This part 2 in a 2 part series on which homemade skin treatments every DIY’er should start with. Last week I shared the easiest of easiest ideas – the blends that only 1-2 ingredients or are not used on the face. Click here to go see Part 1 of this post.
This week I want to talk about some of the easier blends to use on your face or may require some time on the stove.
Here’s a reminder of why I recommend you start with these more simple treatments.
What makes these homemade body treatments so great is the fact that they are helping to become more familiar with the ingredients in a more relaxed, natural way. You’ll also have some really effective products! Then, by the time you make it to a moisturizer you’ll have a better understanding of what works for you.
Sunburn Soother Treatment
My sunburn soother recipe is famous among my friends and family. I have given them the recipe or shared my own blend with almost all of them. And the result – I’m a hero 😉 It’s one of those recipes that will make your realize how awesome it is to DIY even if you only do the simplest blends. It’s just such a money saver and you get so much more for what you spend!
My blend includes aloe vera gel, lavender essential oil, and either Rosehip Oil or St. John’s Wart Oil.
Chapped Lip Treatment – Lip Balm
Of all the blends that require cooking, lip balms is by far the easiest – especially if you keep it simple. Technically, all you need is one oil and some wax. I recommend beeswax because it’s the easiest to work with. Almond oil, peach kernel, argan, and macadamia nut oil are my favorites for my lips.
If you’ve made a lip balm , then a nipple balm blend is almost exactly the same. The only difference is that you’ll want to use oils like Rose Hip or St. John’s Wart Oil in combination with a couple of the other oils used in my lip balm recipe.
Anti Aging Eye Serum
Now we’re getting to the fun stuff right! 🙂 Making an anti-aging eye serum is a great way to learn how each of the oils reacts with the skin on your face. It’s also a great way to start learning about the “anti-wrinkle” oils (both essential and carrier).
So, Which Ingredients Should You NOT start with?
The treatments or recipes you’d want to make for the below conditions are a little more complicated than you might think. I know you know that they’re not easy… please don’t think I’m saying that. I’m just trying to say that there are so many things to consider.
To be clear – I am very certain that you CAN make these treatments or recipes. It’s just that your experience of trying to make one of these could very likely turn you off. This is the last thing that I want! There’s just so much information out there that it’s really really hard to know what information is reliable. And I really really don’t want you to make your skin worse. So, take it slow. Have fun with the easy recipes and blends and then move on to the some of these below.
Rosacea, Eczema, Psoriasis
These conditions are very complex . It’s likely that if you move forward with one of these, you’ll either damage your skin (even though you might not realize it) and experience no result. It’ll just end up turning you off of making your own skin care.
With that said, things like body scrubs can provide great relief on your body.
What ends up happening for a lot of people who have acne when they start to DIY, is that they ruin the PH of their skin. It too is a complex condition.
Hardcore Anti-Wrinkle Blends
Things like a serum are totally fine, but a lot of people start using really complex ingredients that, when combined together create either an acid or alkaline PH that isn’t good for your skin.
Face Masks and Exfoliators
Even something as benign as honey, can mess up the PH balance of your skin. It’s important to get the right kind of honey for your skin type. Clays can be a bit more simple, but then again some of those can be harmful to skin. What I often find with this is that people use it and feel stinging and think that it’s a good thing. Stinging is not a good thing. Ever. I do however think that a face mask would fit on the “moderately easy” list of homemade skin treatments.
Cleansers and All Moisturizers
Cleansers can be a tough one for some of the reasons mentioned above. IF you make a cleanser with one essential oil and some water, that’s totally fine. But as soon as you start blending things up it gets more complicated. Yes, you could ruin your skin but the bigger issue is having the stamina to learn about all of the ingredients and then to apply them to a blend.
One you’ve worked with some of the easier recipes you’ll start getting a better idea of the ingredients. There’s a lot of experimentation with the above treatments and it’s important to have a little fun and success with DIY’ing before delving into this new, fun (and challenging) world homemade beauty.
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