Beauty and skincare can be expensive. By 2016, it is estimated that the global skincare market will be at USD 121 billion. Despite the many economic recessions throughout the years, the beauty and skincare industry has survived and continues to thrive. The driving force behind this is of course the consumers, men and women alike, who are becoming aware of how a good skin care regimen can affect their lives.
But as creams and products get more expensive and packed full of chemicals, maybe it’s time to give our skin a rest.
Going organic to give your skin a rest
The usually recommended skin care regimen includes washing/cleansing, toning, and moisturising while exfoliating once or twice a week. However, most of these skin care products are filled with processed ingredients. Although they are made to keep skin healthy and beautiful, our skin may need to take a break and get in contact with something organic once in a while. Why not try out some of these DIY and home-made beauty products? These can be used as well as your usual skin products.
DIY beauty treatments
#1 Berry yogurt mask
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Ingredients: yogurt (plain), honey, berries and lemon juice
The combination of berry and yogurt is tempting enough! These natural ingredients aid in skin brightening and can reveal clear and glowing skin in no time. Berries fight free radicals and are full of anti-oxidants while yogurts can soothe the skin. This mixture may need lemon juice which can remove impurities and is full of vitamin c that will cleanse the skin and remove bacteria which causes acne breakouts.
Honey also has some anti-bacterial content and can help smooth the skin through exfoliation while sealing in moisture.
Blend the berries with 2 tbsp yogurt and 2 tbsp honey. When it’s combined, add 1 tbsp lemon juice. After everything is mixed together, apply the mixture to your clean dry face. Let the mask sit for 10-15 minutes to penetrate your pores. Wash your face with warm water and pat dry.
#2 Homemade face scrubs
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Facial scrubs exfoliate the skin and remove deep-seated dirt from your pores. It also helps improve skin cell activity, promoting new cell growth for younger looking skin. The main ingredients of our facial scrub are cane sugar, black lava sea salt, brown sugar and iodized sea salt.
You might also like to use olive oil, avocado or safflower oil. Then throw in some fresh fruits and veges like pineapple, strawberry, kiwi, cucumber and tomato.
For every combination, you need to have twice as much salt or sugar than oil. Prepare your mixture in a bowl. Combine your first combination with oil and sugar then stir. Add in the fresh fruit chopped as finely as possible. Don’t mix it too much since this will dissolve your ingredients and it won’t be a scrub anymore. Pour in a small container and store in the refrigerator.
You may need to dispose of them after two weeks if unused.
#3 Green tea and grapefruit toner
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Green tea and grapefruit are known antioxidants. Toner helps the skin tighten and firm up. The use of these ingredients as a toner is perfect since they don’t use harsh chemicals and won’t cause skin damage.
You will need green tea, grapefruit, witch hazel and hot water.
Steep the green tea bags in hot water for a few minutes and let it cool. Remove the bags and add the witch hazel and grape fruit. Stir it well. Use cotton to dip in the mixture and apply to the face. Let your toner dry and rinse it again with warm water. You might want to moisturise after using this.
#4 Natural bubble bath
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Bubble bath moisturises and relaxes the skin on the whole body. You will need some natural dishwashing soap for the bubbles, 1/4 cup of glycerine, 1 tbsp sugar and a few drops of lavender.
This is as easy as mixing all the ingredients until everything is mixed and the sugar is dissolved. Store in a bottle and use it in your bath!
#5 Coco and rose body scrub
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For this awesome body scrub you will need sugar, almond oil, rose petals and coconut oil. In a bottle, pour in some coconut oil (one that has a cream-like consistency), then add the petals, top it off with sugar and add the almond oil.
Let your mixture soak and seep. When you’re ready to use it, scoop it up with a spoon and rub and scrub in onto your skin.
#6 Banana mask
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This concoction is made up of three simple ingredients: banana, honey and lemon juice. Banana is filled with vitamin C and B6. Honey is antibacterial and smoothens the face while lemon is a great cleanser and clears impurities.
Mash your banana into small pieces. Add the honey and the lemon mixture and stir. Using your hands, apply it to your entire face and leave for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse it with warm water and pat dry.
#7 Watermelon cleansing rinse
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Watermelon is a great fruit getting some water intake, but it can also refresh the skin. It is packed with antioxidants and vitamins.
For cleansing, simply taking a mashed pulp of water melon and let it sit for 10 minutes on your face. Rub it in circular motions for cleansing. Rinse off afterwards with water and repeat a few times a week.
Watermelon may be used as a moisturising mask as well. It is usually combined with papaya, banana and whole milk and applied to the face.
#8 DIY pore strip
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Pore strips are usually used to remove blackheads and deep seated impurities in the face. They can be expensive though! This homemade pore strip only requires unflavoured gelatine, milk, some bowls to mix it in, spoons to measure the ingredients and one popsicle stick for application.
In a bowl, mix the gelatine and the milk until it looks chunky. Microwave it for 10 to 15 seconds. Stir after taking it out of the microwave and use the Popsicle stick to apply in the face. Let it dry for 15 minutes or until it won’t break while you are peeling it off.
#9 Orange face mask moisturiser
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Orange juice is packed with zinc and antioxidants and is good for cleansing as well as exfoliating. For this, you will need yogurt, oatmeal, orange and honey. For the orange, dried orange peel will do.
All you need is to combine all ingredients in a bowl, stir, and mix well until the consistency is thick. Use your hands to spread it evenly across your freshly washed face. Leave it for 15 minutes. Let it sit and then rinse it off with warm water. You can store the leftover mask in the refrigerator and use it again the next day.
#10 Coffee scrub
Coffee is a natural astringent plus it has a great consistency for exfoliating. It can act as a cleanser and toner as well. Coffee ground leftovers are the best recyclable ingredient for this. Plus many use it to banish cellulite with regular use since it can promote skin tightening. Rub it in problem areas and it can help metabolise fat once absorbed by the skin.
Beauty care doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg! And remember, you need to give your face the time to rest from all your products. Try some of these DIY recipes on the weekend with friends. Plus, the ingredients are all healthy so it’s fine to have a little taste of them before mixing them in with your beauty recipes. Pamper yourself!