Smooth Your Uneven Skin With These DIY Remedies
Scrubs, masks, and toners are staples in our skincare routines. But from high prices to questionable ingredients, there has to be a better and fun way. And there is. Just make them yourself.
Yes, DIYs might be a bit daunting to some. But when all you have to do is mix some everyday ingredients in a bowl, and apply it to your face for a smooth and glowing complexion, it can be done without hesitation.
All you need are some yummy essentials like bananas, honey, and sugar, and you can smooth out your skin tone, fade dark spots, remove blackheads and gently exfoliate without a bad reaction or a pricey bill. And all can be done right in your kitchen.
Before you get started with any of these home skincare remedies, be sure to start out with a clean skin. Also pull your hair back, wear old clothes in case you happen to be mess prone, and always do a patch test on your skin to prevent any type of allergic reaction.
Other than that, here are some of the best DIY beauty secrets to remedy your skin’s ailments.
A Simple Scrub for Glowing Skin
One teaspoon of organic cane sugar
One to two drops of filtered water
One to two drops of your favorite 100% Pure Essential Oil (lavender is best for calming the skin)
When it comes to scrubs, especially homemade ones, the gentler the better. And sugar is much more delicate on the skin than salt. So if you have sensitive skin, this scrub is still mild enough for you. Plus, sugar is more hydrating than other exfoliants, which makes this scrub ideal for moisturizing dehydrated skin. Added sugar in your skincare routine is good, in your diet not so much.
Once you’ve mixed the ingredients together, take some out with your fingers and scrub your face gently (avoiding the eye area) for a couple of minutes. Then rinse with cool water to reveal smoother skin. If you find you get irritated from abrasive scrubs add more water to your face before scrubbing to dilute the mixture.
Be sure to only use this or any scrub two to three times a week to prevent irritation. And do not apply it onto inflamed or broken skin like open breakouts as it could make those issues worse. This simple sugar scrub is meant to buff and polish the skin, help to smooth acne scars and uneven skin tone, and reveal radiant and glowing skin.
A Honey Mask to Battle Acne and Oily Skin
One teaspoon high quality raw honey
One teaspoon apple cider vinegar
One teaspoon bentonite clay (Aztec Secret is our favorite)
Struggling with breakouts and oily skin is something we thought we would put behind us when we graduate high school. But unfortunately that is not always the case. Thankfully this mask is full of ingredients that are ready to kick breakouts to the curb.
Honey is a natural antibacterial, which is perfect for fighting breakouts and preventing sebum that causes acne in the first place. And what makes this ideal for adult acne is the antioxidants in honey, which help to fight the signs of aging and provide moisture. As for the clay, it absorbs excess oils, and gently exfoliates dead skin that causes dullness and more breakouts.
Once mixed, apply to your face with a clean foundation brush or your hands. Avoid the delicate eye area, and let it dry for 15 minutes. Then rinse with cool water, and pat dry to see a smoother and matte complexion.
Be sure not to mix this mask in a metal bowl or with a metal spoon as bentonite clay reacts to metal.
An Egg White Peel-Off Mask to Reduce Blackheads and Tighten Skin
One egg white
This mask is messier than the rest, but has also shown intense results. Egg white nourishes, moisturizes, and brightens the skin. It even offers a temporary tightness. These make this mask ideal for reducing the appearance of pores and wrinkles before an event. And our favorite part is that egg white removes those pesky blackheads by pulling out dirt and impurities from your pores. Say goodbye to popping those suckers into your mirror.
To make this mask, start off by whisking the egg white until slightly stiff. Then using a clean makeup brush, apply a thin layer to the areas of your face that could be cleaner and tighter. Then lay thin paper towels over the top to create the peel-off element of the mask. Finally apply another thin layer of the egg white on top of the towel. Let dry and slowly remove. Rinse your face with cool water, and pat dry. If you consistently use this two times a week, you’ll see a dramatic reduction in blackheads, and a fresh brightness to your skin.
A Lemon Toner to Brighten and Even Out Skin Tone
Juice of one lemon
Struggling with an uneven skin tone due to age or sun spots is a real hassle. But lemon juice goes a long way to brighten, and even out the skin. The vitamin C and citric acid lighten dark spots over time, and lemons have antibacterial properties that help to treat acne. Then the Witch Hazel, a natural astringent, removes excess oils and dead skin cells, and also helps to reduce acne. If you have dry skin have no fear, because Witch Hazel also nourishes the skin to help balance the oil production.
When making this toner, use the ratio 1:.5:2. This means one part lemon juice, half part Witch Hazel, and two parts water. Water is necessary to dilute the acidity of the lemon, so be sure not to forget this step. Add them all in a bottle (like the ones you use to travel with), and shake to mix the ingredients. If you have sensitive skin, you can opt for less lemon juice and Witch Hazel. And for an added boost of natural fragrance, you can add a drop or so of lavender or tea tree oil.
This toner can be used after cleansing your face both in the morning and at night. Simply wet a cotton pad with the toner, and gently apply to your face avoiding the eye area, and before using your serum or moisturizer.
A Mask for Everything
½ mashed avocado
¼ mashed banana
One tablespoon organic coconut oil
One tablespoon organic honey
¼ ground raw oatmeal
If you want a do-it-all option, this mask is for you. It contains a handful of healthy ingredients with amazing beauty boosting benefits. From hydration to exfoliation and more, grab a pen and make a shopping list as this mask is a game changer. Side note - the leftovers can create some fun and yummy snacks.
The benefits of these tasty ingredients make this mask super effective. The avocado will help to reduce inflammation, and moisturize your skin. Then the banana has potassium and vitamins E and C to promote glowing skin. We already know that honey is great for acne, aging, and hydration. But the addition of coconut oil, a natural antibacterial and antifungal, will make this mask an amazing moisturizer. Do you remember having an oatmeal bath to soothe your itchy skin as a kid? Well oatmeal in a face mask works the same way. It calms and softens the skin without all the harshness.
In a bowl, mix all the ingredients together. Use your hands to apply the mixture all over your face (of course avoiding the eyes), wait 15 mins, and rinse. Pat dry and smile at your brightened and refreshed skin.
Leave a comment below letting us know which of these home remedies you are just itching to try. Then come back and share your beauty results. Making your own skincare and seeing stunning results is so much more satisfying than picking up a fancy jar of harsh chemicals. Don’t believe us? Try it and find out for yourself.