Let’s face it, it has been established that we love DIY. It’s not just about being frugal, it’s just have so much more fun making or doing something for yourself. N’est-ce pas?
There are a few things I do for skincare that I learned from good ole YouTube and now never forget to include in my regimen. There will be another post similar to Ash’s Skin Care Regimen soon but here are some of the things I have made for my skin using products found around the kitchen.
Face – Oil Cleansing Method (OCM)
I have been doing this for quite a few years now, and I absolutely love it. I ensure I do this once a week during my extra steps skin care night. It’s really simply and you only need the following:
- 1/2 Olive oil – it cleanses and moisturizes.
- 1/4 Castor Oil – moisturizes
- 1/4 Jojoba Oil – moisturizes
Once a week, I massage the oil on my face and neck. I dampen a washcloth with hot tap water and place over my face for about a 15 secs to open the pores. Then I remove (squeeze) all blackheads from my nose area (yum), wash the cloth with hot water and then wipe the entire area. I then dampen the washcloth with cold water and place over my face for 15 secs to close the pores, then wipe the area. This makes my skin feel so refreshed whenever I do this! Even the next day, my skin is soft and my complexion is clear. You can use other oils like grapeseed oil since that’s great for sensitive skin, or almond oil since that also moisturizes. All these oils are also great moisturizers for haircare if you have dry hair/scalp. Quite frankly, the uses for many of these oils really deserve a separate post! And though I do have oily skin, this isn’t a concern since this method serves to really cleanse and refresh the skin.
Lips – honey & sugar scrub//toothbrush
Simple! Mix honey and sugar (I use brown) making your own scrub (make sure there is enough sugar to make it really grainy), massage over your lips and let it sit there for a few seconds. Wash off with warm water and enjoy soft lips. Warning – you will be tempted to lick it all off. I do this at night and then apply some lip balm.
Another great way to exfoliate your lips is using an extra toothbrush to rub your wet lips in a circular motion. I sometimes I do it right after I brush my teeth and there is still toothpaste on my mouth. Say goodbye to that annoying dead skin! Don’t forget to apply lip balm.
Elbows, Knees, Armpits – Baking soda paste
For some of us these areas tend to be darker than we’d like. Mix some baking soda with water into a thick paste and rub on these areas before you shower. You’ll notice the skin is smoother and will slowly get a bit lighter with time (if you’re consistent). Once in a while I even use the paste on my the darker spots on my face (like my chin). This can also be used to exfoliate your lips.
*Baking soda has several uses around the home from cleaning the tub to absorbing odors from your fridge, drain or compost bin.
And there you have it, just a few DIY methods to take care of your skin. With all the various options available, it can be daunting and sometimes it just comes down to the simpler solutions that would achieve the same results. The oils can be found at any natural food store while other things like the baking soda, honey and sugar are of course at the grocery. I buy my baking soda at the neighbourhood dollar store to save a few pennies.
Do you have any DIY skin care tips you’d like to share? Do you do any of these things listed above? What do you think?