Plant-Based Skin Care with 5 DIY Recipes

by Paul on March 24, 2014

You already know that including more natural extracts in your skin care products is desirable and that few man-made ingredients match the wonderful healing properties of Mother Nature. The advertising industry knows that too, which is why plant-based skin care is currently all the rave. But many products that promise to contain high quantities of natural ingredients don’t really make good on their promise or contain in additions some harmful chemicals that make their usage dangerous. So, to skip all the potential complications and weighs-in of benefits versus disadvantages, today we’ll show you how to create some do-it-yourself products in your own home. Still, if you’re experiencing serious problems with your skin, you shouldn’t rely on your own care and go see a dermatologist.

Why Is Plant-Based Skin-Care Efficient?

holding-plantNatural components found in some plants and vegetables and flowers are basically just as efficient as artificial substances specially designed for your skin care, if not more. That is because in many cases, the artificial substance was modeled to imitate the natural one, because extracting the stuff directly from flowers and so on would have cost more. But today, with the prices for cosmetic products going up, plant-based skin care is actually cheaper than using store-bought items, if you make the products at home. And we’ll show you just how.

5 Recipes To Try Out At Home

1. Make your own face tonic. Blend a few cucumbers with about half a cup of mineral water into a runny smoothie-like paste. Strain the mixture through cheesecloth and pour the resulting liquid in a clean bottle. You can also add a drop or two of your favorite essential oil to give it some perfume, but cucumbers usually smell pretty enough. Keep the bottle in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

2. Make your own scalp conditioner. Mix one part apple cider vinegar with four parts clean water and pour the mix in a clean bottle. You can keep it in the fridge or just mix a little at time right before using it. To use, pour this over your scalp after washing your hair and massage it for 2-3 minutes, then rinse.

3. Make your own body oil. For this, you need base oil (which can be grape seed oil or olive oil or even sunflower oil, but for an odor-free choice go with grape-seed) and a few drops of essential oil to give it perfume and extra properties. For the second oil, we’d go for rose oil or thyme oil for dry skin, lavender oil for bad circulation, orange or grapefruit oil for normal or oily skin and so on.

4. Make your own face mask. Mix clay powder (available in nature shops) in a small bowl with any of the following: a mashed banana for dry skin, citrus juices for oily skin or a few teaspoons of green tea for dull skin. Apply it for 10-15 minutes on clean skin, then rinse. It will detoxify and nourish better than any mask you previously used.

5. Make your own eye mask. We’ve previously told you about the used tea-bag applied to your eyes trick, and everyone knows about the classic move with cucumber slices applied to your eyes. There’s also a third option: buy some vitamin E capsules from the pharmacy, break them to get the oil out, and just apply it liberally to your eye area whenever you notice that you look tired and your skin is in need of a boost. Keep it for 10 minutes or until most of it was absorbed, then pat the excess off.

Try these plant-based skin care solutions and chances are you’ll never want to buy their commercial counterpart again.

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