Let’s face it, skincare can be expensive. Like, very expensive. With so many brands to choose from, each one as popular as the next, it’s difficult deciding on what to go for. You don’t want to spend loads on a skincare line that does nothing for you but, at the same time, high street brands just aren’t cutting it any more. Not to mention the fact that skincare products need replenishing often. Sooner or later, your pockets are going to start feeling it.
That’s why DIY is your friend, more so now than ever before. Essential oils and natural face masks are creating so much buzz in the beauty world and rightly so. There is a lot to be benefitted from here, especially when you know what you’re putting on your face is good for you. Besides if you’re willing to splash out £30 or more on just a cleanser alone, what harm is there investing in good DIY practices? So let’s dive right in…
Have you noticed how good your skin is after you’ve taken a nice swim in the beach? That’s because the water you find there is rich in dead sea salt. Dead sea salt is in turn rich in minerals such as magnesium, bromide, potassium, sulphur, calcium, zinc and so on. Each one aids the skin in a number of ways, such as healing and regenerating skin cells, moisturising and softening the skin as well as detoxifying and cleansing pores. One thing I like to do is dissolve dead sea salt in warm water in any sort of bottle, allowing it to sit for 30mins or so. I then use that every morning and night as a toner, wiping away at my cleansed face with cotton buds ready to be moisturised. I also make sure to replenish this every 2 weeks. I find that drug store toners can be either too drying or too harsh on my skin. This method is far more natural and cheaper to sustain. It has definitely made a big difference to my overall skin health. Give it a go, it may work for you too.
Another way to utilise dead sea salt is to mix it with 100% raw organic manuka honey for an incredibly purifying face mask. Manuka honey is rich in the antibacterial methylglyoxal (MG). Whereas most types of honey have MG in small amounts, manuka honey boasts up to 100 times more. Because of this, it is ideal for blemished and inflamed skin. It is also full of amino acids that help fight away dead skin cells and therefore clearing pores. It is also said to promote collagen, one of the main components needed to fight aging skin. Mixing manuka honey with two teaspoons of dead sea salt should create a smooth paste perfect for a weekly face mask. The two together may just work wonders on acne battered skin.
Turmeric has been used for centuries as a beauty product. It has many skin benefits that may surprise you: it is an excellent exfoliating medium that can help anti-aging; it can help regulate sebum by reducing oil production and it can help lighten acne scars and stretch marks overtime. I’m sure there are more skin benefits that I’m missing out but point is, turmeric powder is incredibly useful for many reasons, both orally and topically. What I like to do is mix a teaspoon or two with natural yoghurt and a drop of essential oils such as jojoba and rosehip. Altogether this creates a very antibacterial but exfoliating face mask that I use when I feel my hyperpigmentation is acting up. Do be aware that it can leave a yellowy tint on your face after you wash it off but this goes after a day or so (the aforementioned toner above helps clear it up faster). Regardless with all the benefits of turmeric powder, I am happy to walk around as an extra for The Simpsons if it means my skin thanks me for it.
I’m sure by now you’re aware of the avocado frenzy that’s happening all around us right now. Pretty much everyone is consuming this superfood in every way possible because of all the benefits that come with it. But did you know avocado also makes for an excellent face mask? It can help moisturise and cleanse your skin in ways you did not know was possible. Dry skin sufferers, this one will probably make your week. The flesh of the avocado is so creamy that it can make for a solid base for a face mask. It is also packed with nutrients, all of which can improve the overall balance and glow of the skin. Carrots are antiseptic and therefore a good addition to this mask if you’re looking to rejuvenate your skin cells. I also like to add a teaspoon of olive oil to this face mask. This is because olive oil contains a natural moisturiser called squalene. This helps combat the overproduction of sebum massively, which we all know is a big reason as to why greasy, clogged pores are even a thing. This DIY face mask is excellent for when your face is feeling tight and dry but is also showing signs of breaking out soon. Give it a try one day when you’re happy to skip an avocado and poached egg breakfast!
Tea tree oil is a must-have beauty essential. The oil that is extracted from tea tree leaves is packed with antibacterial properties. This powerful oil can help combat inflammation and acne scarring. It is a must-have because it’s so easy to make use of for several occasions. Because the oil is so concentrated, however, I would suggest diluting it with some Witch Hazel (ratio 10-90) before applying it to infected areas. Witch Hazel is very good at treating skin irritants so you can imagine the strength of both this and tea tree oil against inflamed pesky pimples and nasty acne scars. Next time you feel the urge to dab something onto them, go for this powerful double act.
Hopefully this article has enlightened you as to how natural and organic products can help your overall skin health and issues. Of course not everything will always work but these are 5 DIY skincare tips that I’ve found much success in. If you’re reading this then you’re probably wondering about one or two of these tips. I say go for it – you’ve got little to lose and everything to gain. Happy DIY!