Skincare is so important for me. Clear skin is always in, and it’s essential for ensuring you have a good base for make up application. For me it’s always skin first, make up second. Skin treatments and skincare have been on the agenda for over 3000 years. Ancient Egyptians used anti-wrinkle creams made with the essential oil found in frankincense, which possesses anti-inflammatory properties. In Ancient Rome, face scrubs made from seeds, orris root, and honey were used to refine the skin’s texture. Face masks made with starch and eggs were used to tighten the skin and keep it youthful. Some women even used crocodile sh*t to preserve their complexion! Talk about dedication to the cause…
Today, skincare has changed somewhat. Now it’s been modernised and mass produced, so DIY and at-home skincare is becoming less and less… done at home!
But I am a firm believer that at-home skincare is just as beneficial as the high-end, shop-bought stuff. Many of the essential vitamins and minerals found in high-end skincare products can also be found in your kitchen cupboards or down the fruit and veg aisle in Tesco. I bet half of your kitchens at home are storing products which can be used to treat skin. Tomatoes, cucumber, avocado, eggs, honey, apple cider vinegar, the list goes on! There is so much more, and it can all be used as part of your skincare routine.
Over the past couple of years, I’ve done a lot of research on skincare. I find it so interesting; I have essentially become my own skincare expert! (Which incidentally is something I think all of us should be).
It all starts by working out what type of skin you have. Is it oily, dry, combination, sensitive etc.? I have quite oily skin, but I am also prone to random dry patches. I am also, unfortunately, blemish prone – especially when my hormones are high (so basically when it’s ‘that time of the month’). Once you have worked out your skin type, it’s a simple case of googling what vitamins, minerals and chemicals are going to be good for your skin. And then you just have to know where you can find them.
I have decided to put together a list of my favourite DIY at-home skincare treatments. I want to encourage people to experiment and try new things! Your skin (and your bank account) will thank you later!
- Tomato Face Mask For Oily Skin
Ingredients: 1 large tomato
Instructions: Cut the tomato in half, squeeze and rub the juice (and the seeds) all over the face. Leave for 15 mins before washing off.
This face mask is SO simple, and yet so amazing for treating acne and oily skin. Tomatoes contain antibacterial properties and lots of vitamin C, which are both beneficial for eliminating acne and minimising the redness. The acid in the tomato juice balances skin pH levels and removes the excess oils. An added bonus is that the vitamins will also brighten dull skin, leaving you with a healthy looking glow. I recommend doing this maybe twice a week to maintain flawless skin.
- Cucumber Eyes for Dark Circles
Ingredients: 2 slices of cucumber
Instructions: Place a slice of cucumber over each eye, keeping your eyes shut. Leave on for 10 mins.
I know this is the biggest skincare cliché ever, but it works so why not?! Cucumber contains ascorbic acid and caffeic acids which reduce puffiness by cooling the area, and lowering water retention around the eyes. It also contains lots of vitamin C which is good for lightening and brightening the skin, and will therefore counter any darkness under the eyes. I try to do this every time I do a face mask, which is at least once a week. Definitely don’t eat the cucumber after!
- Potato Peel Acne Treatment
Ingredients: 1 potato
Instructions: Wash and slice a potato. Place a slice over each acne or breakout area. Leave them on for 10 mins before rinsing with water.
Another super simple trick. Potatoes contain antibacterial properties, meaning their juice works as an antiseptic to kill any bacteria on the skin which might be causing acne. It will basically give your skin a deep cleanse! The potato won’t necessarily help with acne scarring, but it will minimize blemishes. Which is still pretty good considering it’s just a potato!
- Olive Oil Bath For Fast Hydration
Ingredients: 5x tablespoons of olive oil
Instructions: After you have washed, add 5x table spoons of olive oil to your bath water. Soak it up and relax for 5 minutes. Then get out and dry off!
The lazy-girl way to get soft skin in just 5 minutes! When your skin is soaked in hot water, it opens the pores up. When pores are open, the skin is able to absorb things a lot easier, and deeper, than usual. So by bathing in hot oil-infused water, you’ll lock in all the moisture from the oil in one swift and effective application. This will leave your skin feeling soft and hydrated, without leaving a greasy layer on top of your skin. I do this maybe once every 2 weeks (when I remember!)
- Apple Cider Vinegar Toner
Ingredients: For sensitive skin: Mix 1 part apple cider vinegar with 4 parts water. For normal/dry skin: Mix 1 part apple cider vinegar with 2 parts water. For oily skin: Mix 1 part apple cider vinegar with 1 part water. (A patch test is recommended first!)
Instructions: Using a cotton pad, rub a light layer of the solution all over the skin. No need to rinse!
The purpose of a toner is to restore the skins natural pH level after cleansing. Acidic toners are good for balancing out the alkaline found in most conventional cleansers. And apple cider vinegar is very acidic! Apple cider also helps lift dead skin cells, and improve acne scarring. It removes any excess oils and generally freshens the skin. I recommend this as a daily part of your skincare routine!
- Turmeric & Honey Face Mask For Dull, Dry Skin
Ingredients: Half a teaspoon of turmeric powder, a table spoon of honey
Instructions: Mix the two together, and layer evenly over clean, dry skin. Leave on for 15 mins, and then wash off.
Honey is full of natural antioxidants, which are great for repairing damaged skin. It also contains enzymes which keep pores open and clear, to prevent bacteria build up which consequently prevents acne breakouts. Turmeric has healing properties, and has actually been used in Chinese medicine for over 4000 years. As well as healing skin, it also reduces excess oils, protects against sun damage and brightens dull skin over time. Together, these two are a powerful skin-saving combination. This mask should be used weekly, but feel free to use it as often as you like, there’s no harm!
So, there you have it! These are just some of my favourite DIY skincare saviours. I really hope you enjoyed this blog post and I hope it was somewhat informative!
Please do message or tag me if you try out any of these treatments, or let me know if you have any others which I should try out! You can find all my contact details on the contact page (duhhh!)