It’s easy to be intimidated by DIY projects. Wouldn’t it be easier to scroll through Amazon or some other online site and have skincare products delivered to your door? It’s what you find on the backs of the bottles that can cause a cringe: the unpronounceable ingredients. It is easy to ignore these artificial mysteries in lieu of chic packaging and boldface promises. Unfortunately, these can be a danger to both our bodies and the environment.
While convenience can at times be preferable, isn’t it worth the peace of mind to know and trust every ingredient you put on your skin? Instead of researching how to pronounce the origins of the items from the list on the back of your beauty products, wouldn’t it give you a spa-like calm to simply recognize each element that goes towards your healthy skin? DIY skincare may require you to set aside some time and energy, but it can be well worth the extra effort in natural benefits.
Here’s the good news. It’s not all that hard to make your skincare products! You may have a plethora of applicable ingredients already stocked in your pantry. Imagine a bathroom cabinet filled with any number of scrubs, lip balms, face masks, soaps, moisturizers, and creams all made by your own two hands! Here is a list of popular and staple ingredients you may already have to choose from.
- Sugar (Not for those with sensitive skin)
- Olive Oil
- Oats / Oatmeal
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Coconut Oil (An increasingly popular household staple)
- Epsom Salt / Sea Salt
- Essential Oils (Another staple that is growing in popularity)
For quite a handful of scrubs, soaps, and the like, these basic ingredients are enough to get you started. Don’t Mess with Mama has a plethora of simple recipes to choose from.
For those ambitious DIYers who want to invest in this lifestyle, here are a few more ingredients that are widespread in the field of natural skincare.
- Shea Butter
- Cocoa Butter
- Jojoba Oil
- Almond Oil
- Green Tea
- Witch Hazel
These fundamentals open up the door for many more pampering recipes. Good Housekeeping has a page of simple skincare treatments with easy-to-follow recipes and basic ingredients. I tried their Exfoliating Sugar Face Scrub and found all I needed in the pantry. While my scrubbing and spreading technique could use improvement, I found my skin soft and smooth after rinsing the scrub. Another jewel in this recipe’s crown is that clean-up was a breeze, as simple as washing the excess down the sink. All in all, I was pleased with the results and will be making a second batch.
TheHealthy.com also has a list detailing what natural ingredients work well for specific skin ailments. It’s a good place to start when searching for DIY remedies.
Once you’ve found a recipe and gathered the ingredients, it’s time to start mixing! Another beauty about DIY skincare is that most of the prep boils down to stirring and storing. Once again, odds are you will find you already have the necessary tools waiting in your kitchen. They are used for most cooking endeavors!
- Glass Bowls
- Measuring Cups / Spoons
- Mason Jars and Small Spray Bottles for storage
With these simple tools, you can begin your journey to healthier skin, and a beauty regimen you can be proud of. Just like that, you are ready to become your skin’s saving grace. Say goodbye to the unpronounceable ingredients and hello to natural beauty!