Safe {and cheap} alternatives to popular face products

face alternatives, natural and cheap alternatives to face chemicals

I’m a huge sucker for fancy and expensive face products.  I could spend hours in Sephora and ULTA and not even bat a lash at makeup.  I was one of the lucky kids in middle school and high school who had a near perfect complexion.  Sure, I had the occasional zit, but I never had breakouts.  Then I got to college.  My acne popped up the same month that I got braces.  College is a great time to have acne and braces, in case you’re wondering.

I feel like I have tried almost every type of face product.  The only thing that has ever worked for me was seeing an aesthetician for monthly facials.  Since I’m not working I can’t justify the expense of monthly facials.  A few Pinterest pins and Google searches got me interested in making my own face masks as well as my own facial scrubs.  I found tons of good ideas but none were as comprehensive as I wanted.

After tons of research, I’ve put together a list of safe and cheap alternatives to popular face products.  Check the hyperlinks for source information.

There is no point putting face mask recipes on here when tons of them exist on the Internet.  My favorite place to find face mask recipes is Home Made Masks.  She has the best info!

As a reminder, make sure you know what products work for you before trying these alternatives.  It isn’t a good idea to mess around too much with different products.  For example, mixing acids with antioxidants such as vitamin A and retinol can be counter productive.  I wouldn’t experiment with my skin too much.  I find it better to stick with what I know works.

I feel like I should give full disclosure and let my readers know that I am using Rodan & Fields face products from Kayla and so far, I LOVE my Unblemish face wash.  These alternatives are fun, however I don’t consider them to be a complete replacement for my own skin care regimen.


5% tea tree oil directions:

  • A 5% solution consists of 5mL oil to 95% mL of water.  The easiest way to do this is to break it down to a 1:19 ratio.  For every tsp. of tea tree oil you should add 19 tsp. of water or roughly 2/5 of a cup.

*I’m an awful chemist.  I was a teaching assistant for Chemistry while I was working on my masters and my students hated asking me for help.  Even they knew I was useless when it came to measurements.  My tea tree dilution directions are NOT perfect.  This would NOT be proper lab work, but it works fine for your face.  Don’t judge my math skills, please.  If you have a better way to break down a 5% solution, please let me know (Meesh- I’m thinking of you here)! 

Do you have any good DIY face mask ideas?  My favorite was the egg yolk and honey.  It dried up a couple zits in just minutes!  While I’d love to do an egg yolk and honey mask everyday, I don’t think I have the time to mix it up that often.




  1. Cynthia says:

    I do most of these! I also mix pure vit e with coconut oil and dab around my eyes every night. I mix a vitamin E capsule with a clump of coconut oil and keep it in a small jar. Sometimes I even rub it all over my body to moisturize and minimize or prevent wrinkles.

  2. Michelle says:

    Ha!! How am I just now seeing this?? I read this one I guess I just didn’t go all the way to the bottom! My approach for the dilution would be to multiply whatever final volume you want by 0.05 that’ll give you how much oil to use, then subtract the oil amount from the total to give you your solvent amount. Say you wanted to make a 30 ml solution. 30ml x 0.05 = 1.5ml oil. Then 30ml – 1.5 ml = 28.5ml solvent. And it’ll work with whatever measurement you use: ml, tsp, etc. Yay nerds! B-)

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