Blast blackheads out of your pores, slough off dulling dead cells, lighten age spots and get a natural glow with these 10 all-natural DIY beauty recipes using ingredients straight out of your pantry.
Lighten Age Spots and Tighten Skin with Lemons
Lemon juice can help lighten age spots, acne scars and other discolorations in the skin as well as speeding up healing and reducing oiliness. This recipe from The Kitchen McCabe adds egg whites to reduce the appearance of fine lines and raw honey to retain moisture.
Apple Cider Vinegar Face Peel
The same fruit acids that you’ll find in expensive store-bought peels can be found in apples – specifically, apple cider vinegar and applesauce. This natural at-home facial peel by Hello Natural contains lactic, citric and magic acids as well as acetic acid to blast away dead skin cells.
Blackhead-Blasting Baking Soda Facial
Those peel-off pore strips might be satisfying to examine after you remove them, but they’re actually not getting nearly all of the gunk out of your pores. Believe it or not, nothing’s better than baking soda for a deep cleanse to get rid of breakouts and get skin baby-soft and smooth. Get a super-simple recipe for an exfoliating facial at Domestic Bliss Squared.
Avocado & Almond Moisturizing Mask
If your skin could use a little bit of extra moisture to look its best, try this humectant recipe from Free People, which blends bananas, avocado, honey, sweet almond oil and almond milk to aid in elasticity, enrich the skin with omega fatty acids and bring on a natural glow. Bonus: you can use it on your hair, too.
Turmeric Mask for Dark Circles, Eczema and Rosacea
Turmeric reduces inflammation and redness, promotes healing and softens lines and wrinkles, making it perfect for tricky skin issues like eczema and rosacea. Check out this mask recipe mixing it with honey and yogurt at Healthy and Natural World (image via wikimedia commons).
Red Wine Antioxidant Treatment
Got a few drops of wine left over in your glass at the end of the night? Wipe it on your face – seriously! The antioxidants are great for your skin. Just wash your face, soak a cotton pad in red wine, gently wipe your skin and then wash it off with water after about five minutes. Image via Artifact Girl.
Rose Petal, Sugar and Honey Scrub
This scrub smells so good it’ll make you want to slather your entire body with it – perfect for special occasions when you want to smell extra nice. Use petals from a fresh or dried rose along with honey, sugar and rose essential oil. Recipe at Glamorganic Goddess.
Brightening Kiwi Sugar Scrub
The naturally exfoliating acids in fresh kiwi help slough away dulling dirt and skin cells, along with sugar and safflower oil, in this scrub from Brit + Co.
Papaya and Honey Face Mask
Shakeology has a great recipe that puts an enzyme called papain, found in papaya, to good use as an exfoliant. It’ll also heal irritated skin and fight wrinkle-causing free radicals.
Coffee & Cocoa Face Mask
Caffeine is increasingly showing up in high-end beauty products for its natural skin-tightening effects, but it’s easy to get the same benefits using plain old ground coffee. Lavica has a recipe for a mask that’s appropriate for all skin types and completely edible. In fact, the cocoa, honey and yogurt will probably make it hard not to lick the spoon.