Overwhelmed by the beauty aisle at the drugstore? Scared by the toxic chemicals at the store bought beauty products? Fear not! The complete DIY skin care guide talks about the DIY beauty care steps you’ll need to take on a regular basis. Furthermore, it gives you hand-picked DIY beauty recipes and even the ingredients and equipment that you need to invest. So read on and be informed.
Benefits of Having a Regular Skin Care Routine
Your skin health will improve. Routine maintenance is a priority to extend the shelf life of any product. Same applies to your skin. If you faithfully follow a skin care routine, it will help you to treat wrinkles, prevent pimples and improve the clarity of your skin.
Your skin will work harder for you. If you’re careful and make it a point to remove makeup every night your skin will be better able to repair itself because cell turnover is faster at night.
Your skin will gain back its youthful glow. Stress, unhealthy diet and environmental factors continually wage a beauty war with your skin and cause dullness. If you make exfoliation a regular part of your skincare, you’ll get your glow back. Cell turnover slows down as we age. If you exfoliate the top layer of your skin, your skin will look healthy and young once more.
Consistency produces visible results. Dramatic beauty results will not happen overnight. You have to work on your skin care routine consistently for noticeable results to occur. The key to seeing those changes is to stick to your skin care routine.
Your beauty results will be easier to maintain. With continuous and proper skin care routine, your skin will become more beautiful,radiant, flawless, supple and healthy. And stay that way.
Complete DIY Skin Care Guide
For your convenience, we break up the steps into Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Quarterly, and Yearly.
Keep yourself hydrated. Begin your day with a glass of lemon water.Staying hydrated is the most impactful thing you can do for your skin. Water is essential for maintaining optimum skin moisture and delivers nutrients to your skin. It replenishes your skin and increases its elasticity.
Wash and apply a gentle moisturizer to your face. Use a gentle cleanser both in the morning and night. It removes buildup and unclogs pores and helps your skin to breathe. Throughout the day your skin is covered with bacteria, pollutants, dirt and dead skin cells. Daily cleansing removes these impurities and gives your face a fresh look.
Practice meditation. When your stress levels are high, you are more prone to wrinkles, acne, dry skin and even hair loss. Meditation calms your mind and frees it from stress. Gentle breathing helps oxygenate your body and contributes to removing toxins from it.
Apply sunscreen. Sunscreen helps to reduce the risk of skin cancer and helps prevent facial brown spots and discoloration. It helps lessen the appearance of facial red veins and blotchiness. It slows down the development of premature, wrinkled aging skin.
Get 8 hours of sleep. Skin makes new collagen when you sleep. More collagen results in plumper skin and fewer wrinkles. Sleep deprivation causes a decrease in blood flow to the skin surrounding your face. Better avoid skimping on sleep because your complexion can look ashen,lifeless and drab.
Exercise. Exercise increases blood flow,nourishes your skin cells and keep them vital. Blood flow carries away waste products including free radicals from working cells and keeps your skin healthy. Consistent exercise aids in acne relief. Sweating propels toxins, oils, and dirt out of your pores.
Listen to music. Research studies say that when you listen to your favorite music, your brain releases dopamine a feel good neurotransmitter which makes you a happier person.Listening to music decreases the levels of stress hormone cortisol in your body. It counteracts the effects of chronic stress. These changes ultimately boost your skin health.
Take your vitamins. Vitamin A, B complex and vitamins C,E and K are essential for skin health. These vitamins are powerhouses in fighting the damage caused by free radicals, and they help to prevent premature aging.
Sanitize headphones, glasses and cell phones. Bacteria can accumulate in your phones and sebum can collect in your eyeglasses. So clean them on a daily basis to prevent acne breakout.
Eat a balanced and nutritious diet. Include fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, and herring for healthy skin. Avocados, walnuts, sunflower seeds, broccoli, tomatoes-generally a rainbow of fruits and veggies will enhance the radiance of your skin
Exfoliate. The dead skin cells can build up on your skin’s surface causing it to look dull. Exfoliation results in a smooth and glowing skin.
Treat yourself to a weekly DIY facial. A rose face mask gives your skin a healthy glow. Add ten fresh rose petals, three tbsp thick yogurt and ½ cup orange peel to a blender. Blend it to form a paste. Apply onto your face. Leave it for fifteen minutes and rinse with water. For more variations read this article.
Give your hands and leg a thorough pedicure and manicure. A manicure will keep your nails healthy and strong. It makes your hands and nails look good. Pedicure results in well-hydrated feet and prevents dry, cracked heels.
Give your locks a warm oil hair massage. Hot oil massage helps in the growth of thick and long hair. It boosts your scalp health and keeps stress under wraps.
Change your pillow case and bed sheets. Pillow case is a haven for dust, oil, and bacteria. These may cause pimples and other skin problems. So have your pillow cases, and bed sheets cleaned weekly.
- Trim your eyebrows
- Give yourself a hot oil treatment
- Examine your skin for changing moles
- Wash your makeup brushes
- Check the expiry of skin care products and change them if needed
- Trim your hair
- Get a professional facial
- Schedule a full body skin cancer scan
- Treat yourself at a day spa
Ultimate Guide to Natural Skin Care Recipes
The ingredients that go into its making are liquid castile soap, jojoba oil, raw honey, tea tree oil, a few drops of lavender essential oil and rosemary oil. This foaming face wash helps clarify and tone your skin. The ingredients are extra-gentle and contribute to maintainingyour skin’s natural balance.
WildCraft face cream has a velvety texture and smooth consistency which leaves your skin fresh and supple. It is gentle on your face, absorbs quickly without leaving any greasy residue. It is entirelycustomizable, and you can freely experiment with your favorite infused oils, hydrosols andessentialoils using this recipe as a base.
The ingredients involve organic olive oil, sesame oil, grapeseed oil, coconut oil aloe vera gel and vitamin E oil. You can add lavender;orange rose, sandalwood and chamomile essential oils according to your liking.
Firming eye cream tightens and firms your skin. Reduces under eye circles and puffiness, it is rich in antioxidants and vitamins, reverses signs of aging and repairs damaged skin.
Dandelions are super nutritious for your skin. They are an excellent source of vitamin A,vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B6 and riboflavin. Dandelions are suitable for all skin types and conditions. When applied topically to pimples it helps to inhibit a microbial infection. They are packed with antioxidants and helps to brighten, tighten and firm your skin.
The white sap of dandelion flower stalk was used to lighten age spots, uneven skin, and scars by Native Americans. The recipe consists of 5-6 fresh dandelion flowers and leaves, aloe vera gel and vitamin E.
Detoxifying face mask contains activated charcoal, green tea, hibiscus, bentonite clay and rose hips. Whenever you apply this mask spray your face with a toner when the mask starts to dry. This action hydrates your face and prevents it from getting irritated.
One tablespoon baking soda, raw Manuka honey, pure lavender essential oil and pure frankincense essential oil are the powerful ingredients that form the base of this scrub. Heather who formulated this scrub gives a tip for glowing skin in her blog Kula Mama. She writes including high-quality collagen protein in your diet works wonders for your skin.
The Hippy Lippy lip balms come in three delicious flavors. Mint chocolate cocoa lip balm, peppermint lavender lip balm and cinnamon spice lip plumping lip balms. These lip balms are naturally muted, soadding ½ tablespoon castor oil will give a nice gloss to your lips.
Apply this homemade hand butter to your dry hands as often as needed.The shea butter present in this cream provides powerful nourishing and moisturizing benefits to your skin. Along with it sweet almond oil, beeswax, myrrh essential oil and cedar wood essential oil enhance the beauty of your hands.
This cuticle cream avoids cracked bleeding skin around your nail beds. If you apply this cream to your cuticles, it ensures robust and healthy nails. You can use this cream to your feet to soften and moisturize it and also to rough elbows.
Melt coconut oil and shea butter. Mix in baking soda and arrowroot powder. Add your desired essential oils. Lavender and tea tree oil make an excellent combination. Pour into any old deodorant container. Voila! You have your very own DIY deodorant.
The cream bar is primarily helpful for those with dry, cracked skin. Use one cup of coconut oil and beeswax to make approximately 2-3 bars. You can add your favorite essential oils as your signature flavor. Coconut oil is an excellent source of many proteins which keep you healthy and rejuvenated both internally and externally.
Sugar body scrub is an invigorating way to get rid of your dead skin. The salicylic acid from the grapefruit juice softens your elbows, knees, and rough patches. The potassium present in grapefruit helps to remove age spots and smooth wrinkles.The vitamin C protects your skin from environmental hazards. Coconut oil, sugar, grapefruit juice and grapefruit zest are the ingredients you need to make this refreshing body scrub.
These herbal bath teas contain herbs, salts and other skin soothing treats to provide you the most luxurious bath. It’s a perfect way to relax and warm up in the cold winter months.
Essential Ingredients to Invest In
If you want to make your products, but don’t know where to start here is a thorough guide to DIY skin care. Some of the essential ingredients you’ll be needing are
- Sweet almond oil
- Coconut oil
- Beeswax pastilles
- Emulsifying Wax
- Vitamin E oil
- Rose hip oil
- Citric acid
- NeoDefend- it is very gentle for your skin. It is non-GMO and certified organic.
- Distilled water
- Double boilers
- Hand held blender
- Measuring cups and spoons
- pH strips
- Lavender essential oil
- Geranium essential oil
- Frankincense essential oil
- Peppermint essential oil
- Tea tree essential oil
Preservatives are a must if you add water to your products. Water enhances the growth of bacteria and fungus. There are a few natural substances that extend the shelf life of your products, but technically they are not preservatives. They include:
- Grapefruit seed extract
- Essential oils
- Vitamin E
- Citric acid.
Few Pointers to Consider
- Wash your hands before starting a recipe
- Use minimum amount of heat to keep your oils potent
- Go in for glass contains and avoid using plastic containers.
- Try to add your essential oils at the end of your recipe because heat renders them inactive.
- Salves and serums are much easier to prepare than lotions.
Making your skin care is one way to take charge of your body. Your body was made to thrive in pure natural food and a clean,non-toxic environment. We live in a time where cancer rates are higher than they have ever been. It’s critically important for you to know what you’re putting on your skin, your largest breathing organ. DIY skin care is the best way to stop putting money into the skin care industry’s pockets because they don’t have your best interest in mind. So wake up! You are in charge of your body inside out.