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10 DIY Skin Care Products You Can Easily Make

You don’t have to fork out big bucks for great skin care. In fact, many department-store and drugstore brands of skin care products are packed full of harsh chemicals, toxic ingredients, artificial colors, and more. Even so-called natural skin care brands may contain questionable ingredients that you wouldn’t want on your face.

Here are 10 natural skin care recipes that can replace an entire skin care regime you’d probably pay a fortune for at a department store.

1. Facial Wash

Forget the harsh cleansers. Try this Foaming Face Wash. It’s gentle, yet effective in keeping skin clean and clear. You just need liquid castile soap, water, essential oils, and carrier oil. The best part is you can customize the essential oils in this recipe according to your skin type – add in ylang ylang, helichrysum, patchouli, rose, geranium, etc. Simply shake the ingredients together for a refreshing homemade facial wash.

2. Facial Scrub

Exfoliate your skin with this luxurious DIY Facial Scrub. It’s similar to facial scrubs you’d get in a spa (with the same results), yet at a fraction of the price. Just add essential oils to baking soda and keep it in an air-tight jar. Some of the best essential oils to make this scrub is Lavender and Frankincense. Both are really gentle for the skin and great for helping with skin tone and texture. Other essential oils that you can use are Tea Tree, Geranium, Helichrysum, Rose, and ylang-ylang.

3. Facial Mask

Pamper yourself with a Honey Facial Mask to rejuvenate skin and give it a healthy glow. Mix one tablespoon of raw honey or Manuka honey (lots of antioxidants for the skin) with 2-3 drops of Lavender essential oil. Apply to your face and let sit for 15-20 minutes. Use a warm washcloth to wipe off.

4. Toner

This DIY Facial Toner made with apple cider vinegar will literally cost you pennies and it’s hydrating, pH balanced, and excellent for blemish-prone and combination skin. It restores your skin’s pH levels and great for all skin types, including those with acne. Homemade facial toner can be customized to your liking with essential oils, giving you that natural glow you’ve been looking for!

5. Eye Cream

An effective eye cream doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Try this DIY Eye Cream to hydrate the eye area and fight wrinkles. Rosehip oil, green tea, carrot seed essential oil, lavender essential oil, sweet almond oil, and vitamin E combine to make a healing cream that works wonders. First brew a cup of green tea and then fill two medium saucepans about halfway full of water. Place a glass bowl with a spout in each pot and turn on the stove to medium heat. Add wax, rosehip seed oil, vitamin E oil, and sweet almond oil to one pot. Add green tea to the other pot. Heat both mixtures until the emulsifying wax has totally melted. Check temperatures of both pots with a thermometer like this one. Keep in mind: both mixtures must be the same temp before you combine them or your cream won’t set.

6. Moisturizer

Forget everything you know about moisturizers. Oil-free facial lotions can actually make the skin produce MORE oil than regular moisturizers or even facial oils. It’s hydrating, but not oily. Plus the addition of essential oils helps to fight blemishes and fade sunspots. It’s pretty easy to make this DIY Facial Oil Moisturizer. Just add essential oils to a glass dropper bottle and then fill with argan oil. Screw on the dropper top and then shake well. That’s it and you can start using it right away.

7. Lip Balm

Think about how much you pay for lip balm. $2-4 for a tube doesn’t sound too expensive, right? You can actually make your own Organic DIY Lip Balm for just $0.24 a tube. The base of this recipe is just 4 ingredients: coconut oil, sweet almond oil, essential oils, and beeswax. And it’s pretty easy to find organic ingredients for cheap. I like both coconut oil and sweet almond oil because they provide moisture to soothe and moisturize lips. The beeswax is the secret ingredient to firm up this lip balm (similar to a commercial lip balm) so it can be used on the go. Use a double boiler on low heat to melt all ingredients (except essential oils). Remove from heat once melted and add essential oils. Lastly, fill lip balm tins and let cool for a couple of hours to firm up.

8. Facial Serum

Department-store brand facial serums are expensive: sometimes upwards of $50-$100 per bottle. Nourish skin naturally with this DIY facial serum. It costs pennies to make and includes just a few simple ingredients: rosehip seed oil, frankincense, myrrh, lavender, rose and geranium essential oils, and aroma life essential oil blend. Use a 1 oz glass dropper bottle. Apply a few drops after you wash your face but before you apply moisturizer. Use the serum at night, around the mouth, eyes, and other troubled areas on the face. Lastly, use tepid water—hot water could make your skin perspire which inhibits absorption and cold water will close pores, blocking the serums’ goodness.

9. Shave Gel

Ditch the aerosol shaving creams (which contain harmful ingredients) and try this DIY Shave Gel. It’s excellent for both men (for facial hair) and women (for legs, underarms, etc.). It takes just a couple of minutes with just a few ingredients: aloe vera gel, fractionated coconut oil, vegetable glycerin, and vitamin E oil.

Essential oils give this recipe the fragrance, and you can completely customize it for your preference. Another favorite essential oil combination that works well is pine and lavender – just do 3 drops of each in this recipe. It has a masculine scent. For a more feminine scent, try 3 drops each of lavender and ylang-ylang. In a 2 oz. bottle or jar, combine 4 tbsp aloe vera gel, 1 tsp fractionated coconut oil, 1/2 tsp vegetable glycerin, 1/2 tsp vitamin E oil, 3 drops Cedarwood essential oil and 3 drops Orange essential oil. Shake well so all ingredients are mixed together. On wet skin, apply a layer of this shave oil. Use a razor to shave hair. The oil allows the razor to get a smooth shave.

10. DIY Charcoal Peel-Off Mask

This DIY Charcoal Peel-Off Mask removes all those blackheads and impurities from the pores… leaving behind glowing, gorgeous, and clear skin. Learn about the benefits of activated charcoal: it’s great for skincare and so many other things. Remove makeup and use a gentle cleanser to clean the face. Pat dry. Open the activated charcoal capsule and add the contents to a small glass or ceramic bowl. Discard the empty capsule. First, add bentonite clay and gelatin. Then add boiling water and mix well with a mini silicone spatula (avoid metal spoons as the metal may weaken the health properties of the bentonite clay). The gelatin will thicken up the mask. Add 1 drop tea tree oil and mix again.

How to Choose the Right Container for Your DIY Skin Care

Not only is it great fun to choose gorgeous packaging for your homemade skincare, but the right container can also help keep your formula safe and stable for longer. In fact, it’s important to store your homemade skincare in proper, hygienic containers. Luckily there are lots of great packaging suppliers online who will send you containers that are ready to use for your beautiful botanical formulations.

It is easier to contaminate a product that is in an open jar than one dispensed from an air-tight container. When possible, choose pump or spray valves that dispense your formula without the need to open the product container. If it isn’t practical to use a pump or spray, perhaps because of the viscosity of the product, then you might consider adding a drop dispenser or a spatula to help get the product out of its packaging – and help reduce the likelihood of introducing contamination.

How to Make Natural Skin Care Products Last Longer

As it’s almost impossible to know the likely expiration date of homemade skincare products, one of the best tips is to produce small amounts. Not only does this mean your cream, balm or butter will be the very freshest it can be, but you’ll also get to play around with different ingredients regularly to whip up a fresh batch.

When you’re making anhydrous (no water) products that are suitably packaged to minimize contamination, you can make bigger volumes, but always remember to add an antioxidant such as Vitamin E or Rosemary CO2 extract to slow down product degradation.

With unpreserved, water-based products, it is advised you make single-use doses only when you need them. Microbial growth happens fast, especially given the perfect growing conditions found in room temperature.

Natural Skin Care Products Top Tips

  • Make sure to choose the right containers for your products, open-air jars are more prone to contamination.

  • Make in small batches – at least in the beginning – is it can be hard to gauge the shelf life.

  • Try an oil free lotion recipe for particularly dry skin.

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