A small guide to DIY skin care…many products from our kitchen are cheap and effective and very kind to skin cosmetic. No perfumes, no fillers and or other chemicals that our skin often does not like…
Olive Oil – In addition to being a natural, it’s hypoallergenic way to moisture skin, extra virgin olive oil has the added advantage of providing strong antioxidants. Vitamins A and E help repair and renew skin that has been damaged and stimulate cells to return skin to a firmer, smoother, and healthier state. There are many uses for olive oil, so many that it has its own post – “The Many Uses of Olive Oil in Skin Care”. Gives fantastic results if used warm up.
Coconut oil – Extremely universal, gives fantastic effects if used warm-up: Face makeup remover, gentle eye make-up remover; m You can rub in your skin tiny amount of coconut oil or make – warm as Leave-in Conditioner on your Eyelashes, brow, hair treatment. Eye and face cream/moisturiser also cuticle conditioning cream, hand, foot and elbow cream.
DIY deodorant!!!! (Yes! I was very surprised with this smart recipe), Lip balm or lip/skin moisturising scrub by combining coconut oil and brown sugar
Oatmeal – The FDA cites it as effective for relieving dryness and inflammation, including insect stings, rashes, and eczema. Finely oatmeal powder (“colloidal”) turns into soothing body soaks, moisturiser, and soaps. Oatmeal will remove the dryness and irritation and soothe the skin by leaving a fine protective film.
Avocado – Great for sun damage, age spots and scars. Avocado will help moisturiser and build collagen in the skin. For this reason, it is often recommended for those with dry and mature skin.
Papaya – A wonderful exfoliation that gently removes dead skin cells to show smoother, newer skin beneath. Papain, the main enzyme in papaya, dissolves the dead skin cells and works as an antibacterial to fight infection and breakouts.
Both papaya and pineapple can actually be used separately as an eye cream, but together they are even more powerful. Both fruits contain highly-effective exfoliating properties similar to alpha-hydroxy acids, which help reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
Cucumber – Made up mostly of water, it also has Vitamin C and Caffeic Acid that help to soothe irritations and reduce swelling. The cucumber juice is a source of silica that works to improve the connective tissue in the skin and naturally hydrate it. Cucumber is also great at restoring your overall pH towards better alkalinity.
Cucumber+Lemon Juice – remedy for dark circles! ½ Cucumber 1 tsp Lemon Juice (Optional) Preparation & Application Grate ½ a cucumber and squeeze the grated cucumber to collect the juice in a small bowl. Dip two cotton balls in it and apply the juice on the dark circles below the […]
Strawberries – These berries gently refresh, brighten and exfoliate the skin, remove impurities, and reduce redness and swelling. Strawberries make a wonderful cleansing and skin softening facial mask. The antioxidants in the fruit help to repair skin damage and counteract aging by assisting the cells in regeneration and repairs.
Lime/Lemon – Citric acid whitens, brightens the skin. Perfect for elbows and knees that have darkened over time.
Yogurt – Full of protein, calcium, vitamins, and more! The lactic acid in yogurt soothes, exfoliates, brightens, and softens the skin.
Brown Sugar – Use as a scrub. It doesn’t have hard edges so it won’t tear your skin. I like to combine it with honey to make a lip scrub. It removes dirt and dead skin cells
Tomatoes – Use on your fave to cool skin especially after a sunburn.
Garlic – Rub garlic on your nails to make them stronger. No need to worry about the smell. After you leave the garlic on for about five minutes, wash your hands with soap and rub fingers. It’s like magic! Your fingers will not smell like garlic.
Sea salt – can be used as replacement of sugar – Use as a scrub. helps to heal scars, wounds
Vinegar – Whitens and brightens.
Baking Soda – Effective for cleansing hair, skin.
Coffee – Caffeine not only wakes you up, but it helps with problem areas. Combat cellulite and varicose veins with a coffee scrub (add olive oil to make paste).
Tea – Brew some black tea, and allow to cool.
Mayonnaise – This makes a perfect hair mask. It’s good at moisturiser for dry hair and giving it nice shine. Egg and beer is also great for your hair.
Gram flour – deep cleanse and exfoliate the skin. It can be added to face packs to remove Tan and to cleanse and tighten the skin.
- Gram flour + yogurt + lemon juice and a pinch of turmeric or mix ground almonds , milk or lemon juice. Apply it on the face and wash off after 20 to 30 minutes. It helps to remove tan and lighten skin colour. \
- To reduce oiliness, mix it with yoghurt and apply. Wash it off after 20 minutes. .
- To discourage facial hair, mix gram flour with water into a paste and apply on the area. Wash it off when it dries.
Eggs are often used in cooking and baking, but can also be applied on the face to help ward off wrinkles and to potentially tighten sagging skin. By applying egg whites directly onto your skin, you can give yourself an effective facial without spending a lot of money. Egg whites can be used as a mask to make the skin tighter and firmer, and reduce the large pores.
- To make your own firming mask, separate two eggs into egg whites and yolk. Whip the egg whites with a fork for 10 seconds, and then spread the egg whites over your skin with your fingers. Leave the egg whites on your skin for 30 minutes, or until they dry completely. Wash the dried egg whites off your skin using warm water.
- Combine 1 whites of egg + corn starch, whip until become frothy – apply on your face for 20 min/ until completely dry to reduce the pores.
Potatoes helps to reduce swelling and puffiness. Using a vegetable peeler, shred a small amount of potato, let it chill in the fridge for a while, and then place the chilled potato under your eyes for 15 minutes. When you remove them, you will find less puffiness under those eyes and it also helps in reducing dark circles if used regularly. You can also use a potato slice instead of shredding them but shredded potato is definitely more effective.
Cinnamon powder – mix to your favourite lip-gloss to turn it into a lip-plumper. It can also be used to help dry out acne and exfoliate dull, tired skin by making a facial mask out of honey and cinnamon. Cinnamon is a very strong spice so a little quantity goes a long way.
Turmeric – it’s strong smelling, yellowish spice not only works as a great anti septic but is also great for fading skin discolouration and post-acne scarring. ● Mix it with just enough lime juice to make a medium-thickness paste, and dab onto discoloured skin only. Leave on for about 20 minutes before rinsing off with warm water. The area treated may take on a temporary yellow tint that should fade with another washing or two. Regular usage of turmeric not only helps with discolouration but also helps in getting an acne free healthy skin.
Apple cider vinegar – is a great product for all oily skinned beauties. Just pour some in a spritzer bottle, and use it as a facial toner and it will clear your face of all the extra oil and regulate your skin’s pH levels. Dabbing it on ruddy cheeks or inflamed skin to take down redness.
3 ingredient DIY dry shampoo
Ingredients you will need – 4 Tbsp of Cornstarch – 2 Tbsp of cocoa powder (this is optional; used for brunets, this so your hair doesn’t look white, if you’re blonde don’t use cocoa powder) – 3-5 drops of your fave essential oil
Method Combine the cornstarch (cocoa powder) and your essential oil into a little bowl until mixed thoroughly. You can now use either your hands or an old make-up (powder) brush to distribute the mixture. This mixture should absorb the excess oil from the hair and leave a fresh sent; you can also use this to add some texture/volume to your hair!
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