Having a clear complexion and glowing skin is something every woman strives for, but if you are prone to acne and blemishes, it can be frustrated and hard to attain. But before you spend thousands of dollars on skin products that might not even work, give these DIY products a try first.
Before Using DIY Products
Before you learn about the different DIY products that work for a clear complexion, consider these daily habits:
Everyone should be washing their face with a gentle cleanser, but especially if you have acne-prone skin. You want to use something that is gentle and meant for your skin type, whether it is oily, dry, or combination skin. There are DIY facial cleansers, but if you want something store-bought, just look at the ingredients. Look for something without oils or harsh ingredients, as these will irritate your skin and might make the acne worse. For a natural option, coconut oil and apple cider vinegar are good for acne.
Exfoliate Your Skin
You should also be exfoliating your skin, but don’t be too harsh with it. When you have acne, your skin becomes more sensitive, so use only soft exfoliating products. You can try it just once a week, then if you tolerate it okay, increase it to 2-3 times a week. Again, use natural exfoliators like a homemade salt scrub so you don’t irritate your skin with chemicals and additives.
Simple, Natural Ingredients for Acne
There are also some great natural ingredients that can help with your acne, including:
As for natural ingredients to help with acne, one to try out is green tea. Green tea is completely natural and gentle enough for any skin type. It also has antioxidants, which can help fight the acne breakouts naturally. All you need to do is use your favorite green tea, steep the tea, then let it cool off. Once it is cool, you can then use it as a nice face wash. You can also use the tea bag and place it directly on the area, once again waiting for it to cool.
Another natural remedy for acne is honey. It might seem like this sweet substance would be bad for your skin, but it is actually used in many natural acne products. The trick is to use completely raw and organic honey, not the kind with added sugar. Make your own honey mask by combining it with oatmeal and applying to the area. Leave it on for about 20 minutes before rinsing off.
Creating Your Own Exfoliators and Masks
ACV and Honey
This first DIY product is going to be good for both acne and anti-aging purposes. It uses baking soda as its main ingredient, but then you will add in some apple cider vinegar, which can brighten your skin and really add some youthful appeal to it. The honey is a wonderful addition, providing nutrients that your skin craves, especially during the summer.
You can also add some other ingredients to this mask, from essential oils to lemon juice, so don’t be afraid to customize it if you need to.
What You Need
The first step to making the apple cider vinegar and honey mask is to gather your ingredients. There are only three ingredients that are mandatory, then the rest depend entirely on you and what you’re looking for. Here are the three ingredients to make sure you have for the mask:
Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)
Apple cider vinegar
Make sure the honey is raw, preferably from a natural health food store, not a sugar-filled honey from your regular grocery store.
Making the Mask
Once you have collected the ingredients you need, it is time to put them all together. Masks and scrubs are really easy to make, so no need to worry! Since you are using apple cider vinegar, which is very acidic, you should also have some water on hand to dilute it. Do this in a glass first, then add the diluted vinegar to a bowl with your baking soda and honey.
The amounts you use for the mask depend on how thick or thin you want it. It is recommended that you start with a small amount of baking soda in the bowl, then add the diluted apple cider vinegar and honey slowly, mixing as you go. You can start or stop whenever you are happy with how it turned out.
Moisturizer with Coconut Oil
The next DIY product you should know about is actually not something you need to make. This is simply using coconut oil as a moisturizer. However, we will provide some different options for adding a little something extra to moisturize your face even more.
Why coconut oil? Simple. It is amazing! Coconut has so many health benefits, not just for your skin, but for your hair, body, and even your teeth. It is naturally moisturizing, so just coconut oil alone will work wonders for you. Take a look at how you can make your own coconut oil moisturizer for anti-aging.
What You Need
Essential oils (optional)
Carrier oils (optional)
For the coconut oil, you need to read the label very carefully. There are different types, so you want to be sure you choose the organic, virgin, unrefined coconut oil. If it says refined, avoid it, as that is overly processed and might contain other additives you don’t want on your skin.
You can then choose any essential oils or carrier oils you want, or you can just use the coconut oil on its own. Here are some fun combinations if you decide to go this direction:
oil, rose oil, and olive carrier oil
Geranium oil, chamomile oil, and jojoba oil
Lemon oil and sweet almond oil
Making the Moisturizer
Once you have decided what to use for your moisturizer, you can start making it. If you are just using plain coconut oil, all you have to do is melt it by running the jar under warm water, then apply it to your skin. However, if you are adding oils, you should put the coconut oil and other oils into a blender to whip it, then place in an airtight container.
Using the Moisturizer
Once you are done making your whipped coconut oil moisturizer, just apply it to your skin whenever needed.