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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - It’s been a fairly mild winter here in North Texas, but that probably hasn’t stopped the dry weather from wreaking havoc on your skin. Instead of spending hundreds of dollars on skin-care products, CBS 11 News is showing how you can combat the dryness safely with everyday household products.

June Pillay let us in on a secret. She says she’s a germaphobe, and is constantly washing her hands. For her, life revolves around keeping herself and her two sons healthy and clean. But the constant hand-washing comes with a rough price. “My face is dry, hands are dry, and feet are dry,” Pillay said.

To stay moisturized, she spends hundreds of dollars a year on products, from lotions to creams. “We have stuff for lips, for hands, we have cuticle stuff, I have body stuff, feet stuff,” she said. She’d like to cut down costs, and cut down on all the unknown ingredients. “You should know what you’re putting on your skin.”

CBS 11 News enlisted her help for a test. During the past two weeks, Pillay has been making her own skin-care products from recipes found online using everyday products from the grocery store.

For exfoliation and moisturizing, she made a spa-like sugar scrub for her hands and feet using avocado oil, sugar and eucalyptus oil. She also whipped up a couple different lotions using shea butter, vitamin E tablets, avocado or coconut oils. “The shea butter really kept in the moisture and just sealed the skin off, so you didn’t feel so dry,” Pillay said.

To take care of her face, she made a mask out of Greek yogurt, oatmeal and honey. And, for her lips, she made a soothing balm out of aloe vera gel, shea butter and vegetable glycerin. From body scrubs, to lotions, lip balms and face masks, she tested nearly a dozen different skin-care recipes. All together, these homemade products cost her less than $80. “They’re actually a lot better than some of the things that I was using,” Pillay said.

Skin-care expert Dr. Lynley McAnalley says you don’t have to break the bank to get good results. “It worked just as good as any exfoliant I’ve ever used,” she said about one product she made and tried. “It’s just as effective, if not more so, and you don’t have the chemicals and additives and things that might irritate your skin that really aren’t necessary.”

McAnalley reviewed the recipes Pillay used and says they’re all safe. In fact, she tried several herself. “I’ve used it on my hands and my feet for a couple weeks, and they’re softer than they have been,” said McAnalley. “I mean, coconut oil is my new best friend!”

Pillay says she may still buy a couple lotions — simply for convenience — but she plans to make many more from scratch. “It was fun, and I’m not done,” she said. “I’ll continue to do it.”

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