Diy Skin Care Products

If you want to make your own DIY skin care products, such as homemade face wash, you often need look no further than your kitchen. For example, using olive oil for skin care dates back to the ancient Egyptians. Olive oil contains abundant nutrients that, among other benefits, promote a smooth, radiant complexion and help maintain skin elasticity. Other ingredients, such as oatmeal, sugar and sea salt can also be used in skin care.

DIY Skin Care Tips

First, here are a few general precautions to follow with DIY products:

  • Avoid using ingredients to which you might be allergic, such as nuts or other common food allergens.
  • Learn about the properties of any ingredient in a homemade recipe and be sure it’s beneficial for your skin type. For example, a little vinegar in a product might be great for oily skin but highly irritating to sensitive skin. The best ingredients to use in a homemade product depend on your skin type.
  • Use products as soon as possible to avoid spoilage. Storing most homemade skin care products in the refrigerator is a good idea.

Homemade Face Wash

A homemade face wash can be as simple as grinding one-half cup oatmeal to a fine texture in a blender and then combining it with two tablespoons heavy cream or milk. Spread the mixture over your face in a circular motion. Rinse well.

Homemade Face Masks and Exfoliators

Try these gentle exfoliators to achieve smooth, radiant skin:

  • After wetting your face, gently rub sea salt on your skin to remove dead skin cells. Rinse thoroughly.
  • Mix dry oatmeal with warm water to form a thick paste. Gently rub the mixture on your face, leave on for a few minutes and rinse. Oatmeal works well for sensitive skin.
  • Mix enough sugar into olive oil to form a paste. Rub the paste on your skin and then rinse. This recipe is especially suited for people with very dry skin.
  • Use equal parts of baking soda and water to form a paste. Rub the mixture into your skin and then rinse.

You can also make homemade face masks. Here are a few simple ideas:

  • Apply mashed avocado to your face for 20 minutes, then rinse well. This mask works well for people with very dry skin.
  • Combine mashed grapes with oatmeal to form a paste. Leave on for 10 minutes, then rinse well.
  • Mash a ripe banana and mix with honey. Apply the mix to your face and leave on for 10 minutes before rinsing.
  • Mince a cucumber and combine it with plain yogurt to form a paste. Leave the mask on your face for 20 minutes before rinsing.
  • Mix chopped strawberries with honey and leave on your face for 15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly.

Olive Oil for Skin Care

Many masks use olive oil for skin care: Blend olive oil, honey and an egg yolk. Apply to face. Leave on for 15 minutes and then rinse with warm water. You can also use olive oil to soften extremely dry patches of skin, treat chapped lips or moisturize rough, cracked feet.

Resources

Safe Cosmetics Action Network. (2008). DIY recipes. Retrieved December 9, 2010, from http://www.safecosmetics.org/article.php?id=233

Skinway.com. (2006). Natural home made exfoliators. Retrieved December 9, 2010, from http://www.skinway.com/skincare_articles/home-made-exfoliators.htm

Natural Skin Care Secrets. (2010). Olive oil skin care. Retrieved December 9, 2010, from http://www.naturalskincaresecrets.com/olive-oil-skin-care.html

Homemade Beauty Recipes. (n.d.). Natural facial cleanser recipes. Retrieved December 9, 2010, from http://hmbeautyrecipes.homestead.com/SKINcleansers.html