6 Simple Homemade Beauty Products
Without sounding too much like a Bunnings commercial, nothing is more satisfying or rewarding than a bit of DIY, especially when you get maximum benefit for minimal effort (and dollars).
When it comes to beauty products it can become overwhelming and expensive (just how the industry want it to be), so let’s keep it simple, avoid all the hidden nasties and create our own nourishing beauty prods.
These home-made products use the same ingredients that beautifully nourish you from the inside out to also nourish you from the outside in. Better still you probably already have most of them in your pantry or can buy for a minimal investment!
So take this opportunity to embrace your inner-alchemist, for those of you looking to master this art these are basic recipes and are always open to you modification and experimentation, they can be taken to super-beauty status with some of your favourite essential oils and beautiful amber jars for storing.
1. Oil-based cleanser
5 ml Deep Cleansing Oil (Almond, Hazelnut or Castor)
25 ml Nourishing Tropical Oil (Jojoba)
Essential Oil (Optional)
If you aren’t familiar with the oil cleansing method it is based on the principle of like-dissolves-like or in this case oil-dissolves-oil. It works by removing blockages and the oil freshens, balances, heals and beautifies the skin leading to the greatest nourishment possible. With this recipe you simply combine the oils and should only require 15ml per cleanse. Also remember because your skin naturally rejuvenates and heals overnight it is not always necessary to cleanse in the morning.
50 ml of Green Tea (or Chamomile)
50 ml of Witch-hazel or Apple Cider Vinegar
Simply combine and store in the fridge in an amber spray bottle. Lasts approximately two weeks.
Toning often gets overlooked, however a good toner can make a big difference – The witch hazel (or ACV) helps to protect the skins acid mantle, neutralise ‘bad’ bacteria and promote the growth of ‘good’, great for skin prone to dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis. The tea helps to soothe skin and can relieve redness and inflammation. Toning doesn’t just have to follow cleansing, use it throughout the day as a refreshing spritz.
3. Face mask
½ Mashed Avocado
1 tbsp C Flax Meal (or oatmeal)
1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
1 tbsp Cacao
2 tbsp Honey
1 tsp Lemon Juice
This is pantry pamper in full flight – combine all ingredients (makes enough for two masks), slather on and sip a cup of tea while you enjoy the vitamin E boost. The cacao is great for anti-ageing, however try not to eat it all before your 15 minutes is up.
4. Body Exfoliant
¼ cup Coffee (instant or ground beans)
½ cup Nourishing Oil
Optional essential oil
Slough off those dead skin cells with this invigorating exfoliant. The caffeine invigorates your skin and is great to refresh and tighten in the morning, while giving you summer tan flash backs. WARNING: Coffee stains so choose your wash cloth accordingly.
5. Hand cream
1 tbsp Coconut oil
2 tbsp Honey
¼ cup Salt
¼ cup Coconut sugar
Whip up this cream for the sweetest, softest hands going around. This should be a cream-like consistency so be prepared to put some muscle power into getting your desired thickness, also note coconut oil amounts vary with the brand of coconut oil you are using.
6. Hair Mask
1 Egg White
1 tbsp Olive Oil
Just whip, blend or blitz these two up then apply and let natures multivitamin rescue your locks from sun, straightener and product damage.
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