Looking Good for Less

A t4w reader shares her top tips on looking good for less

coinsHaving great skin and hair doesn’t mean consulting your bank manager and taking out a mortgage for the latest fancy-pants face cream. A few years back, when I was in dire straits financially and literally couldn’t afford to buy skin care products, I introduced a few fundamental changes to my routines and started experimenting with a few items languishing in my fridge and cupboard. Within weeks, I was getting compliments on my skin and being asked what I was using.

I want to share with you some of my recipes and hopefully your skin will improve. My recipes are 100% natural, do not contain any parabens or bulking agents that are found in many face creams and they cost less than 25p to make a time.


My first fundamental change was to drink two litres a water a day. Yes, you will make fast friend with the toilet, but your skin will improve. It takes a month to first see results. It literally clears the toxins from your body and leaves your skin glowing. Nothing beats it.


ORANGESIf you find it hard to incorporate fruit in your diet, just eat one piece of fruit and make that an orange. Oranges are packed with collagen busting ingredients that plump up the skin. Eat one a day and save money on botox.

Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate

If you do not exfoliate your skin that £150.00 face cream that beauty consultant cajoled you into buying will not work. You need to get rid on the dead upper layers for your skin care to work.

Exfoliating recipe
2 Teaspoons of natural yogurt (out-of-date is fine).
½ Teaspoon of Turmeric Powder (Indian Spice).

Mix together and scrub using circular movements for three minutes. Avoid eye area and rinse off. Use once a week.

The Facts on Turmeric

Turmeric powder is the new beauty buzz. This Indian spice has magical powers that exfoliate, detoxify, and aid arthritic problems. The yogurt will condition and soothe.

The Beauty Face Mask

turmeric3 tablespoons of natural yogurt
1 teaspoon honey
1 squeeze of lemon (only for oily skin)
1 teaspoon of turmeric powder
Bind with a little flour

Make into a paste and spread over face and leave on whist in the bath for 30 mins.

Hair Mask

I also use out-of-date yogurt on my hair. Slather on dry hair and leave for an hour, then shampoo off. Yogurt conditions and de-frizzes hair without weighing it down like oil based conditioners and sooths an irritated scalp. Leaves hair silky soft.

Hollywood Smile

smile½ Teaspoon of Bicarbonate of Soda
1 squeeze of lemon on a toothbrush

Brush for 2 mins. It will clean your teeth like a hygienist but only do this once a month.

Body Scrub

1 pot of Superdrug Coconut Oil (£2.29)
1 handful of salt

Melt the coconut on a radiator, spoon enough out and mix with the salt. Scrub all over body and shower off with soap. This is a cheap and effective scrub that would probably cost £25.00 in any fancy organic shop in trendy Hoxton! Use also as a hand exfoliator to reveal silky hands.

Pesky Crow Feet

Pesky is what these are and creep up on you overnight. My secret is Bio Oil or the cheaper alternative rescue oil from Morrisons or Superdrug. I dab around the corners before bedtime. This works!

Soap Opera

A dermatologist once told me that to use soap and water is one of the best things for your skin. He recommends this to his clients who are on creamy cleansers that block the pores. The skin needs to be scrupulously clean. I have washed my face since I was in my teens and encountered no problems.

Neutrogena unperfumed facial bar is the best value at £1.99 in Boots. Rumoured to be used by Jennifer Aniston. If it’s good enough for her…

Oily Skin

lemon sliceSlice a lemon and smear over face avoiding eye area. Acts like a slight acid peel. A known Supermodel secret. Do the same with strawberries that you don’t use. Smear over face and feel the tingling sensation cleaning the skin.

Mini facelift

I use sell-by-eggs on this one. Whisk the whites of two eggs and paint on face with a pastry brush. Leave for 15 mins. It acts like a mini facelift and tightens those jowls.

The Sweet Intimate Area

I am going to talk about a subject that we women hardly talk about and we should: the sweet intimate area, lady garden or whatever you wish to call it. It is a beautiful thing, life giving and we should be proud to talk about it. However, it does encounter some problems and I have some tips that helped me when my lady garden was not feeling herself.

doctor badgeIf you’re are experiencing problems here are a few tips that my gynaecologist recommended:

  • Bath foam, oils. We all like to smell of vanilla and roses, but these highly fragranced oils play havoc with the intimate area. They irritate it and are a known cause of thrush.
  • Thongs (bacteria on a string, as my gynaecologist put it, practically frothing at the mouth at the mere mention of them.) We all try to avoid the VPL but try to minimize your use of thongs.
  • Tights (breeding bacteria area, sweaty, unsexy, to be avoided!) Hold ups have improved since the blood sucking early types, try them. Your man, or woman, will thank you for it!

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