Frugal Skin Care

Over the past couple of years I have tested many, many frugal skin care tips. Here’s a roundup of my three favourite DIY recipes! These were featured recently on CTV’s Canada AM and you can watch the video below.






Super simple. Grind up equal parts almond and oatmeal to a fine powder. Put a bit of powder into your palm and mix to a paste with a dash of water or milk. Gently rub the scrub all over your face and neck. You can also mix this powder into your regular face wash if it doesn’t already have an exfoliating component. Almonds are known to moisturize and heal. Also, mandelic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid that comes from almonds. Oatmeal cleanses and rids the skin of toxins. [Original Post]


2 cups water (boiled then cooled)

2 Tbsp baby shampoo

2 Tbsp olive oil

5 drops of tea tree essential oil

Mix all ingredients. Cut a paper towel roll in half. Make sure to invest in a strong paper towel. Put half the roll into a container that has a tight fitting lid. Pour the liquid over top the paper towel roll and let it soak for a minute or so. Remove the cardboard insert and then pull out paper towel from the centre. Tear off a piece of the soaked paper towel and use it as a makeup remover wipe. Works really well as a baby wipe too. And, triple bonus…keep a batch in your car for quick clean up when sticky hands strike. NOTE: the tea tree oil is important because not only is it an astringent for your skin, it’s also antimicrobial and will combat mold from forming.


Egg white

Fresh black pepper

Paper Towel Strips

Grind a dash of black pepper into an egg white. Whisk until frothy, but still liquid. Cut pieces of paper towel into strips that will fit nicely over your nose. Use a basting brush (or makeup brush) and paint a thin layer of egg white over your nose. Lay down a strip of paper towel over top your nose. Layer on three to four more coats of the egg white. Let everything set and dry for at least 20 minutes. Peel off afterwards to reveal a nice and clean nose! Black pepper is known to stimulate blood flow and will help bring clogs to the surface. The egg white acts as a glue and also tightens pores and clears away dead skin. This combination of ingredients and paper towel strip work really well to clean up the pores on your nose.



  • Reply March 26, 2017

    Erase Skin Cream

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  • Reply January 10, 2015


    Nice recipes here! Do you have any eye make-up remover recipes?? The ones I’ve tried either don’t remove mascara (regular, not water-proof) well enough, or they leave an oily residue even after rinsing. Thanks!

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