Winter in Canada means sparkling snowflakes, white trees filled with shimmering lights, holiday parties, aaand… dry skin. Canadian winters are the most brutal thing that mother nature does to your skin and every year thousands of women and men around the world shop for creams, serums and magical potions to help restore their skin back to it’s pre winter form.
This year I’ve decided to save my money and to DIY my skin care products. This post will teach you everything you need to know about making your own moisturizers and masks.
DIY Lip Scrub:
Buying a lip scrub like the Popcorn Scrub sold at Lush costs around $10, and in the market of scrubs and exfoliators, that is considered cheap. A lip scrub, or exfoliator in general, will help to remove dead skin, dirt, or oil from your pores. This leaves your skin softer and cleaner and also helps to fight against acne.
Here’s a DIY recipe to make your own lip scrub and save some extra bucks.
To make your own lip scrub:
Mix together 2 spoons of honey with 1 spoon of sugar in a small, re-sealable container.
Rub this mixture in small circular motions around your lips and wipe the mixture off after about 30 seconds.
*This mixture might be hard to rub off with water as the sugar gets thicker and the honey can spread around your face, a dry paper towel will work best.
You’ll instantly be able to feel your softer lips. If you used an old toothbrush, to really scrub away, they might even be a bit fuller, ou la la!
If you’re interested in BIGGER, plumper lips, try adding a dash of cinnamon or peppermint oil to your scrub. It might sting or burn a little bit but really it’s just irritating your lips so they poof up, the burning will go away in a few minutes and the results should last a few hours. Sound’s so crazy it just might work, right?
DIY Face Masks, custom made for YOUR skin!
Most acne is caused from oil or dirt built up into your pores. The simplest way to clean and treat acne is keeping your skin clean, washing it twice a day and being cautious of what goes near your face. Have you ever thought of the bacteria built up on your phone as you chat away with it PRESSED on your face for hours every day? What about your pillow cases, how often do you wash those? Makeup brushes? Have you washed them lately? There are so many ways for bacteria to spread and cause acne but there’s one, simple step to help fight those pesky spots. It’s most commonly found in the sauces of our favorite comfort foods like pizza and pasta; the tomato!
Cut a tomato in half and dip the cut part in sugar.
Hold the outside of the tomato and scrub this onto your skin to help scrub out the dirt and treat your spots.
If you just had a few spots you wanted to focus on, try dipping a Q-tip into a tomato slice and dab the Q-tip where you need it. So simple yet so, SO effective.
For Dry, irritated skin:
If your skin is on the dryer side, try any of these household ingredients to add extra moisture where you need it.
For this recipe, you can use either a banana or an avocado.
Mush it up with a fork, spread it on your skin evenly, wait about 5-10 minutes, wipe away, and BAM, you’re done.
You can even add a few drops of extra virgin olive oil to this mixture to really hydrate your skin.
For oily skin:
Peel, cut and mash up 1 small cucumber or a quarter of a larger cucumber.
Add 1 tablespoon of yogurt and 1 tablespoon of raw oats to your cucumber.
Mix this together until it forms a paste like consistency.
Apply an even layer of this mixture onto your skin, let the oats dry and rinse off with cold water.
The oats will absorb excess oil from your skin while the yogurt will help balance them. This brings out the healthier oils in your skin and helps with premature aging too. Bonus!
If you try any of these recipes for yourself, be sure to comment below or tweet me, telling me which one worked best for your skin! Good Luck, xoxo Anisa ❤