Beauty products are known to give us glowing skin and help us wind down and relax #selfcare. They’re not typically known for being inexpensive or having the most eco-friendly packaging (or ingredients). This is where natural DIY self care products come in. All you need are a few basic ingredients that you may already have, and some leftover jars to repurpose. Below are the recipes we tried this week, a hair mask, face mask and a body scrub (and let me tell you we are glowing from our head to our toes).
First, let’s go through the benefits of the ingredients. You’ll notice some are included in multiple recipes, that just means it’s a “super ingredient” good for many different things.
Benefits of Hair Mask Ingredients
Coconut oil – Many think of coconut oil as a fad, but The Green Freaks try our best not to jump on bandwagons without doing research. Coconut oil is mostly made of a medium-chain fatty acid (lauric acid). To put it simply, this means it absorbs well, so it will moisturize and protect against any loss of protein when it’s wet. Basically, it’s a superior oil, making it a bandwagon we’re happy to jump on and stay on (more information on the benefits of coconut oil here).
Eggs – Eggs contain vitamins A and E, folate and biotin which are all connected to strengthening hair. For normal hair we recommended using the entire egg, for oily hair, stick to just egg whites, and for dry hair use egg yolks as they contain the highest moisture. Make sure to save the part you didn’t use for cooking / baking and compost those egg shells! (more on the benefits of eggs pertaining to hair here).
Avocado oil – Avocado oil is rich in vitamin B, important for hair because it helps create red blood cells that carry oxygen and nutrients to the scalp, which is the center of healthy hair! It also has many other vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that help your hair become stronger and healthier (More on the benefits of avocado oil for hair here).
Greek Yogurt – Greek yogurt contains protein which will help strengthen and moisturize hair, but the texture also helps make the mask the perfect consistency (more on Greek yogurt here).
Peppermint essential oil – Not only does peppermint oil make the mask smell delicious, it can also help nourish dry hair and scalp, which is essential for healthy hair growth (more on the benefits of Peppermint oil here).
Benefits of Face Mask and Body Scrub Ingredients
Turmeric – The vitamins and antioxidants in turmeric may aid in clearing acne scarring, and resurfacing the face (and other areas of the skin). Watch your dosage with turmeric though, just because it is natural doesn’t mean it’s not strong! We recommend testing a bit out on your arm to ensure it doesn’t cause any irritation (more on the benefits of Turmeric here)
Avocado – Avocados contain vitamins and antioxidants, one of the most important being vitamin E, which is nourishing to the skin. Avocados can be hydrating without leaving the face oily, which can help reduce acne. It can also reduce redness due to its anti inflammatory effects (more on the benefits of avocados here).
Green Tea – Green Tea is also known for its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial properties that reduce redness and may help with acne (more on green tea benefits for skin care here).
Honey – Honey speeds up the natural skin cell process (where the skin sheds any dead cells), so using it in a face mask will make your skin look and feel fresh (more on honey for the skin here).
Strawberries – The acids in strawberries can help get rid of dark spots on the skin and may even help exfoliate and tighten pores (more on the benefits of strawberries here).
Cane Sugar – Using cane sugar helps exfoliate and get rid of dead skin cells. *Be careful not to use it on your face or any areas where your skin can be sensitive, it can be too harsh for those areas (more on benefits of sugar on the skin here).
* Just a little tip we learned, you should NOT use lemon on the skin. As good as it is to eat / drink, there are too many potential side effects including skin irritation and increased risk for sunburn. It’s not worth a try when there are so many other great ingredients that are safe. We’re going to stick to warm lemon water in the mornings and leave it out of the skincare routine (more information here).
Next up: recipes for NourishMint, The Glow Up, and Berry Body Glow. If your feeling the self care Sunday vibes, feel free to follow our Eco-Friendly Wellness guide. Use these natural DIY self care products for step 3!
Hair Mask: NourishMINT
You put your hair through a lot of wear and tear every day by washing it, drying it, even putting it up in a bun, so it deserves a little love. This hair mask caters to dry hair because let’s be real, we all struggle with dry ends from time to time. This recipe makes about 3-4 masks.
- 1/2 tsp Coconut Oil (melted)
- 1 Egg Yolk
- 1/2 tsp Avocado Oil
- 3 tbsp Greek Yogurt
- 1-2 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
Directions: Whisk egg in bowl, add greek yogurt and oils, add more greek yogurt for a thicker consistency. Let thicken in fridge for at least an hour. Apply to damp hair and leave on for about 20 minutes. Rinse thoroughly and shampoo and condition your hair. Add the rest to a repurposed tight closing container and store in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Face Mask: The Glow Up
You can never have too much glow right? This face mask is versatile and is sure to leave you glowing regardless of skin type. This recipe makes about 3-4 masks.
- 1/2 tsp Turmeric
- 1/2 tsp Used Green Tea
- 1/2 tsp Honey
- 1/2 tsp Olive oil
- 1 half Avocado
Directions: Start with the olive oil and honey, mix and then add in the turmeric and avocado. Whisk well to make a fluffy texture then mix in turmeric and green tea. Apply to face, wait about 10 minutes, wash off and follow up with moisturizer (always wear spf if you’ll be going outside). Add the rest to a repurposed tight sealing container and store in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Body Scrub: Berry Body Glow
Exfoliating is an extra step that we may only make time for on our self care Sunday’s, but it’s so worth it. It’s especially important to exfoliate if you use fake tan because it sets up a base for application but also removes it when you want to put on a fresh layer (which by the way we love this one from Tan Lux for a natural glow). This recipe makes about 6-8 uses.
- 1/2 tsp Turmeric
- 1 Mulled Strawberries
- 1/2 cup Cane Sugar
- 1/2 tbsp Avocado Oil
Directions: Begin with sugar and olive oil, mix well. Add in turmeric and mulled strawberries, mix with hands and add more sugar for preferred consistency. We recommend doing this at the end of your shower after you’ve used body wash. Turn off water (#waterconservation) to apply on clean, damp skin. When applying make sure to massage into skin (avoiding sensitive skin areas like your face). Wait about 2-3 minutes to let the scrub soak in, turn water back on and rinse well, no need for soap. Add the rest to a repurposed tight sealing container and store in the fridge for up to 5 days.
We’re not saying ditch store-bought and resort to a life of only homemade skincare products. DIYing every so often will not only save money and packaging, but you’re also more likely to notice the ingredients in the skincare you do buy, which will help you buy clean / green. We hope you enjoy these recipes, feel free to share any opinions after you try them, and let us know if you have suggestions for other natural DIY self care products!