Herbal soaps can be hard to find in pure form, for an affordable price, and containing the herbs want. I love this homemade oatmeal soap recipe because you can customize it any way you want! If you want complete control of what goes into your bath and body products, then making your own herbal soap may be the ideal option for natural skin care. It is actually easier than you think. Here are the basic steps to make the herbal soap base….
Natural Skin Care
Don’t you hate it when you take a nice cool shower in the summer only to find sweat pouring down your face less than 20 minutes later? I do NOT like to sweat, and I will do whatever it takes to keep from sweating. This is hard though, since I do like to be outdoors!
How to Prevent Oily Skin During Summer
While you are using sunglasses to fight the glare of the sun, remember to wear sunscreen on your face to fight the glare of that oily shine. Just because you are spending more time in the sun does not mean that your face will be drier. Sometimes not being hydrated enough and using the wrong products on your face will have opposite results.
You may wind up with shiny, oily skin when you were hoping for that sun-kissed glow.
What to Wear on Your Face
A great way to reduce the negative effects of the sun on your face is wear an appropriate sunscreen with moisturizer built-in in lieu of your usual moisturizer. By wearing your usual moisturizer and then adding sunscreen, you may be adding too much moisture.
Adding too much moisture tends to clog pores, give the appearance of greasy, oily skin, and cause acne breakouts as well. Before summertime hits, do a little research, shop the stores, and ask for samples. Try a few products to see if your skin is sensitive to them and find one that you like.
Putting a sunscreen on your face that contains moisturizer not only saves you from oily skin, it also saves some money – and a little bit of time.
What You Put inside Your Body
Be sure to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables that will hydrate your skin. Fruits and vegetables that come out in the summer typically are already the more hydrating kind like these:
- Honeydew Melon
- Different types of lettuce
- Blueberries, Raspberries, grapes
Equally as important as fruits and vegetables is the need for proper hydration. Hydration can come in the form of water, plain and simple. However, if you are not a big fan, there are so many creative alternatives to just plain old water. I love to add just a smidge of lemonade to my icy water. When I do this, I can drink it all day long, it’s so refreshing!
Try these as well:
- Water with lemon or lime
- Home-brewed iced tea – either regular or green tea
- Good old-fashioned lemonade
- Fruit smoothies using all of summer’s fresh fruits and vegetables
Check out my post on 15 Refreshing Summer Drink Recipes for different beverages using fruit!
Paying attention to what you put on your face and what you put inside your body in the form of fruits, vegetables, and hydrating fluids will be sure to keep that oily, greasy, too-much-sunscreen look off your face.
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Last week I posted about my Homemade Face Mask recipe, which I really love to do once a week these days. It draws out all of the toxins and dirt and leaves my skin clean. But you also need to use a homemade face scrub with tea tree oil for acne once or twice a week to rejuvenate the skin and get rid of the dead skin. Find out other tea tree uses here!…
I’ve always struggled with oily acne-prone skin ever since I was a teenager. I am almost *ahem* 40 years old and I STILL struggle with bad skin! Ugh. I love this homemade face mask recipe with essential oils because it draws out the toxins and leaves my skin refreshed.
Homemade Face Mask
Once I started using essential oils for my face skin cleaning routine, I noticed a change. My skin got better, then it got worse. Yes, you need to clean your skin to prevent oil and acne, but you also need to treat the scars and get rid of dead skin.
This totally easy all natural homemade face mask will hydrate AND cleanse combination skin. It’s good to use this type of homemade face mask once a week to reduce the signs of aging and heal the skin.
Besides, using 100% pure organic essential oils not only smell wonderful but are super relaxing and soothing after a long day!
Kaolin clay is recommended for oily and normal skin. It is an excellent skin care treatment as it helps control sebum production, the major contributor to oily skin. The clay helps in regenerating and mineralizing of the dry areas, leaving your skin smooth and glowing. Kaolin clay contains a compound known as montmorillonite that helps to remove toxins and oils from your skin. It is also rich in phyto-nutrients and essential minerals and is commonly used for therapeutic purposes.
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Honey with Tea Tree Oil
Honey is a natural moisturizer. The honey I get from Trader Joe’s is made from bees that feed on the tea tree plant. This is beneficial because tea tree reduces sebum production by the skin.
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This oil is wonderful for problem skin because it actually dissolves the sebum that clogs your pores which allows your skin to breathe more effectively.
Buy Organic Jojoba Oil here
Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender oil is a wonderful soothing and healing ingredient in this homemade face mask. It can help stimulate new cell growth and regeneration as well as calm the skin.
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Homemade Face Mask Recipe
1 teaspoon yogurt
1/2 teaspoon honey (I used manuka honey)
1/4 teaspoon jojoba oil
1 drop lavender essential oil
1 drop Tea Tree oil if you need healing your skin
- Whisk together all the ingredients except the clay in a small bowl.
- Slowly add the clay a little at a time, stirring thoroughly to create a spreadable paste. (If you add it all at once you get lumps, which are annoying when you go to spread it on your face. I learned this by experience!)
- If the mixture seems too thick, add a little more yogurt but not oil!
- Clean your face and leave it damp, then smooth the homemade face mask over your face and neck, avoiding your eyes and mouth.
- Leave it on your face for 15 to 20 minutes. Drink your coffee, read a book, take a bath!
- Wash the homemade facial mask off using a warm, wet washcloth.
- Follow with face moisturizer.
This recipe makes enough for one facial application. It doesn’t last long mixed up so wait until you are ready to use to add the clay.
If you have trouble with jojoba oil which I actually do, you can substitute it for other carrier oils like coconut, Young Living’s V6 oil (my fave), or others like this.
Don’t forget to check out ALL of the natural skin care posts here on this site!
DIY Facial Treatments
Natural Face Moisturizer
Homemade Face Moisturizer Recipes
Top 10 Homemade Skin Care Remedies
5 Tips for Healthy Skin this Summer
The Best Cleanser for Your Skin Type
Best Foods for Skin: A Diet that Will Leave You Glowing
Homemade Skin Care with Essential Oils
Have you tried essential oils in homemade skin care? If you have, I hope you will find some new recipes here. If not, you are missing out! I have declared 2015 the year I take back my health, when I get proactive and get rid of all toxic things in my house, beginning with those I put directly on my body. This is a great time to invest in your health! Let’s do this!
Lemon Sugar Scrub
1 1/2 c sugar (I used turbinado)
2 tbsp coconut oil
1/2 tsp lemon oil
Heat up the coconut oil in a small container.
Mix it with sugar, then cut the lemon in half and squeeze the juice into the bowl.
Then add the essential oil.
Keep it in the shower or at kitchen sink.
Peppermint Lip Balm
1 tablespoon beeswax
1 tablespoon organic Shea butter
2 tablespoons sweet almond oil
10 drops of peppermint essential oil
Melt the beeswax, shea butter and coconut oil in a bowl. Stir to mix all the ingredients properly.
Once it is all melted, remove from the heat and add the peppermint oil. Divide into tin jars. Let cool.
*I used an old glass jar and melted everything in boiling water on stove.
Why Young Living?
Young Living owns all their own farms. They are first distillation only. Each batch is rigorously tested – Seed to Seal guarantee.
Anyone can visit & participate in harvest & distillation process. All pest control done with EO’s. All weed control done by hand!
Lavender Facial Cleanser
4oz Castile Soap
10-15 drops lavender oil (can add lemon)
Mix all ingredients together. This is non-toxic, safe and non-drying with NO Sulfates (SLS)!
Purification Blemish Healer
2 Tbsp coconut oil
3-4 drops Purification Oil blend
In a small pot, gently melt the coconut oil on low heat. Remove from heat and add in the oil.
Add to lip balm tubes for blemish zapping on the go!
Also works for bug bites and as bug repellent!
Thieves Oral Health
Put a drop of thieves on your toothbrush
before brushing to kill cavity producing germs
and to sanitize your toothbrush.
6 tablespoons coconut oil
6 tablespoons baking soda
25 drops Thieves oil
Melt oil and stir until smooth.
Panaway Muscle Salve
Use for sore muscles or bruises!
1 tsp coconut oil (or other carrier oil)
1/2 tsp PanAway
2 drops of Copaiba (optional: to enhance the effects and to support pain management)
Mix well and massage into area of concern.
*Can add lemongrass, valor or balsam fir for additional support.
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup shea butter
1/2 cup + 1 tsp beeswax
1/2 cup organic arrowroot powder (or non-GMO cornstarch)
20 drops Joy essential oil
Combine coconut oil, butter and beeswax in a glass mason jar and place this in a small saucepan of water until melted. Stir ingredients constantly until they are melted and smooth. Remove from heat and add the arrowroot powder and essential oils. Pour into muffin tins.
Melaleuca Foaming Face Wash
1 cup filtered water
1/4 cup liquid castile soap
5 teaspoons jojoba oil
2 tablespoons raw honey:
1 tablespoon tea tree oil
15 drops lemon essential oil
Add the ingredients in the order listed. Stir the mixture gently. 1 or 2 pumps is all you need as the castile soap is very concentrated. The mixture will separate, so give it a little shake before each use!
Stress Away Bath Salts
2 cups epsom salts
1/2 cup baking soda
1/4 cup sea salt (optional)
40 drops of Stress Away oil
Mix all ingredients in a medium size bowl. Store in an air-tight jar and use 1/4 cup per bath, adding to running water.
Natural Face Moisturizer for Dry Skin
If you have dry skin then you know how difficult it can be to find products that effectively hydrate your skin for any length of time. Commercial products that use petroleum-based chemicals only moisturize the outer layer of skin. When they wear off, the dryness remains. And besides, they aren’t a natural face moisturizer. Some natural ingredients like lavender and tea tree oil can irritate your skin if it’s particularly sensitive. So which ingredients really work and which ones can you trust? Here are a few ingredients to try for getting natural relief for your dry skin.Click here to see pricing options!
This plant-based oil is high in natural omega fatty acids and is a natural fungicide. It has a highly stable shelf life. Because the jojoba bush grows naturally and plentifully in the southwestern United States and Northern Mexico, it is inexpensive to buy in it is pure form, and can be easily found in many natural lotions and creams.
Along with olive oil, avocado oil is good to include in your diet on a regular basis to maintain a healthy cardiovascular system. But thatís just an added benefit when it comes to treating dry skin. Avocado oil is rich in vitamins and essential fatty acids that can be absorbed by your skin and help to nourish and moisturize it naturally.
This oil is high in omega-9 fatty acid and has been used as a natural healing remedy for centuries by Australian aborigines. It is harvested by hand using a soft cloth to wipe it from the birdís feathers then gathering the resulting oils in buckets. Although Emus are some of the largest bird on the planet, this labor intensive process is the reason that Emu oil is so expensive.
The gel from the inside of the aloe vera plant not only had moisturizing qualities, but it is a natural anti-inflammatory agent as well. Be sure to use the clear gel and not the yellowish-colored sap (aloin), which can cause irritation.
Best Face Mask Recipes
Feel like treating yourself to a spa-like experience but wanting to avoid the high prices? If you are, then maybe creating your very own homemade facials, masks, and scrubs can help you get the self-treatment and special ‘you-time’ that you want at a price you can more easily afford.
Did you know that you could use oatmeal, bananas, avocados, and even lemons to make your own homemade spa treatments, facials, masks, scrubs, and more? Well here are just few spa treatments with descriptions and ingredients for the best face masks and scrubs so that you can get some ideas for your next ‘you-time’ spa treat:
- Banana Face Mask
You can create a sweet smelling face mask using one mashed banana, orange juice, and honey. This combination will leave your face glowing and feeling smooth.
- Breakfast Mask
For this face mask you just need to combine egg yolk, honey, olive oil, and oatmeal. Apply this mixture to your face and leave it on for about 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse the mixture off and take a look at your smooth and shiny face.
No two skin-care routines are the same. Some people prefer using toners after cleansing while others are content with a moisturizer. Exfoliating might be a weekly or monthly ritual depending on the individual. The type of products we use and the order we use them in might vary, but we all have one thing in common. We wash our skin. Everyone’s skin is different which means that a product that works well for one person, might not for another. Achieve a healthy, radiant complexion by using a cleanser designed for your skin type.
Cleansing Dry Skin Is Good
Skin needs to retain a certain amount of oil and moisture to be healthy. Dried out skin is a burden. We can do without an itchy, flaky complexion. People with dry skin tend to skip cleansing because they think it will dehydrate their complexion more. Fortunately, the right skin-care product will wash away dirt and debris and leave behind soft, moisturized skin.
The secret to washing dry skin is to use cleansers designed to replenish moisture. Creamy cleansers with glycerin or petrolatum will add hydration. Avoid using anything with a fragrance, which irritates dry skin.
Find a Happy Medium for Combination Skin
When you have combination skin, it’s important to find a balance when cleansing. People with combination skin are faced with a challenge. They need to make sure they don’t over-cleanse their T-zone where oil might be prominent to avoid drying it out. At the same time, they need protect and moisturize dry areas of skin without using too much product, which makes skin oily and greasy.
Choose a cleanser that will be gentle on all parts of your face. Then use moisturizer on areas of your skin that are dry. Most combination skin types do well gel-based, foaming cleansers that softly wash away dirt and grime without stripping skin of its natural oils.
Get Oil Under Control
Our body naturally produces oil to keep skin moisturized and healthy. Our face takes on a greasy appearance when skin glands produce too much oil. Finding the right cleanser for oily skin is overwhelming with countless products on the market that claim to cure shine. Do they really work? Which ones work the best?
A gel-based cleanser will yield the best results. Look for a product that specifically targets shine and will clean pores, manage breakouts, and eliminate excess oil. Depending on the season, you might want to consider the power of the cleanser you use. During the winter, purchase a light cleanser that won’t dry out skin when it’s already at risk for being dehydrated. In the summer, apply products with salicylic acid to break down oil in pores, eliminating buildup.
Clean Skin for Less Acne
Acne is created when skin follicles get clogged with oil, bacteria and dead skin cells. This sounds pretty gross – who would want this on their skin? Cleanse twice a day to remove unhealthy gunk. Because acne is stubborn, you may think you need to use the strongest skin-care products on the market. But think the opposite. Harsh products will irritate skin more, making acne worse. Be gentle to your skin and use a mild cleanser that is strong enough to handle excess oil and clean out pores without dryness and irritation.
Acne-fighting cleansers will contain salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. Salicylic acid cleans out clogged pores and reduces swelling and redness caused by acne. Benzoyl peroxide exfoliates dead skin and kills breeding bacteria under the surface for clear, clog-free pores.
Be Delicate When Cleansing Sensitive Skin
Sensitive skin occurs when the layer of dead cells and glands that form a protective barrier on the surface of the skin is damaged. Factors that contribute to skin sensitivity include genetics, diet, allergies, and free radicals. This leaves you with a red, blotchy, itchy or swollen complexion. Doesn’t exactly sound like the healthy glow you are looking for, right? What type of cleanser should you use that will clean skin without making symptoms worse?
A basic rule when buying a cleanser for sensitive skin is to skip products with a scent. Simple is always better when it comes to a product’s ingredients. There’s no surprise here – all-natural is even better. At times, it’s difficult to determine what causes the flare up of sensitive skin. Having a cleanser with a list of ingredients you can’t pronounce doesn’t help your cause. The more you know about the products, the more control you have over sensitive skin.
Using the right cleanser is the starting line for a great complexion. Don’t use any cleansers on dry skin that aren’t designed to replenish moisture. Gel-based, foaming cleansers balance combination skin to get it clean without leaving it too oily or too dry. Oily skin needs a product that will clean pores, manage breakouts, and eliminate excess oil. Acne-fighting cleansers with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide are best for blemished-prone complexions. Sensitive skin sufferers will appreciate products that are natural and fragrance-free. When you find the right cleanser that works for you, your skin will thank you.
Katy Corbin has tried just about everything when it comes to skin care and loves to share her knowledge. Her favorite products are from DorMauri.com.