Your skin is something you should always take proper care of. It may seem like a full skin care routine costs a fortune considering all the products you need to buy. Little did you know, you can make your own natural skin care products at home which is both cheaper and healthier for your body.
There are various types of product categories for skin care:
- Diminish fine lines
- Refine skin pores – a good face mask can help you to get clearer skin and more refined pores
- Add hydration – great for dry and dehydrated skin types
- Even out the skin tone
- Firmer skin
- Remove makeup, dead skin cells, impurities and excess oil
- Remove toxins overnight
- Refreshen the skin
- Prepare skin for makeup
- Helps remove excess dirt, makeup and oil
- Corrects and balances the pH of your skin
- Helps control acne
- Cleanses the skin and helps remove built up surface dead skin cells
- Remove dead skin cells
- Leave the skin looking youthful and refreshed
- Reduce the risk of clogged pores and acne
- Prevent the skin from becoming too dry
- Leave the skin nourished
- Hold water in the skin
- Control overproduction of oil
- Reduce the appearance of blemishes and wrinkles
- Seal the skin to lock in moisture and nutrients
- Smooth and soften the skin
- Add brightness
- Moisturise the lips
- Reduce appearance of chapped lips
- Give the lips a healthy shine
- Reduce the appearance of eye wrinkles
- Brighten the eye area
- Reduce puffiness
All of the products can be homemade naturally using simple ingredients that are very beneficial to the skin.
Coffee face wash
This rinse will definitely wake you up. It brightens and tightens the skin. To make it take ½ a cup of brewed coffee and ½ a cup of liquid castile soap. Add the cooled coffee in a big bowl with the castile soap. Mix this very well. You can use the wash all over the face and body. It will leave the skin slightly exfoliated and smooth. You will be glowing after!
Silky vanilla lotion bar
For this recipe you’ll need 55 grams of cocoa butter, two tablespoons of coconut oil and 10 drops of vanilla essential oil. First, melt the oils over medium heat in a small pot. Stir it constantly and keep an eye on the consistency. Add in the vanilla essential oil and stir well. This oil is quite dark and gives the effect of small brown specks in the bar. Make sure not to use vanilla extract instead of the essential oil. Pour the melted oils into an ice cube tray and place the tray in the refrigerator to cool for around two hours. Store the finished bars in the fridge. This recipe makes around 12 mini bars.
Oatmeal and honey facial scrub
Use ½ cup of uncooked oats, one teaspoon of nutmeg, two tablespoons of honey, 15 drops of tea tree oil, 15 drops of lavender oil and optionally a bit of dried lavender. Mix the oatmeal in a blender and put it in a small bowl. Add the other ingredients and mix them together. Gently rub the mixture into your skin with circular motions and leave it on for 10 minutes. Rinse it off thoroughly and add a moisturiser after.
Buttermilk is an ingredient found in many amazing products for the skin. It’s rich in lactic acid and works well at breaking down and removing dead skin cells. It also makes the skin turnover process faster to expose younger looking skin. Use it by dabbing a wet washcloth in cold buttermilk. Leave it on the face for a while and rinse it off.
Kombucha Aloe Toner
Take about a half cup of kombucha, two drops of vitamin E oil, 10 drops of any essential oil and ¼ cup of aloe vera juice. Use only pure essential oils since synthetic fragrances are very irritating to the skin. Mix together all of the ingredients into a jar or bottle. It’s now ready to use!
Banana face mask
Take half of a banana and mash it well in bowl. Next, mix in a full tablespoon of orange juice and a tablespoon of honey. Apply this all over the face and leave it on for 20 minutes. Rinse it off well!
Acne fighting scrub
Acne is caused by an excess of oil glands that cause spots and pimples on the skin. They are mostly found on the face, but can also be found all over the body, especially the back. Natural remedies can be helpful with fighting this issue. Sometimes it’s even more effective than expensive lotions that often cause more damage than good. Adult acne is quite common and can be embarrassing for many people. This scrub can help gently exfoliate the skin to speed up the process of getting rid of dead skin cells. Mix one tablespoon of fresh lemon juice, three tablespoons of honey, two drops of tea tree oil and about two tablespoons of ground oatmeal. Stir all of these ingredients well and apply a thin layer onto the face. Start rubbing it into the skin in delicate circular motions. Rinse it off with lukewarm water and tone the skin right after. Next, apply a light layer of moisturiser. This scrub should be used at most once a week.
Natural body butter
A great product for dry skin, especially during the wintertime. You’ll need one cup of organic shea butter, ½ cup of coconut oil, ½ cup of almond or jojoba oil and 30 drops of any essential oil of your choice. First, combine the shea butter and coconut oil in a double boiler and heat until melted. Leave it to cool for 30-40 minutes but it still should be slightly cool. Now you should add the almond or jojoba oil and essential oil drops. Mix everything well and place the bowl in the freezer for 30 minutes until it’s solid. Whip the solid mixture with a mixer for a little over five minutes until it becomes soft. Place the mixture into a container and it’s ready to use! Make sure to store it in a cool and dry place.
Firming face mask
What you need: one vitamin E capsule, one tablespoon of honey and two tablespoons of heavy cream. Drain the content of the capsule into a small bowl. Add the honey and heavy cream. Mix it together well and apply the mixture to your face and leave for around 20 minutes. Rinse it off with lukewarm water. It’s great for every skin type.
Grapefruit and green tea toner
A perfect product for oily or combination skin. It great at eliminating blackheads from the skin’s surface. It also cleanses the skin extremely well and removes any excess oils, makeup or dirt. Mix together the tea from two green tea bags steeped in one cup of water, ¼ cup of witch hazel and the juice of ½ of a red grapefruit. Add this into a bottle and use it all over the face everyday to freshen up the skin. It’s best to store it in the fridge.
Organic lip gloss
This gloss will leave your lips smooth and buttery. It’s a great alternative to balms or glosses that are overpriced and full of toxic ingredients. You’ll need one tablespoon of coconut oil, one tablespoon of cocoa butter, one tablespoon of beeswax, one teaspoon of cacao powder and around five drops of essential oil (preferably vanilla). You’ll also need chapstick or lip gloss containers to store the product. Mix all ingredients in a bowl (melted) and store the cooled mixture in the containers. Store the containers in the fridge until the product is hardened and ready to use.
Lavender tea tree deodorant
You’ll need two tablespoons of baking soda (aluminum-free), five tablespoons of organic coconut oil, two tablespoons of arrowroot powder, four drops of lavender and tea tree essential oils and a few shavings of beeswax. Melt the coconut oil and beeswax over low heat in a double boiler until it’s melted. Remove from the heat and stir in the baking soda, arrowroot powder and the essential oils of your choice. Stir and pour into a small glass container before the mixture cools. It’s important to label each batch with the date and store it in out in direct sunlight. The deodorant is super easy to use. The formula is also customisable – if you have sensitive skin you can use less baking soda, or more if you want a stronger formula.
Making your own skin care products is a fun and creative process that requires simple products. Most of these recipes are very easy and don’t take long to do. The best part is that they are all natural and very healthy for your skin. Try to make some of these and notice the amazing results. You’ll never go back to buying skin care cosmetics!