Until recently, I was a beauty products neophyte.
I didn’t know much about serums and eye creams and was always hesitant to try new products especially on my face.
I have a combination skin type, which means that I have some oily areas (not super oily), and other dry areas. Basically it’s a balance of oily and dry skin but neither is on the extreme ends for me.
For this reason, I never experiment with anything store-bought.
Not just skin-care products; I was a stranger to make-up products and their application.
Till this day I know how to apply minimum foundation, an eye liner on my lower lids and a very light dash of lipstick. I never wear mascara, eye shadows, or any highlights, or do any contouring etc.
Are you shocked yet? 😊
Well, it’s the truth.
The only time I ever wore eye shadow was during my wedding 5 years back.
Before diving into the Sephora isle, I used to try many homemade natural skincare products.
Using things straight from my kitchen was fun, cheap, and effective too!
I have tried all the homemade natural skincare concoctions below; some more than others. These remedies have been good for my combination and semi-sensitive skin, and have help fight several skin issues.
Easy Homemade Natural Skincare Treatments
My favorite scrub always includes turmeric or honey or both.
Option # 1
1 tsp raw honey
1 tsp lemon
1 tsp sugar
A few drops of coconut oil (you can use whatever oil you prefer on your face – basically something light and that won’t give you acne).
Mix all the ingredients above and apply on your face in circular motions. Wash you face about 10-15 minutes and pat dry it.
Honey is an antioxidant, lemon evens still and tightens your pores, sugar unclogs pores and oil prevents over-drying.
After applying this mixture, I never need to put any moisturizer because the oil does the trick! However, you can skip the oil and use your regular moisturizer if you prefer that.
Option # 2
1 tbsp. gram flour
Half a tsp turmeric powder
1 tbsp. raw milk (use more if needed to form a paste)
1 tsp raw honey (optional)
Mix all the ingredients above and use a flat brush to apply it all over your face. Make it pasty and not runny so it stays on your face. Wash only when the paste dries up.
Gram flour (besan) exfoliates skin, removes tan/facial hair, and reduces oiliness. Turmeric is anti-inflammatory and helps calm acne, tightens pores, and diminishes blemishes and scars. I love this mixture and use it at least once every few weeks. If you have dry skin, please skip this mixture altogether.
Option # 1
2 tbsp yogurt (unflavored)
2 tsp lemon
Mix both ingredients together and apply it on your face evenly.
This mask helps deep clean your skin, and gets rid of dead skin, and dirt giving it a fresh and glowing look.
If you want to skip yogurt, mix lemon and honey and it will give you the same result.
Option # 2
Aztec Indian Healing Clay mask
Recipe and steps here.
Option # 3
2-3 tbsp. Aloe vera gel (extract from plant if you can)
Pinch of sugar
1 tsp honey
Mix all the ingredients well. Sugar should be fully dissolved. Apply it on your face and leave it for 10-15 minutes.
I love aloe vera gel! We have a big pot of it in the nursery and I try to use it as often as possible. Aloe vera is an anti-inflammatory, and is really good for scars, wrinkles, dark spots, and anti-aging.
I love using the toner. I was a habitual user in my 20s but have lessened the use in the last several years (I usually skip it when in a rush and the last several years have been hectic daily).
My favorite natural toner is rose water. I also love aloe vera gel and apply it after washing my face to even the skin’s texture.
I have heard that apple cider vinegar is also good, but I have never tried vinegar or baking soda on my face ever.
Growing up my mom always applied natural coconut oil on our face. It was the only thing we ever used growing up. Due to its anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and moisturizing qualities, it is a great moisturizer for your entire body, including your face as well as hair.
I used coconut oil during pregnancy because I could not stand the smell of any other product. And, it did wonders for my dry skin and hair during and after pregnancy.
To scrub dry, chapped, and peeling lips, I use sugar, coconut oil, and honey mixed together. It removes all dry skin from my lips and makes it super soft and moisturized.
I buy lipstick only to wear them once or twice, but for the most part even today, I hardly use lipstick. I love the above concoction and use Burt’s Bees lip balm to moisturize it further.
Option # 1
Option # 2
Mix equal parts of the two ingredients and apply it generously in the shower. Use warm water to wash it off and enjoy soft, glowing, and cleaner skin.
So, there you have it ladies!
Despite our busy lives, I think everyone should give themselves a spa day once a week and try some homemade natural skincare products. They can be time-consuming to prepare or apply maybe, however, they are much better than department store products which we know can be harsh and packed with god-knows what kinds of chemicals.
I hope you try the above recipes and enjoy them.