Make Your Own Facial Scrubs and Cleansers
Make Your Own
There are some of us who need something extra or something different than what is offered on the market. It is a good idea to know what the different ingredients are that go into a facial scrub or mask or any kind of product that you put on your face does. A rule of thumb is that if you can eat it then it can be put on your skin. At least that should be the way everything is made today.
Most things have an oil or base to them. There are many kinds of bases that you can use. Almond Oil, Grapeseed Oil, and most Vegetable and Nut Oils that you cook with can be used.
You can also use Vegetable Butters, such as Cocoa and Shea butters. These are solids and would be good in facial creams.
You can also use these for aromatherapy. When you make your own you can be sure that you know exactly what you are putting on your face. There are many essential oils that do different things that you can choose from. Peppermint, for one, will open pours and cool the skin.
It is also easier to make these and put them in decorative containers and give them as gifts. You know what your friends and family likes and prefers.
Buying pre-made gifts can be very expensive. Make your own and save money. Which is better? Most people that I know like gifts that are home-made. I like them because it isn't just what ingredients or products that go into it, it is the love that is put into making the finished product. It is also better because you know what kinds of chemicals or ingredients you are putting into you labor of love. Here are some great Facial products that you can make yourself and with all natural ingredients. Get your children involved and have a Party as you make these wonderful gifts. Everyone enjoys saving money and making things to give. Enjoy!
This makes enough for a single use.
1 apricot - organic is best
2 tablespoons finely ground oatmeal
1 drop rose essential oil
Take out the seed of the apricot and mash it up in a bowl.
Add the oatmeal and blend well, then
add the rose essential oil.
Rub the paste all over your face, scrubbing gently around the nose and chin.
If there's any leftover in the bowl, treat your hands to a hand mask!
Leave on for 10 minutes, then rinse well with warm water. Gently pat skin dry with a towel.
This is an excellent recipe for clearing up acne.
.75 oz. of jojoba oil
8 drops tea tree essential oil
6 drops bergamot essential oil ("bergaptene free" )
4 drops lavender essential oil
Mix the above oils to a clean bottle or jar. Shake the container gently before each use. Apply this oil to the face every evening, about one half hour before bed. The oil blend works best with massage. When massaging, rub the oil into the face, being careful to work around any cystic acne (massaging cystic acne may make it worse). To treat this type of acne, massage the oil in a circular motion around the pimple. This will increase blood circulation to the area and help to flush out the toxins. For daytime use, these essential oils can also be mixed into a base of plain, unscented skin creme (not lotion). Continue use of the oil even after the skin has cleared up - adding a few drops of carrot oil to the original blend can help reduce spotting caused by previous breakouts
An Exfoliating Fruit Mask for All Skin Types
Fruits contains natural hydroxy acids (AHA) that make your skin smooth and soft while cleansing it deeply.
AHAs are an important ingredient in many skin creams and moisturizers because they help exfoliate the skin. Increased exfoliation, or renewal of the skin cells, gives skin a younger, more vibrant look. But exfoliation can also cause skin irritation, so honey's natural moisturizing ability makes it a perfect accompaniment to any AHA products.
1/2 tsp. Lemon,
Grapefruit or Orange Juice
2 drops of Lemon Essential Oil
Puree the mango in a blender and mix it in a bowl with the juice of your choice. Add the essential oil. Apply on the entire face and leaveit on for at least 10/15 minutes. Rinse well with tepid or warm water. ***DO NOT go into direct sunlight after applying this mask. Citrus, like any Vitamin C treatment, are skin sensitive and can cause pigmentation when in contact with sunlight. It is best advised to use this mask at night.
You will need:
1 cup apple cider vinegar
5 tablespoons rose petals
4 tablespoons sage leaves
3 tablespoons lavender blossoms
2 tablespoons rosemary
3/4 cup rosewater
Heat the vinegar and pour it over the herbs. Place the mixture in a quart jar and cap it with a non metal lid. Shake daily for ten days. Strain and add the rose water
Clay Mask For Oily Skin Types
Ingredients you will need:
1 cup of lemongrass
8 cups of boiling water
1/2 cup white clay
1 tablespoon of peppermint extract (optional)
Steep the lemongrass in water for 20 min. cool, then stain. Place clay in shallow container. Mix in enough lemongrass liquid to become paste-like. Apply mask to clean face allow it to dry. Rinse with warm then cool water. Left-overs can be frozen or refrigerated.
Facial Scrub 1Basic Scrub:
1/4 C rolled oats
1/4 C powdered milk (buttermilk or goats milk works great)
1 TBSP plain or sea salt
Extras added to above:
1TBSP cornmeal (for extra exfoliation)
1TBSP rose petal powder
1TSP neem powder (for problem skin)
Put all ingredients in food processor and process until fine. Add fragrance/essential oils drop by drop while processing. To Use: place TBSP amount in palm and wet (water/hydrosol/floral water) until paste-like. Gently, massage into skin and rinse well. Note: I use this on my skin daily and modify as needed. Other additives could be: powdered lemon or orange peel, powdered lavender buds, etc.
Facial Scrub 2Sea Salt 1/8 cup
Oatmeal (the kind you get in the grocery store is fine)
1/2 cup Unscented Shower & Bath Gel 2 oz.
Bergamot essential oil 10 drops
Lemon essential oil 15 drops
Ylang Ylang essential oil 5 drops
To make the Facial Scrub mix all Ingredients in a nonbreakable container, you will want to cut up your Oatmeal first in a blender or something of that nature so the pieces are not so big. If you need more of an exfolliant effect add some Whole Poppy Seeds
Facial Scrub 3Friday Night Facial
A once a week facial is a wonderful treat for your skin. I have a very simple regimen for Friday nights before bed. It's not as exciting as my Friday nights were when I was younger, but my skin sure appreciates it more!
Cleanse: Use a gentle, non-soap cleanser such as oatmeal or a mild soap. Rinse well and pat skin dry with a clean towel.
A Couple of Masks
1. Green Clay Mask
Tablespoon Green Clay 1/2 - 1 Tablespoon Water (enough to make a thin paste) Apply to face and allow to dry then gently wash off
2. Honey, Vinegar and Almond Mask
Use this mask for facial toning and softening. Great for very dry skin.
2 tbls. honey 1/4tsp.vinegar 1/2 sweet almond oil
Heat honey until honey is soft and pliable. Add oil and vinegar. Mix well until you have a smooth consistency. When it is cool enough, apply to face. Leave on for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water
© Debra K. Allen a.k.a Lady Guinevere