On the first Friday of every month, bloggers show up here to share their latest DIY money-saving projects. Do you have one? Drop your link in the comments below.
For this month’s edition of DIY Friday, we here at Minting Nickels won’t be talking about how to make teacup pin cushions.
Nor will be giving you a step-by-step on how to make these electronic component wine charms (even though, HOLY CRAP those are cool).
No, today we’ll be talking about something a little less pretty.
Remember when I had that bout with vertigo a few months ago? It was caused by a sinus infection, and my doctor prescribed an anti-inflammatory steroid to help shrink my nasal passages and solve my wobbliness.
The steroid gave me insomnia, didn’t kill the dizzies, and one of the side effects was prolonged acne.
See what I mean by not so pretty?
A few weeks ago it was driving me so crazy, I was minutes away from taking Jessica Simpson’s advice and buying Proactiv. But thankfully, a calmer mind prevailed, and a quick internet search revealed that A.) Proactiv is one of those companies that keeps sending you product and charging your credit card after you cancel, and B.) it doesn’t really work.
One of the teenagers on the acne forum (yes, I take the sage advice of teenagers these days) pointed out that the active ingredients in Proactiv are nothing that can’t be bought at any pharmacy.
So I took his advice and made my own Proactiv for less than $10. Here are the substitutes.
Proactiv Ingredient #1: Micro-crystals
DIY Alternative: Baking Soda
Assuming the “micro-crystals” in Proactiv’s facial cleanser are intended to thoroughly clean your pores, regular old baking soda can do the same thing.
Pour a tablespoon of it into the palm of your hand, splash on a few drops of water, and mix with your finger until it forms a paste. Then scrub it onto your face in a circular motion. The baking soda acts as a natural exfoliant.
When you’re done, rinse with a wet cloth and follow up with a gentle soap, like Basis.
If baking soda is a little too frugal for you, you could use your favorite facial scrub instead. I alternate between the baking soda and Arbonne facial scrub, taking a day off in between so my skin doesn’t get too stripped.
Proactiv Ingredient #2: Witch Hazel
DIY Alternative: Witch Hazel
Yep, you can buy a bottle of witch hazel at any drugstore. They like to hang near the alcohols and peroxides. Just apply to your face with a cotton ball to replicate the Proactiv toner.
Though this is an option, I personally haven’t used it. I know from past experience that witch hazel toners are too strong for my skin. I’m a delicate flower.
Proactiv Ingredient #3: Benzoyl Peroxide
DIY Alternative: Benzoyl Peroxide
Revolutionary, right? When you’re at the drug store buying your witch hazel, you can also pick up a tube of generic benzoyl peroxide for $4.99. I slather it on my face every night and get great results. Be sure to read the warning label. Benzoyl peroxide has the power to bleach your clothes and do unnamed bad things to you if you wear it in sunlight. But it does wonders for broken out skin.
So readers, tell me, do you have any favorite home remedies for acne? Does the word “acne” make your skin crawl? Any favorite frugal beauty products?
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