When it comes to getting clearer, smoother skin — we’re all guilty of looking up new ingredients and experimenting different skincare treatments. Some of us even try DIY solutions. In fact, while researching more on this topic, I noted how the DIY craze is deeply rooted within our cultures and communities. Ingredients such as frankincense, milk, aloe vera, honey, turmeric and saffron have been the core of most beauty concoctions since the times of Pharaohs in ancient Egypt. However, when it comes to DIY skincare treatments, it’s wise to be careful about the ingredients you’re using in its preparation, and that these recipes should not replace skincare products that have been through clinical trials. Consider them more like an adjunct, or a fun add-on to your usual routines. Here, are 7 Easy DIY Skincare Treatments for healthy, glowing skin.
7 Easy DIY Skincare Treatments
Soothing Oat Cleanser
This cleanser is gentle enough for everyday use, even for sensitive skin types. Oats, even used on its own, cleanses, soothes and gently exfoliates your skin. This cleanser not only ticks all the right boxes, but is also very simple to both prepare, and incorporate into your skincare routines.
Unlike instant oats, colloidal oatmeal is processed with the whole bran, which is where the skin-soothing actives can be found. In addition, it also contains saponins. This phyto-chemical compound apart from its cleansing benefits, is also known for its anti-microbial properties. Overall, due to its unique biochemical profile, it makes a great choice for skin that is prone to inflammatory conditions such as eczema, rosacea or acne.
Colloidal oatmeal makes the perfect base for a natural facial cleanser and leaves your skin well nourished and moisturized.
¼ cup colloidal oats
2 teaspoons powdered milk, or coconut
1 teaspoon ground almond
1 tsp ground chamomile flowers
Mix all the ingredients, grind them to a powder form and store the mixture in an airtight container. To use, put some of the oatmeal powder in your hand, add warm water, and rub together to form a paste. Massage it gently into your skin and then remove with a wet muslin cloth. It is recommended that you use it within 2 weeks.
Soothing Face Mask
This mask is suitable for all skin types and concerns, and the best part is, it takes less than 5 minutes to prepare!
1/2 small ripe banana, mashed
1 teaspoon rose water
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons ground rolled oats
Mash your banana until it’s a smooth paste, then add your honey and mix together until it forms a paste. Gently mix in the rolled oats and rose water. Apply your mask to your face, leaving it on for 10-15 minutes, before rinsing off.
Probiotic Skin Balancing Mask
This mask is suitable for all skin types, in particular, those with a tired or dull complexion. While both oatmeal and honey have anti-inflammatory and skin protective/healing properties, honey is also known for its antiseptic action. On the other hand, the lactic acid in the yogurt acts like a mild exfoliator.
¼ cup colloidal oatmeal
3-4 tablespoons greek, or plain yogurt
1 tablespoon honey
Mix the yogurt, oatmeal, and honey. Apply gently in a circular manner and leave the mask on your skin for 15 to 20 minutes, then rinse thoroughly. For best effects, you can use this mask twice a week.
Skin Glowing Face Mask
Turmeric powder is derived from the root of Curcuma longa, a form of ginger native to Southeast Asia. This kitchen spice is known to have several health benefits, you can read more here. Not only does it help with skin healing, it is also anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. The only concern related to its use in skincare is due to its tendency to staining everything yellow which might be off-putting for many. But since you’re using yogurt as the base, the staining will be less visible. If it persists, you can use a cleansing oil to remove any traces of yellow colour.
2 tablespoon plain yogurt
1 tablespoon organic chickpea flour (or besan)
¼ tsp organic turmeric powder
½ tsp raw honey
Mix all the ingredients. Apply, and leave it on for 20 mins and rinse off with circular movements for gentle exfoliation. The coarse texture of the chickpea powder will gently exfoliate away excess dirt and oils. For best effects, use this mask twice weekly.
Matcha Green Tea Mask
Green tea, or its matcha variation is known for its numerous health benefits, both when used as a drink, or when you’re applying it topically onto the skin. In fact, we have all heard about the antioxidant, called ECGCs. This green tea antioxidant not only protects your skin from inflammation, external stressors but also helps soothe your skin. The main highlight of the recipe is the matcha green tea powder, but you can add more ingredients to boost its health benefits.
Dry ingredients: red rhassoul clay, matcha tea powder and coconut milk powder ( 1 teaspoon each) + 2 tablespoon yogurt
Add the powder ingredients all to one small bowl. Gently add in the yoghurt and stir until it is evenly mixed and has a thick, spreadable consistency. Apply to your face, neck and chest area with a wide brush. Leave it on for about 8-10 minutes before rinsing off with water. If you like, you can even add some cocoa powder, or turmeric to this face mask.
Rejuvenating Coffee Body Scrub
This body scrub is perfect for those times when your skin is in dire need of some TLC. Body scrubs remove dead skin and impurities, and leave your skin feeling soft and revitalized. Not to be used on your face.
¼ cup finely ground coffee
1 cup brown sugar
½ cup olive oil
1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
10 drops of your favorite essential oil
Stir all ingredients together until you have a uniform consistency. Store in a sealed jar for up to 2 months. For best effects, do not use soap to wash off the residual oils after using the scrub.
Chocolate Lip Scrub
This lip scrub uses natural moisturizing oils and sugar to gently exfoliate, while infusing your lips with long-lasting moisture. Using a lip scrub once a week, or every two weeks will keep your lips soft and preps up your lips for lipstick application.
1 tablespoon unrefined, organic coconut oil
2 tablespoon brown sugar
½ teaspoon raw honey
For flavors, you can add vanilla, chocolate powder or even coffee. For this scrub, we have used a pinch of vanilla extract and ½ teaspoon cocoa powder.
Blend the coconut oil with honey until it is smooth, creamy and has a uniform consistency. Then mix in the sugar and cocoa powder + vanilla extract. Pack the scrub in an empty jar and store it in the fridge. This should last you well for 2 weeks. You can use it twice weekly. Avoid using the scrub if your lips have any open cuts, or if they’re sunburnt.
Even though the concept of DIY skincare is appealing, you should know that just because you have an ingredient in your pantry, it does not necessarily mean it is safe to use it on your face.
In fact, certain ingredients, despite being heavily popularized on natural beauty and wellness websites, are not suitable for direct application on your skin. Read how some natural ingredients do more harm than good here.
Disclaimer: Whenever you’re using a new skincare product or treatment, always make sure you do a test patch first to see if your skin is allergic to any of the ingredients. And if you have any known skin conditions, always consult your dermatologist before starting a new skincare product.
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