Store-bought skincare products can be expensive when piled up. Facial wash, facial mask, facial scrub, toner, lip balm, moisturizer, eye cream, serum – all these things can be really pricey. If you want to save money while avoiding harsh chemicals, artificial coloring and toxic ingredients, make your own homemade skin care recipes instead.
Here are some amazing DIY recipes to make at home to solve your beauty problems:
Baking Soda, Frankincense and Lavender Facial Scrub
Exfoliate your skin with a luxurious homemade DIY facial scrub. This can be your quick facial treatment at home that is comparable to facial scrubs you’d get in the spa. This can help gently remove your blackheads and slough off dead skin cells to make your skin look radiant.
- ½ cup baking soda
- 8 drops frankincense essential oil
- 8 drops lavender essential oil
- Mix all ingredients and store in a small jar.
- Use 1-2 teaspoon of the mixture at a time and add water to make a paste.
- Massage paste unto skin lightly to gently exfoliate face. Do it for a couple of minutes then rinse off.
Honey and Oatmeal Facial Mask
Pamper your face with honey and oat facial mask to rejuvenate the skin and make it glow. Honey (raw and unpasteurized) is full of antioxidants to help fight wrinkles and prevent symptoms of aging skin. It’s also a natural
- 1 tablespoon raw honey
- 2 tablespoon cooked oatmeal
- Mix all ingredients thoroughly.
- Apply to face and let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes. Use a warm washcloth to wipe mixture off your face.
You can also use 1 tablespoon of uncooked oatmeal that is grinded on the blender to a powder (instead of cooked oatmeal) if you want an exfoliating mask.
Cocoa Sour Cream Mask
An antioxidant-packed cocoa mask replenishes moisture and gives a dry and aging skin a restored and youthful appearance. Sour cream contains lactic acid that hydrates and exfoliates; honey boosts hydration; while protein tightens and firms skin. This mask can help hydrate the skin.
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon sour cream
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 egg white
- Combine all ingredients and mix well.
- Apply to face and let it dry. Rinse well.
Warm Milk Soak
Milk has nourishing properties, as the lactic acid in milk can act as a gentle exfoliator and moisturizer. The protein in milk can stick to the skin so you can get a bit of leave on moisture. Use a warm milk soak to soften your hard-working hands.
2-3 cups whole milk
- Heat milk in the microwave until it’s warm.
- Pour into a bowl and let hands soak for 5 to 10 minutes.
Soothing Berry Mask
Your skin can be damaged by pollution. Protect your skin against free radicals and repair damage with the help of antioxidants in blueberries, and brighten skin with vitamin C from lemon.
- 1 tablespoon ripe blueberries, crushed
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon cucumber juice
- 2 tablespoons baking soda
- 2 tablespoons water
- Combine all ingredients thoroughly.
- Spread unto face and let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Rinse gently with warm water.
White Tea Toner
For detoxifying your inflamed or acne-prone skin, try cooking up a soothing toner with Asian-influenced ingredients.
- 1 teaspoon peppermint tea leaves
- 4 teaspoons white tea leaves
- ½ cup boiled water
- 2 drops of lavender oil
- Aloe vera gel
- Combine all ingredients (except aloe vera gel) in a French press. Let it steep for 10 minutes.
- Pour mixture into a glass container and let it cool.
- Mix with enough aloe vera gel to fill up a spray bottle atomizer.
- Store in the refrigerator before spritzing.
Sugar Honey Lip Exfoliating Mask
Scrubs aren’t just for the face or body. If you have flaky lips, your lip balm may not be enough. You have to remove those flaky skin to keep your lips smooth.
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon raw honey
- 2 tablespoons raw sugar
- A dash of lemon juice
- Combine all ingredients in a small bowl.
- Apply mixture with a toothbrush and rub it to your lips in a gentle circular motion.
- Rinse off and follow up with a lip balm.
Honey Hair Mask
Raw honey can boost shine and lock in moisture for your hair to keep it shiny and lively. Mixed with olive oil, its emollient properties can penetrate the hair shaft and restore its natural shine.
- ½ cup of liquid honey
- ¼ cup olive oil
- Combine ingredients in jar and shake or whisk it in a bowl.
- Massage the mixture and leave it for 10 minutes.
- Wash well with gentle shampoo.
Thyme Blemish Balm
Thyme is a natural anti-bacterial agent and baking soda has antiseptic properties. The combination of these ingredients make an anti-acne balm.
- 2 drops of thyme essential oil
- 1 teaspoon of jojoba or olive or grape seed oil
- 2 teaspoons of baking soda
- Combine ingredients and store it in a clean pot.
- Leave on to blemished skin for 10 minutes. Wash off thoroughly.
To make sure that your skin won’t be irritated, test the mixture first on an inconspicuous part of your skin before putting it in your skin with acne.
Avocado Face Moisturizer
Avocado oil is rich in oleic acid, a monounsaturated fatty acid that can help smoothen, repair and hydrate skin.
- A few drops of cold-pressed avocado oil
- Massage avocado oil directly to the skin after cleansing.
Yogurt and Honey Facial Mask
As mentioned earlier, honey can do wonders for your skin. Yogurt, meanwhile, has anti-aging properties, so applying it directly to your skin can help tighten pores, brighten and heal skin. When mixed together, you will find it hard not to lick this facial mask off your face!
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon plain Greek yogurt
- Mix honey and yogurt together.
- Apply directly to face and let it sit there for 10 minutes.
- Rinse off with damp cloth.
Strawberry Scrub and Face Mask
The seeds in strawberries are natural exfoliators, plus the fruit itself is rich in vitamin C. Oats have anti-inflammatory properties that can be used by those with sensitive skin.
- 2 large, ripe strawberries
- 2 tablespoons finely ground oats
- Mash strawberries. Stir in ground oats and mix well.
- Gently massage mixture to face and let it sit for 15 minutes.
- Remove the mask using warm cloth.
Apple Face Mask
Apples are rich in vitamin C, which helps boost skin cell production. Mix it with wheat germ to add anti-aging properties to boost moisture and fight free radicals.
- 1 tablespoon apple sauce
- 1 tablespoon wheat germ
- Combine applesauce and wheat germ to form a paste.
- Apply to skin generously. Let it sit for 10 minutes.
- Wash it off with a warm, damp cloth.
Oatmeal Body Scrub
Make your own body exfoliator that works better than any store-bough scrub. Heal and hydrate your rough skin with oats and oils while calming with chamomile.
- 1 cup old-fashioned oats
- ½ cup coconut oil
- ½ cup grapeseed oil
- 2 chamomile tea bags
- Grind oats in food processor or grinder until its fine like a powder.
- Transfer grind oats to a bowl and add the oils and the contents of tea bags.
- Stir until mixed well.
- Massage generously over skin and pay attention to dry areas like knees, elbows and soles of feet.
- Rinse well. Make sure you have a drain catcher to prevent body scrub from clogging your drain.
Peppermint Coconut Foot Scrub
Combining Epsom salt and sugar creates a gentle yet very effective scrub for rough and dry feet. Adding coconut oil further hydrates the feet, plus the peppermint and tea tree essential oil can help stimulate and purify tired feet.
- 1/3 cup raw sugar
- 2/3 cup Epson salt
- 1 ½ tablespoons coconut oil
- 5 drops peppermint essential oil
- 4 drops tea tree oil
- Combine ingredients and mix well.
- Massage the scrub to dry feet and rinse off with cool water.
Calming Green Tea Rose Water Mist
If you have red, peeling, irritated skin due to eczema or psoriasis, there is an underlying inflammation. Using rose water and green tea can help mitigate the effects of free radical damage to your skin cells.
- 2 bags of green tea
- ½ cup boiling water
- ½ cup rose water
- Steep 2 bags of green tea boiling water. Leave for 15 minutes.
- Remove tea bags and mix in rose water. Let the mixture cool.
- Pour mixture in a spray bottle to apply to skin. Refrigerate leftovers in a sealed jar.
Lavender Coconut Oil Cuticle Balm
Dry cuticles are unsightly, uncomfortable and distracting. You can moisturize your cuticles with this concoction so they can stay healthy-looking once again.
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- A few drops of lavender essential oil
- Melt coconut oil and add essential oil.
- Pour mixture into small pot and let cool.
- Massage to your cuticles anytime you need to.
Aloe Cucumber Lemon Mask
Both aloe vera and cucumber are soothing and cooling to the skin. Mix it with lemon, which helps brighten dull skin, can help you create a refreshing and revitalizing facial mask.
- 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel (preferably fresh from the stalk of the plant)
- ½ cucumber, chopped and seeds removed
- 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice.
- Mix ingredients in a blender or food processor.
- Apply mixture evenly on face. Leave on for 15 minutes.
- Wash off with cool water.