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Homemade Beauty Recipes for Skin

Natural Treatments for Face & Body

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.

Banana Face Mask for Oily Skin
Both of these recipes for face masks use easy-to-find ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen.
  • 1 overly-ripe banana
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • A squeeze of fresh lemon juice
Whip all ingredients until smooth, and apply. (For best results, cleanse and steam your face before applying.) Leave on for 15 minutes, and then wipe clean with a warm washcloth.

Yogurt and Honey Face Mask for Dry Skin
  • 1 Tbsp full-fat, plain yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp honey
Combine ingredients until smooth, and apply. (For best results, cleanse and steam your face before applying.) Leave on for 15 minutes, and then wipe clean with a warm washcloth.

*Information about Uncommon Ingredients

Beeswax, a natural wax made by bees in honeycombs, is commonly used in cosmetics. It helps to seal, moisturize and protect the skin. You can buy beeswax in chunks or "pearls." Beeswax chunks are more economical, and slightly less processed than pearls, which are more heavily filtered to achieve cosmetic grade. Many natural foods stores sell beeswax in bulk form (buy only as much as you want), and you can also find it in craft stores.

Castile soap refers to liquid or bar soap that is made exclusively from vegetable oils (as opposed to animal fat) and comes in a variety of scents (or unscented). You'll find it in natural foods stores. Dr. Bronner's is a commonly used brand.

Cocoa butter, natural fat in cacao beans, is extracted during the process of making chocolate. Commonly used in cosmetics, thanks to its smooth texture and sweet fragrance, this stable fat has a shelf life of two to five years. Look for 100% cocoa butter in natural foods stores, craft stores, or online sources that sell soap-making supplies.

Coconut oil (or coconut butter), which comes from coconuts, is an excellent moisturizer. You'll find it in most natural and conventional food stores, next to other cooking oils.

Grapeseed oil (also called grape seed oil or grape oil) is pressed from the seeds of various grapes. It possesses regenerative and restructuring qualities, and is often used in commercial eye creams. You'll find it in most natural or gourmet food stores, next to other cooking oils.

Lavender essential oil (or "oil of lavender") is derived from lavender plants via steam distillation. Simply put, an essential oil carries a plant's distinctive scent (or "essence"), but no other fundamental properties of that plant. Lavender has been used in aromatherapy for years to ease anxiety, stress, and depression. You'll find essential oils in small, tinted glass bottles in your natural foods store (in the bulk, beauty or aromatherapy section).

Wheat germ oil is extracted from the germ of a wheat kernel. This highly perishable oil contains more vitamin E (a powerful antioxidant) than any other natural (non-fortified) food source, along with minerals and B-complex vitamins. You'll find it in the supplement section of your natural foods store.

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Member Comments

  • Smile. It's contagious!
    I have skin allergies and can't seem to use fancy soaps. Thank goodness for Octagon soap! It gets the job done without all the dryness and itching! It is hard to find though.

    I recently began buying Dr. Bonner's soaps again after a lapse of many years and love it. It looks expensive when you see it on the shelf but I find it's extremely concentrated. I use it as an everyday body wash diluted two parts soap to one part water; one little squeeze on a bath poof provides lots of luxurious suds.

    If you go online, you'll find a hundred different ways people use Dr. Bonner's. I personally have found that, full strength, it's the ONLY thing that gets my pesky smooth cooktop clean. Go figure: gentle enough to wash dry skin but somehow strong enough to get off cooked-on gunk.
  • Truly organic. Thanks for the homemade facial tips.
  • Just got my Xmas gift ideas for the Aunts! Thanks!!!
  • EVIELOU1408
    My skin feels dry and I'm glad I can make my own.
  • I love seeing all these homemade facial treatments made with natural products. About 12 years ago i got really into making all my own hair,skin,body products using all natual unscented base products and adding my own selection of essental ouls and other stuff to them. I created so many I wrote the best ones down into a small notebook. A few years ago I came across the notebook which I had forgotten all about. I see some of the combinations of ingerdients I used then now being touted by celebrities/telev
    sion as the "newest skin treatment" fad and it makes me laugh...Many of us have been using a lot of those products for numerous years, and our mothers, and grandmothers before us. I guess all that fame & money makes some peoples brains stop working!!!!
  • My college A&P Professor when I was in nursing school told us that our skin cells are dead on the outside and putting expensive creams and lotions on them wouldn't do anything but waste our money. I've never forgotten that. LOL
  • DUCKY2222
    Thank you for these "recipes" I love using natural kind of skin care.
  • How fantastic to find these recipes for making cleansers and moisturizers.
  • I have eczema and I am hoping that some of these ideas will work for me. I plan on checking with the dermatologist on my next visit.
  • I love these natural ideas... I'm on SSA, so my budget doesn't include a lot of expensive skin care products, but I do get a food allowance, and feeding my skin from the outside as well as the inside does help! LOL Great ideas!

    Another really great moisturizing mask idea is avocado... it can be used by itself, mashed and applied to clean skin, or you can add yogurt, and/or a tsp of lemon, and if you need an exfoliating agent, add a tablespoon of ground oatmeal... gently massage it over your face, let it set for five minutes and then wipe it off and rinse... don't worry if plain avocado turns brown, that's what it does when it combines with oxygen. It's not a bad thing...besides, any way you do it, it feels wonderful!
  • I have skin allergies and can't seem to use fancy soaps. Thank goodness for Octagon soap! It gets the job done without all the dryness and itching! It is hard to find though.
  • ANNIEJ21
    I have a dark spot on each cheek. I guess they're age spots. Whats good for them. That is my biggest problem to date.

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