Taking care of your skin can be quite the arduous process, especially if it’s very sensitive or you have particular needs based on allergies and medical requirements. We find that, even though our skin is quite standard, there aren’t always products available in stores that are simultaneously effective and gentle enough to really allow our skin to flourish. This is part of the reason we prefer to avoid mass produced products in favour of researching and creating our own natural homemade skin remedies for anything that doesn’t require medical care. Another reason to make your own skin products is to avoid harmful ingredients like chemical skin lighteners, which have proven to have carcinogenic effects.
Check out these 15 helpful and knowledgeable DIY skin remedies that will help you take control of your skin in all kinds of ways!
1. Remove acne scars
Do you have some light scarring across your cheeks leftover from your hormonal high school days, but you’d prefer a natural remedy to more painful or expensive options like laser treatment? Then check out this remedy from DIY for Life! It uses a surprisingly powerful mixture of lemon juice, honey, yogurt, and egg whites to lesson the appearance of scars and gently lighten darker patches where previous problems might have existed.
2. Homemade cucumber skin toner
We love using skin toners because they’re a gentle, pore friendly way to help clear your skin of blockages and restore its elasticity around the eyes, mouth, nose and across the forehead. Homeveda shows you how to make your own liquid toner using cucumbers, meaning the recipe also has a pleasantly light cucumber scent when you’re finished!
3. DIY citrus body scrub
Body scrubs are amazing for all kinds of things. They slough off dead skin cells, letting your body naturally regenerate a healthy glow on a regular basis. They help you stay hydrated and exfoliated by clearing toxins out of your pores from living in highly populated and perhaps even polluted areas. They also just plain smell great and make you feel smooth! Using citrus as a base or your scrub, like The Beauty Mantra does, is a great idea because, besides smelling awesome, the juices from most citrus fruits have antibacterial properties. As long as you don’t have a citrus allergy, you’ll see all kinds of benefits from using this scrub.
4. Honey and cinnamon acne treatment
Speaking of natural food ingredients that have antibacterial properties, check out this deliciously fragrant acne treatment recipe from The Indian Spot! It’s made with two simple ingredients: honey and cinnamon. Both of these things help to clear your pores of toxins and dirt while also encouraging healing in irritated areas.
5. Dry skin treatment
When you initially begin researching natural homemade skin remedies, dry skin is perhaps the number one affliction that you’ll find DIY solutions for. There are plenty of ways to soothe the skin and keep it smooth, but many of them are topical and temporary. If you’re experience a much harsher dry skin problem thanks to rough winter weather, for example, you might consider trying this deeper treating mayonnaise and baby oil mixture from DIY for Life instead. It might not sound pleasant to smear mayo on your skin like a sandwich, but we promise you the effects are worth it!
6. Natural peel to clear pores
Are your natural toners and acne remedies slowly beginning to help, but you’d like to add another precautionary step to your routine in order to make sure your pores stay really clear? Then consider trying a peel mask to remove pollutants and dry skin cells from the surface of your face. This mask recipe from The Goddess is made with honey, lemon juice, and crushed aspirin. Now, we do understand that aspirin isn’t actually a natural ingredient, but you’ll find in your DIY remedy research that using it in this manner involves far lower risks to your skin than the chemical ingredients in many store bought products.
7. Citrus body butter cellulite treatment
We always operate on the mantra that all bodies are beautiful, but we understand that sometimes it’s hard to feel comfortable in your own skin when society puts such an emphasis on smooth, mark free skin types. That’s why we’ve included this homemade cellulite treatment lotion from Natural Nerd. It contains ingredients (like grapefruit) that, besides smelling great, help to stimulate your skin cells to restore their elasticity and encourage them to tighten naturally so that you don’t feel pressured to take more drastic cosmetic measures. Wear that bathing suit with pride!