April 20, 2024
Jessica Bills — Keep yourself at your best with these simple and cheap at-home remedies for everything from skin to teeth.

When spa treatments become too expensive for the budget-conscious college student, some resort to passing around the latest shade of nail polish and a few words of advice to each other through community blog sites.

For such students, quality spa treatments are considered luxuries and come few and far between.

Here are a few of the best home spa remedies for the busy and broke college student:


If you are not so great with doing your nails, a good tip to keep in mind is using lotion or Vaseline before painting your nails. Applying lotion or Vaseline on the surrounding skin will allow you to paint your nails as horribly as you want and then use a cuticle stick to wipe away extra polish around the nail.

Magazines such as Glamour, suggest waiting about 10 minutes between each coat. They also explain that by using a quick dry topcoat, nail polish will not last as long. If you paint your nails often, make sure you give them a day or two to air out and breathe naturally to promote healthy nails in between polishes.


Teeth whitening is one of the most expensive spa treatments. Going to the dentist and having them professionally whitened can cost hundreds of dollars. Even store-bought kits can cost upwards of $30.

According to an article on eHow. com, teeth can become whiter through brushing your teeth for at least two minutes with a toothbrush that has been dipped in a small amount of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. Make sure to rinse your mouth well and only using this method once or twice a week in order to prevent tooth sensitivity.


Those who struggle with occasional stretch marks on legs, arms and their stomach should know that one blog titled “DIY Beauty Tutorials,” which explains how to get rid of dark circles/stretch marks.

Rubbing aloe vera gel in a circular motion until your skin absorbs it is a way to remove stretch marks, scars and even dark circles.

If you are looking to treat acne quickly as well as reduce your chance of break-outs, according to an article by skinacea.com, mixing uncoated aspirin and a few drops of water together using your finger can and applying this to your problem spots will help. This treatment can be left on your face from five minutes to one hour and then rinsed off. It can also be used on your entire face as a mask to reduce pore size and prevent new break-outs.

According to womanbynature.com, an easy, at-home skin moisturizer, can be created by mixing honey and olive oil together.

An article by squidoo.com suggests to rid oily skin, mix one teaspoon of tomato pulp and two teaspoons of potato flour. Apply this paste onto your face. Leave on for 15 minutes and then remove gently with warm water.

Regardless of what you are looking to save money on, blogs and sites such as Pinterest are a good way to look for cheap, at-home spa remedies that give results.

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