not, a mess. I have spent a TON of money on beauty products, spa services, dermatologists, and acne treatments. Do you know what worked the best? Nothing. Like, literally, nothing. No soap, no lotion, no acne treatments, and just enough concealer to cover the acne scars. For the past month I have been washing my face with a cool, wet wash cloth whenever I feel the need to, but not more than once a day. If my skin feels dry, I rub a tiny bit of coconut oil on my skin. That’s it! I wish I could tell you that my skin magically transformed into a perfectly clear, supermodel caliber, complexion, but that would be a lie. I still have some zits, but my skin is a little bit clearer, and my bank account is a lot fuller!
That’s not all. Here’s the best part…
I also quit using shampoo and conditioner. My hair is pretty long these days and it was starting to get dry so I switched out my $2 a bottle Tresemme shampoo and conditioner for a more expensive spa brand called Umberto. After a few uses, my hair felt a little better but my entire back broke out into deep, painful, cystic acne. Awesome! Totally worth it, right? My skin from the neck down was totally clear before this. I tried switching back to the Tresemme but once your skin starts breaking out, it’s really hard to stop it. I finally got fed up and decided not to put any chemicals on my body whatsoever (except deodorant because everyone has got to draw the line somewhere).
For the first couple of weeks, I just quit washing my hair all together. I was afraid to use shampoo and conditioner because I didn’t want to make my back acne any worse. The acne on my back got much better but, as you can imagine, my hair got really greasy! I started googling natural shampoos and came up with the “no poo” method. It turns out, you can wash your hair with water only and it actually works. I followed the instructions on this blog and it really works! The basic idea is that shampoo strips the oils from your hair, and conditioner replaces those natural oils with manufactured ones. Doesn’t that sound kind of dumb? Why not just leave the natural oils in your hair, right? As it turns out, the oil that your body naturally produces is a great shampoo and conditioner in one. You can check out the blog. It takes a little time and effort to get used to it, but it works, it’s free, and it doesn’t cause painful, cystic acne on my back. Here’s what my hair looks like now…
It’s soft, shiny and it never gets tangled. When I used regular shampoo and conditioner, and then brushed my hair, a ton of hair came out in my brush. I always thought that was normal and it would somehow grow back fast enough that my hair wouldn’t get thinner. After using the water only method for a couple of months, no hair comes out in my brush. None! Maybe three or four strands, but nothing like the gobs of wet, gross hair that I used to have to pick out of my brush every couple of days. And if my ends get a little dry, I just use a touch of coconut oil. It works for everything!
So, here’s what my new beauty supply list looks like…
- coconut oil
- uh… that’s it
You really don’t need to wash your body with soap either, just warm water and wash cloth does the trick. Okay, maybe I’m just a dirty hippy, but I haven’t noticed any bad smells. If my skin is dry, I use, you guessed it, coconut oil! For shaving… coconut oil. Are there other oils out there that work better? Quite possibly, but I use coconut oil a lot when I cook so I already have a ton of it. Basically, I replaced soap, lotion, face soap, face lotion, shampoo and conditioner with coconut oil and water. If we didn’t live in such a dry climate, I think I could even skip the oil. Now I just need to figure out a replacement for deodorant and sunscreen, and I will have completed my dirty hippy transformation. Do I get a badge or anything?