Ever heard of homemade skin care? We’re talking about recipes and tips that are affordable, easy to make and most importantly, healthy. The thing is, the well being of our skin is often reflective of our overall health. Many of us strive for beautiful, healthy and clear skin without fully realizing that some of the products we use on a daily, actually do more harm than good.
Most over-the-counter products you come across are filled with ingredients that are toxic. Not only do these harmful chemicals damage the skin, but they also go further to harm our overall health too. When it comes to a skin care routine, it’s important to be fully aware of the products you use on your skin, and the kinds of ingredients you come into contact with.
A natural homemade skin care routine ensures that you cleanse, exfoliate, tone and moisturize your skin without drying it out, or exposing yourself to unwanted ingredients. This way you can truly benefit from a routine that gives you everything you need.
Homemade Skin Care Recipes
The good thing about keeping your skincare natural is that you can always reach into your fridge and cupboard, and put together the perfect scrub or mask to give your skin the boost it needs. Affordable, healthy and easy!
Natural Homemade Scrubs
Exfoliation is an important step into a skincare routine as it removes dead skin cells and flakiness from the skin. Overdoing it, however, is a no-no. Gently exfoliate your skin once a week and follow by a mask, toner and then oil or moisturizer.
A simple recipe that you can make anytime and anywhere is a mixture of sugar and oil of choice (almond, olive, jojoba etc.) in equal parts. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Tea tree is one of the best for skin, and if you want one with calming benefits, then use lavender.
Another great and nourishing recipe is to brew a strong cup of green tea (use a loose leaf to ensure that it has good quality). Then pour 1 tablespoon of the green tea, allowing it to cool into a bowl. Then add 1 tablespoon of sugar, and 1 tablespoon of honey and mix well.
Natural Homemade Facial Masks
Now it’s time for some simple facial mask recipes to nourish and protect your skin. Here’s another easy (and delicious) recipe that will leave your skin feeling soft and protected. Mash a quarter of an avocado; mix in one tablespoon of cocoa powder and one tablespoon of honey. Keep on your face for about 10 to 15 minutes and then wash off with warm water and follow up with moisturizer.
Once you’ve scrubbed your skin and applied your mask, use some rose water as a way to tone it. Your skin will feel and smell amazing. To follow, choose your favorite oil as a way to moisturize.
Other Tips for Healthy Skin
Achieving healthy skin is more than just what goes into your routine and products. When it comes to skincare, it’s also extremely important to think about other lifestyle choices you make. Keeping hydrated is one of the best ways of ensuring your overall health is in check, and for maintaining good skin!
A balanced diet goes a long way too. Think about what you eat on a daily: vitamins and minerals, healthy fats, and lots of fruit and veg. For a lot of people, staying far away from dairy and alcohol has played a significant role in helping them reach the skin they want.
Exercise is another great way of improving your skin to help it reach its potential. So don’t shy away from that run, or boot camp session. Get out, get moving and get sweating.
And of course, when it comes to skincare, sunscreen is absolutely necessary. Make sure you always leave the house having applied your sunscreen to ensure the skin is protected. This includes winter days too.
The best part of homemade skin care routines is that you avoid chemicals and toxins. This benefits your health, your skin, and the planet. Want to read more about some specific skin care fixes? We’ve written about natural skincare remedies on the blog before.
Now it’s your turn. Comment below to share your natural homemade recipes with us.