10 DIY beauty products made with ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen
With the evolving nationwide awareness increasing in no good foods that’s sold in our supermarkets (yes, the government is aware of cancer causing ingredients and still allows it to be sold, but that’s a whole different conversation), I wanted to provide you with all natural beauty that you can make yourself.
How does what we consume have to do with what we put into our bodies? Well, quite a lot.
50% of what we put onto our bodies enters our bloodstream so it’s important that we keep it as natural and clean as possible. As a general rule of thumb, if we can’t pronounce what’s on that ingredient list, we shouldn’t eat it or put it onto our bodies.
This is the perfect opportunity to really revolutionize your body inside and out. Change your beauty routine and your body will be thanking you in no time.
The following list is what I use consistently. Please do keep in mind that because we’re working with all natural ingredients here, there are no “instant gratifications.” All of the below will eventually start to make an impact, but with time. So, just be patient and watch the magic unfold.
You’re more than welcome to tweak any of these products according to what works for your skin tone. This is merely a blueprint of what works for me.
Please do go organic when applicable. It has much less harmful chemicals and is so much gentler in and on our bodies.
Face exfoliator- baking soda. Yup, that’s right. A one ingredient skin smoother and polisher that’s already in your pantry. All you have to do is mix it with some water and massage it onto your face for about five minutes. If you have sensitive skin, you may want to cut down the time to a couple of minutes to start with. Also, if you experience some redness, that’s completely normal. That will go away within a couple of hours. I actually only exfoliate at night time because of my sensitive skin. By the morning, all the redness is gone and I’m left with a face that feels like a baby’s bum
Body exfoliator- coconut oil, ground Himalayan pink salt, and essential oil(s) of your choice. You can use any salt that you would prefer. I happen to use Himalayan pink salt because it’s a detoxifier so it acts as a two for one for me-it scrubs away dead skin cells while purifying my body. Take 1 cup of coconut oil and thoroughly mix it with about half a cup of salt in a glass jar. If you don’t want to keep glass in the shower, use whatever container works for you. I just always happen to have glass jars on hand because I save all of my candle jars to reuse. Now, this is completely optional, but if you have any essential oils around, add in about 20 drops total. Any citrus oils works wonders if you’re a morning shower person. It will truly invigorate you and start your day off on the right note.
Eye makeup remover- coconut oil. That’s right, another one ingredient wonder. It’s a non-toxic eye makeup remover that won’t strip away your eyelashes, burn the s*it out of your eyes, and legitimately works. All you have to do is dab some on a cotton rounded start gently swiping away the eye makeup. Or you can just warm up the oil on your fingers so that it turns to liquid and start gently massaging your eyes. Once you feel that all of the mascara is off, just swipe it away with a cotton round.
Face wash-coconut oil. These one ingredient products are truly awesome. all you have to do is warm up the oil in your hands until it liquifies and then massage all over your face in upwards circular motions (you want to do this to lift your face and stimulate the blood flow) for a couple of minutes. Take a warm damp cloth and gently wipe away all of the oil. For any of you that may have acne prone skin, fear not. It’s basic chemistry-likes repel likes. I used to suffer from breakouts and once I started using coconut oil on my face, the breakouts started to minimize and eventually ceased. Depending on your skin, it will take about four months time for the breakouts to stop, but patience is a virtue.
Body moisturizer- coconut oil and whatever essential oil(s) of your liking. Again, this one is super simple and so easy, that you can’t not try it. I mix about 2 cups of coconut oil with about 20 drops of lavender oil in a glass jar and this will last me a month and half, give or take a few days. Your skin will feel so insanely smooth from the coconut oil and if you choose to use lavender oil, you will feel so penned out for hours to come. Bonus tip: if you happen to live in an arid climate and/or suffer from dry skin, moisturize before AND after your shower. The oil will act as a protective barrier to the hot water when you’re in the shower. Another bonus tip: if you choose to oil your body before entering the shower and are shaving immediately, you won’t even need shaving cream.
Face moisturizer- aloe vera, vitamin E oil, and coconut oil. This is actually a two for one because it doubles as an eye moisturizer too. If you’re going to use fresh aloe, you cannot skip on the vitamin E oil. Why? Because vitamin E oil is a natural preservative and will assist in prolonging the shelf life of your moisturizer, about 8 months as opposed to only a few days sans vitamin E. So, what you’re going to do is take about one cup of fresh aloe, about 5 drops of vitamin E oil (two capsules if that’s what you have), about 1/4 cup of coconut oil and blend everything really well with a spoon. Store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 8 months. Bonus tip: This is a great remedy for sunburns as well. So, now you have one product that does triple the work for you!
Toothpaste- coconut oil, baking soda, and peppermint oil. You may be thinking that this is just too far out there for you to even attempt. I had the same reaction when I first learned about this, but after realizing that I had all of the ingredients already, I decided to give it a shot. I fell in love with it so much that I now refuse to buy commercial toothpaste. to make this, you’re going to mix 1/4 cup of coconut oil (this cannot be liquid form) with 6 tbsp of baking soda really well. Once the consistency is somewhat mousse like, you’re going to add about 15-20 drops of peppermint oil and mix gently. And voila! Your own homemade toothpaste that’s great for sensitive teeth and gums while cleaning just as great, if not better than store-bought toothpaste.
Teeth whitener- activated charcoal. I’m sure that most of you have already heard about activated charcoal whitening those pearly whites, but I can’t stop raving about the effects of this. It’s been around for thousands of years (dating as far back as the ancient Egyptian civilization) and is still in use today in emergency rooms to detox and purify. You know when someone has to get a charcoal tube put down their throat for poisoning? This is it. Because this is an incredibly potent and strong cleanser, only use this once a week. Why? Because it draws out both the good and the bad. Anymore than once a week and you risk depleting your precious body of the good agents. Anyway, just simply wet your toothbrush and dip it in some activated charcoal. Gently brush your teeth for a few minutes and then thoroughly rinse your mouth until you don’t see any black powder on your teeth. Now, if you don’t want a mess in your sink, I would recommend doing this in the shower so that everything will just rinse away instead of you having to scrub all of the powder away.
Cleansing AND tightening face mask- honey and fresh lemon juice. Honey is a great anti-bacterial and the AHA’s (alpha hydroxy acids) in lemon juice can help to lighten hyperpigmentation, reduce acne scarring, reduce wrinkles, and cure acne. All you need to do is combine 2 tbsp of honey with half a lemon. Once it’s mixed well, massage it onto cleansed and toned skin and leave it for about 20-30 minutes to work its magic and then rinse off. For this to be super effective, do this about three times a week. If you have sensitive skin, you may not be able to endure the full amount of time, so go according to how well your face is handling this as the lemon juice can create a stinging sensation. Bonus tip: if you want an instant botox effect, just add one egg white to this mixture.
Toner-rose water. Yes, another one ingredient beauty product. You can certainly make your own by boiling fresh rose petals in water, but I find that it’s so much easier to just buy it since you can find it anywhere. Just make sure that you buy 100% rose water as there are brands out there that dilute it with chemicals. All you have to do is spray it on your face after washing and then rub away with a cotton ball. I like to spray on a second layer without removing it because it gives extra hydration before I apply my moisturizer. You can always carry it around with you when you’re out and about and spray it whenever you need that extra boost of hydration. Witch hazel is also a great toner because of the astringent levels. My skin is much too sensitive to handle the harshness of it, but if that’s something that you have in your house and you have normal skin, this would be right up your alley.
And there you have it…super simple, yet ridiculously easy beauty products made from good for you ingredients. Try a few or try them all! If you have any all natural beauty that you like to use that isn’t already on this list, please feel free to share them in the comments section below. Also, if you have any friends that you know would love to see this, be sure to send it their way.
Stay beautiful and stay zenspired!