by: Amanda Ennett
Have you ever wanted to have great skin care products that you can trust the ingredients and that don’t cost an arm and a leg to purchase? Well the good news is that the answer may already be in your kitchen! Store brought products are often loaded with synthetic chemicals that actually hurt your skin. Try going all-natural with homemade products you can even eat.
Once you buy a few staple ingredients, you can make batches over and over again. The great news is that you can store extra product in jars with a tight-fitting lid, and keep them in the refrigerator for a week or so.
Every good skin care routine includes using a masque at least once a week. This first recipe is for fighting acne but it is so gentle that any skin type can use it.
Anti-Acne Masque: Place a tablespoon of lemon juice, a tablespoon of honey, one egg white, and a few drops of essential oil in a bowl. Use a spoon to stir until the ingredients are completely mixed. Apply to face and wait 5-10 minutes before cleansing. Easy.
Cleanse and exfoliate
Cleansing and exfoliating your skin are important for removing impurities, bacteria, and dead skin cells. To cleanse simply use pure coconut oil. Rub some on and wash with cool water. Coconut oil is anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-viral which will gently wash away impurities while moisturizing and nourishing your skin.
Exfoliate after cleansing using this amazing scrub (makes a little more than 1 cup of sugar scrub). By gently rubbing in a circular motion this scrub will slough off dead skin cells, boost circulation, and moisturize. Finally, rinse and pat skin dry with towel.
Vanilla Sugar Scrub: Mix ½ cup brown sugar, ½ cup white granulated sugar, and ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon. Mash in 6 tablespoons coconut oil (room temp), 1 teaspoon honey, and 12-15 drops vanilla essential oil (omit if you do not have).
Toning helps tighten skin and seal pores to keep dirt and grime out. Green tea is amazing for anti-aging because it is extremely potent in antioxidants.
Green tea toner: Prepare green tea by steeping 1 green tea bag in 2-4 oz. of hot water. Wait for 10 minutes. Let cool and use it as a toner on a soft cotton ball to get clean and soft skin.
Finally, finish off your skin care routine by moisturizing to keep skin soft and radiant. Make a mixture of these three heavy duty, but non-greasy moisturizer powerhouses. Coconut oil penetrates deep into your skin and promotes healing, hydration, and protection from free radical damage. It also contains natural SPF properties. Shea butter naturally protects skin and contains helpful vitamins A, C, and E which promote healing, collagen production, and cell rejuvenation. Read: Anti-aging. Finally, this mixture contains jojoba oil which is often used to treat skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, acne, and dry skin.
Whipped Butter Moisturizer: Place 1 c. pure unrefined shea butter, 1 c. coconut oil, 1 tbsp. jojoba oil, and 12-15 drops of your favorite smelling essential oil in a blender and process until smooth. Pour mixture into a mixing bowl and place in the refrigerator to cool until it solidifies. Using a stand mixer or hand mixer with the whisk attachment, whisk cooled mixture until it takes on a whipped consistency similar to whipped cream. Use generously on dry skin and store in a cool place.
The great thing about homemade skin care products is that they are fully customizable to your unique needs or preferences. Feel free to play with the recipes! From the addition of your favorite mix of essential oils, to dropping in a few of your own secret ingredients, these recipes can be completely personalized. Plus, you can rest at ease knowing that you are keeping your skin youthful and chemical free.