How do feel about making and using homemade natural skincare products? Let me guess! Time consuming! Gross! Does it even work?😋
Yep I know the feeling completely.
But if you’re like me and have sensitive skin, you might want to stick around for what I’m about to share!
So a little background on WHY I am even considering homemade natural skincare recipes!
A couple of months ago, I tried a few new beauty products – serum, night cream, and eye cream, and boy, oh boy, it totally messed up my skin, especially my eye lids.
I will not name them here because in all the honesty, I am not sure which product did what. However, I had red blotches all over my cheeks and chin, and my eye lids were basically burnt – dry and peeled.
It was horrifying! I returned all the products because I was too afraid to assume it was one or the other.
The red blotchy-ness went away after a few weeks, but my eye lids have remained dry ever since. It heals when I apply moisturizer or some oil, but then the skin thickens and peels off, and as it does that, it itches like hell!
It’s been over 2 months now and the healing process is very slow.
Normally I am very hesitant to try new beauty products. I stick to the ones I use, and it takes a lot of convincing and major skin care needs for me to switch. And this is EXACTLY the reason for it. I worry that my sensitive skin will not be able to handle it!
Last week I went out to an event at my daughter’s school. It was not pleasant wearing make up when my skin especially my eye lids were flaky and itchy. Thus, I wore bare minimum and made the best of the day! But after returning, I decided to switch my facial/skin care routine a bit.
Since this past week, I have been using homemade natural skincare recipes and DIY masks, cleansers, and body/face treatments. My skin feels great and so do my eyelids, but it’s still healing so definitely a work in progress.
I am hoping that using homemade natural skincare products will help nourish my skin without adding any more irritation and redness. I will share all the homemade natural skincare DIYs that I try – some of which are from the links I mention in my ingredients below, while others by my 2 favorite Instagram DIY experts – @farahdhukai and @madinashrienzada.
Before I dive into all the ingredients I use (and keep) for my homemade DIYS, I would like to say that please please always do a skin test before using anything that I share or that you try from anything online. We all have different types and sensitivity levels and what may work for me may not work for you. 😊
12 Recommended Ingredients for a Homemade Natural Skincare Regime
Here are some commonly used homemade natural skincare ingredients and their benefits.
1. Raw Honey
Raw honey has been used in many home remedies for centuries. It is one of the best antioxidants which contains antibacterial and antifungal properties. When used in face masks, it moisturizes, gently exfoliates by opening the pores and cleaning blackheads, heals acne by reducing the redness and swelling and leaves your skin clean without drying it.
Lemon is widely used in homemade skin care recipes. They are rich in vitamin C and antioxidants, and its potent citrus component helps to whiten, exfoliate and moisturize skin. They work well if you have oily skin and are also used to brighten hair color.
When I say yogurt, I mean the non-flavored, unsweetened ones. Generally, my mom makes yogurt at home and I use those for my skin care routine [and recipes]. But if I don’t have that, I get plain yogurt from Walmart.
Yogurt has several health benefits but when used on your skin, it helps with premature aging, acne, and skin bleaching. The lactic acid in yogurt helps smooth rough and dry skin by dissolving it into your pores creating a more younger looking, glowing skin.
4. Gram flour
Gram flour is chickpea flour or besan as we call it and is used in many Indian dishes. It has proteins, fiber, and carbs but no gluten, and has a variety of vitamins such as riboflavin, folic acid as well as unsaturated fatty acids.
The combination of gram flour with milk or other ingredients made a great face mask. It helps with acne, exfoliates skin, helps remove facial hair, and help whiten skin such as under arms and hyper-pigmentation around face and neck.
Turmeric is one of the most potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant nutritional supplement out there. It is a common ingredient in Indian cooking however many studies show that it is very beneficial for our body and brain.
In addition to that, it is a natural antiseptic which fights acne, reduces dark circles and stretch marks, cleanses pores, and soothes dry skin. Buy here.
Yes, coffee is not just for drinking! Along with boosting your energy and metabolism, studies show that coffee contains antioxidants such as phenols that help fight free radicals that cause skin damage.
Coffee is also rich in vitamin B3 and antioxidants that help prevent skin growth/skin cancer, reduce cellulites by dilating blood vessels to get the blood flowing, treat acne and dark circles, and enhance hair growth.
7. Coconut oil
Growing up my mother swore by coconut oil. She would rub it on our arms and legs daily and also give our scalp and hair a rub every weekend. It made my body smooth and soft and hair long and shiny.
Coconut oil has natural fats that help fight the signs of skin aging, moisturizes, and repairs dry, damaged skin and hair. Buy here.
8. Bentonite Clay
Bentonite Clay is a natural clay that contains minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and iron which are basically formed from volcanic ash. When hydrated, it produces a strong negative electrical charge that binds to the toxins on the surface of the skin. This way it removes toxins, sebum, and excess oil giving the skin a polished, exfoliated, and clarified look. Buy here
9. Sandalwood powder /Chandan
Sandalwood is a natural antiseptic like turmeric. It is a very common Ayurvedic healer used in India, as its antibacterial properties help against blemish, acne, and other skin problems. Sandalwood can help with premature skin aging and wrinkles and works well with both oily and dry skin tones.
Along with being one of the healthiest breakfast cereals to a calming bath for chicken pox and eczema, oats can be used as an exfoliator, cleanser, and mask in your beauty regime as well. It is rich in antioxidants and fiber and has lubricating properties that coat and protect your skin against harsh barriers.
11. Essential oils
We all know the benefits and popularity of essential oils. Some of my favorite ones are Rosemary & Peppermint [both great for hair growth], Tea Tree oil, Lemon grass and Patchouli. I have also tried Clary Sage when I was trying to induce labor with our second daughter!
12. Aloe Vera Gel
My holy grail of all the ingredients! It is a miracle plant that has a myriad of uses for skincare, weight loss, reducing dental plaque, digestion, and the list goes on and on. Just for the record, I prefer the Aloe Vera plant and the gel from it to those sold online because they are usually scented, and I do not like that!
Aloe Vera gel is one of the most versatile ingredients for homemade skin care. It’s antioxidant and antibacterial properties is useful for sunburns, dry/oily skin, dark circles, uneven skin tones, and acne. Egyptians called Aloe Vera the “plant of immortality” and I so agree with them! 😊
So there you have it guys! Even though the list of homemade skincare ingredients is endless, I have shared with you the top 12 ingredients I use DIY regimen.
If you have any ingredients or recipes that you swear by, please do share in the comments below.