DIY Skincare Recipes
Story & Photos by Mar'atun Salihah
The best way to truly nurture your skin is to know what you’re putting on it, and making sure the ingredients are natural and fresh. Everyday cleansers and creams might contain some ingredients that are too harsh for your skin type. Another benefit to DIY skincare is saving time and money. Most homemade products are created with items that can be found at your local grocery store or even your home. Creating your own recipe is just as effective, not only will you see results, but you will feel great too.
Inflamed or acne-prone skin
The fix: Detoxifying skin starts from the inside out, and drinking a simple mix of water with lemon will kick start the beautifying effects. Aloe vera gel can be used with other things to fight acne, it works as an anti-inflammatory, decreasing redness and swelling. After cleansing, apply aloe vera gel directly to problem areas.
Dry skin patches
The fix: Ground rice is strong enough to slough off all dead skin to reveal smooth, radiant legs and arms. The starch from the rice helps soothe damaged and irritated skin. Coconut milk is loaded with hydrating, healthy fats and the ginger decreases inflammation. Mix together ½ cup of ground rice (grind in a blender), ½ cup of coconut milk, ¼ cup of brown sugar, and 1 ½ tablespoon of ground ginger to form a paste. Use hands to rub mixture in a circular motion all over, the scrub will polish the entire body.
The fix: Regulate skin’s PH with apple cider’s high levels of alpha-hydroxy acids and remove excess oil and buildup with ground oats. The oats contain a naturally powerful cleanser. Simply combine 3 teaspoons of ground oats and ¼ teaspoon of apple cider in a bowl until a smooth paste forms. Then add ¼ tablespoon of lemon juice and stir until the mixture is even. Apply to freshly cleansed skin and let it sit for five to ten minutes. Then rub in circular motions to exfoliate and increase blood-flow. Rinse off with warm water and pat dry with a towel.
Consistency is key, you should start seeing improvements from acne, dry or oily skin, and dark spots. Remember to treat your outsides as well as you would your insides, and you should be having naturally glowing skin in no time.
Check out our video for recipes on creating your own DIY skincare face masks!