Skincare products have been around for thousands of years, and they run the gamut from oils and butters to creams and mists, and the vast array of ingredients that have been incorporated into humanity’s quest for better skin must easily number in the tens of thousands. There are serums for your face in the morning, serums for your face at night, and serums for the skin around your eyes—not to mention tonics, toners, masks, and peels for everything from your elbows and knees to your hands and feet.
The sheer amount of items you can smear, slather, and spritz on yourself can be overwhelming, and oftentimes, the ingredients list within a single product might also include nothing that you recognize as native to Planet Earth. And the monthly bill for your beauty routine can add up fast. If you’re someone who cares about your skin, but you’d like a little more control about what you put on it and what it costs you, you’ll want to try these four DIY skincare products simple enough for anyone to make.
1. Peppermint Lip Balm
Chapped lips area given during cold weather, and we all are constantly losing tubes of lip balm, which is why learning to make your own lip balm can be a boon to your cracked lips and your wallet. While you can make a lip balm out of many different kinds of essential oils, peppermint has invigorating qualities that will help you combat winter blues, making it a perfect companion scent to a DIY lip balm.
Simply place two tablespoons of almond or hazelnut oil in a mason jar. Add six to eight drops of peppermint oil. Heat the jar in a pot with a couple inches of water in it until it’s warm. Add in one tablespoon of beeswax and a few shavings of a dark shade of lipstick for color. Stir the mixture until it’s all evenly incorporated and then pour it into a small container —like an Altoids box. It will harden in two to three hours, and you’ll have a perfect and colorful way to keep your lips in good shape in the cold.
2. Hydrating Green Tea Face Mist
Green tea is well-known and widely celebrated for its antioxidant properties, which means it’s also an ideal candidate for using on your skin—especially your face. In the winter, dry skin can be a pernicious problem that’s hard to fix, and because it can make you appear older and more tired, it can negatively affect your mood and self-perception. By making a hydrating mist out of green tea — Buddha Teas has some excellent, organic choices—you can help your skin recover its moisture quickly and healthfully.
Brew a strong, six-ounce cup of green tea, and add to it a few drops of lemon essential oil and vitamin E oil. Pour it into a spritz bottle and spray it on your face throughout the day. Unlike creams that can weigh down skin and affect your makeup, this mist is light enough to use all day long, so your skin will recover moisture in no time.
3. Oatmeal Body Scrub
Oatmeal isn’t just good for your heart and blood pressure, its grainy texture also makes it an excellent exfoliant that will slough away dead skin cells simply and efficiently. For an all-over, healthy body glow, combine one tablespoon of colloidal oats—the kind that have been ground to a fine powder—with a quarter cup of quick-cooking oats in a bowl. Add a quarter cup of honey and two tablespoons of warm water; then, stir to combine.
Hop into the shower and massage the mixture all over your face, neck, arms, belly, legs, shoulders, and feet, and rinse it away. Dead skin will be gently removed to reveal the soft, radiant skin beneath.
4. Acne-Fighting Face Mask
If you struggle with acne, it can be hard to believe a simple DIY remedy may do anything to alleviate your symptoms, but this acne-fighting face mask works wonders for some skin types.
Take a few uncoated aspirins and crush them in the bottom of a bowl into a fine powder. Then, add a teaspoon of purified or distilled water and mix it all into a thick paste. Add one teaspoon of raw, local honey and mix again. Wash and cleanse your face as you normally do and run the hot water throughout your cleansing regimen, so your pores are nice and open. Spread the honey and aspirin mask on to your face and let it sit for 15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water, and finally splash your face with cold water to close up your pores. Utilize this mask once a week for at least a month, and watch your acne symptoms lessen.
Taking good care of your skin doesn’t require much more than what you probably already have in your home pantry. From better hydration through green tea to fighting acne with aspirin and honey, these four do-it-yourself skincare products will keep you looking younger and more radiant.