Spring Clean Your Look: All-Natural Skincare Products and Routine for Flawless Skin

Get ready to receive a goldmine of skincare tips and tricks. I am going to give you all my favorite recipes for natural, healthy, DIY skincare products, including face cleanser, pore strips, a facemask, and face cream as well as body wash and body lotion. I’ll also reveal my everyday skincare routine that is quick and easy and delivers amazing results!

I have recently committed to using only all-natural, homemade beauty products… and I’m never going back! Doing so is not only safer and healthier but also more effective and inexpensive.

We, my friends, have been DUPED by the industry. Not long ago, I attended as cosmetic “party” for a certain cosmetic company, which I will not name… We’ve all been to one of these parties, right? You show up thinking you’re going to get a full, free facial and makeover, and three hours of sales pitching and dabbing on drop-sized portions of testers later, you leave with a severely depleted checking account because you believed—you really hoped—that those products would deliver. Sadly? They just don’t.

At the party I attended, their all-inclusive starter kit was $300. THREE-HUNDRED for a starter kit. What I now know is that I can easily make my own products for a year for a fraction of that price—products that won’t actually damage my skin and ruin my health with synthetic chemicals.

Store-bought skincare products are full of harmful ingredients  (for a comprehensive list of these ingredients and more details about the impact certain personal-care product toxins have on our bodies and health, visit the web resources listed at the end of this post). These synthetic chemicals are pore clogging, endocrine disrupting, carcinogenic irritants. Even “organic” products often contain toxins. The industry is highly unregulated, and a product can be labeled “organic” if only 70% of its ingredients are certified-organic.

However, the good news is that you can easily and in very little time make all your own products that actually improve your skin and health. And not for a certain problem on a certain day, but overall and long-term. Not only will you eliminate skin problems, you’ll also prevent them from re-occurring.

So, here you go… First, I’ll share the recipes for the skincare products I use. Then, I’ll detail my daily routine that keeps my skin flawless.

PRODUCTS

Initially, when I was just getting started into all of this, I put in one big order for all the ingredients I needed for my own products. The initial expense, though significantly more than picking up lotion for a couple of bucks at the store, was so worth it because the ingredients last for a long time and can be used in a variety of different products (as in, all the ones you’ll need).

I purchase largely from iHerb.com (with a few smaller purchases of more basic ingredients from my local grocery store) because they have a great variety, good prices, and always deliver in a timely manner. However, most of the more specialized ingredients can also be found at a health store if you prefer to shop there (I occasionally go to Whole Foods, though I tend to stick with iHerb because I’m more of an online shopper).

My initial purchases for all the ingredients I needed (for all of my self-care needs, not just skincare) at the outset of my DIY endeavor amounted to approximately $200. I project that these ingredients would have been sufficient for all my product-making for about a year, but I go through them more quickly than that because when I whip up a batch of products for myself I make extra to sell to family and friends. In fact, I’m able to make a small profit from this—enough to cover the expense of the products I use for myself. So, really, I’m able to purchase and use all my own products for free. I just have to make them…

For the product recipes I am about to give you, you will need:

  1. Liquid castille soap
  2. Grapeseed oil
  3. Apple cider vinegar
  4. Coconut oil (unrefined)
  5. Shea butter
  6. Bentonite clay (Indian Healing Clay is THE BEST)
  7. Aloe vera gelly
  8. Beeswax
  9. Xanthum gum
  10. Almond oil
  11. Jojoba oil
  12. Vitamin-E oil
  13. Vanilla bean powder (optional)
  14. Various essential oils (lavender, frankincense, eucalyptus)

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Face Cleanser

You will need:

  1. 2 tbsp. liquid castille soap
  2. 2 tbsp. aloe vera gelly
  3. 1 tbsp. jojoba oil
  4. 1 tsp. vitamin-E oil
  5. 1/2 tsp. bentonite clay
  6. 10 drops essential oil – frankincense (has anti-aging properties)

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together with either a blender or hand-mixer until thoroughly blended. Pour into container (for my products, I use small, glass containers found at thrift stores).

Directions for Use:

Treat as regular soap. This cleanser cleanses and moisturizes simultaneously. However, be forewarned, this cleanser will not lather because it contains no harmful sulfates for that purpose. That doesn’t mean it’s not working, though… Trust that it is! It takes some getting used to.

Pore Strips

You will need:

  1. 3/4 cup distilled water
  2. 1 tbsp. xanthum gum
  3. 10 drops essential oil – eucalyptus (anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial)

Directions:

Mix together with either a blender or hand-mixer until it reaches a gelatinous consistency. Scrape into container with scraper spatula.

Directions for Use:

Cut strips of paper towel as wide and long as needed to cover desired area. Most paper towels have multiple layers; you will need to peel these layers apart and only use one layer at a time. Use finger to generously apply the product to your face. Cover the area with a paper towel strip and then coat the outside of the strip with more product. Allow to dry and then peel off. Use a wet washcloth to remove any remaining product from your face.

Facemask

You will need:

  1. 3 tbsp. bentonite clay
  2. 1 tsp. almond oil
  3. 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  4. 5 drops essential oil – lavender
  5. Water

Directions:

Stir ingredients together and add a little water at a time until it reaches a paste-like consistency. Scrape into container with scraper spatula.

Directions for Use:

Use finger to apply generously to face. Apply as many coats as needed or desired. Allow to dry before washing off with a warm washcloth. Over time, this product will begin to dry in the jar. Simply add a little water before each use.

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Face Cream

You will need:

  1. 1 1/2 tbsp. coconut oil
  2. 1 tbsp. shea butter
  3. 2 tbsp. almond oil
  4. 2 tsp. beeswax
  5. 1 tsp. vitamin-E oil
  6. 3 tbsp. aloe vera gelly
  7. 5 drops essential oil – lavender and frankincense
  8. Small pinch vanilla bean powder

Directions:

Melt coconut oil, shea butter, almond oil, and beeswax together in a glass bowl over boiling water.

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Once melted, pour into a different bowl and add vitamin-E oil, aloe vera gelly, and essential oil. Mix together with either a blender or hand-mixer until it reaches a salve-like consistency. Add vanilla bean powder (optional) and mix a little more (careful not to add too much vanilla been powder as doing so will turn the face cream brown). Scrape into container with scraper spatula.

Directions for Use:

Treat as regular face cream.

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Body Wash

You will need:

  1. 1/2 cup liquid castille soap
  2. 1/4 cup aloe vera gelly
  3. 2 tbsp. jojoba oil
  4. 20 drops essential oils – lavender and frankincense
  5. Xanthum gum (optional to thicken)

Directions:

Combine all ingredients and stir together. If you add xanthum gum to thicken, you will need to mix the ingredients together with either a blender or hand-mixer so that the xanthum gum will not clump. Poor into container.

Directions for Use:

Treat as regular body wash. This body wash cleanses and moisturizes simultaneously. Also, it’s great to shave with! Be aware, however, that, like the face cleanser, this body wash will not lather because it contains no harmful sulfates for that purpose. Trust that it’s working, though, and you’ll get used to it.

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Body Lotion

You will need:

  1. 3 tbsp. coconut oil
  2. 3 tbsp. grapeseed oil
  3. 1 1/2 tbsp. beeswax
  4. 3 tbsp. aloe vera gelly
  5. 20 drops essential oil – lavender

Directions:

Melt coconut oil, grapeseed oil, and beeswax together in a glass bowl over boiling water. Once melted, pour into a different bowl and add aloe vera gelly and essential oil. Mix together with either a blender or hand-mixer until it reaches a salve-like consistency. Scrape into container with scraper spatula.

Directions for Use:

Treat as regular lotion.

Enjoy!!!

ROUTINE

My routine when it comes to skincare is pretty basic.

I moisturize my entire body using my homemade body lotion as soon as I hop out of the shower (which is typically everyday). This is generally the only time I moisturize my body, with the exception of my hands, which I continue to moisturize throughout the day. However, I do not live in a dry climate. If you do, you might find that moisturizing both at the beginning and end of the day is needed.

In addition to moisturizing after showering, I will spot treat some rough areas with a pumice stone while in the shower (heels and the palm of my hands at the base of my fingers where I’ll get calluses if I forget to wear gloves while lifting weights).

Honestly, when it comes to my face, I tend to forget to do anything when I wake up in the morning. I am not a morning person and usually roll out of bed five minutes after I was supposed to leave for work. The beauty of cultivating a flawless look sans makeup is that I can do this. The problem, of course, is that it would probably be even better for my skin if I did not. I keep travel-sized face cleanser and cream with me, though, as well as a few makeup basics like mascara and an eyebrow pencil, so that I can apply on the fly if I need to.

That leaves me with really just an evening routine when it comes to skincare for my face. In the evening, I first spot treat any problem areas with a professional blackhead and blemish remover kit. I bought this kit on Amazon, and it was well worth the $11 investment. My most difficult area is around my nose where I tend to get clogged pores. Thanks to a diligent skincare routine, healthy eating habits, and a lot of water intake, though, I rarely get pimples. There are those times, though, when I eat an entire pizza and the kit comes in handy. Next, I wash and exfoliate my face with the cleanser. Lastly, I apply the face cream to my face, neck, and chest.

Other than that, 2-3 times a week I will use pore strips and apply a facemask for an extra boost in the skincare department.

Of course, in addition to making your own natural products, the best thing you can do for your skin is to develop healthy eating habits and drink enough water (half your body weight in ounces is standard).

And there you have it. All the skincare products you’ll need and an easy, effective routine for healthy, flawless skin. You are well on your way to mastering the basics of self-care and achieving a great look!

Follow my blog for more natural, healthy self-care products and routines (and more!). In my next post in the “Spring Clean You Look” series, I will be writing about haircare—among other things, I will reveal how to clean and condition your hair using safe and healthy products and techniques.

 

(This post is the second in the “Spring Clean Your Look” series. You can find the first post of that series here.)

Resources

https://www.treehugger.com/organic-beauty/20-toxic-ingredients-avoid-when-buying-body-care-products-and-cosmetics.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/vanessa-cunningham/dangerous-beauty-products_b_4168587.html

8 thoughts on “Spring Clean Your Look: All-Natural Skincare Products and Routine for Flawless Skin

    1. Thanks! Let me know how you like them! 🙂 Of course, any of the recipes can be tweaked to suit your own skincare needs (we’re all different!). If you have acne-prone skin, I would recommend substituting coconut oil in some of the recipes with almond oil.

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  1. Such a helpful post! I m also shifting slowly to DIY Skincare 🙃 Btw please check out my blog I have started blogging recently 🙃

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