Homemade Skincare Treatments

Homemade Skincare Treatments

The safety of mass-produced cosmetic products, replete with chemical names we can’t pronounce, has recently been called into question by multiple consumer-lead organizations. Under current FDA guidelines aesthetic products are not subject to pre-market safety approval, while companies themselves are left to substantiate the safety of their ingredients.

Pairing this worrisome development with the long-overdue surge of socially-responsible companies, committed to selling all-natural beauty and body care, has compelled many of us to choose alternative chemical-free products. Though reading these new labels may now be a breeze, given their natural and readily available components isn’t it about time you start making your own?

Despite a minimum shelf-life, homemade skincare products are the cheap and simple way to purport the same benefits as higher-priced treatments. Since organic and natural treatments are developed around the healing properties of common fruits, vegetables, herbs, and oils, concocting your own will save you money while ensuring the quality and effectiveness of the ingredients.

Now whip out that blender, light some candles, and start making a mess of you kitchen! An added plus: While your face mask dries, take a moment to consider just how much that spa around the corner could charge for that same “custom-mixed organic fresh-fruit face treatment.”

FACE TONERS

Normal Skin

  • 2 parts witch hazel
  • 1 part apple cider vinegar
  • 3 parts distilled water

Dry Skin

  • 2 parts witch hazel
  • 1 part rose water
  • 2-3 drops of geranium oil (optional)

Oily Skin

  • 2 parts witch hazel
  • 1 part lemon juice
  • 3 parts distilled water
  • 2-3 drops lavender oil (optional)

Shake well before each use. Apply with clean cotton pad after cleansing face. Follow up with moisturizer. Can be stored in clean glass jar with lid (max one week).

Witch hazel has been used for centuries in daily skin care routines. It is a gentle astringent and cleanser and boasts anti-inflammatory qualities. With or without these other ingredients it is a perfectly well-rounded every day toner. Rose water helps add moisture to dry skin, while apple cider vinegar is a great pH balancer for normal skin types. Lemon juice has exfoliating properties, as it is a natural alpha-hydroxy acid.

FACE MASKS

Normal Skin

  • 1/2 peeled cucumber
  • 2 Tbs plain yogurt or cream
  • 1 tsp olive oil

Combine ingredients in blender. Spread on face and leave for 10-15 minutes. Rinse with cool water.

This mask has a calming and cooling effect from the cucumber, while the yogurt enzymes allow the mask to gently cleanse and tone the skin.

  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 2 Tbs honey

Mix well. Apply to face and leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly.

Honey is a great anti-microbial agent and helps to moisturize the skin. Pumpkin enzymes are great at revitalizing the complexion by softly sloughing off dead skin cells.

Dry Skin

  • 3 Tbs Avocado, mashed
  • 2 Tbs Honey
  • 1 Egg yolk

Mix ingredients well. Apply to face for 15 minutes. Wash with cool water.

A great combination to combat dry skin, all three ingredients have strong humectant qualities.

This one can also be used as a deep conditioning treatment for your hair! Just add 1/2 cup warm water to the mixture. Apply after shampooing and leave mask on wet hair for ten minutes. Rinse well.

  • 1 Banana, pureed or mashed
  • 1 Tbs olive oil

Mix ingredients. Apply to cleansed skin for 10-15 minutes. Honey may be substituted for olive oil. Rinse well with cool water.

What could be simpler? Bananas are great for nourishing dry and aging skin. They’re chock full of vitamins: potassium, iron, zinc, vitamins A, B, E, and F and have natural moisturizing properties.

Oily Skin

  • 1/3 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1/3 cup blueberries or 5 strawberries (optional)
  • 2 Tbs honey
  • 1-2 egg whites

Combine oatmeal and enough water so that a thick paste forms. Stir until desired consistency is reached. Add paste, berries and honey in blender. Add egg white after mixture is thoroughly blended. Apply to clean face. Leave on for 15 minutes and rinse with cool water.

Vegan option: omit egg white and honey; instead add hanfdul of very finely ground raw almonds to the blender and 1 Tbs water.

Egg whites are great at refining the skin, making it more taut, and absorbing excess oil. Oatmeal is known for its binding qualities but more importantly it aids in removing dead skin cells and refining oilt skin. Strawberries and blueberries have natural astringent and exfoliation qualities.

  • 1 apple, pureed and deseeded.
  • 1 Tb lemon juice

Mix ingredients. Apply to face for 10-15 minutes.

Apples are great at balancing combination skin, and they are natural exfoliators replete with alpha hydroxy acids.

Problem Skin

  • Tomato, pureed and deseeded or 1/2 cup of undiluted tomato paste

Spread thin and even layer on face, avoiding eyes and lips. Leave on for ten minutes (a slight tingling may occur) and rinse well.

This mask helps to absorb surface oils, and specifically targets pimples and blackheads.

  • 12 uncoated aspirin
  • 2 Tbs warm water

Dissolve aspirin in enough warm water to make a slightly runny paste. Paste can be applied to cleansed skin directly, or added to 1/2 cup of either plain yogurt, aloe vera gel. Glycerin, sweet almond oil, or a clay mask.

This mixture does wonders for red pimples and large clogged pores.

Asprin, known as acetylsalicylic acid, is derived from salicin which comes from the bark and leaves of the willow plant. Aspirin is the buffered or neutralized form of salicyclic acid and thus has similar properties (non-abrasive exfoliation and skin renewal) when used topically on the skin.

Patch test this mask before applying to your face. If you have sensitive or dry skin this mask is NOT for you. Don’t try this if you are allergic to aspirin or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. When in doubt, ask your doctor before use.

BODY SCRUB

  • 1/2 cup Olive, Sesame, Jojoba or Avocado oil
  • 1 cup Epsom and/or Sea Salts

After rinsing body with warm water, dampen washcloth or sponge with oil. Dip into salt and gently massage over body. Rinse.

Experiment with adding 2 drops of an essential oil to main oil used. Try lavender, patchouli, ylang ylang, rose, neroli, or bergamot for a relaxing treat!

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