Easy Recipes for {Natural} Homemade Skin Care

Did you know your skin absorbs up to 60% of what you apply to it?

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Harsh chemicals, damaging dyes, & preservatives found in most cosmetic and beauty products are seeping into your body every time you use them. Most of these ingredients serve the shelf-life and high costs of the product, not your skin! Even products that claim to be 'natural' are often loaded with unnecessary additives and companies can pay to slap this label on the bottle.  

Sucks, right?

However, there's great news for your skin & your wallet! Homemade skin care is really easy to make and store. You'll also spend WAY less on the long-lasting ingredients than you will on a supply of beauty products.

Two awesome beauty hacks that will accelerate your results are drinking warm water with lemon in the morning before you've had anything else to eat/drink and drinking white tea daily. Both of these will detox your skin from the inside out, providing antioxidants and healing damage. 

Now for the other goods! Here's a couple of my favorite homemade recipes. :) 

1. Body Butter Scrub for Glowing Skin

I love this one because it works for dry skin, razor burn, and sensitive skin on major areas like your legs.

You will need: 

  • 1/2 Cup Rice (or Oatmeal)
  • 1/2 Cup Coconut Milk 
  • 1/4 Cup  Brown Sugar
  • 1.5 Tbs Ground Ginger 

Grind the rice (brown or white) in a blender first, then combine everything to form a paste. Then, just rub the mix over the affected areas in a circular, massage-like motion. Avoid sensitive regions like the lady-bits or freshly shaved underarms. It's best to use a day or two after you've shaved, or right before you're planning on shaving. Your skin will be buffed and ready for summer photo ops! 

 

2. Detox Mask

Rejuvenate your skin once a week to help clear away everyday toxins. This mask provides deep cleansing and hydration to the skin for a radiant glow. (I saw results after one try, with major improvement after a couple weeks of use!)

You will need: 

  • 1 Tbs Crushed or Juiced Blueberries 
  • 1 Tbs Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tbs Cucumber Juice
  • 2 Tbs Baking Soda
  • 2 Tbs Filtered Water

Mix all ingredients together into a creamy paste. Apply to face evenly and allow 15-20 minutes for the mask to set. Rinse with warm water. If you have sensitive skin, you may want to try 1/2 tbs of lemon juice. 

 

3. Facial Toner

This mixture can be used as a daily toner water for the face, neck, & chest. The essential oils cleanse the skin, tighten pores, and calm inflammation. 

You will need: 

  • 1 Peppermint Tea Bag
  • 1/2 Cup Boiled Water
  • 2 Drops Lavender Oil
  • *Optional* 2 Drops Tea Tree Oil 

Pour the water into a glass container or bottle, steep the tea bag in the water for up to 10 minutes. Remove the bag and add the oil(s). Pour complete toner water solution into a small spray bottle for easy use. Sprintz in the morning and evening after cleansing. You can apply moisturizer after toner has dried, in the evening, as you wish. 

Tea Tree Oil has been used for centuries to resolve acne breakouts and clear inflammation. It is heavily concentrated and some may find that it can irritate or dry the skin. Use optionally, or try to use half the amount as you get your skin used to the toner solution. 

For another mask to use, you can also mix all ingredients with 1 tablespoon of raw honey and add baking soda until it is a creamy paste.

 

4. Anti-Aging & Moisturizing Mask

This may be one of the most luxurious homemade masks, ever. Your skin feels silky smooth with a soft, clean glow! This mixture will balance the acidity of the skin surface, deeply repairing uneven skin tone and damage. 

You will need: 

  • 1/2 Fresh Papaya
  • 1 Tbs Plain Greek Yogurt 
  • 1 Tbs White Tea
  • 1 Tbs Raw Honey 
  • 1 Egg White

Brew the white tea in boiling water and let cool. Remove peel and seeds from the Papaya, then dice or mash the fruit. Add all ingredients to a blender until it forms a paste. Apply the mask to the face, (you can also apply to the neck and chest). Let it sit for up to 30 minutes and rinse with warm water. 

 

Easy Storage Tip:

I like to use mini glass jars, like the ones below, to store leftover masks. I keep them in the fridge for a couple days until I am ready to use them, again. Just remove and stir them, apply cool or let the jar sit in lukewarm water to warm it up a bit. Don't keep them longer than a week or so, especially if it contains the yogurt! 

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If you try any of these, please leave a comment and let us know how they worked for you! 

Cheers to clear, happy-healthy skin!