Some of us love an intricate skincare routine. From double cleansing to serums and creams, the options are endless. But taking a step back from all the glorious choices and simplifying your beauty regime can be precisely what you need. And it can all be done with simple ingredients, many of which can be found right in your kitchen cupboard.
The effects of natural and food-grade ingredients on your skin can be extraordinarily beneficial. Some of these home remedies for skincare have been used in beauty products for centuries. Before you dive into the world of homemade beauty, be sure to do a patch test to prevent an allergic reaction and to ensure your skin tolerates all the ingredients. Once that is sorted out, why not purge your overcrowded vanity and simplify your beauty with some DIY goodies?
First up is a makeup remover. Whether you use makeup wipes, an oil-based remover, or balm, you can swap any and all of those out for coconut oil. Going for an organic option is always best, and with most jars of coconut oil costing under $10, your budget will also be happy.
As for the result, coconut oil is a well-loved multi-purpose product as it moisturizes and balances the skin. And as a makeup remover, it is super effective at breaking down products.
Just scoop out a little of the solid oil, warm it up in your fingertips, and apply it to your dry face. It will melt all of your makeup from eyes to lips and even heavy-duty concealer. Then take a clean damp face towel, and your makeup will glide off so easily you might believe you are in a makeup remover ad.
Cleansing seems to be too harsh for some and not enough for others. If you still find it difficult to fall in love with a cleanser, even with all the options available on the beauty market, reign it back and try something a bit more basic. A homemade honey face wash is what you need.
¼ cup Raw Honey
¼ cup Coconut Water or Coconut Milk
1 tbsp Liquid Castile Soap.
The honey will draw moisture to the surface of your skin leaves your skin with an angelic glow. It also has antibacterial properties to help fight acne or blemishes. Then the coconut water is exceptional for anti-aging and regulating inflammation. Finally, castile soap is the ideal cleanser for sensitive skin. Whether you suffer from dryness, itchiness, or acne, castile soap will soothe the skin. Just make sure not to shake this mixture in the bottle and avoid the eye area.
Moisturizing is so good for your skin. It is an essential step to help with just about every skincare issue. But if you check the ingredients on most store-bought lotions, you will most likely see over ten ingredients, with a few you cannot even pronounce. Although those can be amazing, taking the simple road might just be the breath of fresh air your skin needs. And to get that try equal parts aloe vera gel mixed with a nourishing oil like jojoba, argan, or sweet almond oil.
As aloe vera normally treats sunburns, you can tell it is a wonderful product for soothing irritated and dry skin. Then the addition of the oil helps everything to absorb and makes your skin glow. Shake the mixture vigorously before each use as the ingredients may separate while at rest. Once you use this for a few weeks, you can test out different ratios, and which types of oils work best for your skin.
Then for a little extra step: an eye cream. Yes, we are simplifying skincare, but caring for the delicate area around your eyes helps with the aging process and makeup application.
We have two options depending on what your eye area requires. One is for dryness and tired eyes. This is the one we would recommend for most people as it is the most gentle.
1 tbsp of Shea Butter
10 drops Chamomile Oil
Mix the ingredients in a small resealable jar. Use your ring finger to gently dab the cream around the eye area morning and night. It should soon reveal a softer and brighter under-eye.
Then if anti-aging or preventative aging is more your thing, mix:
1 part Cocoa Butter
2 parts Coconut Oil
1 part Rosehip Seed Oil
1 part Beeswax
Melt the ingredients in a double boiler over low heat. Once melted, remove from the heat and pour into a bowl to thicken and spoon into a resealable container. These ingredients’ antioxidants and nourishing benefits are emollients and penetrate the skin to help soothe and protect this delicate area. Some people have said this eye cream offers more effective results than pricey department store options.
Detoxing your body is all the rage. But what about detoxing your skincare? We pile on product after product expecting results. We sometimes forget to let our skin breathe. These products will help you do just that. Once you try out some of these go-to beauty remedies, prepare yourself to see healthy glowing skin.