DIY Natural Skin Care Recipes

Did you know that women use an average of 12 personal care products daily? Unfortunately the government does not require health studies or pre-market testing for these products. In 2007, The Environmental Working Group found that over 30 years, the industry panel has reviewed the safety of just 13 percent of the 10,500 ingredients in personal care products. This is just one of the many reasons I decided to take a natural approach to the products I use.  Our skin absorbs whatever you put on it good or bad. I personally never had any good results with commercial skin care products. As a teenager I had bad acne as and most of the acne products I tried did nothing more than dry out my skin, leaving it irritated and flaky. I went to a dermatologist and had no luck with those expensive products either, they were too harsh on my skin and just ended up causing more harm than good, as my skin ended up looking terrible and I became  distraught over not being able to find anything that worked.[pullquote_right]Unfortunately the government does not require health studies or pre-market testing for these products[/pullquote_right]

I began to look for more information regarding skincare on my own and found many books and information online about natural skincare. I began to build a natural skin care regimen from the information I had required and read about, it worked excellent for me and I never turned back. Below you will find some of my favorite basic and easy recipes to get you started. You can even look through your kitchen pantry or fridge for some of these simple ingredients, if not you can find them at your local health food store.

Basic Oil Face Wash

I know what you’re thinking. “Use oil to wash my face?!” Yes Oil is an excellent and gentle skin cleanser for all skin types. Even oily, acne prone skin! The oil cleansing method, commonly referred to as OCM is becoming more and more popular. It deep cleans, soothes and most importantly does not strip the skin. Instead it leaves the skin soft, clean, and moisturized.

Ingredients: Coconut oil, Castor oil, and grapeseed oil

Directions: Rub a quarter size amount on face for about 30 seconds. Rinse with very warm water. You may have to rinse a couple times to get all the oil off.

I put the oils in an 8 oz. glass jar. I split the oils up by 1/3 and shake. It’s that simple, I don’t go through the hassle of doing exact measurements. I just eyeball it. You don’t have to use the oils I have listed above. You can use almond, jojoba, olive, avocado etc. Or you may want to use certain oils for the certain benefits that may be beneficial to you. Have fun mixing up different oils and ratios and finding the best mixture for you.

ACV Toner

Apple Cider vinegar contains alpha-hydroxy and amino acids that help dissolve dead skin cells. It treats acne and exfoliates and balances the ph of the skin. ACV will leave your skin with a beautiful glow.

Ingredients: One cup of organic, raw ACV and one cup of distilled or spring water. A 1:1 ratio works great for my skin but you may need to adjust the ratio according to your skin needs. Some people may find a 1:1 ratio to strong and use a 1:4, or 1:8 ratio ect.

Directions: Mix ACV and pure water together in a glass container and shake well. Apply the mixture to skin with a cotton ball once daily after cleansing then apply moisturizer.

I would not suggest ACV for sensitive skin types.

Aloe Vera Toner

Aloe Vera contains essential vitamins and minerals, proteins, polysaccharides, enzymes, amino acids and 200 active plant compounds called phytonutrients. Aloe vera supplies oxygen to the skin cells, rejuvenates, hydrates and makes the skin flexible.

Ingredients: One cup of pure aloe vera juice or gel, and one cup of distilled or spring water

Directions: Mix aloe vera and pure water together in a glass container and shake well. Apply the mixture to skin with a cotton ball once or twice daily after cleansing skin then apply moisturizer.

You may need to refrigerate this mixture. Follow aloe vera label directions regarding storage.

Brown Sugar & Honey Face Scrub

Honey is high in vitamin C, a variety of B vitamins and minerals. It is rich in amino acids and contains antioxidants which fight free radicals and reverse aging. Honey is antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal. It is a humectant making it an effective moisturizer because it binds moisture to the skin and keeps it hydrated.

Ingredients: One tbsp. of organic honey, one tbsp. of brown sugar, ½ tsp of coconut oil or oil of choice

Directions: Mix ingredients, wet face with warm water and smooth the face scrub over skin. Exfoliate gently for about 30 seconds, do not exfoliate too hard. Rinse skin with warm water.

Honey Mask

Ingredients: One tbsp. of honey, one egg white, one tsp. of vegetable glycerin, and ¼ cup of flour

Directions: Whisk together ingredients, smooth on face and let sit for 15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water then follow with a splash of cold water.



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Author: Ashley Harvey

Ashley is studying to become a Holistic Health Coach, health and wellness is her passion. She is a Certified Aromatherapist, and currently holds certificates in Herbal Education and Homeopathy. Ashley is a lover of natural hair care and all things organic including food and beauty products. Ashley currently resides in Columbus, Ohio and is expecting her first child in december 2011.

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  2. This is great information. Thank you for breaking it down for us. I will be using and recommending these recipes. Hope to see more =)

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  3. Excellent information! Having a medical condition that causes my once naturally oily skin to become dry and flaky caused me to try many expensive moisturizers that sadly were very disappointing in its results. I am very excited to be able to try a natural solution to my dry skin problem and one that is forgiving on the wallet. I look forward to reading future articles that both educate and provide natural solutions to real-life everyday skin problems. Keep the information coming.

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  4. This is a great article. Very informative. I look forward to trying some of these recipes soon. Thank you for sharing this with us.

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  5. Good article with good information on the natural products.

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  6. Sonya wrote: “Great article. I will implement some of the foods mentioned that I did not know about…I love my natural hair and appreciate info on keeping it and the rest of me healthy. Keep reporting. Thanx.”

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  7. I really like these ideas for the use of natural products. I don’t like to spend a lot of money on skin care. I will try the oil to wash my skin as I do have oily skin and nothing else has worked completely.

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  8. Thanks for the infomation and tips! I am the type that’s allergic to everything, and certain soaps break out my skin, or leaves my face too oily or too dry! So, having tips for natural remedies is great and also inexpensive! : ) Thanks!

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  9. This information was very helpful! I’ve been natural (hair, skin) going on two years now. I too have been down that road of dealing with difficult skin issues. The information provided is great ! I can go to my kitchen and retrieve most of these items. I visit the Whole Foods Store every other month and will add some of these items to my list.
    Thanks again for the info!

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  10. Great information! I have already printed these recipes and plan on trying each and every one of them. I really like the idea that I already have almost all of the ingredients sitting in my kitchen so I won’t have to spend an arm and a leg for some high priced brand that does a lot less! And, as a person who has somewhat oily skin, who would’ve thought that more oils would be a good thing for my skin. But, it makes a lot of sense if you follow the oil wash with one of the toners Ms. Harvey has mentioned along with the scrub. Thanks so much for writing this. I look forward to seeing more “natural” beauty care articles from you. You seem to know exactly what works and what doesn’t and that equals a happy me.

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  11. This article was great. The products are basically found around the pantry which is great. And it is great that some of the recipes she provided were kind of “mix and match”>

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  12. Wow! Thanks for the tips. I love the idea of using natural skin care products.

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  13. In the past few years certain medicines I’m on have made my skin become more irritable to over the counter products. I am glad I read this article and will try some of these natural tips that were suggested.

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  14. I found the information in this article to be very interesting, I have used natural remedies in the past as medicines and for actual hair care. I am now very interested in looking into skin care with some of Ashley’s tips. I have had a problem in the past with over the counter products, so I will definitely give these ideas a try.

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  16. I can relate to your information especially the part about having acne and using acne products which did not work and went to the Dermatologist and yes their products was way to expensive for me. As I matured the acne went away but I have oily skin so I have been looking for some products that I can use that is afforable and healthy to use daily so my skin is soft, smooth and beautiful! Your article is great information, I will say I will be trying your ideas this week. By the way Congratulations on expecting your first child.

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  17. Nice. Someone taking time to give you the brake down on products and not hiding information. Knowlegde is key on products and she goes into detail. Nice article.

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  18. Good infomation about using natural products. I would love to here more from you about natural products for the rest of my skin.

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  19. I am one of those users of expense skin care products. They promise to give you certain results, but instead, I find myself throwing good money after good and never getting the results promised. This is very impressive to know that the products we use everyday for cooking and other things can be a healthy and natural way to help your skin.

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  20. Great information and article. What I like is the products are natural everyday products that are affordable for people to use in place of the expensive and the cheap chemical products that harm our skin and therefore our body.

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