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Natural Skin Care -
Simple Homemade Recipes

Homemade skin care recipes are a great way to moisturize, cleanse and protect your skin while indulging yourself . Easily prepared, these recipes use ingredients you probably have at home, or will want to!

Using your own homemade products is the perfect way for you to take care of yourself in the comfort of your own home as often as you like. May I suggest a daily skincare routine for some regular "me" time?

Why Natural Skin Care? What Ingredients?

Did you know the human body is comprised mostly of skin, yet no two skin areas are alike.

Facial skin care, including age spots and wrinkles, is an area where extra time is well spent. Oatmeal, sea salt, cucumbers and strawberries are common ingredients for soothing, refreshing facial masks, detox masks and wrinkle relaxing creams.

Castile soap is often a base for many homemade natural skin cleansers, but you can make many body and facial scrubs without any type of soap.

Some great and simple exfoliating scubs are:

  • Finely ground walnut hulls in a plain yogurt base is a soft and nourishing exfoliate for the face and feet
  • Coarsely ground sea salt combined with honey and cornmeal is another soothing exfoliate.

Chamomile when added to any of these exfoliates may help lighten age spots or skin discoloration plus Vitamin E capsules can be opened and placed on skin or added to yogurt and honey scrubs providing a natural antioxidant property to any homemade skincare product.

Some areas like hands, feet and elbows easily dry out becoming rough and sometimes tender.

Making skincare products at home for these special areas can use ingredients like beeswax, nut oils like almond, olive and walnut plus aloe vera juice.

  • Aloe is a plant used often when making skincare products at home because of its many natural, healing properties including restoring dry skin, inhibiting microbial growth and soothing damaged skin like sunburn and topical burns.
  • Nut oils are natural oils that are absorbed well by the skin.
  • Beeswax is great for locking moisture in. It should be raw, unbleached natural wax and can often be found online, in craft stores and from local beekeepers.

Heroic Herbs

Adding fresh or dried herbs to your skincare products can be both beneficial and soothing.

  • Peppermint will help skin tissues contract
  • Chamomile has a lightening and soothing effect on skin
  • Rose oil contains natural emollients
  • Sage helps control acne
  • Calendula is astringent and healing
  • Lavender is soothing

The benefits of herbs for your skin are worth the time and money, plus dried herbs store for a long time. And some of these are great to cook with, although eating them does not give the same results!

Extra Equipment?

To start making natural skin care products at home you won't need any fancy equipment - but as you really dive into this hobby you might want some speciality items.

It won't hurt to start with a items you can swap between for your homemade skincare recipes and daily cooking.

  • small double boiler
  • mortar and pestle; stone is best so herbs, nuts and hulls do not become embedded in the mortar
  • metal spoons
  • bowls
  • some small jars or bottles to store your beauty products in.

Labels can be helpful so you can include the date you mixed it and what it is.  Just use permanent markers so water doesn't make the label unreadable.

Serious Advantages

DIY is inexpensive

The rising cost of storebought natural skin care products is one reason to consider using homemade recipes. Many of the ingredients in the top selling commercial skincare items are ones found in almost every kitchen. Such ingredients' cost is only a small fraction of commercial skin care products.

Saves You Time

Making a trip to beauty salon or even the department store for treatment can take up time. We can always whip up something for a simple skincare treatment at home with the right recipes. It is convenient and save time. You can do it any time you want, even after the salons and stores close for the night.

Safe and Healthy Beauty Treatment

Almost all natural skin care recipes ingredients are edible. If they are safe to eat then it is safe to use on skin. Unfortunately, in most commercial products there have been many controversial findings on carcinogens in their ingredient lists.

Environmental Friendly and against animal testing

The chemical laden commercial product is taking a toll on our environment. Many animals are subject to cruel testing before products are marketed. It is time for us to vote against such practice. Using natural and fresh ingredients is definitely a better choice.

Turn Your Passion Into a Hobby/Business

Just like cooking....experiencing with various homemade skincare recipes can be very interesting. You can turn it into a craft hobby or venture into a home based business.

Creating soothing, cleansing and softening cosmetics using natural skin care recipes is an inexpensive and easy way to have healthy, youthful looking skin.

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