I have worked in beauty industry for 18 years. I have worked with many professional products as you can imagine. Requests for skin care without scent, parabins, preservatives, not tested on animals and many other issues kept cropping up. So I started to think of solutions for this issue. Many of the skin care lines had natural ingredients such as shea butter, essential oils, avocado oil etc. I just came to the conclusion that I could use these natural ingredients straight from the fridge. I did some research and came up with what I call some”DIY Cheap and Cheerful home Recipes”.
Pedicure Foot Soak
2 cups of warm milk
2 table spoons of sweet almond oil
3 to 4 drops of essential oil of choice/or none at all
Add to a foot soak or bowl with about 2 inches of water
The lactic acid in the milk will help break down dead skin cells and softens skin.
The Almond Oil is an excellent moisturizer and lubricant, which prevents the skin from drying and keeps you from free from chapped and peeling skin. Almond oil has been used for centuries as a soothing remedy for skin allergies and to treat minor cuts and wounds.
Cheap and Cheerful Body Scrub
¼ cup of baking soda
¼ cup of coarse sea salt or epsom salts
1 Table spoon of olive oil or macadamia nut oil
1 teaspoon of lemon juice
This is just a guide line for the recipes you can add more ingredients if you like.
Stand in bath or shower and on dry skin and scrub ingredients all over. Be gentle on the face or just use the baking soda without coarse salt.
Either shower it off or soak in tub with ingredients left in. This will leave your skin soft and beautiful.
Twice a week is usually good. Just pat dry try not to wipe off all the oil as this is what will moisturize your skin.
You can add essential oil of choice. If you do this in the morning peppermint is a good stimulant to wake you up. If it is at night some lavender would be a better choice. Add some camomile tea and say good night.
By the way no household should be without baking soda, it can be used for cleaning, brightening your wash and your teeth.
Get a little Green Avocado Mask
1 ripe avocado
1 teaspoon lemon juice
Mush up the avocado and lemon juice together and apply to face and neck let sit for 20 minutes. Rinse with cool water then pat dry. This mask is so hydrating and takes good too if you have the inclination to eat it.
A little Aspirin Goes a Long Way
3 uncoated aspirin
1 teaspoon of honey
Aspirin can be used as a mask if you are having some breakouts. Aspirin contains salicylic acid which is very good for acne.
Honey absorbs impurities from the pores and makes skin really soft. It also reduces redness. Make sure you use organic honey. It will be cloudy not clear.
Put aspirin in a little dish then put a few drops of water on each one. Wait a few minutes and crush them up. If you need to add a few more drops of water do so. Add the honey and make a paste. Be careful not to dissolve the aspirin completely.
Wet face a little and pat in on all over, avoid going too close to the eye area.
Wait 5 to ten minutes. You might feel tingling that is normal. Wet face a little and rub it in gently. Rinse completely. You can moisturize with a little organic coconut oil. Yes I said oil, just a little to moisturize. You can use a light moisturizer if you are going out. People with acne usually have dehydrated skin due to over washing. This just dries up the water and not the oil.
A Little Secret from Cleopatra
Take a little trip to Egypt with this beautiful soothing milk bath. Get some candles turn down the lights and indulge.
2 Cups of heavy cream
2 tablespoons of organic honey
5 drops Ylang Ylang essential oil
5 drops of Sandalwood essential oil
5 drops of Jasmine essential oil
Mix honey into milk and mix well then add essential oils and mix them in as well. Leave the cream mixture a room temperature. Start to run bath water on tepid while adding milk, then increase temperature of water. If you just add the milk to really hot water it will curdle. Nothing like curdled milk to ruin a perfectly good imaginary trip to Egypt.
All the ingredients listed above are easy to come by so it will be easy to DIY. Sometimes we don’t have time to go the spa or don’t have the budget but want to maintain beautiful skin. Just a note about the essential oils, they can be purchased at any health food store or specialty store. Just make sure you keep them in a cool dark place to preserve them for as long as possible.
You have to live in your skin for a long time so take care of it.