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Homemade Beauty Recipes for Skin

Natural Treatments for Face & Body

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Many of the same wholesome foods that you eat to help your skin glow from the inside-out can also be used externally, as cleansers, moisturizers, and skin masks. These vitamins, minerals, and oils that nourish your body also nourish your skin. Below you’ll find recipes for a variety of skincare products that you can make at home with a few simple ingredients. Make them for yourself or even give them as gifts by reusing pretty class jars or bottles. Your friends and relatives will love the personal touch, and you’ll be recycling and saving money too! Here are some recipes to get you started.

Note: If you have sensitive skin, do a patch test before using any of these products. Apply a few drops to the inside of your wrist, and wait 12 hours to see if any irritation develops.

*For more information about uncommon ingredients, see bottom of article.

Soothing Lavender Body Wash
Lavender essential oil gives this body wash a fragrant scent, while grapeseed oil helps keep skin healthy.
  • 1/2 cup liquid, unscented castile soap*
  • 1 tsp grapeseed oil*
  • 4 drops lavender essential oil*
Pour ingredients into a container, swirl to mix, and store in the shower for up to one month.

Mother Nature’s Moisturizer
There are lots of simple plant oils that your can use to moisturize your skin, all of which can be stored in your bathroom.
  • 1/2 cup cocoa butter*
  • 2 Tbsp beeswax*, finely chopped or grated
  • 2 tsp filtered water
  • 3 Tbsp grapeseed oil*
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil*
  • 1 Tbsp wheat germ oil*
Combine water and beeswax in a saucepan and heat until melted. Add cocoa butter and stir until smooth. Allow to cool somewhat, then add oils. Pour into a glass jar, and allow to cool completely.

Grapeseed Face Wash for Dry Skin
This face wash will clean your skin without drying it out.
  • 1 cup full-fat, plain yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp grapeseed oil*
  • 1Tbsp freshly-squeezed lemon juice
Whip all ingredients until smooth. Pour mixture in a tightly-sealed glass jar and store in the refrigerator. This facial wash will keep for a few weeks.

Chamomile Facial Cleansing Gel (for all skin types)
The oats in this cleansing gel help to gently exfoliate your skin.
  • 1 chamomile herbal tea bag
  • 1-1/2 cups of filtered water
  • 2 tsp whole (not ground) flaxseeds
  • 1/2 cup organic rolled oats, finely ground in a blender
  • Fine mesh strainer
Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan, turn off heat, and drop in the tea bag. Allow to steep for 5 minutes, then remove the bag and add the flaxseeds. Return to a boil, lower heat and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Pour cooled mixture through a fine mesh strainer, into a glass jar. To use, sprinkle a small amount of ground rolled oats in the palm of your hand, and mix with a small amount of the flax gel. Scrub face gently, and rinse well. Store the gel and the oats separately in the refrigerator. They will both keep for a few weeks.
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Liza Barnes Liza Barnes
Liza has two bachelor's degrees: one in health promotion and education and a second in nursing. A registered nurse and mother, regular exercise and cooking are top priorities for her. See all of Liza's articles.

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