Ever mashed up an avocado, used it as a facemask and marvelled at the beautiful glow? Rubbed coconut oil into dry skin and been amazed by its moisturizing effects? Then you are ready to take the next step.
Most people who are conscientious about taking care of their skin have dabbled with DIY skincare though they may not have realized that’s what they were doing. The following five recipes will let you create your own skincare products. These recipes are simple to follow, they’re inexpensive, they won’t put dangerous toxins in your body, and best of all, they’ll empower you to customize products formulated to meet your skin’s unique needs.
A Moisturizing Hand Cream
Cooler air doesn’t hold moisture as effectively as warmer air. That’s why your hands get chapped in the wintertime. Here’s a moisturizing cream that will counter that drying effect.
- 20ml of beeswax pellets
- 20g of shea butter
- ¾ cup sweet almond oil
- 10 drops of vitamin E
- 10 to 15 drops of essential oil
These ingredients can all be obtained through responsible natural ingredient vendors who specialize in supplying essential oils, cosmetic butters, emulsifiers and other raw ingredients to the rapidly increasing segment of the population who are interested in making their own skincare products.
Melt the shea butter, the wax pellets and the almond oil together in a double boiler. Once the ingredients have melted, stir in the vitamin E and the essential oils, and pour the cream into a sterile glass container.
Myrrh, cedar wood and bergamot oils have antimicrobial properties that make them a good treatment for chapped skin. Lavender, geranium, frankincense and sandalwood oils also work well in this recipe.
Your lips also suffer when thermometers plummet. This homemade lip gloss will keep your lips kissable throughout the cold winter months.
- 20g of beeswax pellets
- 20ml of jojoba oil
- 20ml of coconut oil
- 10ml of olive oil
- 10 drops of your favorite essential oil (optional)
Melt the beeswax and the oils together in a double boiler. Once the mixture is liquid, pour in your essential oils. Citrus oils like lemon, grapefruit and orange work wonders on the lips.
A Coffee Skin Scrub
Coffee not only enlivens your brain, it also refreshes your skin. Caffeic acid is an antioxidant that may be able to boost collagen levels. Here’s a simple way to reuse those coffee grounds that will leave your skin feeling silky.
- ½ cup of dry coffee grounds
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup melted coconut oil
- 5ml vanilla extract
Make sure the coffee you’re using has been finely ground as coarse ground coffee can irritate the skin. Mix the grounds and the sugar together and then slowly add the oil and extract to form an emulsified paste. Apply the paste to your body, leave it on for 10 minutes and then wash it off in the shower. Your skin will feel like satin! Coconut oil is very slippery, though, so take care not to fall.
Homemade Cold Cream
This cold cream incorporates borax powder, a natural emulsifier that is a gentle and effective cleanser. Note that borax powder is not the same thing as the Borax decahydrate used in commercial cosmetics.
- 2ml borax powder
- ¼ cup distilled water
- ½ cup fractionated coconut oil
- 15g grated beeswax
- 5-6 drops of essential oil
Coconut oil is solid at room temperature, but fractionated cocoanut oil has been treated in a way that renders it always liquid.
Dissolve the borax in the distilled water. Mix the oil and the beeswax together and heat it in a microwave until the mixture is clear. Heat the water/borax solution, and then add it very slowly to the oil and beeswax solution, beating the resulting solution and you add the additional liquid. A wand blender works best for this operation. The mixture will thicken and turn white, and the more you beat it, the glossier its texture will become. Pour the mixture into a clean glass jar. When it’s cool, you may add your favorite aromatic oil. Your homemade cold cream will last longer if you refrigerate it.
DIY Anti-Wrinkle Cream
This cream utilizes frankincense and myrrh, two aromatic tree resins best known for their powerful antioxidants that can prevent premature aging and promote new skin growth. Sandalwood oil has an anti-inflammatory effect and acts like a natural “filler” in that it helps the skin retain moisture.
- 45g beeswax
- 2/5 cup of avocado oil
- 2/5 cup fractionated coconut oil
- 15 drops frankincense essential oil
- 15 drops myrrh essential oil
- 10 drops sandalwood essential oil
Melt the beeswax with the avocado and coconut oils in a double boiler. As you allow it to cool, it will thicken into a white cream. Add the essential oils to the cream while the mixture is still hot and stir thoroughly. Pour the cream while still liquid into a clean glass jar. Store in your refrigerator.
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