BEAUTY: DIY Skincare If You Dare!

By Susan "Honey" Good

A consistent skin care routine is a must for maintaining skin's health. And, while your skin care regimen may not change significantly from 50 to say, 75, it is important to note that skin often becomes more sensitive after 60 years of age. Has this happened to you, dear readers?

Because skin is more sensitive at our age, some women opt for natural, diy skincare options that assure that your routine does not contain harsh chemicals or irritants. What do you think of the concept of DIY skincare... do you dare?

A note: These diy "products" do not contain preservatives so anticipate a shorter shelf life than one gets with store bought products. 

And, as with ANY new items you use on your skin, always test new products -- even those you make -- on the inside of your arm before applying to your face.

Image via Floating Kitchen

Image via Floating Kitchen

Antioxidant Berry Mask via Prevention 

This mask calls upon organic blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries because they are chock full of damage-fighting vitamin C and antioxidants.

Ingredients + Directions:

5 blueberries
5 blackberries
5 raspberries

Make it yourself: Rinse 5 blueberries, 5 blackberries, and 5 raspberries before mixing and mashing them in a bowl. Keep stirring with a fork until it looks like a thick fruit juice, Apply to your face with your fingers over your kitchen sink (in case you drop some berries) and leave on for 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry.

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Image via onserpentineshores.com

Mild Herbal Skin Cleanser via RodalesOrganicLife.com

1 cup water
1 teaspoon dried herb or a handful of fresh herbs*
1 tablespoon powdered milk

*Recommended herbs: Peppermint or rosemary for oily skin; fennel for dry skin; rose for normal, dry, and sensitive skin.

1. Make an infusion with the herb and 1 cup of water. To create the infusion, pour boiling water over dried or fresh leaves or flowers, and cover the container tightly to prevent the escape of volatile oils. Steep 10 to 15 minutes, then strain.

2. Allow it to cool to a comfortable temperature, then mix infused water into the powdered milk. Apply the liquid to your face with a cotton ball or cloth, then rinse with cool water.

3. Immediately refrigerate any unused portion; discard after 48 hours.

Image via conobie.jp

Image via conobie.jp

Herbal Honey Lemon Sugar Scrub via HomemadeMommy

Ingredients + Directions:

1 cup organic cane sugar
1/4 cup olive oil
2 Tablespoons raw honey
2 tsp dried rosemary
15 drops lemon essential oil
15 drops lavender essential oil 

Mix sugar, dried rosemary, olive oil, and raw honey together.
Add essential oils and stir to combine.

 

 

Via http://www.homemademommy.net/2013/11/lemon-honey-sugar-scrub.html