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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Greetings Thrifty Friends,

Walk down any cosmetics aisle and you will find dozens of products to keep your skin soft, smooth, moisturized, youthful and wrinkle-free. But one look at some of the prices will be enough to give you all new stress lines. Or go to a spa? Not if you plan on saving anything this month.

Why not invite a few girlfriends over for a 'spa day' at home and try out some of these treatments for pennies on the dollar? Add a bottle of wine and suddenly you have a party on your hands.

Scroll down for some safe, chemical-free, and most importantly inexpensive services you can do at home.

Keep pinchin' those pennies,

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* Oatmeal scrub. Take 1 tsp of finely ground oatmeal (available from health food shops) in the palm of your hand, mix with a little water and wash your face with the paste. Slightly abrasive and very cleansing.

* Sugar Cleanser. Soap your face well and add a small handful of sugar to the lather. Massage in for a couple of minutes and rinse with warm water. Great cleanser.

* Cucumber skin tonic. Cut half a cucumber into chunks and liquidize. Strain it and you have a fresh and cool cucumber lotion. Use as soon as possible as it goes bad quickly.

* Egg White Mask. Egg white is a really effective skin toner.

You can use as is, or beat it to make it frothy. Either way, spread on your face, leave on for 10-20 minutes and rinse off.
Tightens the skin and leaves it feeling smooth and satiny. It's ideal for greasy skin. If your skin is dry, add a tsp of oil and/or honey.

* Avocado Mask. Mash and sieve an avocado and add a few drops of lemon juice to stop it discolouring. Add 1 tsp. honey, mix together and apply to skin, leaving on as long as possible. It counteracts the drying effects of the sun, softens, moisturizes and nourishes the skin.

* If there are any leftovers you can always make a delicious guacamole!

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