Sustainable DIY beauty products
To continue from last weeks blog, there are many ways to make your beauty routine plastic free and eco-friendly with minimal waste. DIY beauty products include masks, scrubs and tea baths are a great way to make your beauty ritual sustainable.
DIY beauty products – Homemade scrubs
Sugar naturally draws moisture from the environment into the skin. So when you apply products with sugar, they’ll actually help to hydrate your skin and keep moisture within. Try this simple home-made sugar body scrub recipe with 1 cup of granulated brown sugar, 1/2 cup of coconut oil and essential oils of your preference.
We recommend using Hemp Seed Oil as it will condition and regenerate your skin, especially if you have dry, damaged skin or eczema. Mix all the ingredients together in an airtight jar and use in the shower. Take a small amount with your hands and massage into your skin. Use moisturiser after the shower to keep your skin smooth.
Coffee has amazing antioxidant properties which help to calm, smooth and tighten your skin. To make a coffee scrub use 5-6 used coffee pods (you can also use the equivalent in ground coffee or instant), 1/2 cup raw sugar, 1/2 cup coconut oil.
Mix the ingredients well in an airtight jar and use in the shower to scrub all over the body. Remember to always use body lotion after a shower to hydrate your skin.
DIY beauty products – Hand treatment
COCONUT OIL – for silky, smooth skin.
Simply rub 1 tsp of coconut oil between your hands; wrap your hands in the towel for 5 minutes. Wipe off excess oil and apply body lotion to finish the experience ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
AVOCADO MASK – to soften dry skin.
You will need 1 avocado, 2 tbs of honey, 2 tsp of yogurt and 1 tbs of olive oil. Blend all of the ingredients together. Apply to your hands, put some latex gloves on and cover hands with a towel. Relax for 20 minutes with the mask on. Rinse under water and apply body lotion. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
LEMON AND SUGAR SCRUB – for perfect exfoliation.
You will need 1 lemon, 4 tbs of sugar and 2 tbs of coconut oil. Get a large enough bowl. Slowly add oil to sugar, mix together; then add juice of one lemon and mix well. Place your hands in the bowl and rub together to full cover. Wash you hands and apply body lotion. You can save the scrub for later use
DIY beauty products – Herbal tea baths⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Making a herbal bath is a lot like making tea: you will need 2 tablespoons of herbs and 4 cups of boiling water. Put herbs in the water for 20 minutes and cover it to brew. Pour the water into the bath; add bath salts for the best affect.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Anti-inflammatory bath tea:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
2 tsp of dried ginger⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
2 tsp of dried sweet birth bark⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
2 tsp of dried yarrow⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
2 cups of bath salts⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
4 cups of water ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
On the stovetop, add ginger and birch bark to the water, bring to boil and reduce to simmer for 10 minutes; add yarrrow and simmer for another 10 minutes. Strain the liquid into the warm bath, add Epsom salt and relax. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Smoothing bath tea:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
2 tsp of dried lavender⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
2 tsp of dried lemon zest ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
2 tsp of dried rose petals ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
4 cups of water ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
On the stovetop, add all the ingredients to the water and bring to boil. Cover and let it rest for 20 minutes. Strain into the warm bath and enjoy the restful peace.
DIY beauty products – Coconut beauty recipes
Coconut oil can be a great natural addition to your beauty routine with many uses and benefits it is a must have in your pantry. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
1. Use it as a moisturiser, apply the oil to the wet skin straight after a shower or a bath. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
2. Use it as a make-up remover. Wet your face and rub in a small amount of coconut oil over your face and eyes. Use a warm damp face cloth to remove.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
3. Use coconut oil for a hair mask or for frizzy and dry tips.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
4. Add a few scoops of coconut oil into your bath for a truly moisturising experience ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
5. Use coconut oil in cooking. Various studies found it to be useful to reduce stress, control blood sugar, increase good cholesterol levels and prevent liver disease.
As you can see, DIY beauty products are a simple but effective alternative to traditional beauty industry products. You can get creative, try and mix different ingredients (remember to be careful with essential oils).
With DIY beauty products, you can be sure what goes inside your products, you can choose sustainable locally sourced raw ingredients, avoid excess packaging and create 100% natural, organic skincare routine.
Email us if you have any great DIY beauty products you would like to share to firstname.lastname@example.org