DIY skincare recipes

Monday, 17 September 2012

DIY skincare recipes1. Lighten up your moisturiser

If you’ve still got a full pot of heavy-duty winter moisturiser that you’re loathe to throw out, or you don’t want to splash out on a lighter lotion for spring, simply dilute your current heavier moisturiser with a little witch hazel or rose water.

2. Scrub away the winter blues

Rooibos sugar scrub

½ cup almond, jojoba or rosehip oil
2 cups sugar
5 drops essential oil
Contents of two rooibos teabags

Bang all the ingredients in a bowl and mix ’em up, then store in an airtight container. When bath or shower time comes, take a large handful, scrub all over and rinse off.

How does it work?
Well, it’s not rocket science: the abrasive texture of the sugar loosens dead skin cells, helping to reveal more radiant skin underneath. Plus, your skin will feel smooth as a baby’s afterwards (just don’t forget to moisturise). Rooibos has loads of skin benefits: it’s rich in antioxidants, and has anti-ageing, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.

3. Gentle cleanser

Yoghurt and oatmeal facial cleanser

½ cup oatmeal
2 tablespoon of plain yogurt

Mix ingredients together, allow to sit for about 10 minutes, then smooth over your entire face, avoiding the eye area. Massage into skin for a minute or two, then rinse off.

How does it work?
Oatmeal contains saponins, chemical compounds that act as a cleansing agent (allowing the cleanser to sit for a bit before using it helps to draw out the saponins), and can therefore be used as a mild soap. Yoghurt contains an alpha hydroxy acid – lactic acid – that acts as a gentle exfoliant.

4. Sensitive/allergic skin salve

Cucumber & chamomile facemask

About 10cm fresh cucumber, blended
3 teaspoon olive oil
2 teaspoon rolled organic oats
3 drops chamomile essential oil*

Combine the ingredients to form a paste. Apply to dry, just-washed skin and leave on for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse off and moisturise (an organic, hypoallergenic moisturiser is best).

How does it work?
The organic acids and vitamin C in cucumber help to soothe skin and reduce redness, while chamomile has anti-inflammatory properties.

*If you are pregnant, consult your doctor before using any essential oils.

5. Keep spots at bay

Honey & bicarb mask

Mix 1 tablespoon honey with 2 tablespoons bicarbonate of soda, or as needed until you have a thick paste. Apply to dry, just-washed skin and leave on for 10 minutes. When you’re ready to remove the mask, massage it into skin a little to exfoliate dead skin cells, then rinse off with warm water and moisturise as usual.

Don’t apply the mask for more than 10 minutes, three times a week. If you have sensitive skin, try using bicarbonate of soda as a daily scrub instead.

How does it work?
Baking soda counteracts the acidic pH in which the bacteria that cause pimples to thrive. It also works as a mild exfoliator, removing dead skin and helping to deep clean and unclog pores. Honey has antibacterial properties, which also help to nuke those pimple-causing bacteria.


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Rachel McGregor is a Cape Town journalist (and part-time narcissist) specialising in food, health and lifestyle-related features. In her spare time she loves to cook and poke fun at hipsters. Sometimes she dreams of giving it all up and becoming a millionaire.

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  1. AndreaM

    Wow I’m adding these to my DIY list I love the cleanser recipe.

    5 years ago •

  1. govender

    i will definitely try bicarb i use to use epsom salt….

    6 years ago •

  1. Carlene

    The sugar scrub sounds lovely – definitely trying that one!

    6 years ago •

  1. Lah

    Brilliant! I love DIY beauty treatments!

    6 years ago •

  1. Blackcherry

    Ive tried the sugar scrub…. its devine. it exfoliates and leaves your skin leaving soft.

    6 years ago •

  1. foreverGLAM

    I will definitely buy honey and bicarb

    7 years ago •

  1. Mpumi Andile Mgidi

    such awesome tips. my skin is very sensitive but does not break out. i often wish to use scrubs but never know which one and so forth. will try out the bicarb. tonight.

    7 years ago •

  1. Mpoyif

    Excellent recipes – Going to test them out

    7 years ago •

  1. Hansen

    Will try it on my teenage daughter, thanks for making me a great dad. I have warned her from using products.

    7 years ago •

  1. Azraa

    Thanks for the recipes! Love the scrub! Gonna try it out tomorrow!

    And rooibos is so good!

    7 years ago •

  1. Maddy

    Love the tips. Though i love store bought products, but recepies like these are such a fab treat for the skin.

    7 years ago •

  1. Chicara

    I love DIY skincare. I wanna try the cucumber & chamomile facemask and the rooibos sugar scrub. Yum!

    7 years ago •

  1. Vadapalli

    Great tips!! I am definitely going to try the rooibos scrub and honey bicarb mask. Just want I needed.

    7 years ago •

  1. Gee Whiskers

    Love this article – I’ll definitely be raiding the kitchen in future for my beauty fixes!

    7 years ago •

  1. Jeanice van Heerden

    Love this. Its so helpful

    7 years ago •

  1. DIVA

    I nee to keep the spots at bay, the reciep is so easy. Thanks

    7 years ago •

  1. Becs

    Definitely going to try some of these

    7 years ago •

  1. Tasha

    Such great DIY’s I love them all! Thanks!

    7 years ago •

  1. Humphreys

    The homemade body scrub sounds so helpful!! Thank you. Another post for the fridge….!!

    7 years ago •

  1. Tanya

    Lovely,I must definitely try these,thanks

    7 years ago •

  1. Charles

    Bicarb is a brilliant exfoliator! Article saved to favourites :) Thanks!

    7 years ago •

  1. BeautyBloggess

    Brilliant. Can’t wait to try these.

    7 years ago •

  1. Firefly

    Oh I love home beauty recipes !!!! :)

    7 years ago •

  1. Angelisha

    Just the tips I needed after this harsh winter. Thanks, Awesome simple tips!

    7 years ago •

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