Have you ever experimented with what is often called natural home and folk remedies or cures? Things like cleaning with vinegar and baking soda, cucumber slices over the eyes etc. The web is full of these types of “remedies” and “cures” but I wonder how many of them actually work.
Post the ones what you have tried and had success with. Here is a method I use for skincare, I discovered it not by some hippy motivation, but because I have sensitive northern European type skin & hair. Common store products are hard on it so I went looking for a solution:
In the shower or bathtub, put some baking soda in the palm of your hand and add enough water to form a paste. Use the paste as a daily scrub, but do it in the shower or tub as I have found that doing it at the sink is often not as thorough and 10 minutes later there is dry baking soda where it wasn't cleaned off.
After the shower/bath, put a few drops of jojoba oil on the palm, rub hands together and apply it to the face. The rest rub through the damp hair, it leaves the skin moisturized and the hair as well without it being greasy.
I don't speak womanese, but I think this is called exfoliation.
Take concentrated lemon juice and make sure the temperature is warm. Add it to salt to make a paste.
Take a washcloth and run hot water over it, as hot as you can tolerate and then ring it out a bit. Tilt your head and put the cloth over your face to open up the pores.
Use the lemon/salt paste to gently scrub the dead skin off your face (watch your eyes) and use hot water to wash the paste off.
Take a mixture of extra-virgin olive oil and castor oil and apply it to your face. Take the washcloth and apply hot water to it again and let it sit on your face until it gets cool. This helps the oil to absorb into the skin. You may have to do it twice. There shouldn't be any oil left.
Splash cold water over your face to close the pores. Done.
This may be too harsh or not strong enough depending on skin type, so it is probably best to experiment individually with how often you do it, but it works for me.