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Homemade All Natural Skin Care Recipes

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Are you confident about your cooking skills? Then you will do just fine in mixing these skin care recipes that we’ll share with you. Pull out your glass bowls and make sure you sterilize them beforehand. Also, keep in mind that all fruits and vegetables should be as fresh and natural as possible.

Pure ingredients equal pure results. Speaking of skin care, always take a holistic approach. Usually, skin disturbances have multiple origins, affecting mind, body and spirit, each of which must be noticed and addressed.

Ok, the ground rules are covered and we can go to work. We’ll cover a wonderful variety of natural recipes; so roll up your sleeves! 

​Most Natural Skincare Recipes Use Herbal Oils

For your knowledge, adding herbs to an oil base can enhance the therapeutic properties of the oil. The essential oils and herbal derivatives form the building blocks of cleansers and moisturizers for the face and skin. Cleansing is the most important step of your skin care routine. Using an aggressive cleanser, you can strip the good oils from your skin and damage the surface.

Many skin imbalances are caused by over-cleansing the skin, since we’ve been conditioned to believe that only harsh and foamy cleansers are effective. This can create a whole new set of problems as the skin tries to correct itself. Here are some gentle cleanser recipes that we recommend:

Oil-Blend Cleanser

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1. Take a 2-ounce glass bottle and pour in apricot kernel oil.
2. Add the 3 essential oils: lavender, cypress and rosemary. Mix the oils by closing and rolling the bottle between your hands.
3. Now, pour in jojoba oil and mix a second time.
4. Apply a small amount of the cleansing oil blend to a dampened face and neck. You can use your fingertips or a cotton pad.
5. Rinse off with cool water.

Yogurt-Applesauce Cleanser

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2 tablespoons of yogurt

1 tablespoon of applesauce

1 teaspoon of baking soda

Honey-Grape Cleanser

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1 teaspoon of honey

1 cup of grapes with seeds

1 teaspoon of olive oil

1/2 teaspoon of baking soda

5 tablespoons of whole milk​

Homemade Body Wash

Natural Toners and Scrubs

Green Tea-Lavender Toner

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Notes:

a) It is recommended for all skin types.
b) Use this toner after cleansing to recharge your skin. Green tea will act as your antioxidant and aloe vera will draw moisture into your skin for a perfect glow.
c) Keep the toner in the refrigerator.

Sunflower-Applesauce Toner

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Notes:

a) Recommended for all skin types.
b) This scrub is a bit runny, so put on a shower cap to keep your hair away and wrap a towel around your shoulders. The malic acid in the applesauce will help to refine the skin’s surface and remove dead skin cells.
c) Do not store it. Mix as needed.

All Natural Recipes For Other Parts Of The Body

Chamomile Eye Treatment

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2 chamomile tea bags

1/3 cup of water (preferably filtered)

Night Eye-Restore Treatment

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1 teaspoon of avocado

1/4 teaspoon of avocado oil

1/4 teaspoon of whole and plain yogurt​

Wild Foot-Restore Treatment

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1 teaspoon of avocado oil

1 teaspoon of sesame oil

1 teaspoon of jojoba oil

​4 drops of clover oil

Rosehip Hand-Restore Treatment

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5 drops of rosehip oil

1/2 teaspoon of olive oil

1 tablespoon cocoa butter

​1/3 teaspoon of vitamin E oil

Are you ready to go wild with all of these recipes? By the way, visit this page to learn more about natural homemade skin care for every skin type.

Have fun, and as always… to your natural beauty and vibrancy!

The Best Natural Skin Care Ingredients

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We hear two big buzzing concepts in skincare currently - 'organic' and 'natural.' There is no doubt that natural skin care ingredients benefit your skin on multiple levels… from replenishing its real moisture to supplying nutrients to the skin.

However, before you start buying ingredients randomly and slapping them on your skin, it would be helpful to know a few factors first:

1. Know your skin type (oily, dry, sensitive or combination). Some oils are better than others when it comes to supporting a certain skin type.

2. Identify any existing allergies. We are inclined to believe that organic will turn out to be the ultimate and universal cure for our skin. However, that is not the case. In fact, some organic products may even hurt your skin by triggering certain allergies. There is a group of organic products that are sold in their purest (raw) forms that contain more allergens, which can lead to long-lasting rashes and even eczema. People with acne prone skin should also be very cautious. You can study some of our skin care recipes for acne to learn more.

3. Don't be hung up on the word "organic." Organic does not automatically mean that the plant is clean and safe to use. You might recall the recent June 2011 E. coli outbreak in Europe that caused several deaths. The outbreak was from contaminated bean sprouts grown on an "organic" farm. Even the USDA states on their website the following:

"Are cosmetics made with "organic" ingredients safer for consumers than those made with ingredients from other sources? No. An ingredient's source does not determine its safety. For example, many plants, whether or not they are organically grown, contain substances that may be toxic or allergenic. For more on this subject, see FDA Poisonous Plant Database."

The terms 'organic' and 'natural' are largely responsible for fueling the misconception that all synthetic ingredients are automatically bad and that all organic or natural skin care ingredients are automatically good. Again, it is not all black and white. There are some man-made materials that are necessary (that are used as a preservative) and are not harmful to the skin if formulated properly.

Besides, in oder to receive an 'organic' label from the USDA, a skincare product must contain at least 95 percent organically produced ingredients. How about the other five percent? Even though a lot of cosmetic products do contain organic ingredients, they may also contain synthetic ingredients, so the term 'organic' does not apply to the whole formula. Therefore, it is important for all of us to have a basic understanding of what variations of synthetics are safe and what chemicals are absolutely toxic.

What To Look For When Picking Natural Skin Care Products?

Now, lets look at some powerful ingredients that you may want to use on your skin:

Purified water (triple-filtered and reverse osmosis purified) - removes chemicals from water either through filters or through osmosis, which stunts the chemicals to the side leaving the remaining water chemical-free.

Seaweed Extract (algae extract) is loaded with minerals. The natural active ingredients provide effective hydration and regeneration of skin. It is high in proteins and fatty acids, therefore, it targets skin aging from two different angles. On one hand it strengthens skin's fibers to lift and tone; while on the other, fatty acids improve skin's elasticity and firmness.

Organic Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii) is very rich and nourishing. It is an excellent skin protector and effective in the treatment of scars, stretch marks, eczema, burns, acne, blemishes, severely dry skin, chapped lips. Also, it can be used to repair very dry and damaged hair.

Vitamin E (Tocopherol Acetate) has very high amounts of essential fats and antioxidants which help accomplish shedding away dead skin cells and replacing them with healthy new cells leaving moisturized, soft and smooth skin. It also in an anti-inflammatory.

Organic Aloe Vera Juice is an essential first aid necessity. There are over 400 species of Aloe Vera. It's a potent healing and regenerative agent especially for burns, rashes or sunburn. Aloe Vera juice can also be taken internally to aid digestion and has been effective in soothing stomach ulcers and improving regularity of the colon, among other benefits.

Organic Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia Chinensis) a wax ester, which are naturally found in skin, is the closest in composition to the skins natural sebum so it's very easily absorbed and rarely causes reactions. It has a very slight odor and can be used as a carrier for other ingredients and oils. Jojoba oil is rich in vitamins E, and B, as well as minerals such as zinc, copper and silicon chromium. Besides, it has antimicrobial properties and it nourishes and revitalizes the skin.

Organic Grapeseed Oil (Vitis Vinifera) is easily absorbed and doesn't leave a greasy residue on the skins surface. It's a light oil rich in vitamins, minerals proteins and low in saturated fats. Grapeseed oil helps strengthen tissue cells and has very nourishing properties.

Organic Rosehip Seed Oil is known to improve overall appearance of skins natural tone and color. It is very high in linoleic and linolenic acid (Vitamin F) which are essential skin nutrients; Vitamin A, which helps with cell regeneration, collagen and elastin production, leading to firmer, smoother and more elastic skin; and essential fatty acids (Vitamin E), which help accomplish healthy skin. Studies show its regenerative success with damaged skin such as scar tissue, acne scars, burn scars, surgical scars, chicken pox, premature aging, stretch marks, dermatitis, psoriasis, UV and radiation damage.

Organic Avocado Oil (Persea Gratissima) is a rich and nourishing moisturizer that penetrates deeper into the skin than any other plant, making it ideal for mature skin. It is high in vitamins A, which assists with cell regeneration and D, which is a powerful anti-oxidant and anticarcinogen. Also, it is rich in vitamin E, which is considered the youth mineral due to numerous benefits for anti-aging such as reducing wrinkles, protection from UV rays, pollution and other free radicals. Organic Tangerine Oil (Citrus Nobilis) is a god send for mothers-to-be. It's an extremely calming and refreshing oil which relieves fatigue, stress and fluid retention while preventing stretch marks.

Organic Sweet Almond Oil (Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis) is rich in vitamin D, protein, glucosides, minerals, oleic and fatty acids. It is an excellent nourishing emollient helping condition the skin resulting in younger, softer looking skin. Sweet almond oil is particularly useful in relieving itchy, dry, sore and inflamed skin experienced during pregnancy.

Organic Unrefined Beeswax (Cera Alba) is a very hydrating wax ester. It increases the essential moisture and protects the skin.

Organic Sugar-Cane Ethanol is a natural solvent for herbs and delivers beneficial ingredients deep into the skin.

D-Panthenol (Vitamin B5) is a natural humectant used in shampoos and conditioners. It binds the hair shafts and seals the surface. It is very healing and soothing. Non-GMO Lecithin (soybean oil) is an excellent restoring agent. Its natural and moisturizing factors soften and hydrate the skin.

Non-GMO Lecithin has the capability to penetrate deeply into the skin, delivering other ingredients to the cellular level.

Organic Marshmallow Extract (Althaeu officinalis) is used to treat inflammation. It's believed to help soothe, soften and heal skin.

Grapefruit Extract is a potent antibacterial and anti-fungal agent. Caution - make sure it is only real grapefruit extract. Companies often want to avoid liabilities and opt for industrial 'grapefruit extracts' that have harmful additives such as benzethonium chloride. Once again, watch what you buy because it depends on the product.

Green Tea Extract is a great antioxidant and counteracts irritation caused by acidic products on the skin.

Organic Witch Hazel Extract is a natural astringent and anti-inflammatory derived from the steamed distillation of twigs and shrubs. Witch hazel has been the natural toner for over 100 years.

Organic Lavender (Lavendula Angustifolia) has been known to improve circulation which actually helps in reducing cellulite and water retention. Lavender can help acne troubled skin due to its antiseptic and antibiotic properties. Its regenerative and calming properties are suitable for all skin types.

Organic Neroli (Citrus Aurantuim Amara) carries an intense scent and is best used mixed with jojoba oil. It can be used by all skin types and is particularly beneficial for fragile, mature and dry skin.

Olive Extract is great for removing make-up. It is full of anti-oxidants and it is an excellent skin protector because it is high in vitamin E and full of anti-oxidants.

Xanthan and Natural Gum is a natural thickener, emollient, binder and stabilizer. It is found in various tropical and asian plants and trees like acacia. 

It is good to keep in mind that some of the natural skin care ingredients mentioned above must be 'organic,' because if the soil contains pesticides, herbicides and / or other chemicals, they would be absorbed into the plant.

Is this a long enough list for you? Joking aside, let us know what natural skin care ingredients would you add to this list?

Oh, and if you would like to put some of these ingredients to work and learn a few fun skin care recipes, then visit naturalvibrancy.com

Sources: SkinDeep, The Green Beauty Guide

Natural Skin Care Recipes For Acne

skincare recipes for acne

Acne can be caused by a combination of factors. The three main factors are:
1. bacteria on the skin
2. the amount of oil the skin produces and... 
3. how easily the pores are clogged.

It doesn’t mean that you jump up and run to scrub your skin because it is dirty. Keep in mind to always treat your troubled skin gently. And it applies to both teen and adult acne. Teen acne is usually caused by genetics and diet; while adult acne is caused by changes in our diet and exercise patterns, as well as stress.

By trading (sometimes unconsciously) fresh food for easy to prepare processed foods, we ingest low quality nutrients that don’t provide the support that our skin needs. Now that we try to juggle so many responsibilities all at once, our stress levels sky-rocket. Stress can aggravate acne. So, please take all of these factors into consideration.

Some Useful Skin Care Tips for Acne

Tip #1: use a mild soap-free cleanser to cleanse your skin (never soap).
True soap can strip your skin and may contain acne-triggering ingredients like sodium tallowate. So pick a natural soap-free face wash that comes in liquid or bar formulations.

Tip #2: wash your skin twice a day (not more).
You might think repeated cleansing will prevent breakouts, but that’s not the case. Too much washing can dry and irritate your skin. Or compulsive cleansing can annoy your oil glands and trigger a new breakout.​

Tip #3: limit astringent.
Using astringent more than once or twice a day can dry out and irritate your skin. You might try a product labeled for sensitive skin, which contains less alcohol than regular astringents.​

Tip #4: avoid the grainy scrubs.
These grainy exfoliants may feel like they are helping your skin because they dry up oil and temporarily tighten your pores. Usually, however, they tend to be too rough and abrasive. These products can make your skin parched, flaky and can even result in tiny broken capillaries.​

Tip #5: don’t ever squeeze a pimple.
…Don’t matter how tempted you are. You may push the infection deeper into the skin. The same rule applies to blackheads as well. They can be deceptively deep and trying to extract them may break your skin, causing inflammation. This no-squeeze rule is even more important for people with dark skin, because of a possible pigment or permanent dark spot development.​

Tip #6: if fighting mild blemishes with benzoyl peroxide, use the lowest concentration available.
Treat mild acne with the 2.5% benzoyl peroxide product. It will be just as effective without overdrying your skin. Use it once or twice a day. Overusing the product, same thing; it can leave the skin surrounding the blemish red and flaky. For mild acne, at night is enough (until your pimple stops being itchy or painful). From that point on, it’s hands off, since a pimple takes around two weeks to heal and it will fade faster if it’s left alone.​

Tip #7: hide blemishes with oil-free foundations.
Camouflage blemishes with tinted, medicated concealers that go with oil-free or water-based foundations. Blemish concealers can be tinted or clear, and you can use them on bare skin or under makeup. As for foundations, stick with products that are noncomedogenic (it is a term applied to makeup and skin care products that do not block pores).​

Tip #8: wash away sweat and oils after your workouts.
Workouts are great, but perspiration and oil are a deadly pair for acne-prone skin. No worries, you can still keep your skin in good shape… if… (a) you don’t wear makeup or moisturizer to the gym, (b) you soak up or dry sweat midway through your workout, (c) you cleanse immediately after your workout and don’t give oil a chance to block your pores (soap-free cleanser and warm water), (d) you slip out of your sweaty exerciseware, especially if it’s made of spandex (doesn’t allow the skin to breathe and can clog pores).​

Tip #9: if your acne is severe - see a dermatologist.
If over-the-counter products (including benzoyl peroxide) don’t clear your skin in four to six weeks, consider consulting a dermatologist.​

Natural Homemade Skin Care

When Preparing Skincare Recipes At Home You Must Remember…

1. Always sterilize! Always use glass bowls and jars to mix and store homemade products. Glass will not react with the naturally occurring acids present in many of the mentioned ingredients.
2. Always store any remaining home-made skincare products in a sealed glass jar.
3. All ingredients from vegetables to fruits must be fresh. Otherwise… what’s the point…?

All recipes that we’ll share with you are great for acne. However, some will be better for oily, and others for dry or combination, skin types (it will be mentioned under each recipe). If you would like to test some other recipes (not acne dedicated), click here to hop over to another page. While, on this page, we’ll cover recipes in the following categories: cleansers, mists or toners, gentle scrubs and masks.

homemade skin care for acne

Natural Skin Cleanser Recipes

Milky Way Cleanser

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2 tablespoons of milk or cream
2 teaspoons almond meal
1 tablespoon of almond oil
1 teaspoon of lemon juice

Lemon-Papaya Cleanser

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Targeted for skin problem and type:
- Acne [oily skin and combination skin]

Homemade Skin Care For Oily Skin

In this video you’ll find two quick and easy recipes for acne prone and oily skin types. You can use these recipes even if you are going through menopause.

Acne Recipes For Various Skin Types

Chamomile-Rosemary Toner-Mist

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Targeted for skin problem and type:
- Acne [dry skin and combination skin]

Outmeal-Honey Scrub

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1 tablespoon of oats
1 tablespoon of sunflower seeds
2 tablespoons of yogurt
1 teaspoon of honey

Strawberry-Honey Mask

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Targeted for skin problem and type:
- Acne [oily skin]

Milk-Honey Mask

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Targeted for skin problem and type:
- Acne [dry skin]

Wow, this list will keep you busy for about 6 months. But just to make sure, here is another group of homemade skin care recipes for you. Enjoy!

It would be great if you could test some of these recipes out and let us know how they worked on your skin.

10 Homemade Skin Care Recipes That Are Easy And Fun

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Homemade skin care products can be a fun and simple way to nourish your skin. Who said it has to be difficult? We’ll share with you some easy-to-make recipes in this post and more in the future ones. The beauty of making your own natural skin care recipes is that you know what each contains and can select the ones with the ingredients that are right for your individual skin needs. Everyone’s skin is different with some unique challenges.

Obviously, you can test all of these recipes, but we would recommend that you have a closer look at your skin and decide what areas need the most attention and what changes you want to make to them. In other words, proceed with a goal and a final result in mind. Make a list of all your issues and then decide which change would yield the biggest benefit. Then start moving in that direction by picking the recipe that might help with that particular problem.

CAUTION! Homemade Skincare Recipe Mixers 

RULES TO REMEMBER:

1. Must sterilize! Always use glass bowls and jars to mix and store homemade products. Glass is safe to sterilize, and it will not react with the naturally occurring acids present in many of these ingredients. What’s the proper way to sterilize? Simply soak your glassware in very hot water mixed with soap and one tablespoon of bleach for around 15 minutes. Then rinse under boiling hot water to remove the soap and bleach; after which, just wipe dry.

2. Storage: always store any remaining homemade skincare products in a sealed glass jar.

3. Fresh ingredients! All ingredients from vegetables to fruits must be fresh. Otherwise, your efforts will turn into a big waste of time (unless time is not a concern).

So here we go…

Skin Care Recipes For Combination Skin

Three Skin Cleanser Recipes

Strawberry-Honey Cleanser

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4 very ripe strawberries  

1/2 teaspoon of honey

​2 drops lavender oil

Oats-Calendula Cleanser

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Targeted for skin problem and type:

- Acne [dry skin & combination skin]
- Pregnancy [dry skin & combination skin]
- Menopause [all skin types]
- Chemotherapy and Post-Chemotherapy [all skin types]

Dark Grape Cleanser

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15 dark grapes with seeds

1 teaspoon of olive oil

1 tablespoon of very fine cornmeal

Three Face Mask Recipes

Avocado-Yogurt Mask

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1. Mix all ingredients in a glass bowl.
2. Apply to damp skin and leave on for 15 minutes.
3. Rinse off with warm water.
4. Gently dry it and follow with non-comedogenic moisturizer (listed below, under Skin Moisturizer).

Oatmeal-Apple Mask

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Targeted for skin problem and type:

- Acne [all skin types]
- Pregnancy [all skin types]
- Chemotherapy and Post-Chemotherapy [all skin types]

Blueberry-Yogurt Mask

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1/3 cup of blueberries

2 tablespoons of yogurt (whole and plain)

1 tablespoon of rice flour

One Homemade Skin Moisturizer Recipe

Avocado-Face Moisturizer

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1/2 avocado

1 tablespoon of yogurt (whole and plain)

1/2 teaspoon of honey

1/2 teaspoon olive oil, almond oil or coconut oil​

One Body Bath Recipe

Oatmeal-Tea Bath

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2 cups of oats

1/3 cup dry green tea leaves

1 (10” x 10”) piece of cheesecloth

A string

As you can see, these are easy to prepare recipes right from your own home. Is it time to play in the sandbox? Yes, except, instead of shovels and sand, you’ll simply need glass bowls and fresh ingredients.

Have fun and let us know your experience after testing some of these skin recipes out.