DIY beauty hacks can seem like elaborate and complicated tasks. You pick up a recipe for a soothing mask but get turned off by the long, long, list of ingredients needed.
But it doesn't have to be that way! You don't need to go treasure hunting mode on your grocery shopping just to gather all the ingredients for an excellent DIY beauty hack. All you need is right in your kitchen.Read on for my top 7 ingredients for natural skin care, so you can get started DIY-ing!
We all want to nourish our skin and present our best. So, we are often on the hunt for that specific product that will take our skin care game to a whole new level. But what if I tell you that game-changer item is hiding in your kitchen cupboards?
Everything you need to nourish your skin is a few beauty hacks away — with ingredients hiding in your pantry and fridge right now.
We are constantly bombarded with ads pushing us to grab the latest skincare products. This whipped moisturizer will transform your skin! This serum is exactly what you need for a healthy glow! BUY IT NOW!
They promise so many benefits to get us hooked. But often, our skin care products can be doing more bad than good. Many of the commercially-produced cleansers, toners, creams, and masks are packed with artificial colors, fragrances, preservatives, and other chemicals and toxins.
When absorbed through the skin's pores, those harmful substances are potentially causing a significant number of long-term adverse health effects.
So what does this mean for your beauty routine?
Regardless of how delicious they smell and look, store-bought beauty products can be damaging for your skin. The good news is that there's still plenty of natural ways to pamper your skin — without the need to buy expensive and harmful commercial products.
Women all over the world have been using natural skin care products for centuries. Beauties of the ancient world, Cleopatra and Nefertiti, serve as examples. They used nature to their skin's advantage and had some of the most admirable skin to show!
Ready to raid your pantry? Let's get on with the top ingredients for your DIY beauty hacks.
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is an extremely versatile and inexpensive natural skin care product. This kitchen pantry item is not just for garden salads. ACV's multiple benefits make it indispensable for DIY beauty hacks.
ACV contains highly beneficial potassium and magnesium. These minerals make it a detoxifying agent when consumed since it boosts liver function and helps balance bacteria in the gut. This way, it addresses skin problems caused by gut issues.
For topical application, ACV's acetic acid content is a badass for kicking bacteria's butt. ACV inhibits bacterial growth on our skin by destroying bacterial biofilms. With no harmful bacteria to cause irritation, our skin will undoubtedly be happily nourished with ACV's help.
With that, ACV has landed a significant part in my night-time routine. I mix 1 part distilled water and one part apple cider vinegar, and this is my toner. Tada! Easy and simple.
Yes, sometimes the more simple a product is, the better. ACV kills bacteria, tones the skin, and fights acne. You might smell like a delicious salad for the first 10 minutes. But I promise you, it is so beneficial that this won't bother you at all!
Note: When choosing ACV, look for organic, unfiltered (raw), with the Mother (floating cloudy substance in vinegar), and unpasteurized (non-refined). Often, filtering and pasteurizing removes the health-boosting natural proteins in ACV. Opting for the unpasteurized type of ACV ensures that you will get all the benefits offered by this ingredient.
Turmeric is a multipurpose product with lots of benefits. So, no wonder this ingredient landed in my top DIY beauty hacks list. I add this star ingredient to my meals, smoothies, and face masks.
When applied onto the skin, turmeric fights acne and brightens the complexion. How?
The active compound of turmeric is curcumin. A yellow pigment, curcumin has potent antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. These properties tell us that curcumin is capable of fighting harmful bacteria, which can lead to acne breakouts and soothing redness and swelling.
Incorporate turmeric into your beauty routine by adding its powder to your face masks. With regular use, clear, glowing, and blemish-free skin will greet you every time you look in the mirror!
Note: Turmeric powder available in most supermarkets contain artificial dyes. These types of turmeric powders can stain the skin yellow. Opt for katsuri turmeric for your DIYs. This type of turmeric powder is pure, organic, and will not leave you looking like a character from The Simpsons.
3. Baking Soda
You can never go wrong with baking soda for DIY beauty hacks. DIYs, in general, are fond of baking soda — whether for cleaning the kitchen sink or whitening teeth.
However, some undermine this ingredient for its simplicity. Nothing fancy about it, right? Yes, it ain't fancy, but this simple ingredient can do a lot for your skin.
Baking soda, a.k.a. sodium bicarbonate is an alkaline substance. This substance is known for its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. Because of these properties, baking soda is great for treating breakouts. Mixing this ingredient with water to make a paste for blemishes can reduce inflammation and discomfort.
You need to be careful, though! Baking soda is a basic chemical that helps neutralize acidic substances. Healthy skin is slightly acidic, with an average 4.7ph level. Using baking soda too frequently can disrupt the natural bacteria on our face's surface.
Because of this precaution, be sure to apply baking soda only once every other week if you are suffering from breakouts and acne. For regular skin care use, those with drier and sensitive skin will benefit from using baking soda once a week. Oilier and resilient skin can use this ingredient up to three times a week.
4. Coconut Oil
I am a huge lover of coconut oil! That is why this ingredient has landed an essential place in my DIY beauty hacks list.
Coconut oil's benefits include: strengthening the skin, removing dead skin cells, and protecting from sunburns. Furthermore, this oil contains antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and antioxidant properties. This study shows that coconut oil is strong enough to fight chronic skin diseases and cutaneous inflammation, including atopic dermatitis (AD).
I use coconut oil for my hair, teeth, and skin. One great use of this oil is removing makeup — removing even stubborn eye makeup. My eyes are sensitive and do not tolerate any chemical ones. So, coconut oil is a godsend for my uber sensitive eyes.
When added to face scrubs, coconut oil has soothing and moisturizing properties. Moreover, this oil can aid in healing wounds, fading scars quicker, and preventing razor burns.
When used internally, coconut oil helps with hormonal and digestive functions, both that are crucial for optimal skin health.
Note: Coconut oil has a chance of clogging pores. To avoid this, only purchase pure coconut oil meant for topical use when making DIY skin care products.
Health buffs just love their avocados! This healthy and fatty fruit does not exist only to fill our bellies with delicious goodness. Avocado is also a go-to ingredient for people who want beautiful skin.
Avocado is an ultra-moisturizing fatty fruit. It contains vitamins A, D, and E — all of which are excellent sources of antioxidants for the skin. This fruit also contains lutein. Lutein is a type of carotenoid that preserves healthy, youthful skin and hair.
When used topically, avocado soothes sunburned skin, boosts collagen, and treats acne spots. Avocados are completely free from added synthetic chemicals, so it might just be nature's best moisturizers!To get this DIY beauty hack's benefits, whip up a homemade avocado face mask with fresh avocados. Combine essential oils and a carrier oil to the mixture to pamper your face and replenish hydration.
6. Aloe Vera
After-sun care calls for aloe vera 99.9% of the time. Most associate aloe vera with its usefulness in aiding heal sunburns. But did you know that it also contains bacteria-fighting, soothing ingredients?
In traditional Chinese medicine, aloe vera has been used to treat skin diseases and infections, and as a natural treatment for fungal diseases.
According to a study conducted in 2009, aloe vera is useful for wound healing, and it also detoxifies you from the inside out. This detox effect is so powerful that when consumed, aloe vera can even decrease the number and size of tumors and parasites in the liver.
Our skin can definitely benefit from this multi-use ingredient. You can use the gel found in the center of the aloe vera leaf for natural skin care products like masks, moisturizers, and remedies for burns and cold sores.
7. Jojoba Oil
Last but not least, in this DIY beauty hacks list is jojoba oil. Throughout my posts, you can read jojoba oil incorporated with many recipes. It's just that good!
Extremely moisturizing and soothing, jojoba oil is one of the most widely used carrier oils. This oil is a liquid wax extracted from the jojoba nut used by the Native American tribes for generations.
Jojoba oil is unique in that, unlike most other vegetable oils, it closely resembles sebum, the natural oil produced by our sebaceous glands. So this oil can act as a natural skin conditioner and moisturizer.
This oil's resemblance to sebum makes it compatible with almost all skin types. This news is excellent for us since jojoba oil comes with so many benefits that we do not want to pass up. This oil moisturizes, fights bacteria, soothes sunburns, reduces signs of aging, treats acne, and soothes drying skin conditions.
I find that the best way to utilize this DIY beauty hack is making a moisturizer. To make my moisturizer, I use jojoba oil as a carrier oil, rosehip seed as an extra-nourishing oil, and a few drops of various essential oils.
I will be talking about my DIY moisturizer in another post. Be sure to check it out!
Note: Be sure to use raw, pure, cold-pressed jojoba oil. Refined versions of this oil have little to none of the benefits. Jojoba oil has a slight nutty smell and bright golden color in the raw form. Read my jojoba oil post for more guidance.
More to come
Skin care products do not have to arrive at the expense of your wallet's content. These 7 DIY beauty hacks can be hiding in your pantry right now!
Even if you don't have these ingredients at the ready, these are all reasonably accessible. Not only that, these are all cheaply priced. So you can get all the benefits for a low, wallet-happy price!
I hope you enjoyed the post as much as I enjoyed writing it.
In future posts, I will be covering some of my favorite recipes for DIY foaming cleansers, toners, scrubs, and moisturizers. So stay tuned!
I would love to hear about your experience with DIY skin care. Do you have any beauty hacks you'd like to share? Go and drop a comment down below!
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