Homemade Beauty Recipes for SkinNatural Treatments for Face & Body
-- By Liza Barnes, Health Educator
Many of the same wholesome foods that you eat to help your skin glow from the inside-out can also be used externally, as cleansers, moisturizers, and skin masks. These vitamins, minerals, and oils that nourish your body also nourish your skin. Below you’ll find recipes for a variety of skincare products that you can make at home with a few simple ingredients. Make them for yourself or even give them as gifts by reusing pretty class jars or bottles. Your friends and relatives will love the personal touch, and you’ll be recycling and saving money too! Here are some recipes to get you started.
Note: If you have sensitive skin, do a patch test before using any of these products. Apply a few drops to the inside of your wrist, and wait 12 hours to see if any irritation develops.
*For more information about uncommon ingredients, see bottom of article.
Soothing Lavender Body Wash
Lavender essential oil gives this body wash a fragrant scent, while grapeseed oil helps keep skin healthy.
- 1/2 cup liquid, unscented castile soap*
- 1 tsp grapeseed oil*
- 4 drops lavender essential oil*
Mother Nature’s Moisturizer
There are lots of simple plant oils that your can use to moisturize your skin, all of which can be stored in your bathroom.
- 1/2 cup cocoa butter*
- 2 Tbsp beeswax*, finely chopped or grated
- 2 tsp filtered water
- 3 Tbsp grapeseed oil*
- 2 Tbsp coconut oil*
- 1 Tbsp wheat germ oil*
Grapeseed Face Wash for Dry Skin
This face wash will clean your skin without drying it out.
- 1 cup full-fat, plain yogurt
- 2 Tbsp grapeseed oil*
- 1Tbsp freshly-squeezed lemon juice
Chamomile Facial Cleansing Gel (for all skin types)
The oats in this cleansing gel help to gently exfoliate your skin.
- 1 chamomile herbal tea bag
- 1-1/2 cups of filtered water
- 2 tsp whole (not ground) flaxseeds
- 1/2 cup organic rolled oats, finely ground in a blender
- Fine mesh strainer
Banana Face Mask for Oily Skin
Both of these recipes for face masks use easy-to-find ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen.
- 1 overly-ripe banana
- 1 Tbsp honey
- A squeeze of fresh lemon juice
Yogurt and Honey Face Mask for Dry Skin
- 1 Tbsp full-fat, plain yogurt
- 1 Tbsp honey
*Information about Uncommon Ingredients
Beeswax, a natural wax made by bees in honeycombs, is commonly used in cosmetics. It helps to seal, moisturize and protect the skin. You can buy beeswax in chunks or "pearls." Beeswax chunks are more economical, and slightly less processed than pearls, which are more heavily filtered to achieve cosmetic grade. Many natural foods stores sell beeswax in bulk form (buy only as much as you want), and you can also find it in craft stores.
Castile soap refers to liquid or bar soap that is made exclusively from vegetable oils (as opposed to animal fat) and comes in a variety of scents (or unscented). You'll find it in natural foods stores. Dr. Bronner's is a commonly used brand.
Cocoa butter, natural fat in cacao beans, is extracted during the process of making chocolate. Commonly used in cosmetics, thanks to its smooth texture and sweet fragrance, this stable fat has a shelf life of two to five years. Look for 100% cocoa butter in natural foods stores, craft stores, or online sources that sell soap-making supplies.
Coconut oil (or coconut butter), which comes from coconuts, is an excellent moisturizer. You'll find it in most natural and conventional food stores, next to other cooking oils.
Grapeseed oil (also called grape seed oil or grape oil) is pressed from the seeds of various grapes. It possesses regenerative and restructuring qualities, and is often used in commercial eye creams. You'll find it in most natural or gourmet food stores, next to other cooking oils.
Lavender essential oil (or "oil of lavender") is derived from lavender plants via steam distillation. Simply put, an essential oil carries a plant's distinctive scent (or "essence"), but no other fundamental properties of that plant. Lavender has been used in aromatherapy for years to ease anxiety, stress, and depression. You'll find essential oils in small, tinted glass bottles in your natural foods store (in the bulk, beauty or aromatherapy section).
Wheat germ oil is extracted from the germ of a wheat kernel. This highly perishable oil contains more vitamin E (a powerful antioxidant) than any other natural (non-fortified) food source, along with minerals and B-complex vitamins. You'll find it in the supplement section of your natural foods store.