The last few years, I’ve been experimenting with homemade skincare and have experienced great success with it. After my children were born and my thyroid went south, my skin was a wreck! Dry, dry, I mean uber-dry, sensitive, prone to chaffing, this girl was a hot mess! So I stopped with all the commercial products and began using what I could find in the kitchen. Coconut oil, olive oil, oatmeal, honey, natural abrasives and my skin has greatly improved. Here’s the thing: our grannies had beautiful skin long before the advent of Pond’s cold cream, commercial astringents, under-eye serums and retinol lotions. And they had beautiful skin without worrying about the parabens, petroleum by-products and endocrine disrupters that OUR beauty products are laden with. What if we try something new and do it the old way? Here are a few quick and easy beauty products that you can make with simple kitchen products. Added to a pretty jar, they also make beautiful gifts that no women is going to refuse!
Whipped Body Butter– This is so crazy easy I’m almost embarrassed to share it with you! You need 2 ingredients for this body butter: coconut oil and essential oils, which are optional. Add approximately 1 cup of solid coconut oil to your mixer and whip til the coconut oil is light and fluffy, almost like whipped cream. Add a few drops of your favorite oil: cinnamon for “warming”, peppermint for “cooling”, lavender for “relaxing” or whatever fragrance you happen to enjoy. Mix well then scoop gently into a covered container. To moisturize, just allow a few dabs to soften on your fingertips then massage into your skin.
Invigorating Peppermint Sugar Scrub- This is so, so good for dry wintertime skin and it smells like Christmas, which is a total bonus! For this simple scrub, combine 1/2 c oil (olive, coconut or sweet almond) in a mixer with 2 cups of granulated sugar and several drops of peppermint essential oil. Mix til thoroughly combined then pour into a cute covered container. To use, simply massage into your skin while in a warm shower using your fingertips or a cloth, then rinse well with warm water and pat dry.
Soothing Oatmeal Facial Scrub- I love this for irritated, dry skin! Combine 1/2 cup of finely ground oatmeal, 1 cup of coconut oil, 2 T of olive oil, 1 T of honey and 1/2 cup of brown sugar. When mixed, store in a covered container. To use, apply a small amount to your damp skin and massage very gently. Rinse well and blot dry.
Simple Homemade Astringent- No more of that odd-smelling stingy stuff! This astringent is about as simple as it comes! In a glass container, combine 1 cup of distilled water, 1/4 cup of organic apple cider vinegar and up to 10 drops of essential oil. Lavender and lemon are nice, but tea tree oil would be great if you have troubled skin. Shake well and store out of direct sunlight. To use, simply dip a cotton ball and wipe your face. Blot dry and moisturize.
Homemade Honey and Aloe Facial Cleanser- This gentle cleanser is great for sensitive skin, especially during the harsh winter months and only requires 3 ingredients! Combine 1/4 cup of raw honey, 1/4 cup of aloe vera gel and 1 T of olive or sweet almond oil and pour into a covered container such as a mason jar. To use, simply massage into skin and rinse well.
As you can see, with the exception of perhaps the aloe vera gel, most of these ingredients can be found in your kitchen cupboards right now. And as you know, they are naturally anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-acne, and some folks even say anti-aging. I can’t speak to those things, but I can tell you my skin has never felt better. No more tight, drawn skin, no more outbreaks and people swear I’m not in 40s, so I’ll take it! LOL
Okay, as I stated in my Homemade Holidays post, presentation is everything! If you’re going to give these items as gifts, make the packaging and presentation as beautiful as the product. For the body butter and scrubs, I would use a basic 4 oz Mason Jar but for something as thin as the facial cleanser and astringent, a better option would probably be Pump Bottles. To finish the look of the bottle, turn to our good friend Pinterest for cute labels. I love the old-fashioned looking apothecary labels but these Mason jars are adorable too! You’ll want to be sure to include the product name, ingredients and the date you made it, for safety’s sake. Last, be sure to accessorize, my dears! To your homemade goodies, add a hand-knit spa cloth, perhaps a pair of aloe-infused slippers or a seriously relaxing CD such as Marconi Union Weightless to complete the spa experience!
Care to share some of your favorite homemade skincare ideas?
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