homemade natural skin care tips
Dry skin can be irritating being itchy, causing unsightly patches and uneven skin tone and treatment with commercial skin creams and cleansers can not only be expensive but also may contain synthetic ingredients that may cause allergies, so why not try your own homemade natural skin care.
When you make your own creams and oils the main point is the fact that you know exactly what ingredients are used. Below are three homemade natural skin care tips I came across on my travels to make your own creams and cleansers that contain natural ingredients you can easily access, and the good thing is they don’t break the bank and can be made quite quickly.
The first is a homemade natural moisturizing ointment, it takes minutes to make and has a long shelf life, it is also especially worth trying if you suffer from eczema, there are no synthetic ingredients so there are no side effects. Only one application is required, applied as a thin layer but you can re-apply if you feel the necessity.
Here’s what you need;
- Half a cup of Organic extra virgin olive oil or jojoba oil
- 3 tablespoons Beeswax
- Small to medium open brim jar or pot.
- 1-2 drops of your favourite essential oil (this is optional and when you buy the essential oil take a look at the ingredients to make sure there are no additives you may not agree with).
Using a small saucepan heat up the beeswax until it has melted remove from the heat and add the olive oil, while stirring add the drops of essential oil and mix well.
Pour the mixture into the pot or jar while still warm and leave to cool and stiffen.
That’s it! You can ask for the ingredients at your local health store, even the beeswax or order online.
It’s worth noting that you can use the cream on children and infants but you need to make up a batch without the essential oils added as some children’s skin may be irritated by it.
The second a homemade natural skin care cream.
Here’s what you need;
- 1 tbsp. coconut oil
- 20 drops desired essential oils
- 3/4 cup distilled water
- 1/2 tsp. liquid lecithin
- 1/2 tsp. grapefruit seed extract
- 2 tsp. yellow beeswax
- 3/4 cup avocado, jojoba, almond, olive or other vegetable oil
- Two saucepans. One small one medium
- 1 tsp. vitamin E oil
- Blender or whisker
- Small to medium open brimmed jar or pot
Heat up a medium sized saucepan of tap water and use the hot water to heat your second smaller pan for the mixing. Put the beeswax, vegetable oil and coconut oil in the top saucepan.
Heat the until the wax melts. Remove the pan from the heat. Stir in lecithin and vitamin E oil. Set aside to cool until the mixture has a jelly-like consistency.
Mix in distilled water, grapefruit seed extract and essential oils in a separate container while the oils cool.
Then mix everything either in a blender or by hand quickly and vigorously.
Turn off the blender or stop mixing when the oils and water are completely combined and the mixture has a creamy consistency. Pour the mixture into the pot or jar while still warm and leave to cool and stiffen.
Again you can ask your local health shop for ingredients or order online. The grapefruit seed extract and vitamin E oil serve as preservatives to keep the skin cream fresh.
The third homemade natural skin care product is an exfoliate. Every time you exfoliate your skin cells are renewed. Oats are one of the healthiest foods, its good in fats, vitamin-B and vitamin-E.
Here’s what you need;
- 1 organic orange or well washed orange
- 2 tablespoons of rolled oats.
Mix the oats with the juice from the orange. Add 1 teaspoon of grated orange rind.
Add some water to make it creamy. That’s it!
Massage the mixture onto your skin carefully and rinse away with warm water.
Other natural ingredients worth mentioning are extra virgin olive oil it contains more nutrients than other olive oils, almond oil, coconut oil and sesame oil. These are high in antioxidants and contain vitamin E great for dry skin. Apply any of these oils to your skin whilst in the shower, massage well and rinse any excess oil away, gently dry off patting a towel and let your skin absorb the oils for about ten minutes before you get dressed.
These simple homemade natural skin care products have less allergenic properties than most commercial products but a few people can also have allergies to some natural products so always check with your GP if you intend using either, if you have any reservations that you may have reactions. A good tip is to try on a small area of skin if you are prone to allergies.