You can pay a lot of money for “natural” skincare products that are often filled with harsh chemicals, or you can make your own truly natural products with ingredients you probably have at home. The old adage, “Beauty comes from within” holds a great deal of truth. When your body is healthy, hydrated, and fueled by an abundance of fresh fruits and veggies, you can see this written all over your face (and hair, teeth, and nails). You glow, you shine, and you radiate vitality. So it makes perfect sense that the same healthy ingredients that keep your body running optimally can also work wonders on your skin.
These three recipes will gently slough away dry skin cells and renew your skin with a burst of hydration.
1) Gentle Oat Cleanser
You can purchase fine oat powder, but the rolled oats you have in your pantry will do the trick. Oats contain saponins, which act as a mild cleansing agent, and oat powder is an exfoliant that can brighten the skin. They are gentle enough to be used daily. Oats are also high in antioxidants to replenish tired skin.
1 teaspoon rolled oats (finely ground)
1 1/2 teaspoons water
Grind rolled oats in a food processor or blender.
Mix oat powder with cool water to form a milky paste.
Apply to skin and rinse with cool water.
2) Coffee Cocoa Mask
You really can’t beat the aroma of this mask, not to mention its ability to rapidly brighten skin, reduce inflammation, and revive a dull complexion—all thanks to the caffeine. Cocoa powder is a great source of antioxidants, the lactic acid in milk is said to create a smoother complexion, and honey locks in moisture. This mask is easy to make, works like a charm, and you won’t believe how radiant your skin looks after just 15 minutes.
- 1/2 cup organic ground coffee beans
- 1/2 cup organic cocoa powder
- 1 cup milk
- 1 tablespoon honey
Mix all ingredients in a bowl to create a paste. Rub between hands to warm and soften the paste, then apply to skin and let sit for 15-20 minutes.
Rinse with lukewarm water. You can store extra paste in the refrigerator for up to one week.
3) Brightening Toner
Toner is one of the easiest skincare products to make at home, for a fraction of what you’ll pay in the stores. Apple cider vinegar can balance the natural pH of the skin, lighten sun and age spots, and brighten the skin. If the smell is bothersome, you can add a few drops of essential oils, like lavender or chamomile.
- 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 cup filtered water
- 5-10 drops essential oils (optional)
Mix ingredients together and store in a glass bottle (does not need to be refrigerated).
Shake before use. Close your eyes and mist onto skin. Do not rinse off.