How to Make Your Own Natural Face and Body Scrub

How to Make Your Own Natural Face and Body Scrub

Making your skin care products to use at home is also a great way to ensure that you are using all natural ingredients in your beauty treatments. Making your own natural skin care treatments is super easy, and the most affordable way to look after your skin so that it looks its best.

Giving yourself a face and body a scrub is one of the best treatments you can use to improve the appearance of skin. Exfoliating dead skin cells regularly helps to reveal glowing and younger looking skin. For really radiant looking skin you should exfoliate at least once a week.  Your skin will become beautifully soft and super smooth. We have 5 of the best DIY recipes for a natural face or body scrub below, for you to try.

Honey, Almond & Matcha Scrub

  • 2 Tbsp ground almonds
  • Add 1 tsp matcha
  • 2 tsp coconut milk
  • 1/2 tsp honey

Honey, Oat & Apple Cider Vinegar Scrub

  • 1/2 cup ground oats
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp ground almonds

Baking Soda & Cream Scrub

  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 Tbsp thickened cream (or yogurt)

Yogurt, Orange & Walnut Scrub

  • 1 cup dried orange peel (ground coarsely)
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt and
  • 1/4 cup very finely grounded walnuts

Brown Sugar & Orange Scrub

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 orange juice freshly squeezed
  • 1 drop vitamin E oil
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil

Instructions for Use

Combine all ingredients in a bowl until they form into a thick paste. After cleansing apply your scrub to wet skin in gentle circular motions avoiding the eye area for the face, or in large circular motions for the body. Continue scrubbing for a few minutes. Remove scrub by washing with warm water.

Store any leftovers in an airtight jar in the fridge and use within 1 week.

You can experiment with essential oils like lavender, rose geranium or patchouli to get the fragrance you want, just add one drop. Natural vanilla extract is also delicious in a scrub. You can also substitute olive oil for sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil or even coconut oil (you will have to bring it to room temperature if it is solid). The great thing about making your own natural beauty treatments is that you can tailor them to suit your skin and also to your own preferences.

You can make your own personal natural beauty treatments at home easily, without any chemicals, additives, or other harmful ingredients. You will also save money by creating your own natural beauty treatments as you will already have many of the ingredients in your kitchen.

DIY Facial Oil Serums

DIY Facial Oil Serums

Facial serums are great for adding some much-needed moisture in the skin, as well as for applying regularly to usual problem areas such as directly on frown and smile lines, around the eyes, or when your skin just needs a little extra care. The best facial serums are completely natural and made from ingredients that can be understood and pronounced, meaning no chemicals or other harmful ingredients should be in your facial serum. Facial serums can be made from many different types of essential oils such as sandalwood,  lavender or geranium added to a carrier oil or base oil. It truly is your choice what type of oil works best on your skin, since each of our skin make ups is different.

Add a few drops of one essential oil into a glass bottle with a dropper containing a base oil such as sweet almond, jojoba or rose hip oil. Feel free to add a few drops of another essential oil. It is your choice and your customized facial serum, so create it according to your specific skincare needs and desires or you can try some of the following recipes:

Serum for oily skin 

  • 1 oz light vegetable oil such as safflower or grape seed oil
  • 5 drops ylang ylang oil
  • 5 drops geranium oil
  • 2 drops clary sage oil

Serum for dry skin

  • 1 oz apricot kernel, avocado or almond oil
  • 5 drops lavender oil
  • 5 drops geranium oil
  • 2 drops chamomile or sandalwood oil

Mix all the ingredients in a glass amber bottle and shake well before use. Massage well into cleansed skin using upward motions. The oil blends will keep for a number of weeks. In summer it is best to keep them in the refrigerator.

The Benefits of Facial Massage

Applying your facial oil or serum is the perfect opportunity to give you skin an anti-aging massage.

After cleansing, apply a light layer of oil to your face and neck. You can use one of the serum recipes above or a light oil such as rose hip, argan or jojoba oil. Refer to the arrows in the image above for the directions you should follow for the facial massage.

Use the pads of your fingers or the palms of your hands and start smoothing the oil upwards over your neck and across your jaw. Repeat this about 10 to 15 times. Then perform  sweeping motions along your jawline and upwards towards your temples. Repeat about 10 to 15 times. Next, gently use your finger tips to smooth the area around the eyes and nose, repeating these motions for about a minute. And finally, with slightly firmer pressure, smooth the forehead with upward strokes using the pads of your fingers or the palms of your hands. Focus on this area for about a minute.

If performed daily, facial massage is wonderful ritual for lifting and firming, encouraging blood circulation to the face and neck, helping your complexion appear more youthful and radiant. The oil will nourish and moisturize helping to minimize the appearance of lines and wrinkles. And the action of massaging in the directions indicated in the image above, encourages lymphatic drainage helping to remove toxins and reducing puffiness around the eyes.

Giving yourself a daily facial massage is a simple yet effective ritual you can perform to pamper your skin.  It  is also so relaxing, helping to ease stress and tension. It only takes a few minutes but the benefits are just beautiful!

Three DIY Facial Cleanser Recipes

Three DIY Facial Cleanser Recipes

For those who are on a Detox or who want to reduce their exposure to potentially harmful chemicals that may be present in some skin care products, you can make your own. The great benefit is that it is an affordable way to pamper your skin with real live nutrients. Making your own natural beauty cleanser is super easy. For example, mayonnaise is a great facial cleanser that you can use straight out of the refrigerator.

We’ve got three different recipes for DIY cleansers below for you to try. Because you are making a cleanser yourself, you can customize each recipe according to your own desires and needs.

Natural Foaming Cleanser

This is a simple recipe with only 3 different ingredients, and, each ingredient is completely natural, inexpensive, and very beneficial for your skin as a whole.

The first step is to mix together tea tree oil, about 5-10 drops, add about ¼ cup of Dr. Bronner’s organic liquid Castile soap, and about a cup of spring water, and that is it. You mix all ingredients together and then put the mixture into a foaming pump dispenser.

This cleanser is amazing because it actually foams up, so it feels great to use. And of course, since you are making your own cleanser, you can alter it accordingly by adding lavender oil, sandalwood, or even vitamin E oil for added anti-oxidant benefits.

Raw Honey Cleanser

Raw honey is so effective for cleansing the skin. Make sure you buy raw honey as it has all the “goodies” in it. The wonderful nutrients and enzymes deeply hydrate your skin and help to keep it looking and feeling younger. This is a great morning cleanser but if you want to use it in the evening ensure that you have removed all make up first. Olive oil is an effective but gentle eye make-up remover. Pull your hair back into a pony tail and follow the instructions below:

  1. Cover your face with a warm damp face cloth to dampen your skin.
  2. Place 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of raw honey into one hand and apply the honey to your face with your other hand in small circular motions, massaging well. Mix with a little water if you prefer, to get a more liquid-like consistency. For best results, leave the honey on the your face for about a minute.
  3. Remove the honey with a warm damp face cloth.
  4. Tone and moisturize as usual.

Honey makes an amazing face mask. After applying and massaging the honey into your skin, leave it on for 15 – 20 minutes. Remove the honey the same way as above.

Note – some people may have an allergy to bee products. Do not use this recipes if you have this allergy.

Oil Cleanser

One of the best ways to deeply cleanse your face and to remove all traces of dirt, oil and make-up is to use the oil cleansing method. Olive is oil wonderful for removing eye make-up and can be used alone as a facial cleanser. There are also some amazing blends that can be prepared for your particular skin type. Castor  oil is an excellent oil to use in a oil cleanser blend due to its drawing properties. It penetrates deeply into pores lifting out dirt and all traces of make-up. Here are some suggestions for some luxurious oil cleansing blends suited to different skin types.

Dry skin

Combine 1 part castor oil to 3 parts olive, avocado, or apricot kernel oil in an amber glass bottle or jar.

Oily skin

Combine 3 parts castor oil to 1 part olive,  grape seed, or jojoba oil in an amber glass bottle or jar.

Instructions

  1. Fill your basin with hot water and add a drop of your favorite essential oil. Sweet orange oil is lovely and has youthful-skin promoting properties. Ylang ylang is another beautiful oil for the skin and due to it’s sedative properties is perfect to use before bedtime.
  2. Plunge a face cloth into the hot water and place over your face for a few seconds. Remove the face cloth and pour a quarter-sized amount of oil into the palm of your hand.
  3. Apply the oil over your face and gently massage for amount 2 – 5 minutes. Use firm circular massage strokes but be gentle around the eyes.
  4. Wet your face cloth in the hot water and wring out excess water. Gently wipe the oil off your face. Repeat a few times until your skin feels clean and soft.

You may find that you don’t need to apply moisturizer but those with very dry skin will benefit by apply night cream after the oil cleanse (if the oil cleanse if performed at night).

Have fun experimenting! These recipes are easy to make and easy on the budget as well. Stay tuned for more recipes, tips and information on wellness.

The Ugly Truth About Sugar

quit sugarPeople often ask me what my number one anti-aging secret is. The answer quite often surprises them. My number one anti-aging secret is to avoid sugar. By sugar I don’t mean just the sugar you put into your tea or coffee or the sugar that’s in sweets or cakes. I mean the sugar that’s in the food that most people eat these days. The sugar that’s in pasta, breads, packaged foods and drinks that flood the bloodstream with glucose which then has a negative effect on the beauty of your skin.

Well, it really isn’t a secret any more but its my number one tip. Many of you will have already heard this. Sugar launches multiple attacks on anyone who wants to keep their skin looking young and beautiful as they advance in their years. Of course some people are blessed with great genes and appear to advance into later years with an enviable youthful appearance. But no matter what your genetic inheritance is, you can increase you chances of maintaining youthful looking skin into your later years by cutting out sugar from your diet.

Skin doesn’t just age by accident or simply because the years pass by. There is a process to the aging of skin. Many things contribute to this process. But nothing is more damaging so apparently to the beauty of your skin than the constant high levels of blood sugar and insulin, which many of those eating a typically Western diet are subjecting their bodies to.

Sugar has been demonstrated, in scientific research, as being responsible for the the speeding up of the ageing process. Sugar molecules, in particular fructose, can be seen as the most aging substance as it can cause a lot of permanent damage to the body and detrimentally affect your health. The main way in which sugars display such damaging effects is through their production of

Advanced Glycation End products (AGE’s). These products are proteins or fats which have been oxidised by sugars. Proteins are found all throughout the body and so it is not a surprise that anything which affects proteins would have a large impact on your health as well as your physical appearance. The most vulnerable proteins to damage are collagen and elastin which are important in keeping the skin looking youthful and preserving its elasticity. AGE’s damage these proteins and causing your skin to look wrinkly, reducing its firmness and making it sag.

Glycation is the process where sugars and proteins uncontrollably react with each other and in turn, produces an inflammatory response in the body, causing the immune system to activate. Once the immune system is activated, it works to seek out these AGE’s to get rid of them. The downside to this process however is that although the immune system is removing these toxic end products, it causes a lot of damage to the body in the process. Plaque formation is one of these effects and these can be deposited on arteries and blood vessels, causing blockages and putting stress on the heart. Not only does sugar cause AGE’s but also creates free radicals which have the ability to bind to healthy cells and damage them.

Another way that sugar causes premature aging is through the spikes of insulin and leptin levels within the blood after eating sugar. This can produce damaging effects to the heart and lead to heart disease if these levels remain high for too long. Not only do AGE’s have these direct effects, but they also have indirect effects including making the body more susceptible and vulnerable to other harmful processes such as the damaging effects of excess UV light and cigarette smoke. And this shows up on your face and body as skin which thins, sags, wrinkles and looks older than it should. Blotches and spots appear if you genetically prone to them. You start to look tired and old and eventually you will feel as bad as you look.

I know this from experience as well. I grew up eating a very healthy diet and my skin looked fabulous into my 30s and early 40s. I looked so much younger than my years. But I then succumbed to eating fast food as I was so busy with the fast paced life I was living. At first I wondered if all that I had previously believed about a healthy diet was true as the effects were not immediately obvious. But the effects eventually came and when they did they were pretty rapid. It’s was almost as if I woke up one morning and saw a different face in the mirror. The person staring back at me looked old, tired, overweight. She had lost her spark and her radiance. I was shocked.

I quickly resolved to change the way I had been living. I am happy to state that I managed to reverse the negative effects that my busy lifestyle and poor eating habits had on my appearance. I am now slim and look younger than my years. My skin is glowing with health and radiance and I want to share what I have learnt with you. After seeing all the damaging effects that sugar can cause, it is needless to say that sugar is the most aging substance around.

We at Day Spa at Home want you to have beautiful skin. We have the best information on how you can quit sugar for good, replace this aging substance with healthier food to promote and retain younger looking skin. Join our mailing list now to receive our tips and information on how to keep your skin looking beautiful and younger for longer.

Dry Body Brushing

dry body brushIf you have cellulite or poor circulation or simply want to ensure that you get the best results from your Detox, we recommend that you try dry body brushing.

Dry body brushing improves the efficiency of the lymphatic system and the detoxification process. It also clears the pores to aid in added absorption of your body treatments. It is important that body brushing is done on dry skin so brush before your bath or shower, not during or after. For best results refer to the image here for guidance in the direction in which you should brush.

Using a firm natural bristled brush, brush all over the body in upward strokes in the direction of your heart.  Start by brushing the soles of your feet and then upwards over your legs, hips and buttocks. Concentrate on problem areas such as the hips and thighs or where there is cellulite. Then brush your back and shoulders remembering to brush in the direction of your heart. Next, brush the palms of your hands and then upwards over your arms and shoulders. Use light and gentle brushing strokes to brush in downward strokes over your chest, as your skin is very delicate here. Then finish off by brushing your stomach area in clockwise motions.

Try adding a drop of juniper or grapefruit essential oil to your brush, which have diuretic properties to help reduce excess fluid. Dry skin brushing will help improve skin texture and tone. Do it before your bath or shower for about 5 minutes and for maximum benefits, and continue body brushing regularly. For those who are new to dry skin brushing we recommend that you brush daily for 3 months for best results and continue body brushing regularly, about twice a week to maintain the benefits.

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