4 Easy, Natural DIY Facial Products You Have to Try
In today's beauty industry, there's a shift happening where more brands are focusing on using natural ingredients in their products to solve a number of skin ailments. While many of these products carry a hefty price tag, there are some ways to get around the sticker shock by making them yourself. Here's a collection of easy-to-make formulas that use many ingredients already in your kitchen. (See also: The Avocado Face Mask and Other Natural Beauty Experiments)
1. Olive Oil Face Cleanser
Despite what you might expect, using oil on your face is actually a clever way to remove excess oil and dirt. Think of it this way — oil and water do not mix, but oil and oil do. Applying store brand olive oil (try to keep it on the lighter side, like virgin or extra virgin) with a cotton swab and then wiping off can help cleanse skin and remove dirt, sweat, and oil.
2. Facial Toners With Witch Hazel
An easy and simple face toner can be made with common ingredients that are probably already in your medicine cabinet. Make a simple facial toner with:
- 3 parts water (or rose water if you've got it)
- 1 part witch hazel
- 1 part vegetable glycerin (available at health food stores, vitamin shops, and amazon.com)
Since there isn't a preservative to keep bacteria out of this, it's best to make small amounts and keep it in the fridge. Shake well before use to mix the glycerin and the water. Use within a week.
3. Face (and Body) Scrubs
Exfoliating scrubs are probably the easiest beauty product to make, and they can be completely customized to fit your preferences. First, decide on your exfoliant:
- Face: Brown sugar, colloidal oatmeal, or nut meals (like almond) are gentle enough for the sensitive skin of the face.
- Body: Sea salt with a coarser grain will help scrub down larger areas.
Start with one part exfoliant and one part oil, then increase or decrease oil amounts depending on preference. Some people like completely dry scrubs, while other prefer oil-heavy scrubs, which have better spreadability. It's completely up to you!
4. Face Masks
There are endless ingredients that can be used to make dry facial masks, but the most effective are charcoal and cocoa powder.
It may sound bizarre, but using charcoal on the face is one of the best ways to remove dirt and toxins from under the surface of the epidermis. The easiest way to get ahold of ground charcoal is to buy a jar of charcoal pills, open the capsules, and add to the wet ingredient of your choosing (more on that later). Charcoal masks should be used for oily and acne-prone skin, as they may be too severe for dry or aging skin.
For skin that needs more nourishing, using unsweetened cocoa powder delivers antioxidants directly to the face to help promote restoration and repair.
The best part about making your own face masks is the ability to completely customize their formulas, by using any variety of wet ingredients.
- Oily skin should stick to citrus juices as they help to cleanse.
- Combination skin should use alternative milks that are on the thinner side, like almond.
- Dry skin does well with thicker ingredients like yogurts and alternative milks (like soy).
- And, of course, water can be used for a no-frills ingredient for all skin types.
To make a face mask: Add the dry ingredient to a small bowl (like a sauce bowl or a shot glass), then add enough of a wet ingredient to form a thick paste. Apply to the face and let dry, then rinse well. Pat skin dry with a soft cloth and apply a moisturizer after.
What are your favorite home beauty recipes?