Your skin is taking a beating this Winter and you’re feeling cooped-up inside with cabin fever… We have something not only to take your mind off your cabin fever but also for your winter-skin woes. Try out these easy DIY natural skincare recipes.
If you find yourself really enjoying the creation of these skincare potions, don’t forget, packaged nicely, they’re great gift ideas too. ENJOY!
DIY ALOE AVOCADO FACE WASH
Add 1.5 ounces aloe vera gel to the bottle.
Add ½ ounces avocado oil.
Add 4 drops Frankincense essential oil (Boswellia carterii)
Close the bottle and shake gently.
To use this soap-free face wash, get your skin damp with warm water, the way you would normally do when washing your face. Put a little of the face wash on a cotton round and use it just like soap—spreading it all over your face in gentle massaging motions. Then rinse with warm water. Shelf life is about a month.
DIY HONEY FACE MASK
1 teaspoon of Raw Honey
The mask is beneficial with just using pure honey, but you can add other ingredients to your liking. Some people like to mix in the following ingredients: avocado, aloe, lemon juice, egg white, olive oil, coconut oil, or yogurt. I’ve added lemon juice before and it can help to brighten skin because lemon is a skin lightener.
1. Apply to skin and leave on for 10 to 15 min. Some prefer to leave it on longer, up to an hour.
2. To remove the honey face mask, apply a little coconut oil on top and massage it in. This will help the honey to come off easier and aid in moisturizing. Then rinse
DIY WATERMELON FACE MASK
For softer skin:
2 tablespoons yogurt
1 teaspoon watermelon juice
For aging skin:
2 tablespoons mashed avocado*
1 teaspoon watermelon juice
*the avocado helps plump up your skin, as well as protecting it and providing deep moisture for thinner, more delicate skin
To make the watermelon juice, simply press a spoon into the watermelon flesh until the juice is released.
For softer skin: Mix the yogurt and watermelon juice together until fully blended and pink. Apply to your face and neck and leave for 10 minutes before rinsing.
For aging skin: Mix the mashed avocado and watermelon juice together until fully blended and smooth. Apply to your face and neck and leave for 20 minutes before
DIY LEMON BODY SCRUB
1 Cup Epson Salt
½ Cup Organic Coconut Oil
10 drops therapeutic-grade lemon essential oil
Begin by mixing the salt and oil in a glass mixing bowl
Once mixed add the lemon essential oil and stir gently
Spoon the mixture into mason jars
Use in the shower, do not use on your face.
DIY MINT AND LIME SUGAR BODY SCRUB
Mint leaves, Sugar, Olive Oil, Lime
Wash and blend a handful of mint leaves along with a small amount of lime juice.
Taking another container, add sugar and olive oil. Mix together.
Add the blended mint leaves and top off with some lime zest.
Apply to your legs and feet for an exfoliating, yet moisturizing scrub!
Measurements will vary according to the type of scrub you want. If you want a more liquid, moisturizing scrub, use more olive oil. If you want your scrub to be more exfoliating, use more sugar.
DIY WHIPPED COCONUT GREEN TEA MOISTURIZER
1 Cup Coconut Oil
2 Tablespoons Loose Green Tea Leaves
Use a double boiler on medium heat to melt the coconut oil
Stir in the green tea
Cover and simmer on lowest heat for 1 hour
Strain tea from oil with cheesecloth
Let cool until almost solid
Then whip until creamy, 3-5 Minutes
Put in container, store in cool place
DIY HYDRATING VANILLA ORANGE BODY BUTTER
3/4 cup coconut oil
3/4 cup shea butter
1 tbsp jojoba oil
1 tbsp vitamin E oil
10 drops of lavender essential oil
20 drops of orange essential oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
Put the coconut oil and shea butter in the bowl. Mix with the hand mixer, starting on low speed until everything is incorporated. Then turn the mixer up to high speed and whip the coconut oil and shea butter until they’re a light and fluffy whipped mixture.
Add in the jojoba, vitamin E, essential oils and vanilla. Whip again with the mixer until just incorporated.
Store in an airtight container in a cool dark place.