Although most of this pandemic is doom and gloom there is a positive side to it, aside from bonding with the fam all day! That is, of course, the uplifting news about how the planet is finally having a real breather. The skies are clearer. The air is fresher. Spring is really spring and the planet is one healthier place for all of us!
However, just because the air is healthier, it doesn’t mean that our skin will miraculously clear up and no longer need help from other sources. And since nature is so great at the moment, why not go back to the basics and use nature for skincare.
I’ve put together here some easy homemade organic skincare ideas. There’s plenty of organic skincare you can do from your home that will work wonders for your skin. After all, the most essential benefits of skincare products come from nature. Some may be found in your garden, or your street and some can be bought for kilos and kilos for a tenth of the price that skincare products from stores costs.
One advantage to these recipes is that you can always eat the leftovers:))
The beauty of going homemade and organic skincare is that you can customize your product to your skin’s specific needs.
Homemade Organic Skin Care Recipes
Make Your Own Organic Face Masks
You’ll love the soothing effects that these facial masks are going to leave you with. If you want a simple fix to up your glow, honey is your friend. Honey and lemon juice both have antioxidants and antibacterial properties that cleanse your face and slow down signs of ageing.
Honey Facial Mask
- 3 tablespoons of honey
- 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon of cinnamon powder
Thoroughly mix your three ingredients together and apply them to your face with your hands. Leave on for at least 15 minutes for the skin to absorb. Wash it all off with warm water and feel the softness and smoothness of your skin.
Turmeric Sandalwood Facial Mask
- 1 tablespoon of sandalwood powder
- 1 tablespoon of turmeric powder
- 3 tablespoons of rosewater
Just like the honey facial mask, the steps for the Turmeric Sandalwood Facial Mask are pretty simple. Mix all the ingredients in one pot or container and then apply it to your face. Leave it on for 20 minutes or more, but not until the mixture has completely dried. Wash your face and be amazed at how it’s the same as wearing store-bought facial masks.
If you don’t have any rosewater, fear not, it is really easy to make yourself! It is exactly as it sounds. Rose and water. So for that, you can source some organic roses, preferably from a generous friend’s garden (if you don’t have one), and some water. Distilled water, mineral water, I don’t know—your choice!
- 1 cup of rose petals (you’ll need more if, you are making more than 3 tablespoons for our facial mask recipe, of course)
- Enough water to cover the petals
Boil the petals for 20-30 minutes or until the roses’ colour have become pale. Thoroughly strain what’s left of the mixture until the water is free of any floating pieces of petals. Let it cool or better put it in the fridge, then use it for the facial mask.
Make Your Own Organic Eye Gel
This eye cream recipe is great for reducing undereye puffiness and giving your skin a new lease of life.
Aloe Vera and Cucumber Eye Gel
- 1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel
- ½ tablespoon of cucumber extract
Mix the two ingredients in a steel pan over a low heat fire. When the first sign of steam comes out. Turn off the heat and transfer the mix. Let it cool in the fridge. Apply generously over and around your eyes until it’s dried up.
You’ll notice your eye bags are looking a little less saggy and the complexion revitalized.
Organic In Shower Body Scrub
These body scrubs are ideal for days when using a body sponge or a washcloth is a little too coarse for your skin. Save yourself from the slight redness and irritation by using an in-shower body scrub instead. A homemade one, that is! Here we’ve got an easy recipe, that’s neither expensive nor time-consuming. Made from sugar for exfoliating as well as fine cranberries to nourish the skin with vitamin C and loads of antioxidants.
Before we dive in further, you will need almond oil for our body scrub recipe. So we’ll get into that first. And since we are going homemade and organic, leave your storebought essential oils for now because below is our sub-recipe to making at least ½ cup of sweet almond oil.
Homemade Sweet Almond Oil
- 400 grams or 2 cups sweet almond nuts
- 6 tablespoons of olive oil
Blend the almond nuts first until they are finely grounded. Add the olive oil and then blend again. Transfer the mixture to a mason jar and let it sit for at least 10 days. Yes. This is going to take time, I know, but that’s homemade for you and many of us aren’t short on time with the current situation!
After 10 days, you’ll notice the oil has separated from the mixture and has settled on top of everything. Carefully pour the oil out into a separate container, and let the rest of the mixture sit on a strainer until the last drop of oil comes out (if you are resigned to not waste any of that precious oil you patiently waited 10 days for, like me).
Now on to the body scrub!
Cranberry Sugar Scrub
- 1 ¼ cups of coarse cane sugar
- ¼ cup of cranberries
- 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- ½ cup of sweet almond oil
Thankfully, all you have to do with these ingredients is to dump them in a blender— and blend, blend, blend. Transfer the good stuff to a mason jar and use it in your next bath. It is best to store this in the fridge.
That’s it for these easy homemade organic skincare ideas. I hope you have fun trying them out, they’re cost-effective and the results are amazing! They will surely add life to your skincare routine, not to mention some fun!
Did you try out any of these homemade skin care ideas? Let me know in the comment section below!
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