Did you know that many of the same ingredients found inexpensive, high-quality skincare products can be found in the natural products that you likely already have in your kitchen? In this article, I will provide you with 5 easy, natural, inexpensive, at-home skin treatments that I love.
There is a number of reasons why you can benefit from homemade skin treatments. First of all, they are relatively inexpensive. They are all-natural and since you’re the one making them, you know exactly what is in them and where they came from. Many of the ingredients have a wide variety of uses, and, most importantly, they work!
After you read through some of my suggestions, feel free to invent your own natural skin care treatments. I will explain why the ingredients I use are beneficial, and then you can mix and match to create a perfect, customized skincare routine that’s best for you.
Avocado and Honey Face Mask
Avocado is truly a super-fruit. When you’re not wearing it, I highly recommend eating it. It is high in healthy fats, fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants. There have been studies showing that people who eat avocado have lower cholesterol. More particularly, how does it benefit your skin? Well, it’s high in vitamin E, which is great for softening, reducing wrinkles, and improving the appearance of stretch marks. It also has antioxidant properties. It boosts collagen (which maintains elasticity) and new skin growth. Along with vitamin E, avocado is also high in vitamin A and C.
Avocado is also extremely high in omega fats, which improve dryness and firmness. All the oils and fat in avocados will provide your skin with natural moisture and elasticity.
Honey helps to absorb and retain moisture. Honey is naturally anti-microbial and also an antioxidant. It will help to absorb impurities.
Avocado and Honey Face Mask
Mash 1 ripe avocado with 2 tbsp honey. Apply liberally to face and allow to sit for 20-30 minutes. Apply two cucumber slices to eyes, which help minimize puffiness and redness, if desired.
Use whenever you feel your skin is in need of replenishment and moisturization.
Honey and Cucumber Toner
Cucumber helps to soothe and soften your skin. It is anti-inflammatory and naturally refreshing. It will reduce redness, puffiness, and help even out your skin tone.
Honey, again, is great for absorbing impurities from the pores. It also helps treat minor irritations and sunburns.
Use this toner twice a day to help moisturize and clean your skin.
Honey Cucumber Toner
- Peel 2 cucumbers.
- Blend. Strain and collect the cucumber juice.
- Mix 1 tbsp honey into the cucumber juice.
Apply a small amount with fingers or dab with a cotton ball. Store up to a week in the refrigerator.
Beauty Extra: Cucumber Lemon-Water
All of the natural ingredients in this article are just as good for you when ingested as when applied topically. Here is a simple and refreshing drink you can sip while enjoying your homemade spa treatments.
- Put about 3 slices of cucumber and 3 slices of lemon in a pitcher of water.
- Allow sitting in the refrigerator for an hour to allow flavors to come through and enjoy!
Honey and Sugar Body Scrub
Exfoliating will keep your skin refreshed and renewed. Ask any esthetician what are the most important things you can do and their answer will be: moisturize and exfoliate. I do this scrub about once a week. Use it all over your body, especially those trouble areas (for me, I use it to keep those little bumps on the back of my arms, legs, and butt at bay). It is also great in helping to prevent stretch marks, and even to reduce the appearance of stretch marks, as it helps strengthen skin elasticity.
- Mingle 2 parts honey to 1 part sugar, adding honey as necessary to reach desired consistency. You’ll possibly use about 1/4 cup sugar if you want to scrub your entire body.
- Apply the scrub in the bath or shower as sugar crystals tend to fall and make a mess.
- Mildly apply the sugar scrub and rub for about 15 minutes. Both honey and exfoliation are great for your skin so you really want to give them the opportunity to work.
- Rinse with warm water. You’ll be amazed at how soft your skin feels afterward. Moisturize after your shower for maximum benefits.
Milk and Honey Bath
As the legend goes, Cleopatra frequently indulged in baths of milk and honey. And for good reason; these things are amazing! Simple, yet effective. Doesn’t the name simply sound luxurious? Anytime you feel like relaxing into a warm bath, why not consider throwing in some extra ingredients from which your skin will reap extra benefits.
I’ve added Epsom salt to this bath for the added benefits of detoxification, exfoliation, and healing.
- Fill the bathtub with water to the desired temperature.
- Mix into the tub 2 cups whole milk, 1/2 cup honey, and 1 cup Epsom salt.
- Mildly stir to allow honey and salt to dissolve. If you would like, light candles and dim the lights and use this time to relax deeply. I recommend bathing for 30 minutes to reap the benefits of this simple bath.
Almond Oil Moisturizer
Simple, yet effective. No joke, I used this twice daily while I was pregnant and I did not get one stretch mark on my stomach! And I don’t believe I have naturally resilient skin because I did get stretch marks on my sides and my breasts, where I was not as consistent about applying the oil. Almond oil is affable on all skin types and it is rich in vitamin E. It helps to improve elasticity and prevent stretch marks. Use twice daily, consistently, if you want to see serious improvements. Also, be sure you are exfoliating for a healthy, radiant glow.
- Use pure and natural almond oil.
- Apply a small amount (a little goes a long way) to skin and massage in until absorbed, usually a few minutes. Repeat two to three times daily to prevent stretch marks.
Massaging the skin is also beneficial in that it increases blood flow and circulation.
And there you have it! Five awesome recipes for a radiant complexion. You will love seeing and feeling your soft, glowing, and healthy skin. I hope you enjoy these natural, homemade treatments. Don’t forget that you are beautiful. If you have tried any of these recipes or have recipes of your own, I want to hear about your experiences so be sure to leave your comments.