As a Naturopath, I’m always being asked for natural skin care tips, natural skin care recipes, and what’s the best natural skin care. So let me tell you this: Making your own face masks and scrubs is not only easy, affordable and fun, but by making your own DIY natural skin care recipes yourself, you have control over the ingredients, which means that you can avoid preservatives and chemicals that can be harmful to your health and your skin. So give it a go! Here’s all you need to know:
Scrubs help to remove dead skin cells and improve circulation, which makes the skin appear brighter. Masks are helpful for drawing out impurities and can often have a soothing, anti-inflammatory action. There are countless options of masks and scrubs on the market, but here below I show you how to make your own skin care products naturally. Try them by yourself, or perhaps with a group of friends for a fun face mask party!
Tip (if you don’t have time to make your own products): A great place to discover and purchase natural beauty products (that are free of toxic chemicals!) is Nourished Life. Where possible, the following products are linked to Nourished Life so you can easily check them out further and read other people’s reviews for yourself.
1. Lavender Body Scrub
Suitable for all skin types.
- 1-2 tsp dried lavender flower
- 5 tbsp of either sugar, celtic salt or Epsom salts
Mix the lavender flowers through the sugar/salt, and store in a jar. This can be used as a body scrub or a relaxing bath soak (and clearly, is one of the easiest DIY skin care treatments to make)!
2. Soothing Oat Scrub
Suitable for all skin types and perfect if your skin is itchy or inflamed.
- 1 tablespoon of dried oats, ground
- 2 teaspoons of water, witch hazel, or chamomile tea
- Grind oats (if not already ground) and mix with desired liquid until a paste forms.
- Apply to the face in gentle circular motions, avoiding the eyes. (For the rest of the body, make a larger quantity and apply in the same manner.)
- Rinse off with warm water.
3. Honey Almond Scrub
Suitable for all skin types.
- 1 tbsp almond meal
- 1 tbsp honey
- Optional: 1 drop of essential oil of choice
- Mix all ingredients together.
- Spread scrub over the face using circular motions,avoiding the eyes.
- Wash off with warm water and a wash cloth.
4. Honey & Apple Cider Vinegar Mask
Suitable for normal to oily skin.
Honey and apple cider vinegar are both nourishing and rejuvenating to the skin. While honey is sticky and can be annoying to apply, it’s certainly worth it because it has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. It’s for these reasons that you’ll find it in many natural beauty treatment recipes. It also contains a slight acid which helps to combat excess oil production. The apple cider vinegar is especially useful in restoring proper ph balance.
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- Mix honey and apple cider vinegar to form a paste.
- Spread over the face and leave for 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing with warm water.
5. Clay & Jojoba Mask
Suitable for normal to dry skin.
Jojoba oil is hydrating and well suited to dry skin.
- 2 teaspoons clay (Kaolin or Rhassoul are the gentlest forms for masks)
- 2 teaspoons Jojoba oil
- Mix clay and jojoba oil to make a paste (add more oil or water, if needed).
- Optional addition: 1 drop of essential oil.
- Spread mask over face, avoiding the eyes.
- Leave on for approximately 10 minutes.
- Remove mask with a wet wash cloth.
Having a dedicated time each week where you use masks and scrubs can be a relaxing experience where you can take some time to relax while your pamper yourself. Making your own natural beauty product is such a better alternative than many other toxic options, but with all these recipes, I do suggest you try a small patch on your skin before applying to your whole face to determine if you have any allergies or reactions.
Do you have any homemade all natural skincare recipes? Let me know via the comment section below!
A note on essential oils: Always start with a small amount, generally 1 drop is adequate for DIY skincare treatments.
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