These are my 4 favorite DIY skin care recipes. They’re super simple, effective, and they all use cheap ingredients that you probably already have!
- Exfoliate with Lime & Brown Sugar Scrub.
I was at Sephora recently and saw a tiny jar of sugar scrub for $34. I love Sephora as much as the next person, (I’m a major sucker for accruing points that I’ll probably never cash in on..), but that’s crazy! I’ve been making this concoction for a while now, and it’s awesome. It takes a matter of seconds and it smells like a margarita. You can make a larger amount if you want to use it as a body scrub, but I usually just make a small amount and use it on my face. I wouldn’t recommend making it ahead of time, as the sugar starts to dissolve and doesn’t do it’s job as a scrubber. Mix it up right before you’re ready to use it. I just put a tablespoon or so of brown sugar in a dish and squeeze in enough fresh lime juice to turn it into a wet-sand consistency. It doesn’t take much. Scrub away!
- Brighten your complexion with a Honey & Lemon mask.
This one smells wonderful as well, and really does work to brighten your complexion. I can tell a difference immediately after rinsing it off. I make this in small amounts because it doesn’t take much to cover your face and honey ain’t cheap. A teaspoon of honey is enough, and then I squeeze in lemon juice while stirring just until it gets a thinner consistency. The juice of one small lemon wedge is plenty. Massage it all over the face (avoiding the eyes, obviously.) I typically leave it on for 5-10 minutes, then rinse!
- Shrink your pores with Egg Whites.
If I’m being honest, this one kind of grosses me out, but it’s truly impressive how well it works. The obvious effects don’t last more than a day or so, but try it and you’ll be amazed at how smooth your skin looks afterwards. Crack a raw egg and separate the yolk from the whites. Now it’s as easy and rubbing the whites all over your face. I typically leave it until a few minutes after it’s dry, and then rinse really well. I actually did this the morning of our wedding and it worked great. (Although I wouldn’t recommend doing ANYTHING you’ve never tried before on the day of your wedding..) I’ve also heard of people making pore clearing strips for the nose or forehead by dipping a piece of paper towel into raw egg whites and then leaving the strip in place until it’s completely dry. I haven’t had great luck with this, maybe because it takes more patience than I have. But feel free to try it and let me know what you think!
- Even-out your skin tone with Apple Cider Vinegar.
I have rosacea and I HATE it. Most people wouldn’t know, because I’ve gotten pretty good at covering it without looking like I’m wearing a ton of makeup. I’ve talked with my dermatologist, who’s only suggestion is trying a very expensive laser to zap the blood vessels that are causing the redness. I am up for trying pretty much anything before going that route, and have heard about using apple cider vinegar topically to get rid of the redness. I’ve been using it as a toner for 7 days now, and can seriously tell a difference. I mix a tablespoon of ACV with a tablespoon of water, and apply it all over my clean face with a cotton ball, then let it sit for 10-ish minutes before washing it off. (I usually do this before I take a shower, because it smells like, well, vinegar.) I use the cloudy looking, all-natural ACV because it’s supposed to have a much better affect than the more processed version. I’ve actually been applying it to the back of my arms too, because I am so fortunate as to have redness there as well. It’s helping!
Have fun with your new homemade skincare products!