Are you using the right natural products for skin care?
DIY skincare recipes are easy and fun to make, and they help your skin glow naturally.
But there are several things you need to know before you start whipping up homemade skin care recipes and feeding them to your face and body.
And that’s what we’ll be talking about in this post.
It’s gonna be a long post, so grab your tea or coffee, and let’s get into it.
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The Best Natural Products For Skin Care
In your kitchen, there are lots of ingredients to make natural skin care products. And I’m going to show you how they work and what ingredients to use for certain homemade skincare recipes.
But which ones are best for making skin care products at home?
Sugar is one of the most popular natural products for skin care recipes made at home.
And there are two very common types of sugar used in homemade skincare products.
This sugar is loose and white. It does a great job of showing the actual color of your DIY skincare recipes.
Now let’s talk about natural skincare products you can make with white sugar.
Homemade sugar scrubs
Because it is a natural moisturizing exfoliant, sugar is the base ingredient for most homemade scrub recipes:
Exfoliation with sugar scrubs lifts off dead skin cells while moisturizing the skin as well.
It is very cheap, so you have no excuse for not exfoliating your skin as you would love to.
And the best thing about using sugar for skin exfoliation is that you can use it alone when you do not have other ingredients to make a homemade scrub.
DIY sugar wax
Another natural skin care product you can make with sugar is sugaring wax.
It costs less than $5 to make, removes unwanted hairs from the root, and leaves your skin smooth like professional wax.
Below are examples of sugar wax you can make today.
If you are using brown sugar for natural skin care products, I highly recommend the packed one.
The granules are smaller, less gritty, and because it is somewhat wet, it makes a caramel-ey sugar scrub.
What I mean is that it sticks together and spreads well on the skin compared to white sugar.
While brown sugar is excellent for DIY skin exfoliation, you can’t make hair removal wax with it.
Unlike sugar, salt granules are bigger and more coarse, but you can blend them into smaller particles for a less gritty scrub if you like.
While some people are fine exfoliating their whole body with salt scrubs, I actually prefer them for foot scrubs.
Here are two salt scrubs you can check out
This magnesium salt is great for soaking your feet, and you can also add it to your bath water for a calming bath.
Epsom salt relieves tired muscles, and also helps you relax and sleep better.
You can also use Epsom salt for skin exfoliation. I actually prefer it as a foot scrub.
Another thing you can do with Epsom salt is to soothe itching underarms.
But whenever you use Epsom salt, make sure to moisturize properly to prevent drying of the skin.
Honey is a great natural product for skin care. It is a natural antibacterial, and it also exfoliates and brightens the skin when applied topically.
Here are seral ways to use honey in your homemade skincare recipes.
Honey rinse-off face mask
For a quick daily glow, apply honey to your face and rinse it off after several minutes. It brightens your skin and keeps it radiant, naturally.
Mix desired amount of honey and sugar in a small container. Then exfoliate your skin with it, then rinse it under the shower.
Next, pat your skin dry and apply olive oil, then rinse one more time. But this time let the water dry up on its own.
Your skin would feel and look smooth.
Honey sugar wax
When you add honey to your sugaring wax, it adds more moisturizing and exfoliating benefits.
Check out this DIY honey sugar wax recipe.
The honey present in the sugar wax recipe moisturizes your skin and brightens your underarms and bikini areas. (The parts of the body that are usually dark due to other removal methods and products).
Coconut oil is a natural moisturizing oil with antibacterial and anti-fungal properties.
When mixed with baking soda or even sugar, it makes a great moisturizing anti-aging body scrub.
Scrubs made with coconut oil – with no water present – can last for months on your countertop or refrigerator.
During the cold weather, swap your regular body creams and lotions for coconut oil for deep moisturizing benefits.
When it comes to natural products for skin care, coffee is the game-changer. It is a natural exfoliating agent that removes dirt and excess oil from the skin.
Regular exfoliation with coffee reduces cellulite, brightens the skin, and fades off hyperpigmentation on the butt and thighs.
The best way to nail the perfect coffee scrub recipe is to make your coffee scrub today and use it the next day.
This gives your coffee time to absorb the liquid ingredient you mixed with it.
You can make skin exfoliants with both used or unused coffee grounds.
But make sure the used coffee grounds are thoroughly dry. If not, your scrub would go bad the next day.
Cucumber for skin hydration
Cucumber is mostly water, and fiber, so it is a hydrating natural skin care product.
Aside from placing cucumber slices on your eyes at the spa or even at home, you can use them for DIY sugar scrubs, face spritz, etc.
The cucumber face spritz rehydrates and cools your skin after too much sun exposure.
Oatmeal is a staple meal in most homes, so it is an affordable and available ingredient for DIY skincare.
Oatmeal face masks help shrink wide facial pores. It also removes impurities and gets rid of excess oil from the face, so your skin is less prone to acne.
Because the oatmeal mask is very gentle on the skin, I use it with my daughter.
It is a fun way to bond and get your beauty on.
Because this mask is made with oatmeal and water, I advise you to make and use it right away.
Don’t wait till the next day. It would not last two nights in your fridge.
You may also love this oatmeal coffee scrub to mix with water.
How to make a DIY oatmeal face mask
Blend some oatmeal into flour, mix it with water to make a thick paste. Then apply it to your clean face, and wait until it dries up before rinsing out with warm water.
Make sure to apply face moisturizer to prevent drying.
For a more moisturizing face mask recipe, check out this DIY oatmeal honey face mask.
Another ingredient that is popular in natural skin care recipes is lemon. It is high in vitamin C, which helps brighten the skin and fades off dark spots.
Lemons are acidic, which is why they are needed in sugar wax recipes.
They are also antibacterial, so using them on the skin reduces acne caused by bacteria and leaves your skin clean.
Lemon zest contains natural essential oils that add a light citrus fragrance to your homemade skincare products.
These may not be present in your house right now, but they are a popular natural skin care ingredient among DIYers.
Rose petals are hydrating, so they moisturize your skin when used topically.
They are also antibacterial, which means they help get rid of acne on the skin. Some natural skincare products you can make with rose petals are:
- rosewater – a face toner,
- DIY rose sugar scrub, and
- bath salts with rose petals.
Orange peel has so many benefits to the skin and your health in general.
Because of its high vitamin C content, orange zest can be used as a purifying skin lightener.
The peels can be dried and ground into a powder to make DIY face masks.
When using orange peel or zest on your skin, be careful to prevent burns.
You may love this Zesty Orange Soap -Melt And Pour Soap Recipe.
You may be surprised but avocado is a great ingredient for natural skin care products.
It contains biotin, which soothes dry skin when applied topically.
Avocado oil also reduces breakouts because of its anti-microbial properties. It is rich in vitamin E – known to protect your skin from sun rays, etc.
One thing you must know is that homemade avocado skin care products must be used within 24hours because their shelf lives are pretty short.
Here’s an avocado sugar scrub you would love.
The aloe vera gel is a powerful ingredient you can use in your natural skincare recipes.
It is excellent for calming your skin post waxing.
Aloe vera can also be used to make homemade face masks, body scrubs, and hair masks.
How to use aloe vera after waxing
Cut open an aloe plant and blend the inside to make a consistent gel. Then apply it to your waxed skin. The gel soothes your skin and restores moisture to it.
Baking soda is available in most homes, either in your kitchen or laundry room.
But did you know that you can add it to your DIY skincare routine?
I sometimes use baking soda as a rinse-off face mask before applying foundation.
Baking soda – when used on the skin – cleans off residual oil and reduces the appearance of hyperpigmentation.
Check out these coconut baking soda scrub bars.
Cocoa powder contains catechins that are great antioxidants. This means they protect your skin from the sun’s rays and prevent sunburns.
Adding cocoa powder to your natural skincare regimen can also prevent wrinkles caused by stress.
You can use cocoa powder for homemade face masks, and fudgy chocolate scrub.
Placing cold green tea bags on your eyes can reduce puffiness. But you can also use green tea to fight acne on your skin.
Green tea also helps improve skin elasticity and reduce the production of excess oil from the skin.
A few ways to incorporate green tea in your natural skincare routine is DIY face masks, face scrubs, and body exfoliants.
Here’s a green tea sugar scrub bars recipe you may enjoy making and using.
Remember, don’t use wet tea bags for making green tea scrub if you won’t use it up in one day.
While cinnamon is very popular in natural skin care products, I advise you use it with caution.
Don’t apply cinnamon to your face or body, but feel free to use it as part of your pedicure regimen.
Exfoliating your feet with cinnamon sloughs off dead skin, and softens them.
Check out this amazing cinnamon foot scrub recipe.
Apple cider vinegar for DIY facial cleansers
Apple cider vinegar is an essential ingredient in most salad dressings.
But what if I told you that you could use apple cider vinegar in place of store-bought cleansers.
Mix one part of apple cider vinegar with two parts of water to make a face toner.
Soak up a cotton ball with this homemade cleanser and clean your face gently.
It gets rid of leftover dirt and bacteria on the skin.
How To Make Homemade Skin Care Products
The most popular homemade skincare recipe is sugar scrub.
So I’ll show you how to make it with only two ingredients, and you can swap any of them.
Let’s make a honey sugar scrub
- Mix 1/2 cup of honey with 1 cup of sugar and exfoliate your washed skin with it.
- Add more honey if you prefer a runnier scrub or more sugar if you prefer a crumbly honey scrub.
Now, I want you to know that you can swap the honey for coconut oil in this recipe during Winter.
Also, you can use coffee in place of sugar, and it becomes coffee honey scrub the best DIY coffee scrub I’ve ever used.
You may also enjoy Olive Oil Sugar Lip Scrub DIY Tutorial.
How to take care of your face, naturally
- Wash your face with lukewarm water and soap.
- Then exfoliate your face with a sugar or coffee honey scrub maybe twice a week.
- Rinse it off after a few minutes, and pat dry.
- Next, moisturize your face with a honey face mask or aloe vera gel.
- Wash off the honey face mask and apply your face cream.
The best natural products for your face
Here are a few of the best natural products you can use on your face.
Honey: it brightens, exfoliates, and shows off your natural glow.
Sugar: it exfoliates dead skin cells, and unclogs your pores.
Coffee: as an exfoliating agent, it sloughs off dead skin, shrinks enlarged pores, fights acne, and helps you glow naturally. Mix it with honey for an excellent coffee scrub recipe.
Below are natural ingredients you shouldn’t use on your face.
DIY skincare ingredients you must NOT put on your face
Are natural products better for your skin?
Lemons: they are too acidic that’s why you have that tingly feeling when applied to the face.
They can also cause sunburn if you use them before going out in the sun.
You can use lemons for your hand scrubs or pedicure scrubs, but not on the face.
Cinnamon: While cinnamon may irritate your facial skin, you can save it for DIY foot scrubs for a pedicure.
Don’t apply cinnamon to your face.
Salt scrubs: salts are harsh. I personally don’t recommend using salt scrubs on your face. Instead, use them to make foot scrubs or fragrance bath salts.
Kiwi scrubs: Don’t apply kiwi fruit to your face. As for your body, test a small portion before applying kiwi scrub all over. Otherwise, use kiwi scrubs for foot exfoliation.
The Shelf Life Of Natural Skin Care Products
The shelf life of natural skincare products depends on the ingredients they are prepared with.
For instance, a coconut oil sugar scrub would keep for weeks on the countertop or refrigerator. But a peach sugar scrub would not.
Also, a homemade sugar wax would do just fine outside the fridge, while an oatmeal face mask would go bad in the fridge.
Another thing that messes up your DIY skincare products is how you use them in the shower.
Maybe you are scooping your scrub with wet hands. Don’t be surprised to find fungi on it the next time you want to use it.
So what can you do to preserve homemade skin care recipes?
How to preserve natural products for skin care
1. Make a small batch at a time
One of the best ways to keep your products from going to waste or getting contaminated is to prepare enough for one-time use.
This way you would have a fresh product each time, and zero waste.
Examples of homemade skincare products to make in small batches are DIY face masks, DIY fruit scrubs, etc.
The thing with fruit scrubs is that they contain water. So they can get contaminated after a while in storage.
And some would even become stiff if they stay too long. So make a tiny batch at a time.
2. Store them in airtight containers
Another thing you must remember is to store them in airtight containers. This would keep your products and their fragrance intact.
Also, if your DIY skincare product is exposed to air, it may get contaminated. For example, fruit sugar scrubs attract fruit flies, and all that yucky stuff would happen.
So make sure all product containers, whether stored on the countertops or refrigerator, are airtight.
3. Store your natural skin care products in the fridge
Now I know it’s not every time you’d feel like whipping up a new DIY sugar scrub. So what can you do, then?
Make enough and save it in the fridge.
A few DIY skincare recipes that would do well in the fridge – as long as they are water-free are:
- sugar honey scrub,
- sugar coconut oil scrub,
- coffee honey scrub,
- coffee coconut oil scrub,
- Fudgy chocolate body scrub bars.
From experience, I discovered these recipes remain fresh for weeks to months.
My DIY green tea sugar scrub cubes lasted months in the fridge because it contains just oil, green tea, and sugar.
4. Transfer your natural skin care products into another container before using them in the shower
When using DIY skincare products, especially in the shower, most of us scoop with wet fingers.
And the water drops alter the quality of the product, and that’s when you see fungus growing in your product.
So to preserve your DIY skincare products from water contamination, use a dry spoon to scoop enough into another bowl and use it in the shower.
And the leftover will always stay fresh for the next use.
My DIY coffee honey scrub, for instance, has lasted for a while because I always scoop some into another bowl to use.
That body polish is still very sticky and thick.
5. Prepare and store them dry
Another tip to preserve homemade skincare products is by preparing them dry.
What do I mean by this?
I mean mixing only your dry ingredients together and storing them separately. And whenever you need to use it, you can mix both wet and dry ingredients.
This works for DIY skincare products that require mixing with water. For example, this oatmeal coffee scrub, oatmeal water face mask, etc.
To make this even easier, blend your oatmeal into flour and store it either on the countertop or in your fridge.
It would last for a while as long as it doesn’t come in contact with water.
Then make a tiny oatmeal face mask for one time use.
Things you must know before using natural products for skin care
1. DIY skincare recipes are not for everybody
What this means is some of us have sensitive skin that may react poorly to DIY skincare products.
So be careful about, and know the kinds of ingredients you introduce to your skin.
This will help you prevent burns or redness to your sensitive skin.
For instance, applying lemon juice to the face is fine for some people, but it would burn others.
The same applies to sugar, honey, cinnamon, and other natural products for skincare.
And if you are skeptical about DIY skincare products, there are lots of excellent drugstore brands you can use.
2. Natural skincare products are made with food but don’t eat them
Most DIY skincare products are made with ingredients in our pantries and refrigerators.
Homemade sugar wax for hair removal – sugar, lemon, and water. It looks and tastes like candy.
DIY Fruit Scrubs – sugar and strawberries mixed. When it is runny, it looks like a smoothie.
Oatmeal coconut oil sugar scrub – looks and smells like cookie crumbs.
Please don’t them.
These are just a few examples.
Give your skin some sugar, not your belly.
FACT: Sugar is not good for your intestines.
FACT: Sugar can be very good for your skin.KATIE WELLS OF WELLNESS MAMA.
3. You can reuse empty containers to store natural skincare products
If you want to make DIY skincare products to use at home, please reuse the glass jars and containers you already have.
There’s no need to buy new containers unless you are selling or giving your natural skin care products as gifts.
Other than that, reuse what you already have.
Make sure to wash the containers thoroughly and deodorize them with baking soda and warm water.
4. Different skin types react differently to natural products for skin care
This can never be over-emphasized.
Some people always expect the same results someone else got from using a particular homemade skin care product.
We need to know that it doesn’t work like that.
But this does not mean the DIY skincare recipe is bad. It possibly doesn’t work with your skin type.
So maybe try a different recipe, and you may find what works for you.
Everybody won’t get the same results from the same homemade skincare recipes.
5. Always test a small portion of DIY skincare products before using them
Before you use any homemade skincare product, try a small portion first.
Doing this can protect you from recipes that may be harmful to your skin.
And also open your eyes to the ones that you will love forever.
Boom! How to use natural products for skincare and all the things you must know before using them.
I hope this helps you better understand how DIY skincare recipes work so that you don’t burn your skin or waste your ingredients.
If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments.
I’ll do my best to answer them.
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