When I was younger, I was obsessed with finding natural skincare recipes in magazines and books. That will happen when you have no money and want desperately to be pretty! The problem with that was, the recipes almost always included a bunch of stuff I didn’t have or have the means to get as a teenager. Nowadays I want desperately to be healthy (and pretty too) and I’ve come to realize that DIY doesn’t have to be difficult or include a bunch of ingredients to be effective. A lot of the time, just using what you have on hand makes for a really nice product. And I’ve found that to be especially true for skincare.
That said, I don’t use anything store bought on my face anymore.
Every night I cleanse using the oil cleansing method and in the morning I simply rinse with water and apply moisturizer. Once a week I apply an herbal clay mask. That’s it. And all that stuff you can make at home with (mostly) all stuff you probably have already.
Clay masks not only aid circulation and the regeneration of skin cells, but they also detox and soothe especially with the help of herbs.
herb of your choice
coffee grinder for herb use only
clay (bentonite, french green & red, fuller’s earth, kaolin, or others)
Kaolin and french green are my favorites. I find them to be great exfoliators. Mountain Rose Herbs or your local herb shops are great places to go for this ingredient.
1.) Grind your chosen herbs (I used red rose petals for mine) using a clean coffee grinder until they are as fine as you can get them.
2.) (Optional) Sift herbs through a fine mesh sieve so you are left with only powder. I skip this step because I find the grittiness of the herbs helps with exfoliation.
3.) Mix herbs and clay together with a fork or whisk. Stick to a 4:1 clay to herb ratio. Feel free to alter to your liking.
1.) Mix a small amount with some water or other liquid to make a paste with a mud-like consistency.
2.) (Optional) Get creative! Add 1 tsp of one of the following:
OILY SKIN- strawberries, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar
DRY/AGING SKIN – honey, avocado
ALL SKIN TYPES – egg yolk, yogurt
Mix and add water to desired consistency.
3.) Apply mixture to skin.
4.) Wait for it to dry.
5.) Rinse off.
6.) Let face air dry.
7.) Apply moisturizer!
Use about once per week. If you have very dry skin, clay masks are not recommended. But try it out! See if it works for you.
essential oil of your choice
1.) Melt coconut oil in a double boiler, or if you’re in a warm climate - no need
2.) Mix in essential oils. Amount depends upon the essential oil and dilution you prefer. I use about 10 drops rose essential oil per 1.5 oz coconut oil.
rose – all skin types, especially dry, aging, or sensitive
lavender – all, especially oily
chamomile – all, especially sensitive or irritated
neroli – all, especially normal or combination
ylang ylang – oily
patchouli – oily
bergamot – oily
clary sage - oily
jasmine – dry, sensitive
(lime, lemon, and grapefruit are also good for oily skin, but not recommended for moisturizers due to phototoxicity)
Play around with it. Experiment until you find what works for you.