Deciding on the best (and most affordable) homemade beauty ingredients to use in a skin care product can be very challenging – especially if you are on a budget (is anyone not these days?) or have ever-changing or troubled skin like many of us do.
One of the things that I do to make the DIY process easier (and more affordable) for myself is this > I create a base product that is suitable for all skin types and then modify the extra ingredients to suit the season or skin condition. I do this mostly for creams and cleansers.
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To create this base blend I focus on using ingredients that
- tend to balance the oil creation in the sebaceous glands,
- don’t have any effect of either drying or moisturizing the skin, and
- are friendly to my wallet.
I might splurge on the other ingredients that I use in moderation, but the base is pretty affordable.
This article is going to include a combination of some really popular ingredients as well some ingredients that you may not know as much about. I’ll also include oils as well as items you can find in your kitchen or grocery store. And I’ll make sure to include some of the cons of these ingredients as well.
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What if you’re allergic?
Coconut oil is one of the most popular homemade beauty ingredients used in skin care today. It’s a great oil with a lot of benefits for the skin on your face and body and also for you hair.
Aside from the price, one of the things I like about it is the fact that you can use it all on its own. I’ve used it, with nothing else, on my face on more than one occasion. Often even! But it’s also a great base oil and combines well with other ingredients.
As with everything, some people are allergic to this oil. If that’s you, then you can Jojoba Oil instead. It’ll be a bit more expensive, but not as costly as some of the other oils. If you have oily skin you might be able to use it on its own, but if your skin is on the dry side and you live in a dry climate you’ll want to mix it with another carrier oil.
Check out these simple ways to use coconut oil in your skin and hair.
Argan oil? Really? Yes. Really! 🙂
Here’s the thing about argan oil – a little goes a looooong way. And personally, I think it’s a far better option than coconut oil – especially in winter. I find I get far better results when using it in my hair and on my face in terms of absorption and longer-lasting skin softness. I also find it offers better protection on windy days.
With that said, it probably wouldn’t be affordable if you were to slather it all over your body, every day. You could, but I’d probably mix it with coconut oil or another oil suitable to your skin type.
Check out some of these super simple every day recipes using Argan Oil.
Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
This is one of my favorite essential oils. In fact, of all the oils on this list it’s the one homemade beauty ingredient I’ve been using since BEFORE I studied aromatherapy. I use it in my moisturizer and apply it as a perfume on special occasions.
It is the one essential oil that is great great for sensitive skin and will balance your skin type. I learned about this when I was trying to balance my combination skin. The only problem is that it doesn’t have any anti aging properties – that’s ok though because both coconut oil and argan oil do. Plus, there are a ton of other essential oils that have anti aging properties and mix beautifully with Ylang Ylang (i.e. Frankincense).
I love beeswax. And even though it needs to be melted and combined with other ingredients I think it’s a great wax for any skin type. Regardless of whether you have dry or oily skin you still need the use of a natural wax (aka. Beeswax) to provide a barrier between your skin and the elements. It helps to prevent dirt from entering your pores and protects your skin from the wind. This is important for face products, lip products and balms.
To make sure you get the best benefit for your skin type, make sure to blend it with the appropriate carrier oils. For example – some carrier oils combined with beeswax will hold some of your oil in, which is great for dry skin. Whereas others will allow your skin to breathe a little bit more which is better for oily skin.
It’s also very affordable and easy to find.
Dead Sea Salt
Most people use regular sea salt and epsom salts which are great, but dead sea salt is even better! The latter (regular sea salt and epsom) tend to be a bit more drying to skin whereas dead sea salt can be of benefit even on dry and sensitive skin. If your skin is really dry you might want to use it in moderation, but my personal experience is that it doesn’t dry my skin at all. And I use it almost every night when I take a bath.
I also use dead sea salt when making body scrubs. I exfoliates my skin and is also healing. In addition, it will also help to heal scars or mosquito bites. And if you have issues with acne it can be really, really helpful for that too. If you’re using it for acne, just make sure you use it in extreme moderation – I mix a 1/8 of a teaspoon in 4 oz of pure spring water to help me avoid and cure acne.
Important note if using it on your face: If you feel any stinging when using the water and dead sea salt blend on your face you need to add more water to your blend. And if it still persist, don’t use it any more. It could mean that the skin on your face is too sensitive for it.
I share a lot more of the benefits of Dead Sea Salt, plus everyday uses in this article here.
This is a bit of a tricky addition to this list because each skin type would need to use a different type of milk. Buttermilk for oily skin, whole fat milk for dry skin, 2% or almond milk for normal or combination skin.
I use 2% milk (or even Kefir) to wash my face when I feel like the PH has been thrown off or am getting more pimples. I’ll do so for about a week.
To be honest though, I wouldn’t use this every single day. I think milk and other milk products like Yogurt or Kefir are excellent for a skin detox and occasional cleansing, but as a day-to-day product used for the long term I think that it could clog pores.
One last IMPORTANT note: you absolutely must use no-sugar-added, organic milk products on your face. If not, you will cause more harm than good.
Here’s a great resource article on the subject at Dermacore.