Natural vs Drugstore beauty products
Since the dawn of times, skin and hair care has been a trendy topic for us women. How to keep our skin fresh and nourished and our hair healthy and strong? This has always been a great challenge for every woman. Nowadays, there are numerous skin and hair care brands on the market that provide various kinds of products for all skin and hair types. Some brighten your skin and make your skin tone even, minimizing any imperfections. In the case of hair, some might nourish and energize damaged hair. But are they actually good for our skin and hair?
A lot of beauty care products on the market supposedly contain organic ingredients. They may also contain other ingredients that might be harmful in the long run. The majority of commercially-produced beauty care products are generally packed, with artificial colors and aromas, preservatives and other stabilizers in order to give you all those promised benefits- written on the labels.
In order to avoid premature aging of the skin, wrinkles, and clogged pores in the future, try to gradually switch your beauty routine towards the unprocessed organic products. You don’t need to buy those luxury creams with the inviting prefix “Natural”. The secret is simple – feed your skin with what you feed yourself.
Natural beauty products and their benefits
Using unprocessed whole-food ingredients on your skin, many of which are usually part of your daily meals, will make you fall in love with your skin and hair. And you have the freedom to use a variety of natural products such as coconut oil, apple cider vinegar, raw honey, avocado, aloe vera, etc. Depending on your skin type you can create a great blend of natural ingredients that best fits your skin needs and achieve this “budget-friendly” natural beauty goal.
That is why, I want to share with all of you, Fashion Potluck ladies, easy and fun ways to make your own completely organic skin and hair care products that you will love! I already had a lot of fun mixing our own face masks and beauty hair nourishing elixirs. Now’s your turn!
I selected 8 of my personal favourite DIY completely natural skin and hair care product recipes, some of which I am proud to share with you as my very own creations.
1. Honey Face Mask for Dry Skin
- 1 tsp mashed avocado
- 1 tsp plain yogurt
- 1 tsp raw honey
You just have to mix all the ingredients very well until you get a smooth consistency and apply it on your face. Wait 20-30 minutes and wash it off.
You skin will absolutely love this rich in vitamins (B, C, A & D) and minerals (calcium, zinc, magnesium, etc.) nourishing face mask. It is very gentle so you can use it several times a week. It is really easy to make and affordable as you most probably already have these ingredients in your kitchen.
2. Pumpkin, Honey Nourishing Mask
- 1 tbsp cooked pumpkin
- 1 tsp raw honey
- 1 tsp liquid vitamin E (optional)
- 1 tsp apple cider vinegar (optional)
Mix the mashed pumpkin with raw honey until you get a smooth paste. Then, you can add either 1 teaspoon of liquid vitamin E for some extra nourishment, or 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar for more brightening effect. After applying the mask, leave it on your skin for 15 minutes. Finally, rinse with cool water. This mask is suitable for all skin types.
3. Yogurt, Coffee and Honey Face Mask
- Coffee beans
Grind the coffee beans and the oatmeal and mix them with the honey to make a fine paste. Apply on your face and neck. Leave it for 30 minutes and wash it off with warm water.
This mask is suitable for all skin types. It enriches the skin and brings out the natural healthy glow of your skin. Coffee and oatmeal are known for their exfoliating properties. Also, coffee is a strong antioxidant that increases blood circulation, which results in healthy skin.
4. Active charcoal, Sugar and Honey Face and Body Detox Scrub
- 1tbsp active charcoal
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tbsp raw honey
Mix the active charcoal with the raw honey until you get a smooth paste and then add the brown sugar to it. Prepare your skin by washing it with warm water so that the pores are open and ready to be completely purified. Apply to your face or body gently massaging it in circular motion. Leave it for about 20 minutes and wash it off with warm water. If you apply it on your body, you can also wrap it with cling film.
This exfoliating mask (scrub) is deeply purifying because of the active charcoal’s powerful toxin absorbing features. This scrub is actually one of our personal creations and favourites. It is suitable for all skin types and it leaves your skin fresh and smooth. The active charcoal is not something that we usually have in our kitchen but you should be able to find it in your regular drugstore or even order it online.
And why not make your very own bottle of face toner?
5. Rose and Lavender Face Toner for Sensitive Skin
- ½ bottle of rose water
- 1 tsp aloe vera gel
- 6 drops lavender essential oil
- 4 drops chamomile essential oil
Add all the ingredients to a bottle of your preferences, close the bottle, shake it, and voila! Preferably you should shake it every time before you use it so that all the oils mix well with the rose water and aloe vera for perfect results. You can keep it for up to three months, so in case you make a few bottles at a time you can always put an expiration date label on the bottle just to be sure, saving time and effort. This way you can save time and effort. All the ingredients you need for this toner are easy to find and to order online. The rose water is especially easy to make even by yourself. You just brew some rose petals and leave it to cool down for 10-15 minutes so that the petals release all the natural oils you need in the water. This is a very easy to make recipe. Try it yourself!
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6. Strengthening Hair Mist
Brew all the herbs on low temperature for about 5 minutes. After obtaining a simmer mix, let it cool and strain it. Add the herbal tea mixture into a bottle of your preference, along with the aloe gel and lavender oil. Finally, shake to mix it well. Keep it in the fridge. You can apply it on clean wet hair and style it as usual. This recipe consists of ingredients used in the previous one, so it is also an easy and budget-friendly one.
7. Hair Serum for Hair Growth
- ½ bottle of castor oil
- ¼ almond oil
- ¼ liquid vitamin E
Mix all the oils together in a bottle of your preference and shake well. This is also a recipe of our own which we think you will absolutely love! This rich nourishing serum is perfect also for your eyelashes and eyebrows. For best results you can apply on your hair before you go to sleep, put on a simple shower cap and leave it to stay overnight. Wash your hair in the morning and you’re all set. You can use it once or twice a week depending on the desired results.
For your eyelashes and eyebrows you can just use your empty mascara bottle. Wash it well, let it dry and pour the mixture inside so that you can easily apply it with the mascara brush. This way it is really easy because you apply just the right amount of the serum. Otherwise, you can also use a regular brush for brows to apply the serum.
This serum is our personal favourite and we, at Fashion Potluck, absolutely love it!
Tip: You can always add or substitute the almond oil with argan oil. You can check out Una's Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil review.
8. Whipped Avocado, Honey and Olive oil Hair Mask
- 1 mashed avocado
- 2 tbsp raw honey
- ½ cup olive oil
(You can adjust the measures depending on your hair length. These measures should be enough for medium-length hair.)
Mash one medium-sized avocado. Mix with raw honey until you get smooth consistency. Slowly add olive oil to the mixture until all the ingredients are mixed well. Apply the mask throughout your wet hair. Leave it for at least 20-30 minutes. Rinse your hair with warm water and wash it your usual way. You can use this mask once- twice a week for the absolutely glorious hair.
I believe it has never been so easy and fun to stay healthy and beautiful. All my favourite natural beauty product recipes that I shared with you ladies are very easy and fun to make. And as I mentioned before, they are budget-friendly! So you can finally say no to the expensive “natural” skin and hair care products you used to buy at the store.
So what are you waiting for? Open the fridge and create your very own face mask or body scrub! You can let your imagination loose and try all different kinds of combinations that will fit perfectly your skin type.
My friends and I really enjoyed coming up with our very own homemade skin and hair care beauty products. I am open to some new and interesting suggestions, so feel free to share your own ideas.