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DIY Tips and Tricks: Homemade Skin Care Products

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The next time you feel like treating your skin to a new product or routine, don’t get the credit card out just yet. Instead, have a rummage in your kitchen, as you might just find a wealth of skin-loving ingredients with which you can create nourishing treatments.  Natural foods such as oats, avocado, honey, apple cider vinegar, and coconut oil have amazing properties when applied topically. We will show you how to harness their powers to feed and treat your skin in a safe, effective, and affordable way. 

Here are our top five DIY tips and tricks for homemade skin care products! 

Hydrating Masks

After a tough week of sleepless nights, deadlines, obligations, and responsibilities, our skin can tend to feel tight, dry, and generally a bit dull. A hydrating mask feeds the skin with hydration, moisture, and replenishment. What’s more, it forces you to take a moment to yourself as you let the mask sink in. 

Our favorite homemade hydrating mask combines oats, avocado, and honey. Oats are a famed anti-inflammatory for soothing itchy or irritated skin. Avocado contains rich oils which seep into dry skin. Honey has antibacterial properties, so it’s great for combatting any upcoming spots. 

The recipe: stir together 3 tablespoons of oats, half an avocado, and 1 tablespoon of honey. Spread the mixture onto your face, ensuring to keep it out of your eyes. Lay back and let the mask sink in for at least 20 minutes. Wash the mask off with plenty of warm water, and apply your moisturizer as normal. I recommend using this mask 2-3 times per week for really dry skin, or once for normal skin. 

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For acne-prone skin or skin which needs a little extra cleansing, apple cider vinegar is a great toner. This kitchen staple has gentle exfoliating properties, as well as antibacterial and pH-balancing abilities. Apple cider vinegar is a little controversial, as some people think it’s a little too harsh for the skin. However, I use it each week, and it does wonders for my skin. I find that it leaves my face feeling soft, deeply cleansed, and brighter. 

The recipe: mix together 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with 5 tablespoons of warm water. Soak a cotton ball or cotton pad in the solution and sweep it over cleansed skin. I recommend doing this around 3 times a week. Never use undiluted vinegar on your skin. 

Facial exfoliator 

A gentle facial scrub to remove dead skin is one of the best ways to reveal softer, cleaner, cleaner skin. This recipe uses oats, sugar, and yogurt. The rough texture of oats gently scrubs the skin, while the grainier texture of sugar disrupts the dry surface of the face. Yogurt helps to bind everything together, and it contains acids which gently break down dryness.

Mix together 3 tablespoons of oats, 2 tablespoons of white sugar, and 4 tablespoons of plain yogurt. Stand over a sink and rub the mixture into your face in slow, circular movements. Wash the scrub off your face with a cloth and warm water.  

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Lip scrub

Our lips can very easily become dry, cracked and flaky. This is not only uncomfortable, but it ruins the chance of wearing a matte or long-wearing lipstick! 

We use a mixture of olive or coconut oil, mixed with sugar to make a homemade lip scrub. The sugar gently removes dead skin, and the oil adds moisture add lubrication so the sugar can move freely. One of the easiest ways to do this is to simply dip a teaspoon into olive or coconut oil, then dip the spoon into your sugar bowl. You can then mix the oil and sugar together in your hand and rub it on your lips as you stand over the sink. Don’t rub too hard, but scrub for at least 30 seconds to really get the lips smooth. The motion also brings blood to the lips, making them plumper and juicier. 

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Makeup remover for stubborn makeup

Waterproof mascara, liquid lipsticks, and long-wearing eyeliner can be notoriously hard to remove at the end of the day. Luckily, the best way to remove stubborn makeup is to apply oil. After all, the strongest makeup removers on the market contain oil as their most potent ingredient. Apply a small amount of coconut, olive, rosehip, or argan oil to a cotton bud or pad and swipe it over your lips and eyes. This will break down the makeup, allowing you to wash it away with ease.

When making homemade skin care products, always try a patch test first. Place a small amount of the product on your neck and wait for a minute or so to see if any irritation occurs. Once your skin gives you the green light, go ahead and treat yourself to the nourishing joys and relaxing process of homemade skin care. 

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