We know, we know. There's no shortage of skincare products on the market, and the last thing you need is another toner, moisturizer or face mask to incorporate into your already complicated skincare routine. But hear us out for a sec. Chances are good that back in the day you've seen your big sis, mom, and even grandma slathering petroleum jelly onto dry skin or covering tired eyes with cucumber slices. Ever wondered why? Aside from the fact that these at-home treatments are easy AF, they're also some of the most inexpensive beauty solutions out there. Another added bonus? You'll always know exactly what's going into these concotions when you make 'em at home; no mystery ingredients or unknown irritants here. Call us old school, but we're firm believers that some of the best things you can do for your skin are in your kitchen, and NOT stuffed in the back of a medicine cabinet or sitting idly on your vanity. Here are our favorite at-home skincare treatments at the moment.
Egg Whites + Lemon Juice
If you're as addicted to blackhead-removing pore strips as we are (who isn't, really?), then this egg white and lemon juice mask is right up your alley. When it comes to clearing out and tightening pores, nothing does the trick quite like egg whites. To try it for yourself, whip two egg whites until frothy, add juice from 1/2 a lemon, and apply to clean skin. As the mask begins to dry you'll feel your skin begin to tighten, and once fully dry the mask can be peeled off or scrubbed away with a wet washcloth. Expert tip: you'll yield even better results if your skin has been steamed just before, so try an egg white mask right after a hot shower to reap the most benefits.
Honey + Brown Sugar Scrub
Though we typically think of dry skin as a problem that pops up during winter, it's still a good idea to exfoliate at least once a week no matter what the weather. Slough off any flaky skin with a mix of brown sugar and honey. The fine grains of brown sugar provide an exfoliating quality, and honey imparts an antibacterial property, as well as helping to add some moisture to the skin. Use this scrub before heading into the sun to ensure a glowy, even tan--just don't forget the sunscreen!
Apple Cider Vinegar + Green Tea
Dull skin doesn't stand a chance with this apple cider vinegar and green tea toner. Apple cider vinegar helps to balance your skin's pH, and the addition of green tea reduces any inflammation and provides a calming effect. Start by brewing a cup of green tea, then allowing for it to cool. Add two parts green tea to one part apple cider vinegar--a little goes a long way, so you don't need to make much--and apply to clean skin with a cotton pad. If your skin is more sensitive, feel free to dilute the solution with more green tea.