DIY Skin Care With Items Straight From Your Pantry

Making your own beauty products is easier than you think. With a bit of know-how and a pantry full of everyday items, you can make your own face creams, scrubs and even do a full DIY facial for a fraction of the cost you’d pay at a spa. Author Julie Gabriel literally wrote the book on the subject titled The Green Beauty Guide and also published a follow-up Holistic Beauty from the Inside Out.  Both are comprehensive guides to hand-made skin and body care. Gabriel says homemade beauty is within reach for anybody who can use a wooden spoon: “If you can cook a custard, you can make your own skincare.”

Getting started is easy, says Gabriel:  “All you need to make a cream is: a natural, preferably organic, oil; some beeswax and water. Most likely, you already have all the ingredients you need for simple face masks, exfoliating creams and cleansers.” There are limits to what you can do yourself, Gabriel cautions. “It depends on what you want from your facial. If you want more complex treatments such as microdermabrasion or AHA peel, then these should be done by a licensed esthetician.”

Julie Gabriel’s 5 Beautiful Grocery Store Items to Keep in Your Pantry or Fridge

Avocado

Just mash and apply this ready-made intense moisturizer to dry skin or split hair.

Baking soda To Scrub

A great face and body scrub when mixed with olive or any other oil.

Chamomile tea to Tone

Use this tea as a skin toner, a rinse for blonde hair or a calming mist for your skin and hair.

Mayonnaise to Moisturize

Makes a great moisturizer for your face, body and especially your feet.

Vegetable oil

Gabriel writes that this should be your No. 1 beauty ingredient—great as an ingredient in face creams, massage oil, bath oil, body and face scrubs.

DIY Skin Care Recipes

(Recipes used with permission, courtesy of “Holistic Beauty from the Inside Out” by Julie Gabriel.)

To remove makeup and cleanse sensitive skin

Aloe vera cleansing milk: Combine 3 tablespoons aloe vera gel with 1 cup of soy milk.

To relieve dry skin

Almond and sour cream scrub: Combine a teaspoon of ground almonds with a teaspoon of sour cream.

To get a glowing complexion

Egg and honey facelift for instant glow: Whisk one egg white and one teaspoon of honey and apply using pastry brush on clean skin and leave for 10 minutes. Rinse to reveal gorgeously glowing, taut skin.

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