‘No one knows your skin better than you.’
This is something that truly resonates with me. As someone who suffers from problem skin, I can’t name how many times I have been let down by a product claiming to be perfect for my skin type, yet has only made things worse.
Luckily, through lots of trial and error, I now have brands I know I can trust and a pretty decent skin care regime in place.
Before this though, I had to rely on my own DIY skills.
I know that I don’t have world’s worst skin, however it has always been a problem for me.
- I have sensitive skin so need natural and gentle products
- My T Zone is quick to get dry, so I need products that will hydrate this area
- However, I am occasionally prone to oily areas, namely my chin, so I need to avoid products that are going to worsen this
- I am no stranger to spots and need treatments that can tackle this
So yes, my skin is quite a conundrum and has caused me so much confusion and hassle in the past.
On the plus side, I have managed to find a solid skin care regime that tackles these problems without irritating the others.
What this means is, if you suffer from sensitive, dry, oily or spot prone skin, my skin care superheros should help you too. But, only you know your skin so it is important that you take the time to get to know the ingredients that irritate your complexion, and the ones that help it.
How to Make the Best DIY Facials
My trouble with skin care brands in the past means I have a wealth of experience making homemade face masks, exfoliators and cleansers.
If you’re going to make your own, remember this: if you wouldn’t put it in your mouth, you shouldn’t put in on your face.
Making the spa-level facials at home requires lots of experimenting; you will find ingredients that really make a difference and when you do, just create ‘recipes’ around them. (You will notice that in my recipes I always use honey.)
Because they will be completely natural, you should be able to leave them on for as long as you need, but I would recommend leaving it for around 10-15 minutes whilst you relax with a book, a cup of chamomile tea, and some hummus. Then, when you’re ready to wash it off, rinse a muslin cloth or flannel under warm water and wipe away to reveal your new glowing complexion!
I have hundreds of ‘recipes’, but I have chosen one favourite for each skin care problem I have…
Dry – The Green Machine
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon olive oil (I replace this with yoghurt if I my oily areas are extra oily, but if you don’t suffer from oily skin, use olive oil)
- 1/2 a ripe avocado
Mash the avocado to remove all lumps and bumps, and mix in the remaining ingredients. Apply to your face and leave for up to 20 minutes.
Olive oil has plenty of vitamin E which is perfect for rehydrating skin. Teamed with creamy, moisturising avocado which is full of healthy, nourishing fats and my favourite ingredient honey, this mask is like diving into the pool after a couple of hours of sunbathing – refreshing!
Sensitive – Breakfast Bowl
- 1 tablespoon plain natural yoghurt
- 1 tablespoon natural honey
- 1 tablespoon oats
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and massage evenly across your face; I recommend leaving for about 15 minutes.
Yoghurt is packed full of vitamins and minerals that help rejuvenate your skin whilst the honey, which is rich in antioxidants, has a moisturising effect. The oats thicken the mixture and provide a high amount of nourishment.
Tip: try not to eat it all *oops*
Oily – Banana Split
- 1 banana
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon orange juice
Mash the banana and stir in the honey and orange juice. Apply to face and leave for 10 minutes.
Bananas are great for dry, sensitive skin when eaten, however when applied to face they help control oil and prevent breakouts.
Its high levels of potassium means the banana will rejuvinate your skin and, when combined with the orange, will minimise oil production.
Acne – Sweet and Sour
- 6 ripe strawberries
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
Mash or blend the strawberries into a pulp before mixing in the honey, sugar and lemon. Massage onto skin and leave for 10-15 minutes.
Rich in vitamin C – the perfect spot fighting vitamin, strawberries are great for tackling blemishes whilst brightening your complexion at the same time.
The sugar and lemon help tighten pores and provide a light exfoliation to remove excess sebum.
So there you have it, 4 DIY facials that are sure to give you fresh looking complexions no matter what skin type you have.
For more information on my skin care superheros, check out all of my beauty posts.
What’s your favourite homemade face mask?