Yesterday, while I was grocery shopping, I bumped into an old friend of mine. I hadn’t seen her for about three years, and since she was only going to be in town for three days, I thought it would be a good idea for us to meet at a bar in the evening.
So while we were talking about our days together in College, she suddenly started telling me how pissed off she was about the outrageous prices of natural skin products. Before I knew it, we started talking about these awesome recipes for creams, scrubs and face masks that I’ve been using for a couple years now.
Needless to say, she was fascinated by all I was telling her and eager to try some stuff herself. I haven’t managed to discuss everything in one evening, but I promised to send her more details later. And that’s when I realized that there were probably a lot of people in her situation.
So here I am, writing this article, so let’s get down to business and talk some real DIY stuff.
Pore strips have officially become a thing of the past
Mix the content of an unflavored gelatine packet with two tablespoons of milk in a little bowl and then pop it all into the microwave. Leave the mixture in for about 10 seconds and apply it all over your nose right away. And if you’re wondering for how long you should leave it on, well, 15 minutes should be just enough.
A gorgeous DIY lip stain? Yes, please!
I’m fully aware of how pretty the high end lip stains that you can buy from Sephora look, but that stuff is sooo damn expensive, not to mention that you’re never completely sure of what’s in them.
But this won’t be a problem anymore if you make this lovely little thing for yourself. All you need is three Pomegranate Seeds, three Blackberries and one Raspberry, half a tablespoon of olive oil, as well as a mortar and a pestle. If you don’t have the last two, a bowl and a spoon will do just fine.
So what you have to do is mash the berries together and then squeeze the pomegranate seeds into the bowl. After you add the olive oil too, mix it all up and pour it into a lidded jar.
Extra tip: Squeeze a few drops of lemon juice if you want the color to stay vibrant for longer.
Got acne? How about a strawberry mask?
Whoever said acne treatments were supposed to be disgusting was a total idiot, considering that this mask is both delightful and efficient, as strawberries are not only delicious, but also rich in Salicylic Acid, a substance that’s present in literally every acne product on the market.
For this, you’re going to need the juice of a small lemon, 1/4 cup of strawberries (mashed), 1/4 cup of greek yogurt and a tablespoon of honey. Again, mix it all up and you’re all set.
For more details, check out Erin Ashley’s entire tutorial here. And by the way, this mask’s got yogurt in it, it would be wise to keep it in the fridge.
Matcha tea, the natural enemy of acne spots
All right, so strawberries are great for acne prone skin, but what should you do if your problem is acne spots? Well in that case, maybe you’d like to know that wet matcha can be a true miracle worker in this respect (and in many others too, actually!)
Gimme that marvelous DIY blush right away!
I bet you never thought you could make your own blush at home, but hey, when it comes to skin care and makeup, everything is possible. Anyway, beets are known to contain a lot of pigment – Hell, they can even stain your skin! – so when you think of it, the idea of turning them into blush isn’t really that far-fetched. Check out this tutorial on Yumniverse for all the info that you need to know about this one.
Kiwi can be an excellent exfoliating scrub
Those seeds are pretty annoying when you’re eating the fruit, but they do a great job at exfoliating. Basically, all you have to do is mash up some peeled kiwi fruits and then apply the paste all over the face, just as you would do with a regular exfoliating scrub. Yep, that really is all.
Yes, DIY makeup remover is actually a thing
You’re going to need Aloe Vera water, extra virgin Olive Oil and… a bottle, obviously. Basically, all you have to do is pour both of these liquids into the bottle, which you should shake well before using the makeup remover, but for all the know how, check out Michelle Phan’s step by step tutorial on this.