Have you ever been swayed by a luxurious ingredient in your skin care product like sea salt, pineapple enzymes, or olive oil? If these ingredients work wonders for your skin, why buy them as fillers in skin care products? Chances are you will be getting 1 percent good stuff and 99 percent fillers. Why not use them in recipes for DIY skin care you make yourself? The magic lies right in your kitchen!
Yes, your pantry is filled with secret skin care ingredients that can be even better than store-bought products. Be sure to check with your dermatologist if you have specific skin issues or sensitive skin before trying DIY skin care.
8 DIY Skin Care Ingredients from Your Kitchen
You likely already have these seven ingredients in your kitchen due to their health benefits. Now, include them in your skin care regimen and get the flawless and glowing skin you crave!
Oats or colloidal oatmeal is one powerful kitchen ingredient that you can use to make a simple and effective face mask. It contains saponins that act as excellent natural cleansers. They unclog the pores by eliminating the dirt and exfoliating your skin.
If you have oily skin, it will help get rid of the extra oil from the skin, which will reduce pimples and acne. Oatmeal also comes with many antioxidants as well as anti-inflammatory properties, and it improves hydration and boosts the skin barrier. The oatmeal mask can also treat different skin irritations and conditions like summer dryness, flaky skin, eczema, rashes, and bug bites.
And if you would like some easy oatmeal skin care recipes to do at home, check our our 7 DIY oatmeal beauty treatments here.
2. Green Tea
This kitchen ingredient is a favorite due to its medicinal properties and skin care properties. It contains EGCG, a powerful antioxidant, and vitamin B2 that fight the signs of aging and control the levels of collagen to maintain the firmness of your skin.
It contains polyphenols that protect the skin from the damage caused by the ultraviolet rays of the sun. Green tea also comes with antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties that can effectively reduce acne and skin rashes. The vitamin E present in it moisturizes your skin correctly.
You can convert it into serum by blending it with facial oil. You can also prepare a mask by combining one tablespoon of green tea, honey, and baking soda.
3. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is not just useful for preparing lip-smacking dishes but also great when used as a moisturizing mask. It has anti-fungal and antibacterial properties. And it’s loaded with vitamin A and vitamin E, which have anti-aging properties. Coconut oil can also increase the collagen level and also the elasticity of your skin.
Rub it on your body before going to sleep only to wake up with smoother skin the next morning. However, keep in mind that coconut oil may clog pores. So, it is ideal for dry and flaky skin.
If you are suffering from skin blemishes, raw potatoes can come to your rescue. Wedges of raw and cold potatoes not only soothe the eyes but also may help dimish dark circles. Since potatoes are rich in starch content, they serve as wonderful skin tighteners.
The juice of raw potatoes works as a wonderful toner. You can grate and mix potato with oatmeal, Fuller’s earth, milk, and lemon juice to make a fantastic cleansing mask.
You all know that avocados have healthy fats. But do you know avocados also have anti-aging properties and can boost collagen? They have chlorophyll that lessens inflammation and Vitamin E for maintaining the skin’s suppleness and water for hydrating your skin.
Mash one or two avocados and allow the paste to rest on your face for some time. Try mixing it in a blender with some olive oil or water for better and easier-to-spread consistency.
6. Red Wine
Red wine is made of the skin of fresh grapes containing the antioxidant called resveratrol. Resveratrol works as an excellent anti-aging ingredient. According to a study by the NIH, it can combat the damage caused due to free radicals, but the study acknowledged that more research was necessary.
Owing to its antiseptic properties, red wine can potentially fight acne. You can apply a cotton ball dipped in red wine on the acne-affected area and after 20 minutes, wash with cold water. Want to get rid of the dead skin cells? Mix red wine with oatmeal and apply the mixture onto your face, neck and arms. Massage gently and wash off.
Cucumbers are a go-to kitchen ingredient for skin care. They can help keep skin hydrated when mixed with other ingredients, and they are excellent option for oily skin as they may help reduce clogged pores. It also contains Vitamin C, caffeic acid and ascorbic acid to moisturizes the skin and reduces skin irritation.
The antioxidants, as well as flavonoids present in cucumber, provide a cooling effect to the skin and your skin feels less swollen, puffy, and fresh. Vitamin A, water, sulfates and potassium present in cucumber help in treating sunburn. You can also make an anti-aging mask by combining grated cucumber and yogurt.
No kitchen skin care ingredient list would be complete without honey. Honey is one of the best ingredients to use to soothe the skin. It has antioxidants and can help with moisturizing and even wound healing. Honey is moisturizing, emollient, and hydrating, and it can be used in cleansers, ointments, and natural DIY face masks.
The Bottom Line
When you want a flawless skin without breaking the bank, these seven ingredients can help. And remember, no one knows your skin better than you. If you have any underlying skin issues, check with a dermatologist before using these treatments.
Which of these kitchen ingredients have you tried using for DIY skin care? Let us know in the comments below!
Looking for more DIY skin care? Check out our 5 DIY face masks for glowing skin here!
About the Author
With nearly 5 years of experience in wine marketing, Harold Camaya is considered a thought leader in digital marketing of luxury wines. From writing, event planning, and public relations to videography and digital media, he continues to diversify his skills with changing trends and technologies. He has written many captivating and informative articles on whiskey such as Remedy Liquor. On his off days, he likes to spend his time at the nearest animal shelter, lift weights or be nose deep in a novel.