Simple 100% natural skin care is what I love. Here are some wonderful DIY skin care masks and treatments which can be incorporated 1-2 times per week for healthy vibrant skin. Each treatment focuses on different skin needs and can be easily made at home with simple organic ingredients. The DIY body care ideas are very easy to make too.
Facial Masks & Treatments
Feeding the skin antioxidant rich ingredients is what protects the skin from free radical damage. Raw Cacao has many beauty benefits because it is richer in antioxidants than green tea and wine. Raw cacao also contains sulfur a very necessary beauty food.
This DIY mask includes raw cacao, rhassoul clay, and raw honey. The antioxidant rich cacao, silica rich rhassoul clay, plus antibacterial and brightening raw honey is an incredible treat for your skin. This mask is a bit messy but can be applied with a large makeup brush for that spa experience. You can learn more about this mask here.
This gentle exfoliating and skin brightening mask consists of three ingredients… sugar, lemon juice, and raw honey. This alpha hydroxy acid, antibacterial, and anti-aging combination is packed with glycolic acid from sugar, vitamin C and citric acid from lemon juice, and gluconic acid from raw honey. You can get the exact recipe here as well as more information on the beauty benefits of this simple mask such as fading hyperpigmentation.
The DIY Ayurvedic Turmeric Facial Mask is my rendition of a traditional Ayurvedic mask used for centuries especially for brightening the skin of brides before their wedding day. This mask includes turmeric for healing acne, blemishes, and hyperpigmentation as well as increasing the skin’s elasticity. This mask also contains besan flour which smooths the skin like nothing else I’ve ever tried, raw honey, along with yogurt, coconut milk (avoid if acne prone), or water to create a creamy consistency. I honestly prefer to use yogurt in this recipe which contains lactic acid for brightening and smoothing the skin. See the complete recipe with more information here.
While on vacation in Maui, I ate as much organic papaya as I could since it is one of my favorite fruits. Instead of just tossing what wasn’t eaten, I would scrape the rind and use the remaining papaya juice for a very easy to make enzyme facial mask. Papaya contains antioxidant rich vitamins A, C, and E as well as papain which is the enzyme that gently exfoliates dead skin cells and increases skin cell turnover. This simple mask is extremely affective. Read more here.
Steaming my skin with dried flowers and herbs is one of my favorite facial treatments. This treatment can be used in conjunction with any mask for a DIY Mini Facial and also simply to open the pores for a deep cleansing while also hydrating the skin like nothing else I’ve experienced. I purchase my dried flower and herb mix also called the Herbal Facial Stem from Mountain Rose Herbs which includes organic comfrey leaf, organic chamomile flowers, organic rose petals, organic calendula flowers, and organic sweet orange essential oil. I explain in detail how I steam my skin here.
Simple Body Care
Proper pH balance is also important in body care. When our skin’s pH balance is compromised we may experience eczema, dry skin, rosacea, and other skin ailments. Most soaps and body washes on the market either contain toxic sodium lauryl sulfate or are extremely alkaline vegetable based soaps. Our skin thrives when the skin’s acid mantle remains slightly acidic. Here are some examples of natural body care options to either alternate with natural vegetable based soaps or to use solely.
Rhassoul Body Wash
I’ve been raving about rhassoul clay forever now. Mix rhassoul clay with aloe vera juice to create an all natural body wash. You can create a diluted mix for daily use or make a thick paste for more exfoliation. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil for a natural fragrance. You can read about the benefits of rhassoul clay here.
Oatmeal Body Scrub
I mentioned the benefits of using oatmeal for the face in this series on simple facial cleansers. Well the same goes for using oatmeal for the body. Oatmeal contains gentle saponins which cleanse and soothe dry irritated skin. Two simple ways to use oatmeal as a body wash is to put whole oats into a natural mesh bag and use as you would soap or make a paste with oat flour and water to use as a gentle body scrub. Add your favorite essential oils for extra beauty benefits and for a beautiful scent.
Sugar/Sea Salt Body Scrub
I shared a recipe for a DIY Sugar Body Scrub here. I enjoy using sugar in my beauty care for its natural glycolic acid content. This scrub is so easy to create. I love making it most with vegetable glycerin because it moisturizes the skin without creating a slippery shower or tub. This same recipe can be created using sea salt. Have you even noticed how incredible your skin looks after a beach vacation? Using a sea salt scrub will allow you to create those benefits right in your own home.
Dry Body Brushing
Dry body brushing is an incredible addition to all body care as it exfoliates the skin and also improves lymphatic circulation in the body. It is best to dry brush your skin prior to bathing or showering. You can read all of the benefits to dry body brushing as well as how to here.
If you haven’t checked out this entire series, I hope you do. I would love to hear your thoughts as well. Have a beautiful weekend!
(Image by Dawn Michelle)