The Best Beauty Products You Can Actually Afford


Beauty comes from within. From the foods we eat and the energy we allow into and out of the body. But we can always use a little help on the outside too. Our skin is our largest organ! It pays to take good care of it, but we shouldn’t have to shell out thousands for younger, have smoother skin and a healthy glow. Often, the products and treatments that promise to get us there are outrageously expensive and not worth the money. Fortunately, you can make many effective and affordable beauty products from things you probably already have at home.

Using natural ingredients will be not only more affordable, but also more environmentally friendly, and your products will be free from harsh chemicals. These are just a few of the best ingredients and how to use them in your beauty routine. Little steps to evolution like these are what Vikasa is all about!

Coconut Oil

The jury is still out on whether the widely touted health benefits of coconut oil are fact or hype, but there’s less controversy about its use as a beauty product. Coconut oil makes a great moisturizer for the face and body, so try using it in place of lotion.


Salt is a perfect exfoliator and makes a greener alternative to commercial products with those little plastic microbeads. Just mix some salt with coconut or olive oil, and you’ve got an all-natural face and body scrub.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial, so it helps brighten the skin and can even reduce the appearance of aging. Mix 100% Aloe Vera gel with yogurt to make a refreshing face mask, or apply it by itself to calm a sunburn.

Raw Honey

Raw honey is touted for curing everything from cuts to cancer, and while some of these claims are dubious, there’s no denying that it offers a plethora of benefits. Mix honey with coconut oil for a hair mask, add it to a salt-and-coconut oil scrub for an extra boost, or combine it with Aloe Vera for an even better sunburn-soothing gel.


The protein and micronutrients in eggs are just as beneficial for your hair and skin as they are when consumed. Make a nourishing face or hair mask by combining a beaten egg with honey, avocado, banana, or Greek yogurt.


Turmeric is making waves as the latest superfood, and the bright orange hue it adds to whatever it touches is just a bonus. Add a dash of turmeric to any mask or scrub you’re making to give it a boost.


Just as a bowl of warm oatmeal is soothing to your belly, oats will soothe your face when applied topically. Oats are especially beneficial to sensitive, dry, or irritated skin. Whip up some oatmeal with less water than usual so it forms a thicker paste, and apply it as a face mask.

Green Tea

Like oats, green tea is also comforting inside and out. Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties are great for reducing irritation, puffiness, and signs of aging. Place wet tea bags on your eyes, or rub them all over your face. No matter what type of beauty product you’re looking for, there’s probably a natural alternative or a simple DIY recipe you can make from ingredients you already have at home. With affordable beauty products like these, you can save money, the environment, and your skin! Check out more articles on our blog about how to make small changes to your lifestyle to achieve a healthier, happier norm! And if you need a booster shot, join us for one of our Signature Yoga Vacations for a total reset – inside and out!

About the Author


Jennifer Ambrose

Jen is a freelance writer, blogger, and yoga teacher who left her office job in Boston to travel the world with her husband. She previously worked in international development and academic research, and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Rwanda. Some of her biggest passions include promoting responsible and mindful travel and helping her students develop their personal yoga practice.