Easy skincare products you can make in your kitchen.
DIY Skincare can seem somewhat daunting.
Have no fear though; all will be revealed and explained.
If you haven’t already tried out home-made remedies for your skin, then you’re missing out.
DIY skincare options can be AMAZING. The first main reason to consider DIY skincare is that it’s affordable.
Trust me, you don’t need to fork out $40 for a mask just because the Insta Guru’s swear by it. They’re getting paid to say that.
The second main reason to try out DIY skincare is that it’s custom made for your skin.
The only person that fully knows and understands your own skin, is yourself. Is it dry? Oily?
Does that one patch near your left ear get irritated during summer?
See, you’re an expert already. Through DIY skincare, you can feed your skin EXACTLY what it needs, and what it’s asking for.
The third main reason to give DIY skincare a shot is that it’s sustainable.
You can create amazing masks, scrubs, and treatments with ingredients that you already have in your kitchen.
You can then store these products in recycled glass jars or containers, minimising waste.
Who wouldn’t want to save the planet, and their skin, right?
Before we dive into the very best DIY skincare recipes in detail, let’s give a quick summary of them.
The all time best DIY skincare recipes are as follows:
You can use this table of contents above to navigate to particular sections of the article.
1. Deep Cleansing & Exfoliating Clay Mask
DIY clay masks are all the rage. This recipe in particular is AMAZING for your skin, and I personally use it almost every week (it’s really that good).
There’s two main reasons why this mask is the perfect DIY Skincare recipe.
It’s firstly got extreme pore cleansing properties.
As the clay dries, it sucks up sebum, oil, dirt, and dead skin from your pores, deeply cleansing them.
The clay further does this to the top layer of your skin as well, leaving it clean and radiant.
The second key element to this mask is that it’s exfoliating. It removes and exfoliates dead skin, bringing up newer and brighter skin cells.
I personally love this DIY skincare recipe as well as you get so much use out of it. Depending on how much of each ingredient you get, you can be set on masks for months.
A final note is to make sure no metal ever comes in contact with your clay (spoons and bowls).
It’s extremely confusing, but metal actually causes bentonite clay to ‘lose‘ its negative charge, which decreases its overall effectiveness.
This DIY recipe also comes out to be extremely affordable; easily less than $1 / mask use.
How to make it:
- Combine a hefty scoop of bentonite green clay ($17 from amazon), with a splash of apple cider vinegar.
- Mix together until a sticky, mud-like paste forms.
- There’s no exact measurements needed. Just add enough to cover your face, and it can be as thick or as watery as you would like.
- Leave on for 20 – 30 minutes, or until dried. Rinse off with warm water.
The bentonite clay contributes to the pore cleansing abilities, while the apple cider vinegar is rich in Glycolic acid; the exfoliating side of things.
2. Sugar Body Scrub
Here’s the thing. I absolutely LOVE sugar body scrubs. particularly the Brown Sugar Scrub from Brooklyn Botany. The catch is it’s $15 for a tub, and it goes QUICK.
The good news is that they’re insanely easy to make yourself.
Going the DIY skincare routine is further amazing as you can ensure there’s no added nasty chemicals or ingredients. Your body will love it.
Exfoliation is a key step to your skincare routine, however it’s also something you 100% should be doing to your body.
Exfoliation, and this DIY skincare product in particular helps work towards brighter, healthier skin.
Dead skin, oil, and sebum build up all over your body, not just your face – which makes it essential to every now and then exfoliate that all away.
Every couple of weeks, I’ll use a scrub to fully exfoliate my entire body, and I absolutely love it.
My skin is silky smooth, while the exfoliated promotes skin cell regeneration, which is perfect for acne scaring and stretch marks.
Let’s get the recipe for this amazing DIY skincare product.
How to make it:
- Add 1 cup of brown sugar into your container of choice.
- Start mixing in coconut oil 1 tablespoon at a time, to a maximum of 5 times.
- You don’t need to just use coconut oil, you can use virtually any type of natural oil instead (olive, hemp, avocado etc).
Maybe try out a mix of oils, and see what your skin likes.
Similar to the previous DIY skincare recipe, it’s up to you in terms of consistency; however a somewhat sandy texture is ideal.
3. Green Tea Bag Eye Patches
Man this DIY skincare recipe is almost TOO easy…
It really does work though. Green tea is a powerful anti-oxidant, which your skin absolutely loves.
Green tea has strong anti-inflammatory properties, which when applied topically, can help sooth and calm irritation, as well as brighten and decrease dark circles and puffiness.
It’s basically just amazing, and would fit well into any DIY skincare product.
Oh, and it’s great to drink, too.
This DIY skincare tip is way too short for an entire recipe section, but I’ve got a format that I’m determined to stick to.
How to make it:
- Drink some green tea.
- Take out the tea bags, and leave for 10 – 15 minutes or until completely cold. Apply to rest under your eyes for 5-10 minutes.
- Take off, and massage in any leftover residue.
4. Calming Aloe & Honey Mask
I have a personal attachment to aloe vera, and this DIY skincare recipe is just as personal.
Aloe vera has SO many amazing uses, and your body loves everything about it.
It isn’t just great for sunburn, but it can further calm acne, help with dandruff, moisturise your skin, and boost wound healing.
It’s just pretty magical, okay?
I personally love make lots of mini DIY skincare recipes by combining aloe with other products.
As it’s mostly water, it’s extremely versatile in that way.
Today though, let’s take a look at one of the best DIY skincare recipe you can do, which is this aloe and honey mask.
Lastly, honey (preferably organic, unpasteurised honey) is a godsend for your skin.
It’s naturally anti-fungal, antiseptic, and EXTREMELY moisturising.
Pure honey is a humectant, meaning it draws moisture from the air, which is perfect if you’re applying it to your skin.
How to make it:
- Mix a heaping amount of pure aloe gel (preferably 99% purity, or even fresh from an aloe plant) with a few tablespoons of honey.
- Like with the other DIY skincare recipes, mix it until you think it’s the perfect consistency.
- Leave on for 15 minutes, then wash away with warm water. Be prepared for your skin to be glowing, and feeling smooth and refreshed!
5. Coconut Oil Moisturiser
This natural DIY moisturiser will get your skin feeling GODLY. Natural, pure coconut oil has a huge list of amazing properties for both your skin, and your health.
Coconut oil can:
- Reduce inflammation
- Heal wounds
- Help with acne
- Boost heart health
- Moisturise skin and hair
If you’re also dealing with a dry or flaky scalp, using coconut oil with your shampoo can be a great DIY hack.
A further benefit of coconut is how effective it is with eczema.
A study showed that using coconut oil as a moisturiser led to a 68% decrease in eczema severity.
It’s basically just an insanely good natural oil, that you can really use in heaps of different DIY skincare recipes.
Let’s take a look at the recipe for this coconut oil DIY skincare moisturiser.
How to make it:
You’ll need a minimum of 16 ounces of virgin coconut oil, however you can scale up as much as you want, depending on how much product you want.
- Scoop the oil into a mixer mixing bowl, and break it up into little chunks.
- Turn the mixer on high, and whip the coconut oil until light and fluffy. Once whipped, transfer the product into storage containers.
This DIY skincare recipe is insanely basic, but it’s extremely useful.
You can apply it all over your body and face, for a glowing, soothing, moisturised finish.
6. Glowing Turmeric Mask
Turmeric is a personal favourite skincare ingredient of mine.
Take the Andalou Naturals Turmeric + C Enlighten Serum for example.
It delivers a nourishing blast of concentrated turmeric, while brightening and smoothing your skin.
The good news is that you don’t need to splurge $15 to get your hit of turmeric – you can make it naturally at home with this DIY skincare recipe.
If you didn’t already know, turmeric is insanely good for your skin, and has the following beneficial properties:
- Can help with psoriasis
- Can help with acne scars
- Brightens and smooths skin
- Calms inflammation
Similar to aloe vera, turmeric has strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, thanks to its bioactive component of curcumin.
It’s perfect for adding into DIY skincare products.
If you have any doubts about turmeric just being a fad, then check out its history; It’s been used for skin and healing purposes for over 4000 years, dating back to the Vedic culture of India.
It reached China by about 700 AD.
So yeah, it’s good.
How to make it:
Mix the following ingredients together in a bowl, until a sticky, paste like consistency.
- 1 teaspoon raw turmeric powder
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 1/2 tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon of greek yogurt
7. Natural Facial Cleanser
Cleansers are a key part of any skincare routine.
You need a cleanser to wash away dead skin, oil and dirt on a daily basis.
They key to the perfect cleanser is one that’s not overpowering, while causing no irritation.
You can make EXACTLY this type of cleanser, by following this DIY skincare recipe.
This DIY cleanser will further leave your skin feeling refreshed and clean, while not stripping away any natural oils.
You should ideally be using your cleanser in the AM and PM, as the very first step in your routine.
How to make it:
For this DIY skincare recipe, you don’t need to use the exact ingredients listed, as there’s room to improvise depending on our skin type. You’ll need:
- Liquid castille soap
- Almond oil (or any other oil that is good for your skin)
- Vitamin E oil
- Optional: Lavender oil
Simply mix this ingredients together in your storage bottle of choosing, and you’re done!
If you want an extra foaming texture, give the bottle a good shaking, to stir everything up.
With this DIY skincare recipe, you have the option to add in a fragrance, such as lavender, frankincense etc.
These fragrant oils can irritate some skin types, however for others it’s fine.
8. Green Tea And Pomegranate Toner
Your Skin will LOVE this rejuvenating DIY skincare toner, which is insanely basic and easy to make.
Toning is an important step to your skincare routine, and can help balance, moisturise, and refresh your skin.
Ideally you should be toning after cleansing, and just before serums in your routine.
I personally love making this DIY skincare toner as it’s just so simple, with no nasty or irritating chemicals.
I’ve personally bought so many different toners, only for my skin to break out and be irritated by them.
Companies just love to put in alcohol and irritating fragrances into their products.
As mentioned in a previous DIY skincare recipe, green tea has extremely powerful antioxidant and inflammatory properties.
Pomegranates coincidentally do much the same; they can sooth and calm your skin, as well as help with wrinkles and fine lines.
For extra points, you can store this cleanser in your fridge, for a powerful, refreshing blast.
Your skin will love it.
How to make it:
- Let a few green tea bags steep in hot water. Combine equal parts water, with pure pomegranate juice.
- Once tea is cooled, add the diluted pomegranate juice to the green tea. Pour into a nice misting bottle, and you’re done!
If you haven’t already been recycling old skincare bottles, then this can be your message from the universe to start.
Using an old toner bottle for this DIY skincare product is cost efficient, waste efficient, and when you peel the labels off, they just look cute.
9. Moisturising Avocado & Oat Mask
Avocado isn’t just one of the 5 healthy foods to eat for better skin, but it can also make an amazing DIY skincare mask!
Avocados are packed with natural oils, fats, and vitamins that are amazing for skin.
Particularly skin repair, and moisturising dry or irritated skin.
These moisturising and repairing factors mainly come from the extremely high content of vitamin C and E.
This can further help in minimising, and preventing inflammation, acne, and breakouts.
If you need any more motivation to try out an avocado DIY skincare mask, then just think of all the money you’ll save when not buying the $70 avocado mask from Glow Recipe.
We know… it’s a bit of a rip off.
How to make it:
- Combined half an avocado, with cooked oats. (Either boiled or microwaved, just enough to get them nice and soft).
- Mix these together until a smooth paste is formed. Apply to your skin, and wait 10-15 minutes, or until dried.
Wash off with warm water.
10. Hydrating Almond Oil Moisturiser
I absolutely adore this DIY skincare moisturiser, as it’s packed with ingredients I love.
It’s simple, quick, and easy.
You can also make large amounts of it, to save even more time and money.
It’s packed with aloe vera, vitamin E, Zinc, and of course, almond oil ($9 from Amazon).
Almond oil, when applied to your skin, can help with:
- Dry skin
- Uneven skin tone
The moisturising elements of the oil help to keep your skin hydrated, while the Zinc and vitamin E work to smoothen and brighten your skin.
How to make it:
- Mix 6 tablespoons of pure aloe vera gel, with 2 tablespoons of almond oil.
- Store in an airtight bottle or container.
For a blast of extra skin calming and cooling, store in your fridge – or your mini skincare fridge! ($50 from Amazon).
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