Who loves to DIY?! I do! And I love DIY beauty, even more. DIYing is totally awesome because it's inexpensive, you know what’s going in the “product” and it's really, really fun (I love making fun little potions). You can even do some of these with the kiddos (if you're brave) everyone will just need a shower after, that's all!
I have tried and tested these organic, easy and cheap beauty DIY’s, and honestly, I prefer them over many of my high end and professional skin care products. All of these ingredients you can get at Amazon, Trader Joe’s or a natural grocery store, like Sprouts. Let's get this party started!
- Turmeric hydrating mask. What you need: Organic ground turmeric, organic raw honey, and your choice of oil, castor, avocado, olive. Mix 1 teaspoon of each product in a small bowl. And apply to your face. This mask will not dry so I keep it on for about 5-10 minutes. This mask gets a little sticky, so I apply this at night before I get in the shower. This mask is great for dry, sensitive skin. I use this when I'm having a hormonal breakout, too. The turmeric is an antiinflammatory so your skin will love this if you have a minor break out, plus the honey has antibacterial properties. Massage this into the face, too, for a gentle scrub. You can always omit the oil if you are on the oiler side. FYI...don't leave this on for more than the 5-10 minutes, unless you want to look like an Oompa Loompa. And wear an old shirt.
- Coffee coconut sugar scrub for the body. What you will need: 1 Tablespoon of Organic ground coffee, 1⁄4 cup of coconut sugar and 1⁄4 cup of coconut oil. Mix all of the ingredients together in bowl and go town on your legs, belly, back, pretty much anywhere on your body. I obviously do this in the shower...could you imagine if I didn't?! Um, let’s not. The caffeine in the coffee is great for cellulite because it stimulates dilation, giving the appearance of less cellulite (so it's temporary, but who cares? Sign me up). And the sugar exfoliates the skin because it is an all natural Alpha Hydroxy Acid. And well, the oil gives if it a platform, plus, your skin will feel like butter! I want buttery skin. Do this and all scrubs before you shave because, ouch!
- Tousled beach spay for your hair. You will need: a clean spray bottle. 1 cup filtered or distilled water, 1 Tablespoon of sea salt. A few drops of essential oil such as citrus or tea tree (I use this because it keeps it antibacterial and it stimulates hair growth). Put all of the ingredients into the spray bottle and shake until it's dissolved! And voila, you have perfect summer hair. It's also great on the days you don't have time to wash your hair, which is pretty much everyday for me! I wash my hair on date nights.
- Cleansing Oil. You don’t have to go out and buy an expensive cleansing oil...nope, save your money! If you don't know what a cleansing oil is, it's an oil that you massage into your face to liquefy and melt off any impurities or makeup. I don't do this every night but, if I'm wearing a full face of makeup it's definitely part of my night routine. I use my cleansing gel after to remove any leftover oil. I like to mix different oils together to get the perfect oil. My perfect oil is one part avocado oil to one part castor oil. How I cleanse is, I get about a teaspoon of the oil in my hands and I just massage it in until my makeup is good and melted, about two minutes. I get a clean, warm washcloth and wipe my face clean. I then go in with my gel cleanser. If you think you are too oily for this, you're not. You're just cleansing the face, not leaving it on. If you have very dry skin, you can skip the gel cleanser and leave a small layer of oil on you skin.
- Pineapple enzyme mask. What you will need: 1⁄8 cup of fresh pineapple and 1 tablespoon of raw honey. Mix the pineapple and honey in a blender, food processor, ninja...you get it! Apply to clean, degreased skin. I say degreased because enzymes or acids work best when there is no oil on the skin. You can use a cotton ball moistened with raw organic Apple Cider Vinegar to degrease. When you apply this, apply to thicker skin first, the nose, forehead and chin. Then move on to cheeks and thinner skin. Leave this on your face for maximum of three minutes. If you feel tingling wash it off earlier. For a more mild version, you can use strawberries instead of pineapple, and this is also delicious on ice cream.
- Calming yogurt mask. You will need full fat unsweetened Greek yogurt and grated cucumber. Sounds like I'm making tzatziki, no garlic, though...although, garlic is an antiinflammatory. Mix about 1 Tablespoon of the grated cucumber into 2 Tablespoons of the yogurt. This mask is cooling and calming because of the cucumber and hydrating due to the yogurt. This mask is great for all skin types. And is especially perfect as a post-mask for the pineapple enzyme mask.
- Overnight hair treatment. You will need 1⁄8 cup of avocado oil or olive oil and 3 Tablespoons of dehydrated milk. Mix the oil and the dehydrated milk and massage into hair and scalp, paying extra attention to the ends. I like to do this when my hair is dry and the next day is my hair washing day. I put my hair into a braid or bun and put an old pillowcase on my pillow. I double (so wash two times) wash my hair in the morning and my hair is so soft and so silky. I've been doing this for years and it's still the best hair treatment I've ever done! Trust me..do it!
So, that about does it for my DIY beauty treatments. Again, they are so fun and some you can go with the kids, and my kids love doing them too. Some, of these are not suitable for every skin type. These are just the treatments that work well for me! If you are pregnant or nursing, please consult your doctor. And DIY beauty on, my friends! Let me know in the comments if you have a DIY beauty tips or treatments that you love!
*Some of the products links, I use are down below. But most you can purchase at local grocery sores.