15 Natural Yet Effective Skincare Recipes You Can Make at Home
DIY skincare has never been easier. From face moisturisers to face masks, you can make your very own natural and effective skincare products using ingredients you have at home. Here are 15 easy DIY skincare recipes for refreshing, restoring and re-hydrating your skin this summer.
Strawberry Scrub and Face MaskStrawberries are rich in vitamin C and their seeds are natural exfoliators. Oats have anti-inflammatory properties and can be used by those with even the most sensitive skin.
•Two large, ripe strawberries
•Two tablespoons finely ground oats
Mash strawberries well and stir in ground oats. Gently massage the mixture onto your face and then let sit 15 minutes. Remove the mask using a warm cloth.
Avocado Oil Face MoisturiserCold-pressed avocado oil is rich in oleic acid, a monounsaturated fatty acid that is not only excellent for your health, but can smooth, repair and hydrate skin. Even those with oilier skin types can use a few drops of avocado oil to moisturise skin – once the oil absorbs it leaves the skin looking radiant and feeling nourished.
•A few drops cold-pressed avocado oil
Massage avocado oil directly onto skin after cleansing.
Relaxing Rose Milk BathForget the bubble bath! Next time you need some rest and relaxation, whip up a delightful rose milk bath using hydrating coconut milk and restorative rose water.
•Half cup rose water
•Half cup coconut milk
Mix rose water and coconut milk together and pour under running water for a luxuriously rich and soothing bath.
Yogurt and Honey Facial MaskThis mask is so easy to make and its benefits are endless. Yogurt has wonderful anti-aging properties, so applying this delicious snack directly onto the skin can tighten pores, and brighten and heal skin. Add some soothing and hydrating liquid honey to the mix and you’ll find it hard not to lick the mask right off your face!
•One tablespoon plain Greek yogurt
•One tablespoon liquid honey
Mix yogurt and honey together. Apply directly to face and let sit for 10 minutes. Rinse off with damp cloth.
Lavender Coconut Oil Cuticle BalmDry cuticles are not only unsightly, but they can be distracting and uncomfortable. This recipe has to be the easiest remedy around.
•Two tablespoons coconut oil
•A few drops lavender essential oil
Melt coconut oil and add essential oil. Pour into small pot and let cool. Massage onto cuticles anytime.
Apple Face MaskApples are chock full of vitamin C, which can help the skin’s cell production. Wheat germ has incredible anti-aging properties that help fight free-radicals and boost moisture.
•1 tablespoon apple sauce
•1 tablespoon wheat germ
Combine applesauce and wheat germ to form a paste. Generously apply to skin and let sit for 10 minutes. Wash off with a warm, damp cloth.
Easy Lip BalmBeeswax and shea butter are common ingredients in lip balms as they are hydrating, smoothing and seal in moisture. Coconut and sunflower oils both have excellent hydrating properties, so no matter which one you use, your lips will benefit.
•Two tablespoons beeswax pastilles
•Two tablespoons shea butter
•Two tablespoons coconut or sunflower oil
•10 drops essential oil (like peppermint for a fresh tingle or lavender for its calming effects)
Add coconut or sunflower oil, shea butter and beeswax to a double boiler. Stir until melted together and then add 10 or more drops of your favourite essential oil. Test a little on your hand every now and then to see if the scent is strong enough. Pour into container and let cool. Apply to parched lips whenever necessary.
Oatmeal Body ScrubHealing oats, hydrating oils and calming chamomile make this homemade body exfoliator better than any store-bought scrub.
•One cup old-fashioned oats
•Half cup coconut oil
•Half cup grapeseed oil
•Two chamomile tea bags
Grind oats in a food processor until fine. Transfer oats to a bowl and add coconut oil, grapeseed oil, and the contents of the two tea bags. Stir until mixed well and massage generously over skin, paying particular attention to dry areas like elbows, knees and feet. Be sure to use a drain catcher to prevent the oat scrub from clogging your drain.
Herbal Facial Steam BathJust about any facial you have will include a steam bath. Steam not only helps to open and prepare pores for deep cleansing, but it promotes sweating which acts as a natural detoxification. Warm steam also encourages oil production, giving your skin its very own natural moisturiser. The aromatic herbs will help flush toxins and relax and calm the mind.
•Bowl full of just boiled water
•A handful of fresh herbs like mint, rosemary, basil, thyme. If you don’t have any herbs handy, a couple of herbal teabags will do.
Lean over bowl with a towel over your head for five to 10 minutes. Rinse and pat face dry and spritz with your own homemade face mist. Follow with your favourite moisturiser.
Brightening Aloe Cucumber Lemon MaskAloe and cucumber are both soothing and cooling, while lemon (used sparingly and rinsed thoroughly) can brighten dull skin.
•Two tablespoons Aloe Vera gel (preferably fresh from the stalk of an Aloe Vera plant)
•Half of a chopped cucumber, seeds removed
•One teaspoon fresh lemon juice
Mix Aloe, cucumber, and lemon juice together in a blender or food processer. Apply the mixture evenly to face. Leave on for 10-15 minutes before washing off with cool water.
Peppermint Coconut Foot ScrubThe combination of epsom salt and sugar creates an effective, yet gentle scrub for rough, dry feet. Coconut oil hydrates parched feet and the peppermint and tea tree essential oils are purifying and stimulating – perfect for tired feet.
•One-third cup of raw sugar
•Two-thirds cup of epsom salt
•One and a half tablespoons coconut oil
•Five/six drops of peppermint oil
•Four drops of tea tree oil
Combine ingredients and mix well. Massage onto dry feet and rinse off with cool water.
Shiny Hair TreatmentHoney’s magical enzymes can boost shine and lock in moisture, while the emollient properties of olive oil penetrate the hair shaft restoring its natural shine.
•Half cup of liquid honey
•One-quarter cup olive oil
Combine ingredients in jar and shake or whisk in a bowl. Massage treatment into hair and leave for 10 minutes. Wash well with gentle shampoo.
Gentle Face WashBelieve it or not, sugar is good for the skin. Its humectant properties help to bind moisture to the skin and the granules act as a physical exfoliant. And we all know that olive oil is one of mother nature’s most hydrating gifts. Together, these ingredients can gently and effectively cleanse your skin.
•Two tablespoons sugar
•One tablespoon olive oil
Mix ingredients and gently massage onto the face. Remove using a warm, damp cloth.
Egg White Eye MaskEgg whites are thought to reduce the appearance of wrinkles due to their high protein and vitamin A content.
•One egg, separated.
Whisk egg white until frothy. Delicately apply egg white to the outer eye area (being careful not to get it into the eye) and leave for 15 minutes. Wash well and notice a firmer eye area.
Thyme Blemish BalmThyme is naturally anti-bacterial and baking soda has amazing antiseptic properties, making their combination an awesome acne obliterator.
•Two drops of thyme essential oil
•One teaspoon of jojoba, grape seed, or olive oil
•Two teaspoons of baking soda
Combine ingredients and store in a small, clean pot. Treat blemishes by applying sparingly, leaving on for 10 minutes, and then washing off. Test on an inconspicuous part of your skin before using.