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Homemade Cosmetics: Make Your Own Skincare Products

Sep 30, 2020 12:17PM ● By Donna Ouellette

Known as the Dirty Dozen within the beauty industry are twelve commonly used ingredients in personal care products made from industrial chemicals, including carcinogens, pesticides, reproductive toxins and hormone disruptors. These can be found in many personal care products from shampoo to lotions. Instead of risking the safety and well-being of loved ones, including yourself, try some healthy do-it-yourself recipes for beauty inside and out.

FACIAL CLEANSER

Make this DIY face wash for just $2 with all-natural ingredients already in the pantry. It is great for all skin types and nourishing, too. 

 Ingredients

¾ cup cooled organic brewed chamomile
     tea (or filtered or distilled water)

¼ cup liquid castile soap

½ tsp organic almond oil

3-4 drops vitamin E oil optional

8 drops frankincense essential oil

8 drops lavender essential oil

Instructions

In a 4 to 6 oz. foaming soap bottle, add 
liquid Castile soap, organic almond oil and vitamin E oil.

Add essential oils as needed.

Fill with chamomile tea or water to the top of the bottle.

Shake well and use as needed.

How to use

Shake bottle well. 

Wet face with warm water. 

Add 2-3 pumps of DIY Face Wash to the palm of your hand and then use both hands to massage onto the face. 

Massage face for about 1 minute. 

Rinse with warm water

 

HONEY FACIAL MASK

Raw (unpasteurized) honey is full of antioxidants to help fight wrinkles and aging skin. It is also a natural antibacterial, which helps to prevent and fight acne, a purifier that gently unclogs pores and a moisturizer that draws moisture into the skin, leaving it feeling soft.

 Recipes courtesy of Tracey Black, CEO of Don’t Mess With Mama

 1. Balancing Honey and Lavender

Mix one tablespoon of raw honey or Manuka honey (lots of antioxidants for the skin) with 2-3 drops of lavender essential oil. Apply to face and let sit for 15-20 minutes. Use a warm washcloth to wipe off.

2. Radiant Honey and Lemon 
Facial Mask

Mix one tablespoon of raw honey or Manuka honey with 1-2 drops of lemon essential oil. Apply to face and let sit for 15-20 minutes. Use a warm washcloth to wipe off. Be careful to avoid direct sun exposure within 24 hours of using the mask, as lemon oil is photosensitive to the sun.

3. Hydrating Honey and Yogurt
Facial Mask

Mix one tablespoon of raw honey or Manuka honey, 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt. Apply to face and let sit for 15-20 minutes. Use a warm washcloth to wipe off.

4. Clarifying Honey and Patchouli Facial Mask

Mix one tablespoon of raw honey or Manuka honey with 2-3 drops of Patchouli essential oil. Apply to face and let sit for 15-20 minutes. Use a warm washcloth to wipe off.

5. Moisturizing Honey and Avocado Facial Mask

Mix one tablespoon of raw honey or Manuka honey and 1/2 ripe avocado. Apply to face and let sit for 15-20 minutes. Use a warm washcloth to wipe off.

6. Nourishing Honey and Oatmeal Facial Mask

Mix one tablespoon of raw honey or Manuka honey, 2 tablespoons of cooked oatmeal. Apply to face and let sit for 15-20 minutes. Use a warm washcloth to wipe off.

7. Exfoliating Honey and Oatmeal Facial Mask

Mix one tablespoon of raw honey or Manuka honey, 1 tablespoon of uncooked oatmeal (grind in a blender to a powder rather than using whole oats for a finer, gentler exfoliation). Apply to face and let sit for 15-20 minutes. Use a warm washcloth to wipe off.

8. Plain Honey Facial Mask

Want a super, simple facial mask? Just apply 1-2 tablespoons of raw honey or Manuka honey to face and let sit for 15-20 minutes. Use a warm washcloth to wipe off. It’s incredibly moisturizing and balances all skin types.

For those looking for some help, Evolve Nutrition and Vitality, in Johnston, is hosting a DIY class called Making You Beautiful Inside and Out at 11 a.m., October 24. Participants will make-and-take two products and receive a recipe book for making more on their own at home or for gifts. For more details, email [email protected]

 

Donna Oullette is the owner of Evolve Nutrition and Vitality located at 1665 Hartford Ave., Ste. 35, Johnston. For more information, visit Evolve-Nutrition-Vitality.com. See listing in the Community Resource Guide.