Sunday, January 1, 2012

Inexpensive moisturizer

I've been looking for an inexpensive moisturizer  to replace the skin program (cleanser and moisturizer)  I used to purchase through Bath & Body Works which cost around $50. Now that we're officially living on a 1/3 less income I've needed to find a cheap alternative.  Coming up with $50 is very difficult these days. :-)

This week I ran across an article about using vegetable shortening as a moisturizer. I remember an old  friend using shortening to cleanse her face and she had beautiful skin. So, my interest was piqued. Some of the comments said that their dermatologist had recommended Crisco for those with skin allergies. The only caution was to not buy generic shortening because they may have added artificial ingredients.

So, this afternoon I thought I'd try it after I took off my makeup. While my face was still wet I lightly dabbed on some Crisco. Honestly, my face feels as soft as it did while using the expensive moisturizer. The only thing I'm not sure about is using it under makeup.

I save my Altoids containers (the ones that hold mints) which worked perfect to store the Crisco. I placed the container in my medicine cabinet. One thing I've learned is that if I don't make new changes convenient then I won't take advantage of them.

I'm very hopeful that this will be a natural and inexpensive alternative to an expensive product.