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DIY Skincare Recipes: Unlock the Benefits in Everyday Ingredients

DIY skincare is a fantastic way to pamper yourself using natural ingredients readily available in your kitchen. We’ve got 14 DIY skincare recipes for you!
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Looking after your skin is vital in maintaining a healthy and radiant appearance. While there are lots of products to buy, sometimes you can find solutions right in your kitchen. DIY skincare treatments allow you to tailor the ingredients to your needs and offer a cost-effective and fun way to pamper yourself. We recently published an article about the connection between mental health and skincare – getting creative in the kitchen and making your own skincare products can be great for your mood, too. In this blog post, we will explore some easy-to-make DIY skincare recipes that can help revitalise your skin naturally.


DIY Skincare Recipes: Scrubs

Scrubs help exfoliate dead skin cells. They can brighten your complexion and improve overall texture.

Brightening Lemon and Yogurt Exfoliating Scrub

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The lemon juice in this recipe adds natural alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) that promote cell turnover, while yoghurt provides lactic acid to exfoliate and moisturise the skin.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons plain yoghurt
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons fine sugar

Instructions:

  1. In a small bowl, combine the yoghurt and lemon juice.
  2. Gradually add the sugar and mix well until you achieve a paste-like consistency.
  3. Gently massage the scrub onto damp skin in circular motions for a few minutes.
  4. Rinse off with lukewarm water and follow up with your favourite moisturiser.

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Revitalising Coffee Body Scrub

Coffee contains antioxidants that promote glowing skin and help reduce the appearance of cellulite. Coconut oil moisturises and nourishes the skin, while brown sugar provides gentle exfoliation to reveal a rejuvenated complexion.

Ingredients:

  • 55g ground coffee
  • 85g coconut oil (melted)
  • 55g brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)

Instructions:

  1. In a bowl, combine the ground coffee, melted coconut oil, brown sugar, and vanilla extract (if desired). Mix well until all the ingredients are blended together.
  2. Apply the scrub to damp skin in circular motions, focusing on areas prone to dryness or cellulite.
  3. Rinse off thoroughly with warm water and moisturise.

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Moisturising Honey and Oat Lip Scrub

The honey provides moisture and helps retain hydration. The sugar and ground oats gently remove dead skin cells.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon fine sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground oats

Instructions:

  1. In a bowl, combine the honey, sugar, and ground oats.
  2. Mix well until you achieve a paste-like consistency.
  3. Gently massage the scrub onto your lips in circular motions for a minute or two.
  4. Rinse off with warm water and follow up with a moisturising lip balm.

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Energizing Citrus Sugar Scrub

The citrus zest adds a refreshing scent and contains natural oils that can help brighten the skin.

Ingredients:

  • 110g granulated sugar
  • 85g coconut oil (melted)
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Zest of 1 orange

Instructions:

  1. In a bowl, combine the granulated sugar, melted coconut oil, and citrus zest.
  2. Mix well until all the ingredients are evenly incorporated.
  3. Gently massage the scrub onto damp skin in circular motions.
  4. Rinse off with warm water and pat your skin dry.

DIY Skincare Recipes: Face Masks

Face masks are a popular way to nourish, hydrate, and revitalise skin, leaving it feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

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Nourishing Honey and Avocado Face Mask

Rich in antioxidants, healthy fats, and vitamins that nourish and hydrate the skin. Avocado moisturises and softens the skin, while honey provides antimicrobial properties, helping to combat acne and promote a healthy complexion.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey

Instructions:

  1. Mash the avocado in a bowl until smooth.
  2. Add the honey to the mashed avocado and mix well.
  3. Apply the mixture evenly to your face and leave it on for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Rinse off with warm water and pat your face dry.

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Soothing Oat and Chamomile Face Mask

Ideal for sensitive or irritated skin as it helps soothe inflammation and redness. Oats contain anti-inflammatory properties, while chamomile tea calms the skin. Honey and yoghurt contribute to hydration and nourishment.

Ingredients:

  • 64g rolled oats
  • 60ml chamomile tea (brewed and cooled)
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
  • 1 tablespoon plain yoghurt

Instructions:

  1. Grind the rolled oats in a blender or food processor until you get a fine powder.
  2. Combine the ground oats, chamomile tea, honey, and yoghurt. Mix well to form a smooth paste.
  3. Apply the mask to your face and leave it on for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Rinse off with warm water and gently pat dry.

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Hydrating Coconut Milk and Turmeric Face Mask

Coconut milk provides moisture and nourishment, while turmeric offers antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, helping to reduce redness and promote a healthy complexion. Honey adds a boost of hydration and helps soothe the skin.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon honey

Instructions:

  1. Mix the coconut milk, turmeric powder, and honey until well combined.
  2. Apply the mask evenly to your face and let it sit for 15-20 minutes.
  3. Rinse off with lukewarm water and pat your skin dry.

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Revitalising Matcha Green Tea Face Mask

Packed with antioxidants and can help rejuvenate the skin. Matcha green tea powder helps protect against free radicals and reduces inflammation. Yoghurt provides hydration and gently exfoliates, while honey adds moisture and nourishment.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon matcha green tea powder
  • 1 tablespoon plain yoghurt
  • 1 teaspoon honey

Instructions:

  1. Combine matcha green tea powder, yoghurt, and honey.
  2. Mix well until you have a smooth paste.
  3. Apply the mask evenly to your face and leave it on for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Rinse off with lukewarm water and pat your skin dry.

DIY Skincare Recipes: Toners

Toners are used to help balance the skin’s pH levels, tighten pores, and prepare the skin for better absorption of serums and moisturisers.

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Rejuvenating Green Tea and Rice Water Toner

Green tea is rich in antioxidants that help combat free radicals and protect the skin from damage. Rice water, the liquid leftover from rinsing rice, contains vitamins and minerals that promote a youthful complexion and help even skin tone.

Ingredients:

  • 1 green tea bag
  • 60ml rice water

Instructions:

  1. Steep the green tea bag in hot water for a few minutes.
  2. Remove the tea bag and let the tea cool down.
  3. In a bowl, collect the water left over from rinsing uncooked rice.
  4. Combine the cooled green tea and rice water in a bottle and shake well.
  5. Apply the toner to your face using a cotton pad or by lightly spritzing it onto your skin.
  6. Allow the toner to dry on your face before applying moisturiser.

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Clarifying Apple Cider Vinegar Toner

Apple cider vinegar is a natural astringent, helping balance the skin’s pH levels. It can reduce the appearance of pores and control excess oil production. Tea tree essential oil has antibacterial properties, making it a great addition for those with acne-prone skin.

Ingredients:

  • 60ml apple cider vinegar
  • 180ml distilled water
  • 5-10 drops of tea tree essential oil (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Mix the apple cider vinegar and distilled water in a bottle.
  2. Add the tea tree essential oil (if using) and shake well.
  3. After cleansing your face, apply the toner using a cotton pad, focusing on areas prone to breakouts.
  4. Allow the toner to dry before applying moisturiser.

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Soothing Chamomile and Rosewater Facial Toner

Helps soothe and calm the skin, reducing redness and inflammation. Chamomile tea is known for its anti-inflammatory properties, while rosewater provides hydration and adds a pleasant floral scent.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup chamomile tea (brewed and cooled)
  • 2 tablespoons rosewater

Instructions:

  1. Brew chamomile tea and let it cool completely.
  2. In a bottle, combine the chamomile tea and rosewater.
  3. Shake well to mix the ingredients.
  4. After cleansing your face, apply the toner using a cotton pad or spritzing it onto your skin.
  5. Allow the toner to dry before applying moisturiser.

DIY Skincare Recipes: Eye Gel

Eye gels soothe and nourish the delicate skin around the eyes, reducing puffiness and promoting a more refreshed and youthful appearance.

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Refreshing Cucumber and Mint Eye Gel

Reduces puffiness, soothes tired eyes, and provides a refreshing sensation. Cucumber has a cooling effect and can reduce swelling, while mint offers a soothing sensation. Aloe vera gel helps hydrate the delicate skin around the eyes.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cucumber
  • A handful of fresh mint leaves
  • 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel

Instructions:

  1. Blend the cucumber and mint leaves together until you achieve a smooth puree.
  2. Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve to extract the juice.
  3. Mix the cucumber and mint juice with the aloe vera gel.
  4. Transfer the mixture to a clean container or jar.
  5. Store the gel in the refrigerator for a cooling effect.
  6. Apply a small amount of the gel around the eyes and gently massage it in.

DIY Skincare Recipes: Face Mist 

Face mists are lightweight sprays that provide a refreshing burst of hydration to the skin, helping to revitalise and rejuvenate throughout the day.

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Cooling Cucumber and Aloe Vera Face Mist

Perfect for soothing and hydrating the skin, especially during hot summer months. Cucumber helps cool and calm the skin, while aloe vera provides hydration and anti-inflammatory properties, leaving your skin refreshed.

Ingredients:

  • 1 small cucumber
  • 85g aloe vera gel
  • 60ml distilled water

Instructions:

  1. Peel and chop the cucumber into small pieces.
  2. In a blender, puree the cucumber until smooth.
  3. Strain the cucumber puree through a fine-mesh sieve to extract the juice.
  4. Combine the cucumber juice, aloe vera gel, and distilled water in a spray bottle. Shake well to mix.
  5. Store the mist in the refrigerator and spritz it onto your face as a refreshing pick-me-up throughout the day.

DIY Skincare Recipes: Body Butter

Body butter is a rich and creamy moisturiser that nourishes and hydrates the skin, leaving it soft, smooth, and supple.

Softening Shea Butter and Essential Oil Body Butter

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Shea butter and coconut oil are rich in nourishing fatty acids that help retain moisture and improve skin elasticity. The addition of essential oils provides a delightful fragrance and potential aromatherapy benefits.

Ingredients:

  • 120g shea butter
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 10-15 drops of your favourite essential oil (such as lavender or jasmine)

Instructions:

  1. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the shea butter and coconut oil until they become liquid.
  2. Allow the mixture to cool for a few minutes, then add your chosen essential oil.
  3. Place the bowl in the fridge for about 20-30 minutes or until the mixture starts to solidify.
  4. Remove the bowl from the fridge. Mix with a hand mixer or whisk to whip the mixture until it becomes fluffy and smooth.
  5. Transfer the body butter to a clean container or jar.

Conclusion

DIY skincare treatments are a fantastic way to pamper yourself while utilising natural ingredients readily available in your kitchen. From nourishing face masks to invigorating body scrubs and refreshing mists, these recipes offer a range of benefits for various skin concerns. 

Remember to patch-test any new ingredients and discontinue use if you experience adverse reactions. Embrace the creativity and experimentation of DIY skincare, and enjoy the radiant and healthy glow from treating your skin with love and care.

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