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Our Favorite Health & Beauty Buys

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These are some health and beauty products that we either use and rely on or have put on our wishlists. Now you can take a look and see what you like.

Pump Bottles

Pump bottles are helpful for so many things. Use them to mix two (or more) products together. Or use them to store a smaller amount of a product you buy by the liter.

These are not exactly the ones I have, since those are unavailable right now, but they seem to be virtually identical. You can read the reviews on Amazon.

Moisturizers

There are some oils and other natural products that are great for hair and skin care. Some of them are much more affordable than a lot of beauty products, too.

Health and beauty products in bottles on shelf

Aloe Vera Gel

Aloe vera gel is a plant based moisturizer that’s great for both skin and hair. It has a cooling effect that makes it very popular for soothing sunburned skin.

It’s also great as an oil-free moisturizer, and as a sort of natural sealant over oil-based moisturizers. In hair, it can be nourishing while acting a little like a styling gel.

Jojoba Oil

The wonderful thing about this one is that jojoba oil is similar to the oil our bodies naturally produce. That makes it a great lightweight choice for hair and skin.

Learn how to make your own leave-in conditioner using jojoba oil. It’s also wonderful as a skin product on its own or as part of a homemade blend.

Olive Oil

You don’t have to spend a lot on olive oil to get a good one for your skin. Olive oil is extremely moisturizing, and some dermatologists recommend pouring a little of it into a bath to soak the moisture into your skin.

You can also just apply it to very dry hands, elbows and other areas. Too much of it can promote acne, so back off at the first sign of that.

Sesame Oil

Sesame oil can be used directly on the skin or in the bath. It’s a relatively light oil for skin care, suitable for people who have combination or mildly dry skin.

Neutrogena Body Oil

Neutrogena Body Oil has been around for years. It’s a very lightweight blend of sesame oil and some other ingredients to make it melt into your skin and dry in about 5 minutes.

Avon Skin So Soft

A cult classic for decades, Avon Skin So Soft is a spray oil known for sealing moisture into your skin right after bathing. Generations of women have also claimed it repels bugs, although expert testing says that’s not true.

There is now also Skin So Soft spray, which actually has a mild bug repellent ingredient.

Petroleum Jelly

You’ve probably heard how bad petroleum jelly is for you, but there’s a reason why it shows up in so many prescription skin creams.

Petroleum jelly forms a barrier to protect skin. I have chronic cracked, dry lips, and have found nothing better for them than putting a lot of petroleum jelly on my lips every night before going to bed.

You can also use it to moisturize any cracked dry skin on your body (like elbows and knees often get).

Lip Balm Tins

If you find you need to carry a little bit of petroleum jelly or any other moisturizer with you through the day, you can buy small lip balm tins on Amazon and fill them with petroleum jelly. That way you don’t have to carry a big, heavy jar of it.

Soaps/Cleansers

Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil

Shu Uemura High Performance Cleansing Oil is a long time favorite beauty staple for many people. It’s a highly effective cleanser that works better for some than others. You might be surprised to learn it tends to work well on oily skin because oil attracts oil.

KissMyFace Pure Olive Oil Soap

This olive oil based soap is moisturizing and gentle. It’s made in Greece without animal products, and it’s more affordable than you might expect.

Baby Shampoo

Hair isn’t the only place you might use baby shampoo. It’s terrific for cleaning makeup brushes and blender sponges. Shop for baby shampoo on Amazon.

Exfoliants

Apricot Kernels

You can buy apricot kernels as a food item, grind them up in your food processor, and add them into cleansers. It’s basically a quick and easy way to turn any cleanser into an exfoliant.

Essential Oils

Lavender Oil

Lavender essential oil is a useful additive for hair care because it can help make your hair smell nice after it’s gotten a little bit sweaty or is starting to get oily.

If you have dry hair and are trying to go longer between hair washes, but you work out frequently, lavendar oil – even just in a spritzer with water – can help.

It’s also good for gently drying up pimples if you have combination or dry skin and only occasionally get them.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree Oil must always be diluted, like most essential oils. It can help with acne, ingrown hairs and other blemishes.

First Aid

Hydrogen Peroxide

You probably already know that hydrogen peroxide is great for cleaning any sort of cut or abrasion. But you might be surprised to learn you can also use it as a disinfectant cleaner.

70% Isopropyl Alcohol

Isopropyl alcohol comes in different strengths. 70% is good for most applications. You can use it to clean wounds and tools like tweezers before you go to pick a splinter out. It’s also a genuine disinfectant cleaner when used properly.

Supplements

We only recommend supplements that doctors have recommended to us. For the rest, you should talk to your own doctor.

Solgar Gentle Iron

If you’ve been advised by a doctor to take iron for anemia, but you’ve had trouble with it upsetting your stomach, you might want to try Solgar Gentle Iron. It’s formulated to absorb better with less stomach upset.

Vitamin C

This chewable version of Vitamin C has a nice berry flavor and makes for a nicer experience than taking a pill. Chewable means it will absorb easier, too.

Garlic Capsules

If you’re interested in taking a garlic capsule but not smelling like garlic or burping it up all day, Kyolic Odorless Garlic Capsules have worked well for us.

Hair Products

Microfiber Turbans

Bath towels can be too rough for drying hair, especially if you rub your hair with it. This can open up the hair cuticle, making it frizzy and more easily damaged.

The right way to towel dry your hair is to use a microfiber towel and gently squeeze sections dry. A microfiber turban allows you to do this and then keep your hair up in it for further drying while you do other things.

Betty Dain Satin Pillowcase

These affordable satin pillowcases can help your hair frizz less. If your hair is prone to frizzing, even a high thread count cotton pillow case can literally rub it the wrong way.

The cotton fibers can grab at your hair, causing some hairs to become flyaway and frizzy. The satin is so smooth that your hair glides along it easily. And it’s very comfortable for sleeping.

Makeup Tools

Mini Travel Brushes

These travel brushes for your bag are great for not only travel but also carrying around in your purse to apply lipstick and anything else you carry.

Oral Hygiene

Oral-B Pro 1000 CrossAction Toothbrush

The Oral B Pro CrossAction 1000 toothbrush is an affordable electric toothbrush that gives you way more cleaning power, but is much more gentle than a manual brush. It’s rechargeable so you won’t have to waste batteries powering it.

Floss

Flossing is critical for mouth care. It removes plaque and bits of food where toothbrushes can’t reach. No pick can replace flossing, either.

One of the most durable brands of floss we’ve found is Glide Comfort Plus Floss (check price at Amazon), especially if you have close teeth. It doesn’t shred or break, at least not nearly as easily as some brands. It also slides more easily through teeth because it’s flat like a ribbon.

Brush Picks

Picks may not replace floss, but they’re good for cleaning your teeth after meals and snacks, especially on the go. There are several different types, and what you want depends on your teeth.

We recommend the GUM Soft Picks if you like a brush style pick to really get your teeth clean. These are a little on the thicker side, though, so you may not be able to use them with tight teeth.

For those of you with tighter teeth, we recommend these smaller plastic brush picks from The Doctor. You can buy them in small packs, big double packs, and even little keychain packs that are perfect for taking on the go.

Floss Picks

Another option is a floss pick like these from Dentek. These are little picks with a U shape on the end, and between its two points is a short string of floss.

They can be just the thing for getting a stubborn bit of food out from between your teeth, although if it’s well-packed in there, sometimes they will break. Then again, when you get food truly stuck between your teeth, getting it out is never easy.

Professional Oral Care Kit

If you have problem teeth, it’s also worth investing in a professional oral care kit. It includes several tools your dentists use to scrape off stains.

The dental pick has been a lifesaver for me on a few occasions when a popcorn husk got seriously stuck between two teeth.

Nails

White Nail Pencil

Chances are you do not have time for constant nail maintenance. One of the quickest ways to make your nails look nice anytime, anyplace is to use a white nail pencil under the tips.

The white pencils make the tips of your nails look nice and white, like you’ve just had French tips done.

Combined with a coat or two of a nice sparkly clear nail polish like OPI Nail Envy, and you’ve got a beautiful look you can do on the run. Read more about faking a French manicure here.

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